Glen Waverley, Victoria
|Population||39,204 (2011 census)|
|• Density||2,334/km2 (6,044/sq mi)|
|Area||16.8 km2 (6.5 sq mi)|
|Location||19 km (12 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Monash|
Glen Waverley is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 21 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district in the local government area of the City of Monash. At the 2011 Census, Glen Waverley had a population of 39,204. Glen Waverley had the seventh highest number of one million dollar-plus house sales in Melbourne in 2013. Properties in Glen Waverley and surrounding areas continued to show price gains in 2014 and 2015, largely due to interest from Chinese property buyers. Glen Waverley sales top Melbourne real estate market in 2015 outshining the likes of Brighton and Toorak to be the nation’s second-largest property market by value of sales.
The suburb of Glen Waverley is generally bounded by Dandenong Creek to the east, Ferntree Gully Road to the south, Blackburn Road to the west and Highbury Road to the north. Springvale Road, a major north-south distributor, divides the suburb. The geography varies from river flats adjacent to the Dandenong Creek in the east to hilly in the region between the Dandenong Creek and Scotchmans Creek catchments.
The area was first settled in the mid nineteenth century and later developed as orchards and farming lands. The Post Office opened on 1 July 1885 as Black Flat in the area to the south of the railway line, was renamed Glen Waverley in 1921, and Glen Waverley South in 1963 on the same day Glen Waverley North office (open since 1954) was renamed Glen Waverley (from 1994 The Glen). The name "Waverley" was, like the name of the train station in Edinburgh, taken from a novel by Sir Walter Scott. 
Major development occurred in the 1950s to 1970s with rapid infilling of housing built to a generally high standard on large (typically 800m2) blocks. Much of that housing stock is now ageing and renewal is occurring, frequently involving subdivision of the larger blocks into townhouse development. The suburb was also the site of Victoria's first McDonald's restaurant, which opened on 12 September 1973, at the corner of High Street and Springvale Road and was demolished in 2016, it has now re opened. It was opened shortly after the original in Sydney. Following the Sydney McDonald's closure, it became Australia's longest surviving McDonald's.
The main street of Glen Waverley is Kingsway. In recent years, Kingsway has developed into a vibrant dining and entertainment area, with strong Asian influences. Also on Kingsway is Century City Walk, a cinema multiplex. It houses various eateries, a Strike Bowling Bar and a Village Cinema (equipped with Gold Class facilities). There are now many hotels such as Novotel Glen Waverley, Hotel Ibis, Waverley International Hotel, Apartments of Waverley and the Quest Hotel. There is also a large branch of the Monash Public Library Service. Construction of a 10-storey apartment, office, retail and carparking complex between the railway station and Kingsway will begin in mid-2011. The suburb also has numerous churches, and is home to the Victoria Police Academy, which occupies a former Roman Catholic seminary.
The Glen (formerly known as "Centro The Glen") is a local regional shopping centre owned, (formerly managed and developed by Vicinity Centres). Although smaller than nearby shopping centres such as Westfield Knox or Chadstone, The Glen houses a substantial collection of shops, including supermarkets, a food court named Diners Life and a number of smaller clothing stores. Centro The Glen currently has over 207 specialty retail shops and 11 anchor retailers, thus making Centro The Glen one of the most significant shopping centres in the vicinity. Centro The Glen was the first shopping centre in suburban Victoria to contain a David Jones retail outlet.
Glen Waverley has also developed to become somewhat of a business hub in metropolitan Melbourne, with many international companies including Toshiba, Ansell, and NEC all having their Australian headquarters in the suburb.
The majority of Glen Waverley residents identify as being Australian born. At the time of the 2011 Census, over 10,500 people responded with China as being their country of birth; 22.4 per cent of residents. This compares with 3.7 per cent for Victoria overall and 3.1 per cent nationwide. Mandarin and Cantonese are the most spoken languages at home, following English. There are changes, too, in where Chinese migrants are coming from. The first wave of arrivals from Hong Kong and Malaysia has been replaced by more migrants from mainland China. In the City of Monash, 8.1 per cent of residents were born in China, up from 3 per cent in 2006. Malaysia 5.2%, India 4.5%, Sri Lanka 4.5% and England 2.8% are other major responses for countries of birth.
Politics and representation
Most of Glen Waverley's voting booths are within the federal electorate of Bruce (with the remainder in Chisholm). The suburb is traditionally oriented towards the Liberal Party, but has become extremely marginal and competitive in recent years. This is evidenced in the 2010 federal election results, in which the combined booth results for the suburb produced a primary vote of 40.7% for the Labor Party, 46.0% for the Liberals, and 9.8% for the Greens. After preferences, the split was 49.99% for Labor and 50.01% for the Liberals (a difference of 3 votes).
