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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.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Demographics

Region Summary - Cardinia

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 2020/21


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Current elected representatives.


Beacon Hills - Cr Brett Owen

Bunyip - Cr Graeme Moore

Central - Cr Collin Ross

Henty - Cr Carol Ryan

Officer- Cr Tammy Radford - Deputy Mayor

Pakenham - Cr Jack Kowarzik

Ranges - Cr Jeff Springfield - Mayor

Toomuc - Cr Stephanie Davies

Westernport - Cr Kaye Cameron

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.

  2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 133.784m 130.774m 117.270m 104.880m 102.329m 98.221m 94.255m 92.996m 90.151m 89.807m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 148.103m 146.167m 133.583m 123.249m 118.484m 107.191m 107.308m 96.298m 101.017m 97.978m
- Rates and Charges 100.309m 95.474m 90.910m 83.817m 78.968m 73.921m 68.405m 62.731m 58.050m 52.885m
- VGC Grants 12.172m 11.932m 11.482m 10.697m 10.131m 9.905m 9.725m 9.570m 9.268m 9.013m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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