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Central Ward
About the profile areas

The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Central Ward is 43,030, with a population density of 26.01 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Central Ward is bounded by Dendy Street, Hampton Street and Marriage Road in the north, the Nepean Highway and the Frankston railway line in the east, Park Road, Reserve Road, Tulip Street, George Street, Bay Road, Bluff Road and Abbott Street in the south, and the Port Phillip Bay foreshore in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for agriculture and market gardens. Growth was minimal until the 1880s, spurred by the opening of the railway line. Substantial development occurred during the 1930s as market gardens were subdivided and war commission homes were built. Expansion continued during the post-war years, aided by public housing construction and industrial growth. The population increased slightly from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly medium density housing.

Land use

Central Ward is an established residential area, with some industrial and commercial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Brighton Golf Club, Brighton Bathing Boxes, Hampton Sailing Club, Sandringham Yacht Club, the CSIRO complex, the Hampton Street retail and commercial area, the Highett Road strip shopping centre, Linacre Private Hospital, Hampton Beach, Hampton Pier, Sandringham Athletics Centre, Advantage Road Park, Alexander Park, Ashwood Avenue Park, A W Oliver Baseball Park, Bamfield Street Park, Basterfield Park, Boss James Reserve, Brighton Beach Oval, Castlefield Reserve, Dendy Park, Gypsy Village Park, Hanby Street Reserve, Holyrood Street Park, Leonard Street Park, Lucas Street Reserve, Moorabbin West Reserve, Myrtle Road Playground, Olympic Avenue Park, Peterson Street Reserve, R.G. Chisholm Reserve, R J Sillitoe Reserve, Spring Road Reserve, Thomas Street Reserve, Tibrockney Street Park, Train Street Park, Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Tulip Grove Park, Whyte Street Reserve, Wishart Reserve, Ornamental Lake, Picnic Point, the Port Phillip Bay foreshore, Cheltenham Memorial Park & Cemetery, Haileybury College (Castlefield - Brighton Campus) and several other schools.

Included areas

Central Ward encompasses the suburbs of Hampton and Hampton East, the City of Bayside part of Highett, and parts of Brighton, Brighton East, Cheltenham and Sandringham.