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|City of Casey
Map of Melbourne showing City of Casey
|Area:||409.9 km² (158.3 sq mi)|
|Council Seat:||Narre Warren|
|Region:||Southeast Metropolitan Melbourne|
|State electorate:||Narre Warren North
Narre Warren South
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
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.
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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