City of Greater Dandenong

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City of Greater Dandenong
Victoria
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The City of Greater Dandenong within metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates38°01′0″S 145°20′38″E / 38.01667°S 145.34389°E / -38.01667; 145.34389Coordinates: 38°01′0″S 145°20′38″E / 38.01667°S 145.34389°E / -38.01667; 145.34389
Population166,094 (2018)[1] (43rd)
 • Density1,280/km2 (3,310/sq mi)
Established1994
Area130 km2 (50.2 sq mi)[1]
MayorEden Foster
Council seatDandenong
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)
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WebsiteCity of Greater Dandenong
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The City of Greater Dandenong is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne. It has an area of just under 130 square kilometres (50 sq mi) and 166,094 residents in 2018.[1] 29% of its land area forms part of the South East Green Wedge. It was formed in 1994 by the merger of parts of the former City of Dandenong and City of Springvale.

The Bunurong/Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples are the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which Greater Dandenong is now located.[2]

History[edit]

In 1994, the state government restructured local government in Victoria. The reforms dissolved 210 councils and created 78 new councils through amalgamations. As part of the reforms City of Springvale and City of Dandenong were merged to create City of Greater Dandenong.

Council[edit]

Greater Dandenong City Council comprises 11 councillors, elected from single member wards.[3] Prior to 2020, councillors were elected from four wards: Lightwood, Paperbark, Red Gum and Silverleaf. Councillors are elected to fixed-four year terms in a proportional manner using the STV voting system, with each ward electing Councillors based on their respective population.

Elections are held every four years, in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989, with voting being compulsory. Voter turnout figures by the Victorian Electoral Commission show that 81.7% of eligible voters voted at the last council election in 2020.[4]

Mayor[edit]

The mayor is the head of the municipality, leading and coordinating the council's work. The position of mayor is a mostly ceremonial one, expected to represent the City and act as its public spokesperson. The mayor is not entirely a figurehead, however, instead being tasked with chairing council meetings and being involved with a greater number of community events such as citizenship ceremonies.[5]

A mayor is elected among the councillors for a term of one year, meaning that each period between two local government elections usually sees four mayorships. Clare O'Neil became the youngest female mayor in Australian history when she served as Mayor of Greater Dandenong from 2003 to 2004.

Current composition[edit]

Party Councillors
  Labor 8
  Liberal 2
  Greens 1
Total 11
Greater Dandenong City Council
Leadership
Mayor
Angela Long
Structure
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Council political groups
  Labor (8)
  Liberal (2)
  Greens (1)

The composition of Greater Dandenong City Council is one of the most Labor-dominated in the state, demonstrated by its high percentage of councillors who are members of the party and its below-average number of independent councillors. This political membership is reflected through the local federal and state MPs, both of whom are ALP-affiliated. The most recent elections were held on 24 October 2020 and produced the following results:

Ward Councillor Party
Cleeland   Angela Long Labor
Dandenong   Jim Memeti Labor
Dandenong North   Bob Milkovic Independent Liberal
Keysborough   Tim Dark Liberal
Keysborough South   Rhonda Garad Greens
Noble Park   Sophie Tan Labor
Noble Park North   Lana Formoso Labor
Springvale Central   Richard Lim Labor
Springvale North   Sean O'Reilly Labor
Springvale South   Loi Truong Labor
Yarraman   Eden Foster Labor

Places of interest[edit]

Townships and localities[edit]

The 2021 census, the city had a population of 158,208 up from 152,050 in the 2016 census[6]

Population
Locality 2016 2021
Bangholme 784 749
Dandenong 29,906 30,127
Dandenong North 22,451 22,550
Population
Locality 2016 2021
Dandenong South 160 125
Keysborough 25,785 30,018
Lyndhurst^ 6,725 8,926
Population
Locality 2016 2021
Noble Park 30,998 32,257
Noble Park North 7,468 7,436
Population
Locality 2016 2021
Springvale 21,714 22,174
Springvale South 12,768 12,766

^ - Territory divided with another LGA

Sport[edit]

Dandenong Rangers play home games at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium and compete in the WNBL. Two championships have been won in the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons In the 2005-2006 and the 2016-2017 seasons, the team reached the Grand Final only to lose to the Canberra Capitals and Sydney Uni Flames respectively.

Dandenong Thunder compete in the Victorian Premier League, playing at George Andrews Reserve. In 2012, the team claimed the famous treble of the Victorian Premier League championship, the Victorian Premier League Minor Premiership, and the Football Federation Victoria State Knockout Cup.

The Greater Dandenong Warriors Hockey Club is based at the Bill Toon Playing fields on Cleeland Road, Dandenong North. The club currently fields four men's teams, one women's team, five junior teams and three master teams.[7]

Community groups[edit]

Greater Dandenong has many active community groups.

Service clubs include the Lions Club of Greater Dandenong, the Lions Club of Dandenong, the Lions Club of Dandenong (Supper), the Rotary Club of Dandenong, the Rotary Club of Noble Park and the Rotary Club of Springvale.

Schools[edit]

The City of Greater Dandenong has a sister city relationship with Xuzhou, a city in China. Due to this connection the following schools in Greater Dandenong have established relationships with schools in Xuzhou:

  • Wallarano Primary School and Minzulu
  • Coomoora Secondary College & Xuzhou No. 3 Middle School
  • Springvale Primary School & Xuzhou Arts School
  • Maralinga Primary School & Jinshinqaun
  • Noble Park English Language School & Xinyi Middle School
  • Springvale Secondary College & Xuzhou No.1 Middle School

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "City of Greater Dandenong Reconciliation Action Plan Dec 2017-2019". Retrieved 5 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Wards". Greater Dandenong. City of Greater Dandenong. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Greater Dandenong City Council election results 2020".
  5. ^ "MAV - Mayor's role". Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Census | Australian Bureau of Statistics". www.abs.gov.au. 11 January 2023.
  7. ^ "About - Greater Dandenong Warriors Hockey Club".

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