Shire of Cardinia
|• Density||73.503/km2 ( 190.372/sq mi)|
|Area||1,280.6 km2 (494.4 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Cr Collin Ross|
|State electorate(s)||Bass, Gembrook, Narracan,|
|Federal Division(s)||Flinders, La Trobe, McMillan|
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 1,280 square kilometres, and was recorded a population of 94,128 at 2016 Census.
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.
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.
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. 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.
- 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
The current Council, elected on 28 October 2012, is, in order of election by Ward:
|Independent||Jodie Owen||Deputy Mayor|
The Shire includes the following towns and localities:
- Beaconsfield Upper.
- Bunyip North
- Cora Lynn
- Garfield North
- Guys Hill
- Koo Wee Rup
- Koo Wee Rup North
- Lang Lang
- Lang Lang East
- Menzies Creek
- Mount Burnett
- Nar Nar Goon
- Nar Nar Goon North
- Officer South
- Pakenham South
- Pakenham Upper
- Toomuc Valley
- Tynong North
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cardinia (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
- Council, corporateName=Cardinia Shire. "Home Page". Cardinia Shire Council. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
- Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 639–40, 805–6, 832–3. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
- 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.
- Municipal Association of Victoria – Cardinia
- CCLC Branch details Archived 18 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- Galvin, Danielle (25 March 2014). "Ross to challenge Battin". Pakenham Gazette. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- Cardinia Shire Council official website
- Cardinia Shire facts and statistics
- Casey Cardinia Libraries
- Metlink local public transport map
- Link to Land Victoria interactive maps