Congratulations to the Cardinia Shire and the City of Casey - they both turned 20 on December 15, 2014 at 4.00pm!
Here is a time line of local government in this area -
1842 - The Town of Melbourne created - the first local government body in Victoria.
1860 - Cranbourne Road Board proclaimed June 19. The first members of the Cranbourne Road Board were Dr James Smith Adams, Chairman, who owned Balla Balla Estate ; James Bruce, owner of Sherwood Park ; Richard Burgh Chomley, owner of Tongola at Lyndhurst ; James Lecky, Cranbourne land-owner who also owned the Cardinia Creek property ; Edward Malloy, owner of Mayune property ; Alexander Patterson, owner of St Germains Estate ; Christopher Bond Peed, owner of Springmount ; Patrick Thompson, owner of Oaklands and John Wedge, owner of Johnswood at Lyndhurst. Populaton of the Road Board area was 857. The Road Board met at the Mornington Hotel.
1861 - The town of Berwick and the town of Cranbourne proclaimed on February 25.
1862 - Berwick Road Board proclaimed September 29. The first members of the Berwick Road Board were John Brisbane (Chairman), early Berwick landowner ; Robert Bain, the owner of the Border Hotel (Berwick Inn) in Berwick ; Francis Barr, a Berwick land owner ; Michael Bourke, owner of the La Trobe Inn, later known as Bourke’s Hotel, at Pakenham; James Buchanan, owner of Ardblair, who later went on to be a Member of the Legislative Council ; David Connor, licensee of the New Bunyip Hotel on the Bunyip River ; John Pitman, Pakenham landowner ; John Startup of Mount Ararat Station ; John Troup, land owner at Narre Warren North and Gotlieb Wanke, a land owner at Harkaway. The Road Board met at the Border Hotel (Berwick Inn)
1865 - Shire of Berwick Council chambers built in High Street.
1868 - Shire of Cranbourne proclaimed February 24
1868 - Shire of Berwick proclaimed, May 5
1875 - Cranbourne Shire Offices opened March 6
1889 - The Scoresby Ward of the Shire of Berwick, including Scoresby, Fern Tree Gully, Clematis, parts of Emerald and Avonsleigh was severed from Berwick and became the Shire of Fern Tree Gully on May 23.
1893 - Yannathan and Lang Lang East annexed from the Shire of Buln Buln to the Shire of Cranbourne on January 23.
1902 - Shire of Berwick Offices move to Pakenham Mechanics’ Institute.
1912 - Shire of Berwick Offices open in Main Street Pakenham, corner of John Street.
1963 - Shire of Fern Tree Gully split and the Shire of Knox was formed on November 16 (it became a City on July 4, 1969) The remains of the Shire of Fern Tree Gully were renamed Shire of Sherbrooke on December 23, 1964.
1973 - The City of Berwick and the Shire of Pakenham were formed on October 1, when the Shire of Berwick split. The Shire of Pakenham continued to use the Main Street Offices and the City of Berwick used temporary buildings in Kays Avenue, Hallam until the Civic Centre opened in 1978.
1978 - Cranbourne Shire Offices officially opened in Sladen Street, April 22
1978 - Civic Centre at Narre Warren opened December 8
1979 - Cr Jeune Matthews first female Shire President of the Shire of Pakenham.
1980 - Cr Jan Bateman, City of Berwick’s first female Mayor of the City of Berwick
1983 - Shire of Pakenham Offices opened July 28 in Henty Way
1988 - Cr Judy Elso, first female Shire President of the Shire of Cranbourne
1994 - City of Cranbourne created on April 22
1994 - The City of Casey and the Cardinia Shire officially came into being on the December 15 at 4.00pm.
The City of Casey was created from the western section of the short-lived City of Cranbourne (Cranbourne, Tooradin, Pearcedale, Devon Meadows, Hampton Park etc) and the entire City of Berwick.
The Cardinia Shire was created from the Shire of Pakenham, the eastern end of the City of Cranbourne (Koo-Wee-Rup, Lang Lang, Yannathan, Bayles, Catani etc) plus Emerald, Clematis and Avonsleigh which were annexed from the Shire of Sherbrooke. Langwarrin and Carrum Downs went to the City of Frankston from the City of Cranbourne.
The City of Cranbourne, Shire of Pakenham and City of Berwick ceased to exist on December 15.
2014 - Cardinia Shire Offices opened on November 17 in Officer.
2014 - Cardinia and Casey both turn 20 on December 15.