Aerial view from the south-west
|Elevation||127 m (417 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Cardinia|
|State electorate(s)||Gembrook, Bass|
|Federal Division(s)||La Trobe|
Officer is a satellite suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 54 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Shire of Cardinia local government area. Officer recorded a population of 7,133 at the 2016 Census.
Officer serves as the Council seat of the shire. The suburb is currently under major residential development, with the population number likely to be exponentially higher today.
The suburb is named after the Officer family, who were early settlers in the area. A timber industry was established, and by 1870 timber was being transported from the railways sidings, named Officer's Wood Siding. This was shortened to Officer's and later, Officer.
A brickmaking industry began in the 1880s, but died away after the collapse of the land boom. The population was sufficient to justify a Post Office, opening on 16 December 1885 (known as Officer's Siding until 1888, Officer Railway Station until 1913).
On 17 November 2014, the Shire of Cardinia moved from its offices in Pakenham to a new office in Officer, making it the Council seat.
Officer is in the south east growth corridor, with many new schools opening in the past ten years. There are now eleven schools in the area; Berwick Grammar School, Glenvale School, Heritage College, Maranatha Christian School (Officer campus), Minaret Islamic College (Officer campus), Officer Primary School, Officer Secondary College, Officer Specialist School, St Brigid's Catholic Primary School, St Clare's Catholic Primary School and St. Francis Xavier College (Officer Campus) are located in Officer.
With its own railway station, and most of the land around Officer is currently being developed for residential use with medium density housing. Population and demographic mixes are changing, with construction of a 4,000 lot housing estate to be completed in late 2019. Current estates that have been announced and under construction include: Timbertop Arcadia Kaduna Park Savannah Grandvue The Rise
Currently there the major shopping precinct is Arena Shopping Centre. It has a mix of major retail and some smaller commercial outlets including the Officer Post Office and a new double story McDonald's. As a newly developed area Officer also has access to the Australian NBN service which has much larger capability for increased network performances.
Recreation in Officer
There are various facilities in officer for recreation. There are two lighted AFL sporting grounds which also support Cricket. There are presently 5 recreational parks for walking and children's playgrounds. Popular also is the Venue "Club Officer" which hosts Family Dining, Sport Bar and pokies facilities.
There are also gymnasium facilities located at Arena Shopping centre.
Notable people of Officer
- Shire of Pakenham - Officer was previously within this former local government area.
- Officer railway station
- Officer Development Plan (PDF)
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