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Cranbourne

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Cranbourne is 20,859, with a population density of 16.02 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Cranbourne is bounded by Thompsons Road in the north, Narre Warren Road, Cameron Street and the South Gippsland Highway in the east, Ballarto Road and a line running continuous of Ballarto Road in the south and Cranbourne-Frankston Road, Monahans Road and the railway line in the west.

Name origin

Cranbourne is thought to be named after Viscount Cranbourne, a British Parliamentarian.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s. Growth was minimal until the 1860s when the township was established, with land used mainly for farming and grazing. Some expansion took place in the late 1880s, spurred by the construction of the railway line and dairy farming. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, with rapid growth during the 1970s and 1980s. The population declined slightly during the 1990s, and then increased between 2001 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Cranbourne is an established residential and parkland area, with an industrial area around Arundel Street and Smethurst Street.

Major features

Major features of the area include Cranbourne Racecourse, Cranbourne Training Complex, Cranbourne Recreation Reserve, Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre, Springhill Shopping Centre, Cranbourne Home (Homemaker Centre), Amstel Club, Apex Park, Bregazzi Reserve, Brookland Greens Boulevard Reserve, Carlisle Park, Donnelly Recreation Reserve, J & P Cam Reserve, Lawson Poole Reserve, Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre, the Cranbourne railway station and numerous schools.

Included areas

This area encompasses most of the suburb of Cranbourne, with the southern-most part of the suburb included in the Botanic Ridge - Junction Village small area.

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