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Dandenong Foothills Policy Area

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Dandenong Foothills Policy Area is 30,731, with a population density of 10.79 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The Dandenong Foothills Policy Area encompasses areas in the east and south-east of the City of Knox. The Dandenong Foothills Policy Area appears as treed slopes rising above the suburbs, forming part of the slopes of the Dandenong Ranges.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s, with land used mainly for grazing, farming, market gardens and orchards. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, with gradual growth through to the early 1900s, aided by the opening of the railway line. Significant development did not occur until the 1960s. The population increased slightly during the late 1990s, and then was relatively stable between 2001 and 2011, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

The Dandenong Foothills Policy Area is a residential and rural area, with some small commercial areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include Dandenong Ranges National Park, Angliss Hospital, Ambleside Homestead, Salvation Army The Basin Centre, Heany Park Scout & Guide Camp, Batterham Reserve, Dobson Park, Gilmour Park, Kings Park, Koolunga Native Reserve, Miller Park, Sherbrooke Little Athletics Track, Talaskia Reserve, Tim Neville Arboretum, Wally Tew Reserve, Wicks Reserve, Wirrianda Reserve, Liverpool Road Retarding Basin, Old Joes Creek Retarding Basin, Alchester Village Shopping Centre, Ferntree Plaza Shopping Centre, The Basin Central Shopping Centre and numerous schools.

Included areas

The Dandenong Foothills Policy Area encompasses the suburb of The Basin, parts of the suburbs of Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Lysterfield and Rowville, and the City of Knox parts of the suburbs of Sassafras and Upper Ferntree Gully.