|Population||9,688 (2016 census)|
|• Density||2,153/km2 (5,580/sq mi)|
|Area||4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)|
|Location||24 km (15 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Maroondah|
Heathmont is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 24 km east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Maroondah. At the 2016 Census, Heathmont had a population of 9,688.
Heathmont was originally covered by hedge-to-hedge apple orchards. The name appears to have come from the rising land in the area having heath or low shrub-like vegetation on it. The first shop opened in 1923 in front of a house. The population has grown from 600 people in 1953 to 8,787 people in 2001.
Heathmont Post Office opened on 15 February 1929, some time after the railway station opened in 1926.
The Heathmont Shopping Centre provides services to the suburb. It includes a handful of cafes (including modern inner-city-style The Village Food Store, Chapter Too and Barclays), a Bendigo Bank, an IGA Supermarket, two butcher shops (one organic), two bakeries (including a Bakers Delight), a newsagent, takeaway shops, and a post office. There is plenty of parking and the main shopping precinct is opposite the Heathmont railway station. The distant Mount Dandenong and Dandenong Ranges are visible from much of this shopping strip, offering a somewhat 'Californian' feel to the environment.
As of the 2006 Census, the vast majority of residents (78.6%) were born in Australia, with slightly above-average proportions also born in England, Scotland, the Netherlands and Germany. The languages spoken by slightly above-average proportions of residents were English and German. There were above-average proportions of residents of no religion (23.9%) and Uniting Church (7.3%). The average income of Heathmont residents was above the national average (with a median family income of $1,286 per week); the suburb tends to be better off than most of its nearest neighbours. The largest two occupational groupings were professionals (23.5%, above the national average) and clerical/administrative (17.3%, also above the national average). The unemployment rate of 3.2% was below the national average of 5.2%.
Politics and representation
Heathmont contained four voting booths at the 2010 Federal Election, all lying within the federal electorate of Deakin. Three of those booths saw the Liberal candidate win the most primary votes, yet only two saw the Liberals win a majority of two-party preferred votes after preferences. The combined booth results across the suburb saw the primary vote split 40.1% to Labor, 41.4% to the Liberals and 12.7% to the Greens. After preferences, the split was 52.5% to Labor and 47.5% to the Liberals. The suburb tends to be highly competitive electorally and is generally a reliable barometer for the overall voting population. Heathmont and surrounding areas were visited by federal politicians Joe Hockey, Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott and Wayne Swan throughout 2010. In 2007, Heathmont was identified as one of the 'wealthier pockets' of Deakin (along with Blackburn and Vermont) in an analysis of marginal 'leafy' suburbs in Melbourne's east, that were, by swinging to Labor, proving wrong the notion of a 'rich Lib, poor Labor' myth.
There are three primary schools:
Secondary colleges in the area:
Sport and recreation
There are many parks, such as H.E. Parker Reserve and a mini golf course. Dandenong Creek supports much wildlife, including birds and frogs, although swimming is not recommended. There is also a bike track, Dandenong Creek Trail, which runs along Dandenong Creek.
The suburb has an Australian Rules football team, the Heathmont Jets, competing in the Eastern Football League and a lawn bowls club - Heathmont Bowls Club -that plays in the Eastern Ranges Bowls Region.
Heathmont has two tennis clubs; Heathmont Tennis Club and H.E. Parker Reserve. Other sporting facilities include a baseball club, and a cricket club.
Golfers play at the Heathmont Par 3 Golf Course, on Canterbury Road.
There are two Scout Groups; Heathmont and 3rd Heathmont. Both are located in reserves along the Dandenong Creek; 3rd Heathmont in H.E. Parker and Heathmont in Kathleen Barrow.
There are also many churches situated in Heathmont:
- Heathmont Baptist Church
- Heathmont Uniting Church Community Living Centre
- Heathmont Presbyterian Church
- Heathmont Christadelphians
- Maroondah Presbyterian Reformed Church
- Christ Church Anglican Church, located at 207 Canterbury Road, Heathmont.
- Djerrnong-Anglican Parish of Heathmont/Ringwood East, located at 203-205 Canterbury Road, Heathmont.
- City of Ringwood - the former local government area of which Heathmont was a part
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Heathmont (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
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- "Maroondah Leader". Another pollie in Deakin: Joe Hockey visits Heathmont. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012.
- Johnston, Chris (2007-10-31). "The Age". End of the 'rich Lib', 'poor Labor' myth. Melbourne.
- Full Point Footy, Eastern Football League, retrieved 2008-10-21
- Golf Select, Heathmont, retrieved 2009-05-11