|City of Casey
Map of Melbourne showing City of Casey
|Population||252,382 (2011) (7th)|
|• Density||615.72/km2 (1,594.70/sq mi)|
|Area||409.9 km2 (158.3 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Narre Warren|
|Region||Southeast Metropolitan Melbourne|
|State electorate(s)||Narre Warren North
Narre Warren South
|Website||City of Casey|
The City of Casey is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Casey is Victoria's most populous municipality, with a 2011 census population of 252,382. The municipality's population growth rate during both 1996–2001 and 2001–2006 was higher, in absolute terms, than other rapidly growing outer Melbourne municipalities. It has an area of 409.9 square kilometres (158.3 sq mi).
The City is named after Lord Casey, the 16th Governor-General of Australia, and was formed in 1994 by the merger of the City of Berwick with parts of Shire of Cranbourne (including Cranbourne itself), as well as the Churchill Park Drive estate within the City of Knox.
Casey spreads from the base of the Dandenong Ranges in the north to the shoreline of Western Port in the south. It features a wide variety of geographical features, due to its outer metropolitan location.
The north, in the foothills of the Dandenongs, is primarily made up of large blocks of land used for grazing, with some small vineyards in operation. An Urban Growth Boundary has been in place since 2005 to protect this area from future residential subdivision.
The southern boundary of the municipality is the Western Port shoreline including the fishing villages of Tooradin, Blind Bight, Warneet and Cannons Creek. Protected marine reserves exist on this coastline and extend into the Mornington Peninsula at Pearcedale.
The Cardinia border of the city is formed for some of the boundary by the Cardinia Creek, which is drained through channels into Western Port at its southern end. The popular Riding of the Bounds event takes place along this border, in recognition of Berwick's sister city status with Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland, England.
- Balla Balla Ward – Cr Geoff Ablett
- Edrington Ward – Cr Mick Morland and Cr Susan Serey
- Four Oaks Ward – Cr Rafal Kaplon and Cr Rosalie Crestani
- Mayfield Ward – Cr Gary Rowe and Cr Amanda Stapledon
- Rivergum Ward – Cr Damien Rosario and Cr Wayne Smith JP
- Springfield Ward – Cr Sam Aziz and Cr Louise Berkelmans
Elections are held every four years with voters in Balla Balla Ward electing one Councillor and all other wards electing two Councillors per ward. The eleven Councillors vote each year to elect a Mayor.
Places of interest in Casey
- Casey Insight Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired
- Casey RACE – Recreation & Aquatic Centre
- Casey Aquatic and Recreation Centre (ARC)
- Cranbourne Community Theatre
- Casey Fields
- Westfield Fountain Gate
- Lysterfield Lake Park
- Monash University, Berwick Campus
- Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
- Myuna Farm
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne
- The Factory – Rehearsal Centre for the Arts (Cranbourne)
- The Shed (indoor skate park)
- Wilson Botanic Park
Suburbs and towns
The following suburbs, townships and rural localities are within the City of Casey:
See List of Melbourne suburbs for other Melbourne suburbs and municipalities.
The Casey Scorpions, an Australian rules football club (formerly Springvale), represent Casey in the Victorian Football League. Their home ground is at the Casey Fields Complex in Cranbourne. The team was founded in 1936, during the country's economic depression.
The Casey-South Melbourne Cricket Club also have their home ground at Casey Fields.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Casey (C) (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- http://www.deakin.edu.au/news/upload/BL08042008Ameetafinal.pdf, accessed 11 May 2008
- 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. 7. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
- "Historical background to the Riding of the Bounds". City of Casey. Archived from the original on 2 September 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2007.
- Victorian Electoral Commission (2012). "Casey City Council profile". Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- City of Casey (2009). "Suburbs and post codes – City of Casey". Retrieved 13 October 2012.