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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