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     07/01/2010 C81

    21.02-1 Overview

    07/01/2010 The City of Greater Dandenong respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this C81

    land, their spirits and ancestors. (Aboriginal Project Officer)

    In 2006, the City of Greater Dandenong was home to over 130,000 people with an area of

    129.6 square kilometres. It is undergoing major redevelopment including large-scale

    infrastructure projects, which, when complete, will transform the City‟s image and create

    tremendous future opportunities, truly making it a „City of Opportunity‟.

    The EastLink Freeway, the new Drum Theatre in Lonsdale Street, Metro Village 3175

    residential development, George Street Bridge link into central Dandenong and Dandenong

    Market staged re-development, are some of the developments, which will contribute to

    Greater Dandenong‟s vitality and growth. The Revitalising Central Dandenong (RCD ) partnership between Greater Dandenong City

    Council and the State Government will provide the CAD as the principal focus for major

    urban revitalisation projects and investment from both public and private sources.

    Springvale, one of the major activity centres in the municipality, has the highest

    concentration of Asian retail outlets in eastern Melbourne. The other major activity centres

    - Parkmore in Keysborough and Noble Park also reflect the city‟s vibrant cosmopolitan mix.

    Dandenong‟s vital role in the development of the south eastern region – Victoria‟s

    economic engine room - attracts significant State Government infrastructure funding as an

    impetus for private sector investment. Council‟s development initiatives coupled with the

    above, will revitalise Dandenong into an attractive and liveable City that captures the best

    of today and makes most of the opportunities for tomorrow.

    Greater Dandenong is a net provider of jobs, with a resident workforce of 53,000, and local

    businesses providing approximately 74,000 jobs. Greater Dandenong businesses provide

    the third highest number of jobs in metropolitan Melbourne, with the employment sector

    largely orientated towards manufacturing occupations. Within the metropolitan Melbourne

    area, Greater Dandenong is ranked in terms of job stock first in manufacturing, second

    in storage, third in road transport and fourth in wholesale trade. The extension of the Urban

    Growth Boundary by the State Government will facilitate further industrial development in

    Dandenong and some 25,000 new jobs, to maintain Greater Dandenong‟s pivotal role in the

    State economy.

    Greater Dandenong‟s neighbours are the Cities of Casey to the east, Frankston to the south,

    Kingston to the west, and Monash and Knox to the north. Greater Dandenong is bounded

    by the Dandenong Creek, Princes Freeway, South Gippsland Freeway, Westernport

    Highway to the east, Thompsons Road to the south, Mornington Peninsula Freeway,

    Springvale Road, Tootal Road, Heatherton Road and Westall Road to the west and Police

    Road to the north.

    Development across the municipality is varied. Older development generally comprises

    single-story weatherboard and brick veneer detached houses on „quarter acre‟ blocks. Housing in the non-urban areas to the south ranges from modest farm houses to large and

    well-appointed dwellings in rural-residential lots, subdivided generally in the past 10 to 15


    It is a city that has at its doorstep the magnificent Dandenong Ranges and large areas of

    flora and fauna. Greater Dandenong has extensive areas of open space and includes several

    areas of significant ecological value, wetlands and remnant woodlands and grassland

    communities. The creeks and waterways that traverse the city, together with its many areas

    of historical, aboriginal and vegetative significance, afford the city a composition of diverse




    21.02-2 Regional context

    07/01/2010 Greater Dandenong is the Regional Capital to the rapidly expanding south-eastern region. C81 It is one of Australia‟s premier industrial regions with exporting strengths in manufacturing, wholesale trade and transport and storage. It is the third ranked municipality in Australia in

    terms of industrial jobs behind the Brisbane metropolitan region and City of Melbourne. It

    plays the role of a key regional transport hub and principal service centre to the South

    Eastern Growth Corridor.

    Key transport related infrastructure, other facilities and services located and planned to be

    located within Greater Dandenong have implications for planning and development in

    adjoining municipalities. These are outlined below.

    ? Revitalising central Dandenong: This partnership between Greater Dandenong City Council and State Government will help to reinforce central Dandenong as the

    economic hub and enhance its status as the regional commercial and retail centre.

    ? Major Transport Infrastructure: EastLink linking Ringwood to Frankston, and the Dingley Freeway reservation, which provides the opportunity for linking of the

    Dandenong Bypass to the Westall Road extension and the South Gippsland Freeway to

    full freeway standards in as demand and priorities allow, are expected to result in

    significant expansion and enhancement to the municipality‟s transport network and will

    further improve the strategic regional position of Greater Dandenong.

    ? Dandenong Hospital: Is one of Melbourne's major acute care hospitals providing a

    range of services to the people living in Dandenong and surrounding areas. State

    Government plans for its expansion will enhance its status as an important regional

    health facility.

    ? Major Sporting and Entertainment (MRC) Facilities:

    ? Dandenong Basketball and Volleyball Stadium: Serves as the major facility

    for these and other sports such as badminton and boxing in the region and beyond.

    ? Sandown Race Course and Entertainment Centre: A major privately owned

    racing and commercial entertainment complex.

    ? Sandown Park: A major metropolitan greyhound racing track

    ? National Water Sports Centre: Serves as a major facility for water skiing,

    rowing and other water sports in the region and beyond.

    ? South East Non-Urban Area: A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Kingston, Frankston and Casey City Councils (South East Non-Urban Areas

    Memorandum of Understanding 1998), which sets out the strategic principles and

    processes for planning of the South East Non-Urban Area.

    ? Dandenong Creek floodplain: Ongoing planning, development and maintenance issues are shared with the Cities of Knox and Casey and Melbourne Water.

    ? Eastern Treatment Plant: The Plant is adjacent to Council‟s boundary with the Cities of Kingston and Frankston. It provides sewage and wastewater treatment

    facilities for most of eastern Melbourne as well as recycled water for the region.

    ? Dandenong IN2Z Industrial Area: Greater Dandenong is the only area in South East Melbourne that has a designated Industrial 2 Zone, reserved for heavy and / or

    offensive industries requiring extensive buffer zones.

    ? Extractive industry and landfill: The Sand-belt Open Space Project is a major strategic initiative of Parks Victoria for the conversion of the land formerly used for

    sand extraction and landfill into open space to provide a wide range of regional and

    local recreation opportunities (Chain of Parks). Implementation of this project is shared

    between the City of Greater Dandenong and City of Kingston.

    ? Springvale Botanical Cemetery (Formerly Necropolis) and Bunurong

    Memorial Park: Serve as regional facilities for funeral services. Set in extensive

    landscaped gardens, these also offer fully catered function facilities and fully equipped

    Chapels for memorial services.


    GREATER DANDENONG PLANNING SCHEME ? The Casey Cardinia growth area: This area is expected to grow significantly by 2030. Consequences of this population growth for Greater Dandenong are likely to


    ? Increased pressure on the regional road network.

    ? Increased use of the railway system through Greater Dandenong.

    ? Increased access to employment opportunities in Greater Dandenong.

    ? Increase use of the open space and recreational facilities in Greater Dandenong.

    ? Opportunities for business links between Greater Dandenong businesses and the

    growth area.