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The Basin

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for The Basin is 4,556, with a population density of 7.96 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The Basin is bounded by Miller Road, Liverpool Road and Pavitt Lane in the north, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Basin-Olinda Road, Old Coach Road and Ferndale Road in the east, Dandenong Ranges National Park in the south, and a line to the west of Arcadia Road in the west.

Name origin

The Basin was named to describe the area; a 'basin' surrounded by hills.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s, with land used mainly for market gardens and farming. The township was established in the 1930s. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, with growth concentrated on the south-western slopes. The population has fluctuated slightly since the early 1990s, a result of small changes in dwelling stock and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

The Basin is a rural and residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include part of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, Salvation Army The Basin Centre, Wicks Reserve, Batterham Reserve, The Basin Central Shopping Centre and two schools.

Included areas

This small area includes the locality of The Basin and the City of Knox part of the locality of Sassafras.