- Holmesglen Institute of TAFE (Glen Waverley Campus)
- Glen Waverley Primary School
- Glen Waverley South Primary School
- Glendal Primary School
- Mount View Primary School
- Highvale Primary School
- Camelot Rise Primary School
- Wesley College (Glen Waverley Campus)
- St Leonard's Primary School
- St Christopher's Primary School
Soccer clubs include Glen Waverley Junior Soccer Club (founded in 1980), and Waverley Victory Football Club (founded in 2001), they are both members of Football Federation Victoria.
Tennis clubs include Glen Waverley Tennis Club, Glenvale Tennis Club, Glenburn Tennis Club, Legend Park Tennis Club, Notting Hill Pinewood Tennis Club and Whites Lane Tennis Club.
Cricket is represented by the Glen Waverley Cougars Cricket Club and the Glen Waverley Cricket Club, who both compete in the Southern District and Churches Cricket League (SDCCL). In season 2009/2010, the Glen Waverley Cricket Club's 50th year, they won the SDCCL Menzies Shield, defeating Mount Waverley Uniting Cricket Club. The Glen Waverley Hawks Cricket Club compete in Wilson Shield of the Box Hill Reporter District Cricket Association.
Glen Waverley has a major recreational and aquatic centre located on Waverley Rd, the Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC). It has a range of different swimming pools to cater for everyone's needs with two kid pools, a 40-metre wave pool, a Learn-to-swim pool, an indoor 25 metre pool, an outdoor 50 metre pool and a hydrotherapy pool.
M1 Swimming Club (formerly Waverley Amateur Swimming Club before 2002) has existed at the Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre (formerly Waverley Swimming Pool) since 1962. There is a large squad swimming program at the MARC which has been operated by Tateswim since 2001. Tateswim runs squads for competitive and non-competitive swimmers, with competitive swimmers racing under the M1 Swimming Club banner. M1 also has members training in squad programs at the Harold Holt Swim Centre (City of Stonnington) and the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (City of Glen Eira).
The suburb gives its name to the Glen Waverley railway line, which terminates at Glen Waverley station. Services depart platform 1 and 2, with a frequency of 7–8 minutes in peak hour, and every 15 minutes in off-peak periods. Glen Waverley is classed as a Premium Station, is in Metro Zone 2. Syndal railway station is located one station to the west of Glen Waverley railway station and also on the Glen Waverley railway line.
A number of bus routes operated by Ventura Bus Lines and CDC Melbourne also operate in the area, with connections to Monash University, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Eastland Shopping Centre, Westfield Knox, Rowville, St. Kilda, Glen Iris, Springvale, Blackburn, Mitcham, Dandenong and Croydon. The 902 SmartBus from Chelsea to Airport West, also operates via Glen Waverley at 15-minute frequencies all day in both directions, and at up to 10-minute frequencies in peak periods.
|Routes||Operator||Zone(s)||To / From||Via|
|623||CDC Melbourne||1, 2||Glen Waverley / St. Kilda||Mount Waverley / Chadstone / Carnegie|
|734||Ventura Bus Lines||1, 2||Glen Iris / Glen Waverley||Ashburton / Ashwood / Wesley College|
|736||Ventura Bus Lines||2||Mitcham / Blackburn||Vermont South / Glen Waverley / Forest Hill|
|737||Ventura Bus Lines||2||Croydon / Monash University||Boronia / Westfield Knox / Glen Waverley|
|742||Ventura Bus Lines||1, 2||Eastland SC / Chadstone SC||Vermont South / Glen Waverley / Oakleigh|
|753||Ventura Bus Lines||2||Glen Waverley / Bayswater||Wheelers Hill / Knoxfield / Boronia|
|754||Ventura Bus Lines||2||Rowville / Glen Waverley||Caulfield Grammar / Wheelers Hill|
|850||Ventura Bus Lines||2||Dandenong / Glen Waverley||Brandon Park / Mulgrave|
|885||Ventura Bus Lines||2||Springvale / Glen Waverley||Wanda Street|
|902||Transdev||2||Chelsea / Airport West||Edithvale / Glen Waverley / Nunawading / Doncaster / Greensborough / Broadmeadows|
Springvale Road is the main north-south arterial road running through Glen Waverley, with 3 lanes in each direction. Blackburn Road runs parallel to Springvale Road to the west. High Street Road, Waverley Road and Ferntree Gully Road are the main east-west collector roads in Glen Waverley. The Monash Freeway also runs through the south-western corner of Glen Waverley, with access via Ferntree Gully and Springvale Roads.
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