City of Casey
About the area
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The City of Casey is named after Lord Richard Gardiner Casey, Foreign Minister and 16th Governor General of Australia.
Location and boundaries
The City of Casey is located in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs, between 28 and 60 kilometres south-east of the Melbourne CBD. The City of Casey is bounded by the City of Knox and the Yarra Ranges Council area in the north, Cardinia Shire in the east, Western Port and Mornington Peninsula Shire in the south, and Frankston City and the City of Greater Dandenong in the west. The City of Casey's boundaries are Police Road, Churchill National Park, West Boundary Track, Horswood Road and Boundary Road in the north, Cardinia Creek, McCormacks Road, Pound Road, Tooradin Station Road, Hardys Road and Dalmore Road in the east, the Western Port coastline and South Boundary Road East in the south, and Western Port Highway, South Gippsland Highway, South Gippsland Freeway, Princes Highway, Claredale Road and the Dandenong Creek in the west.
The City of Casey includes the suburbs and localities of Beaconsfield (part), Berwick, Blind Bight, Botanic Ridge, Cannons Creek, Clyde, Clyde North, Cranbourne, Cranbourne East, Cranbourne North, Cranbourne South, Cranbourne West, Devon Meadows, Doveton, Endeavour Hills, Eumemmerring, Hallam, Hampton Park, Harkaway, Junction Village, Lynbrook, Lyndhurst (part), Lysterfield South, Narre Warren, Narre Warren North, Narre Warren South, Pearcedale (part), Tooradin (part) and Warneet.
The City of Casey is a rapidly developing residential area, with large areas of land still allocated for urban development, and surrounding rural areas. The City of Casey encompasses a total land area of about 410 square kilometres. Rural land is used mainly for grazing, horse agistment, market gardening and flower growing, with substantial areas of open space/parklands.
The City of Casey is served by the Monash Freeway, the Princes Freeway, the South Gippsland Freeway, the Princes Highway, the South Gippsland Highway, the Western Port Highway and the Cranbourne and Pakenham railway lines.
European settlement dates from the 1830s when pastoral activity commenced. Growth was minimal until the 1850s, with early development concentrated in the townships of Berwick and Cranbourne. Some expansion took place in the late 1800s, spurred by the construction of the railway line. Significant residential development did not occur until the post-war years, beginning in Doveton in the 1950s, and then expanding to cover much of the northern half of the City. In the 1960s, the Berwick corridor was identified as one of Melbourne's growth corridors, with large areas around Cranbourne released for development in the 1980s. Since then the City of Casey has been one of Australia's fastest growing areas, catering for a large proportion of Melbourne's fringe development. Most of the growth since the 1990s has been within the central part of the City, particularly in Narre Warren South, the southern part of Berwick, Lynbrook, Lyndhurst and Cranbourne West, and more recently in Cranbourne, Cranbourne East and Cranbourne North. Population growth is expected to continue.
The original inhabitants of the City of Casey were the Bunurong and Wurundjeri Aboriginal people.