City of Casey

City of Casey
City of Casey
Map of Melbourne showing City of Casey
Population: 247,357(2009)[1] (4th)
Established: 1994
Area: 409.9 km² (158.3 sq mi)
Mayor: Shar Balmes
Council Seat: Narre Warren
Region: Southeast Metropolitan Melbourne
State District: Narre Warren North
Narre Warren South
Federal Division: Holt
La Trobe
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LGAs around City of Casey:
Monash Knox Yarra Ranges
City of Casey Cardinia
Mornington Peninsula Westernport Bay Westernport Bay

The City of Casey is a Local Government Area in Victoria, Australia, located in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Casey is Victoria's most populous municipality, with a 2006 census population of 214,960.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]



Casey is spread between the base of the Dandenong Ranges in the north and Western Port Bay in the south. It features a wide variety of geographical features, due to its outer metropolitan location.

The north, at 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 in order to protect this area from future residential subdivision.

Extensive development has transformed the area between Endeavour Hills and Cranbourne, including the suburbs of Narre Warren, Berwick, Doveton and Cranbourne, into primarily suburban land. Most of this land is flat, and was formerly made up of large farming properties.

South of Cranbourne is largely farmland, used for market gardening and grazing. A small number of flower farms exist around Junction Village, along with the large Ingham’s plant at Clyde.

The southern border of the city is formed by the Western Port Bay, and is the location of a variety of towns including Tooradin and Warneet. The coastal reserves, including the marshes at Tooradin, link up the eastern Western Port with the Mornington Peninsula, although the city excludes the Mornington Peninsula itself.

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 Bay 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.[5]

Elected Council

The City of Casey is divided into six wards, each represented by two Councillors except for the Balla Balla Ward which has one representative. The eleven Councillors elect the Mayor each year. The council is currently led by Mayor Shar Balmes. Cr Wayne Smith is Deputy Mayor.[6]

City of Casey - Ward Councilors
Balla Balla Ward Geoff Ablett
Edrington Ward Cr Judy Owen JP Cr Simon Curtis
Four Oaks Ward Cr Shar Balmes Cr Beverley Hastie
Mayfield Ward Cr Kevin Bradford Cr Amanda Stapledon
River Gum Ward Cr Lynette Keleher Cr Wayne Smith
Springfield Ward Cr Sam Aziz vacant
Source: Councillor Contact Details - City of Casey

Council services

In the 2007-2008 financial year, the council will administer a budget of $191.32 million with $56.77 million allocated to infrastructure projects; $134.55 million provided for delivery of council services.[7]

Places of interest in Casey

Suburbs and towns


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.


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Sister cities

See also


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Casey (C) (Local Government Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  3. ^, accessed 11 May 2008
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (1 August 1995) (PDF). Victorian local government amalgamations 1994-1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification. Commonwealth of Australia. p. 7. ISBN 0-642-23117-6.$File/12570_1994-95.pdf. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Historical background to the Riding of the Bounds". City of Casey. Archived from the original on 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Councillor Contact Details". City of Casey. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  7. ^ Britz, Ros; Sam Bartlett (2007-07-11). "City of Casey’s $191.32 million 2007-08 Budget Adopted - amended". City of Casey (City of Casey). Retrieved 2007-08-05. 

External links

Coordinates: 38°05′24″S 145°19′23″E / 38.090°S 145.323°E / -38.090; 145.323

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