Shire of Cardinia

Shire of Cardinia
Population 90,884 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 70.9699/km2 (183.811/sq mi)
Established 1994
Area 1,280.6 km2 (494.4 sq mi)
Mayor Jodie Owen
Council seat Officer
State electorate(s) Bass, Gembrook, Narracan,
Federal Division(s) Flinders, La Trobe, McMillan
Website Shire of Cardinia
LGAs around Shire of Cardinia:
Yarra Ranges Yarra Ranges Yarra Ranges
Casey Shire of Cardinia 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 1,280 square kilometres, and has a population of 74,176.[2]

Cardinia Shire Council Offices are located in Officer.[3] Prior to November 17, 2014, they were located in Pakenham.


The areas within the present-day boundaries of Shire of Cardinia 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.[4]

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.[5]

The area is the only Melburnian suburb 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


The Council Offices were originally located in Henty Way, Pakenham.[6] On November 17, 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.


The Shire of Cardinia 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.[7]


Elected Councillors

The current Council, elected on 28 October 2012, is, in order of election by Ward:

Central   Labor Collin Ross[8]
  Independent George Blenkhorn
  Liberal Kate Lempriere[9]
  Independent Jodie Owen Mayor
Ranges   Independent Brett Owen
  Independent Leticia Wilmot Deputy Mayor
  Independent Tania Baxter
Port   Independent Graeme Moore
  Independent David Young


The Shire includes the following towns and localities:

See also


  1. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (21 June 2012). "2011 Census QuickStats - Cardinia (S)". Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  3. Council, corporateName=Cardinia Shire. "Home Page". Cardinia Shire Council. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  4. Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 639–40, 805–6, 832–3. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  5. 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 2007-12-16.
  6. Municipal Association of Victoria - Cardinia
  7. CCLC Branch details
  8. Galvin, Danielle (25 March 2014). "Ross to challenge Battin". Pakenham Gazette. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  9. "Central Ward and councillors". Cardinia Shire Council. Retrieved 3 June 2016. I am proud to be on the board of the Cardinia Foundation, am a local Rotarian and a Liberal Party member.

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

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