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 Jeff Springfield
Council seatOfficer
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)
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.



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]


The Shire of Cardinia is divided into nine wards:[7] Beacon Hills, Bunyip, Central, Henty, Officer, Pakenham Hills, Ranges, Toomuc and Westenport. Elections are held every four years, each ward has one counciller. Before October 2020 the shire had three wards: Central, Ranges and Port.


  • 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: Collin Ross
  • 2019: Graeme Moore
  • 2020: Jeff Springfield
  • 2021: Brett Owen

Deputy Mayors[edit]

  • 2016: Leticia Wilmot
  • 2017: Jodie Owen
  • 2018: Brett Owen
  • 2019: Collin Ross
  • 2020: Graeme Moore
  • 2021: Jeff Springfield

Elected Councillors[edit]

The current Council, elected on the 24 October 2020, by ward.

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Beacon Hills   Independent Brett Owen Mayor
Bunyip   Independent Graeme Moore
Central   Labor Collin Ross
Henty   Labor Carol Ryan
Officer   Independent Tammy Radford
Pakenham Hills   Independent Jack Kowarzik
Ranges   Independent Jeff Springfield Deputy Mayor
Toomuc   Independent Stephanie Davies
Westenport   Independent Ray Brown

The next council election will be held on 26 October 2024.[8]

Main towns in shire[edit]

In June 2018 the shire had a population of 107,120.[1]

Locality Total
Avonsleigh 852
Bayles 461
Beaconsfield 6,714
Beaconsfield Upper 2,861
Bunyip 2,468
Bunyip North 112
Caldermeade 183
Cardinia 376
Catani 294
Clematis 350
Cockatoo 4,256
Cora Lynn 243
Locality Total
Dalmore 163
Dewhurst 164
Emerald 5,778
Garfield 1,786
Garfield North 194
Gembrook 2,350
Guys Hill 382
Heath Hill 161
Iona 228
Koo Wee Rup 3,579
Koo Wee Rup North 44
Locality Total
Lang Lang 1,585
Lang Lang East 79
Longwarry 2,004
Maryknoll 557
Menzies Creek 998
Modella 148
Monomeith 72
Mount Burnett 173
Nangana 44
Nar Nar Goon 1,012
Nar Nar Goon North 727
Locality Total
Officer 7,133
Officer South 75
Pakenham 46,421
Pakenham South 216
Pakenham Upper 1,172
Rythdale 38
Tonimbuk 208
Tynong 456
Tynong North 434
Vervale 39
Yannathan 238

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "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. ^ Wards - Cardinia Shire Council
  8. ^ "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