Officer, Victoria

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Officer
Victoria
Officer Aerial.jpg
Aerial view from the south-west
Officer is located in Melbourne
Officer
Officer
Coordinates 38°03′29″S 145°24′32″E / 38.05806°S 145.40889°E / -38.05806; 145.40889Coordinates: 38°03′29″S 145°24′32″E / 38.05806°S 145.40889°E / -38.05806; 145.40889
Population 7,133 (2016)[1]
Postcode(s) 3809
Elevation 127 m (417 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Cardinia
State electorate(s) Gembrook, Bass
Federal Division(s) La Trobe
Suburbs around Officer:
Guys Hill Beaconsfield Upper Beaconsfield Upper
Beaconsfield Officer Pakenham
Clyde Officer South Koo Wee Rup
Princes Highway, Officer

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.

History[edit]

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).[2]

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 today[edit]

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.

Officer is home to the Australian Rules ROC Football Club (Rythdale, Officer, Cardinia), competing in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League. They last won the premiership in 2002.

With its own railway station, and most of the land around Officer is currently being developed for residential use. Population and demographic mixes are changing, with construction of a 4,000 lot housing estate to be completed in late 2019.

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. As a newly developed area Officer also has access to the Australian NBN service which has much larger capability for increased network performances.

Companies[edit]

  • The new classical homebuilding company Harkaway Homes is headquartered in Officer, Victoria.[3]
  • SJD Homes Head office located on Princess Highway, Officer.
  • Several Motor Traders located along Princess Highway.
  • 5 petrol stations located throughout Officer.
  • 4 early learning centres for children.

Recreation in Officer[edit]

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[4]" which hosts Family Dining, Sport Bar and pokies facilities.

There are also gymnasium facilities located at Arena Shopping centre.

Notable people of Officer[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Officer (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 September 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Harkaway Homes
  4. ^ "Club Officer". www.clubofficer.com.au. Retrieved 2017-02-08.