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Mount Martha

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Mount Martha is 19,317, with a population density of 6.40 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Mount Martha is bounded by Bentons Road in the north, the Moorooduc Highway and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway in the east, Bruce Road in the south, and Port Phillip Bay in the west.

Name origin

Mount Martha is thought to be named after the wife of Lieutenant-Governor Lonsdale.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming. Growth was minimal until the late 1800s. Significant development did not occur until the 1960s. The area experienced substantial growth during the 1980s, both in permanently and non-permanently occupied dwellings. Growth continued from the early 1990s, with the population more than doubling between 1991 and 2011 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area and dwelling occupancy rates increased.

Land use

Mount Martha is a rural and growing residential area, with residential areas located mainly in the west, along the coast.

Major features

Major features of the area include Mount Martha Park, 'The Briars' Park, Mount Martha Public Golf Course, Joseph Harris Scout Park, Mornington Cemetery, Mount Martha House Community Centre, Balcombe Creek Estate Winery, Balcombe Estuary Recreation Reserve, Balcombe Reserve, Citation Reserve, Dunns Road Reserve, Fairbarn Bushland Reserve, Hopetoun Norfolk Flora & Fauna Reserve, John F Ferrero Reserve, Mace Oval, Sunshine Reserve, Victoria Reserve, the Port Phillip Bay foreshore, various beaches and several schools.