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City of Monash

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for the City of Monash is 192,850, with a population density of 23.68 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The City of Monash is located in Melbourne's south eastern suburbs, between 13 and 24 kilometres south-east of the Melbourne CBD. The City of Monash is bounded by the City of Whitehorse in the north, the City of Knox in the east, the Cities of Greater Dandenong and Kingston in the south, and the Cities of Glen Eira, Stonnington and Boroondara in the west. The City's boundaries are Highbury Road in the north, Dandenong Creek in the east, Police Road, Dandenong Road, Westall Road and Centre Road in the south, and Warrigal Road, North Road, Poath Road, Dandenong Road and Warrigal Road in the west.

Name origin

Monash is named after a range of features in the area, including Monash University, which were themselves named after World War I commander Sir John Monash.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1840s, with land used largely for grazing, market gardens and orchards. The Oakleigh township was established in 1853. Growth took place in the late 1800s, particularly around the railway line to Oakleigh which was constructed in the late 1870s. Except for Oakleigh and Clayton, the area remained largely rural until the 1950s, despite the construction of the Glen Waverley railway line in the 1930s. Small townships such as Glen Waverley, Notting Hill and Mount Waverley serviced the surrounding market gardens, poultry, sheep and cattle farms. Significant residential development took place in the post-war years, accompanied by industrial growth. Areas between the railway lines began to be developed for housing, with rapid growth during the 1960s and 1970s. The population of the City declined marginally in the early 1990s, falling from 157,000 in 1991 to under 152,000 in 1996. The population then increased gradually from the mid 1990s, rising to 168,000 in 2011.

Land use

The City of Monash is a predominantly residential area, with substantial industrial, commercial and recreational areas. The City encompasses a total land area of 81 square kilometres.


The City of Monash is served by the Monash Freeway, Dandenong Road, North Road, Wellington Road and the Dandenong and Glen Waverley railway lines.

Major features

Major features of the City include Monash University, GippsTAFE Energy Training Centre, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE (Waverley Campus), Victoria Police Academy, Monash Medical Centre (Clayton Campus), Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre, Jells Park, Sir Kennett Luke Stand (Waverley Park), Waverley Basketball Centre, Waverley Women's Sports Centre, Oakleigh Recreation Centre, Glen Waverley Public Golf Course, Huntingdale Golf Club, Metropolitan Golf Club, Oakleigh Public Golf Course, Riversdale Golf Club, Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash Gallery of Art, Centro Brandon Park Shopping Centre, Centro Oakleigh (Oakleigh Central Shopping Centre), Centro The Glen Shopping Centre, Clayton Shopping Centre, Mount Waverley Village Shopping Centre, Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre and the Valley Reserve - Scotchmans Creek Linear Trail.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Monash area were the Bunurong Aboriginal people.

Included areas

The City of Monash includes the suburbs of Ashwood, Burwood (part), Chadstone, Clayton, Glen Waverley, Hughesdale, Huntingdale, Mount Waverley, Mulgrave, Notting Hill, Oakleigh, Oakleigh East, Oakleigh South (part) and Wheelers Hill.