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Carrum Downs

About the profile areas

The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Carrum Downs is 21,014, with a population density of 10.37 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Carrum Downs is bounded by Thompson Road and Thompsons Road in the north, McCormicks Road, the suburb of Sandhurst, Wedge Road and McCormicks Road in the east, Ballarto Road, the eastern and southern edges of The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve, the suburb of Frankston North and Ballarto Road in the south, and the Frankston-Dandenong Road, the Peninsula Link, the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, Wadsley Road and Learmonth Road in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the 1930s. During the Great Depression the Brotherhood of St Laurence built a settlement at Carrum Downs to provide food and shelter to suffering families. After World War II, the settlement was gradually redeveloped as an aged persons village. Significant residential development did not occur until the 1970s, with rapid growth during the 1980s. Substantial growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population doubling between 1991 and 2011, a result of large numbers of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Carrum Downs includes relatively recent residential areas, industrial areas in the north, some rural areas and several small commercial areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include Melbourne Water Eastern Treatment Plant, CFA Training College (Bangholme Campus), Carrum Downs Regional Shopping Centre, Carrum Downs Plaza, Local Village@ Carrum Downs (shopping centre), The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve, Bayside Rock Climbing, Sk8House, Carrum Downs Recreational Reserve, Allied Reserve, Banyan Reserve, Botany Park Recreation Reserve, Greenwood Reserve, Lavender Hill Reserve, Polaris Reserve, Rotary Park, Sandfield Reserve, Wilton Bushland & Aboriginal Memorial Reserve, several business parks and a number of schools.