Shire of Cardinia
|• Density||83.49/km2 (216.24/sq mi)|
|Area||1,283 km2 (495.4 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Cr Jeff Springfield|
|State electorate(s)||Bass, Gembrook, Narracan,|
|Federal Division(s)||La Trobe, Monash|
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.
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.
The Shire of Cardinia is divided into nine wards: 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
- 2016: Leticia Wilmot
- 2017: Jodie Owen
- 2018: Brett Owen
- 2019: Collin Ross
- 2020: Graeme Moore
- 2021: Jeff Springfield
The current Council, elected on the 24 October 2020, by ward.
|Beacon Hills||Independent||Brett Owen||Mayor|
|Pakenham Hills||Independent||Jack Kowarzik|
|Ranges||Independent||Jeff Springfield||Deputy Mayor|
The next council election will be held on 26 October 2024.
Main towns in shire
In June 2018 the shire had a population of 107,120.
|Koo Wee Rup||3,579|
|Koo Wee Rup North||44|
|Lang Lang East||79|
|Nar Nar Goon||1,012|
|Nar Nar Goon North||727|
- List of places on the Victorian Heritage Register in the Shire of Cardinia
- Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve
- "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.
- 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
- Wards - Cardinia Shire Council
- "The election process". Know your council.
- Cardinia Shire Council official website
- Cardinia Shire facts and statistics
- Casey Cardinia Libraries
- Metlink local public transport map
- Link to Land Victoria interactive maps