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Cardinia Shire

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The Shire of Cardinia is situated on the south-eastern fringe of the Melbourne metropolitan area, and has a significant rural and horticultural hinterland.

It includes more than 30 communities stretching from the foothills of the Dandenong ranges in the north to the shores of Western Port Bay in the south.

The Cardinia is at the 'front' of Melbourne's south east growth corridor which stretches in a narrow band along the Princes Highway from Beaconsfield to Pakenham. The Shire has a young and rapidly growing population.

The main industries include food manufacturing, agriculture, meat and meat product manufacturing, motor vehicle and part manufacturing.

Cardinia is part of the Interface council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.

Victoria in Future 

Cardinia - Victoria in Future 2016 

Aboriginal Community Profile

Cardinia Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)


Avonsleigh, Bayles, Beaconsfield, Beaconsfield Upper, Bunyip, Bunyip North, Caldermeade, Cardinia, Catani, Clematis, Cockatoo, Cora Lynn, Dalmore, Dewhurst, Emerald, Garfield, Garfield North, Gembrook, Guys Hill, Heath Hill, Iona, Koo Wee Rup, Koo Wee Rup North, Lang Lang, Lang Lang East, Longwarry, Maryknoll, Menzies Creek, Modella, Monomeith, Mount Burnett, Nangana, Nar Nar Goon, Nar Nar Goon North, Nyora, Officer, Officer South, Pakenham, Pakenham South, Pakenham Upper, Rythdale, Tenby Point, Tonimbuk, Tooradin, Tynong, Tynong North, Vervale and Yannathan.

For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.

Community Satisfaction 

Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Statewide Results

Annual Report

Cardinia Shire Council Annual Report 2017/18


Cardinia Shire Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 3 wards and 9 Councillors.

Councillors in the 2 single member wards are elected through preferential voting. Councillors in the 2 multi-member wards are elected through proportional representation voting. Since 2008, all Victorian Councillors serve a four year term. The next general election is in October 2020.

The council's next independent Electoral Representation Review is scheduled to be conducted prior to the 2016 elections.

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9 Councillors elected in October 2016.


Central - Cr Jodie Owen

Central - Cr Collin Ross - Deputy Mayor

Central - Cr Carol Ryan

Central - Cr Micheal Schilling

Port - Cr Graeme Moore - Mayor

Port - Cr Ray Brown

Ranges - Cr Brett Owen 

Ranges - Cr Leticia Wilmot

Ranges - Cr Jeff Springfield 

Population data

Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031

  • 2016 95,518
  • 2021 117,994 
  • 2026 141,226 
  • 2031 161,736 


Source: Victoria Grants Commission.
The figures in the bottom two rows of the table show combined one-off and ongoing funding received by council from both the Federal and State Governments. It is important to note that this amount can change significantly from year to year as individual government funding programs change and natural events such as fires and floods occur.

Data shows the amount allocated in respect of the relevant financial year. In some years, that amount will vary from the payments received that year, as a result of the Commonwealth "bringing forward" some payments.

  2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 104.880m 102.329m 98.221m 94.255m 92.996m 90.151m 89.807m 76.046m 70.083m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 123.249m 118.484m 107.191m 107.308m 96.298m 101.017m 97.978m 81.241m 75.738m
- Rates and Charges 83.817m 78.968m 73.921m 68.405m 62.731m 58.050m 52.885m 47.225m 42.526m
- VGC Grants 10.697m 10.131m 9.905m 9.725m 9.570m 9.268m 9.013m 8.292m 7.676m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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