Shire of Cardinia

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Cardinia Shire
Population107,120 (2018)[1]
 • Density83.49/km2 (216.24/sq mi)
Area1,283 km2 (495.4 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Graeme Moore
Council seatOfficer
State electorate(s)Bass, Gembrook, Narracan,
Federal Division(s)La Trobe, Monash
Cardinia Shire Council Logo.svg
WebsiteCardinia Shire
LGAs around Cardinia Shire:
Yarra Ranges Yarra Ranges Yarra Ranges
Casey Cardinia Shire Baw Baw
Mornington Peninsula Bass Coast South Gippsland

The Shire of Cardinia is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, in the south-east of Melbourne between Western Port and the Yarra Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne. It has an area of 1,283 square kilometres, and had a population of 107,120 in June 2018.[1]

Cardinia Shire Council Offices are located in Officer.[2] Prior to 17 November 2014, they were located in Pakenham.


The areas within the present-day boundaries of Cardinia Shire were originally parts of the Cranbourne and Berwick districts, which were incorporated in 1860 and 1862 respectively. The Shire of Fern Tree Gully, later Shire of Sherbrooke, split away in 1889 and included areas to the east of Melbourne. In 1973, the City of Berwick, including Berwick and areas closer to Dandenong, split away from the Shire of Berwick, with the remainder being renamed Shire of Pakenham.[3]

The Shire came into being on 15 December 1994 as the result of statewide local government reform, by merging the Shire of Pakenham with rural sections of the Shire of Sherbrooke and City of Cranbourne.[4]

The Shire of Cardinia contains the only area of Melbourne to use telephone numbers beginning with the exchange prefix 5 - this is a leftover from when it used the area code 059-xx xxxx.

Council locations[edit]


The Council Offices were originally located in Henty Way, Pakenham.[5] On 17 November 2014, the Council moved to a new office on Siding Avenue, Officer, which it uses presently. The Council holds its meetings and all of the administration staff work there.


Cardinia Shire is part of the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation and there are two full-time libraries in Cardinia, in Emerald and Pakenham. In addition, the Mobile Library visits the suburbs of Bunyip, Garfield, Tynong, Beaconsfield, Upper Beaconsfield, Gembrook, Maryknoll, Cockatoo, Lang Lang and Koo Wee Rup.[6]


  • 2008: Bill Ronald
  • 2009: Bill Pearson
  • 2010: Graeme Legge
  • 2011: George Blenkhorn
  • 2012: Ed Chatwin
  • 2013: Brett Owen
  • 2014: Graeme Moore
  • 2015: Leticia Wilmot
  • 2016: Jodie Owen
  • 2017: Brett Owen
  • 2018: Colin Ross
  • 2019: Jeff Springfield

Elected Councillors[edit]

The current Council, elected on 22 October 2016, is, in order of election by Ward:

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Central   Labor Collin Ross[7]
  Independent Carol Ryan
  Greens Michael Schilling[8]
  Independent Jodie Owen
Ranges   Independent Brett Owen
  Independent Leticia Wilmot
  Independent Jeff Springfield Mayor
Port   Independent Graeme Moore Deputy Mayor
  Independent Ray Brown

The next council election will be held on 24 October 2020.[9]


The towns, suburbs and localities of Cardinia Shire are:

See also[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. ^ Council, corporateName=Cardinia Shire. "Home Page". Cardinia Shire Council. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  3. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 639–40, 805–6, 832–3. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (1 August 1995). Victorian local government amalgamations 1994–1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. p. 5. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
  5. ^ Municipal Association of Victoria – Cardinia
  6. ^ CCLC Branch details Archived 18 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Galvin, Danielle (25 March 2014). "Ross to challenge Battin". Pakenham Gazette. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Tracking Victorian Crs who are members of a political party". The Mayne Report. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  9. ^ "The election process". Know your council.

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Coordinates: 38°05′S 145°35′E / 38.083°S 145.583°E / -38.083; 145.583