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Berwick Township - Beaconsfield

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Berwick Township - Beaconsfield is 22,491, with a population density of 16.43 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Berwick Township - Beaconsfield is bounded by Wintersun Road, Brighton Retreat, Hessell Road, Whistler Drive, Ernst Wanke Road, Harkaway Road, Gardiner Street and Inglis Road in the north, the Cardinia Creek in the east, the Princes Freeway in the south and the suburb of Narre Warren, Ryelands Drive, Hillcrest Avenue, Shinners Avenue, Highfielde Avenue, Brookfield Court and Ernst Wanke Road in the west.

Name origin

Berwick is named after Berwick-on-Tweed, England. Beaconsfield is named after the prominent statesman Disraeli, Lord Beaconsfield.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1854 when initial subdivision occurred, with Berwick being one of the oldest townships in the City of Casey. Gradual growth took place in the mid to late 1800s, aided by gold discoveries and the construction of the railway line. Land was used mainly for timber-getting, dairy farming and orcharding. Residential development was minimal until the late 1980s, with rapid growth from the early 1990s. The population doubled during the 1990s. The population continued to increase between 2001 and 2011, but at a slower rate, a result of fewer new dwellings being added to the area, with growth mainly between the Princes Highway and the railway line.

Land use

Berwick Township - Beaconsfield is a residential area, with some commercial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Wilson Botanic Park, Federation University (Berwick Campus), Chisholm Institute of TAFE (Berwick Campus and Berwick TEC), the Berwick township, Berwick Marketplace, Parkhill Plaza Shopping Centre, Berwick Leisure Centre, Berwick Showground, Casey Hospital, St John of God Berwick Hospital, Timbarra Community Stadium, Akoonah Park, Arch Brown Reserve, Bill Hudson Reserve, Buchanan Park, Cyril Molyneaux Reserve, Edwin Flack Reserve, Hugh Hudson Reserve, Jack Kirkham Reserve, Kirsty Lotkowitz Park, Manna Gum Park, Pioneers Park, Timbarra Park, the Berwick railway station and numerous schools.

Included areas

Berwick Township - Beaconsfield encompasses the central part of the suburb of Berwick and a small part of the suburb of Beaconsfield. The northern part of the suburb of Berwick is included in the Casey Foothills small area, while the southern part is included in the Berwick (South) small area. Most of the suburb of Beaconsfield is located in Cardinia Shire.