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City of Maroondah

About the area

Name origin

The City of Maroondah is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "leaf".

Location and boundaries

The City of Maroondah is located in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, about 25 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. The City of Maroondah is bounded by the Manningham City Council area in the north, the Yarra Ranges Council area in the east, the City of Knox in the south, and the City of Whitehorse in the west.

Included areas

The City of Maroondah includes the suburbs of Bayswater North, Croydon, Croydon Hills, Croydon North, Croydon South, Heathmont, Kilsyth (part), Kilsyth South, Park Orchards (part), Ringwood, Ringwood East, Ringwood North (part), Vermont (part), Warranwood and Wonga Park (part).

Economic region
City of Maroondah

Land use

The City of Maroondah is a predominantly residential area, with some commercial, industrial and semi-rural areas, and substantial parklands. The City encompasses a total land area of about 61 square kilometres. Established residential areas are located along the major transport routes and railway lines, while newer residential areas are located in the northern and south-eastern peripheries.

Transport

The City of Maroondah is served by the Maroondah Highway, Eastlink and the Belgrave and Lilydale railway lines.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for sheep and cattle grazing, farming and timber-getting. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, with growth through to the 1920s, spurred by the opening of the Melbourne-Lilydale railway line in the 1880s. Land became used more for orchards and market gardens, with some mining and brick-making. Significant development occurred from the post-war years, with rapid growth in the southern suburbs during the 1950s and 1960s. Growth then spread to the northern suburbs, with development of the northern-most areas of Croydon Hills and Warranwood from the 1980s. Gradual population growth continued from the 1990s.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the City of Maroondah were the Wurundjeri Aboriginal people.

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