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Heatherton Area Profile

The Facts: Heatherton was named to describe the original appearance of the land (like Scottish heather). It was previously known as King’s Town.

Heatherton is bounded by the proposed Dingley Freeway in the north, Boundary Road in the east, Centre Dandenong Road in the south, Kingston Heath Reserve, Kingston Heath Golf Club, and an alignment running east-west in line with Argus Street and Warrigal Road in the west.

Settlement of the area dates from the 1800's, with land used mainly for dairying, market gardening and sand mining.

The State electorate for Heatherton is the Clarinda District. The Federal electorate for Heatherton is the Division of Hotham.

People: Heathertons' population is 2,914 people.

The population is forecast to increase by 3.6% (to 3,018 people) in 2036.

15.6% of households are lone person households.

People aged 35 - 49 years are forecast to have the greatest population increase with an additional 107 people in this age group 2016 to 2036. 

Housing: The number of households is forecast to increase by 3.6% from 1,008 in 2016 to 1,044 households in 2036. The largest growth is expected for lone person households. 

11.6% are 2 bedrooms, 48% are 3 bedrooms, 30.1% are 4 bedrooms, 3.2% are 5 or more bedrooms dwellings. 

69.4% of households in Oakleigh South fully own their dwelling or are purchasing it (mortgage) and 25.8% are renting privately and 0.9% are in social housing.  

37.9% of households with a mortgage are paying the highest loan repayments ($2,337 or more per month).

48.6% of renting households are in the highest rental costs paying $417 or more per week in rent.

Average household size in 2016 is 2.82 people.

43.2% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016.

Diversity: 34.8% of our residents were born overseas, of which 25% are from countries where English was not their first language.

20.4% of our population who were born overseas arrived in Australia after 2011.

0.1% of people identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 4 residents.

Ancestries experiencing the most growth between 2011 and 2016: Irish (+83 people), Chinese (+61 people) and Filipino (+30 people). 

4.7% (137 people) of the population speak another language and English not well, or not at all

Top 3 languages other than English spoken at home: Mandarin 13%, Russian 8.9%,  Greek 7.5%.

4.2% (123 people) need help in their day-to-day lives due to a disability.

Health and Wellbeing: 90% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ physical health.

0% state that illegal drugs have a negative impact on my household.

10% of residents identified as smokers

100% people have access to fresh and affordable food.

10% of people state that alcohol consumption has a negative impact on my household.

100% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ mental health.

90% of people feel a sense of optimism about the future.

Safety: 100% of people feel safe walking in the local area during the day, compared to 80% at night. 

14 reported assault and related offences, and 11 burglary break and entry (June 2016 - June 2017).

80% of people feel safe walking in the local area at night.

60% of people feel a strong sense of belonging to the community.

90% of people state that, in times of need, they could turn to neighbours for help.

Community: 15.9% of the population reported doing some form of voluntary work in 2016. 

30% stated that they are an active member of a club or community group, compared with 37% in Kingston.

100% of people like the look and feel of the local area, compared with 88% in Kingston.

90% of people are satisfied with the quality of the parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the local area, compared with 86% in Kingston.

60% of people believe there are adequate community services available in the local area, compared to 84% in Kingston.

40% of people believe there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are important compared to 50% in Kingston.

87.7% of households are connected to the internet.

Employment: 1,420 people living in Heatherton in 2016 were employed, of which 58.4% worked full-time and 34.6% part-time.

There were more professionals (25.2%) in Heatherton in 2016 than any other occupation.

Travel: 11% of Heatherton residents travelled to work by Public Transport.

18.6% of households own 3 or more vehicles.

Features: Kararook park is in Heatherton, Kararook is an Aboriginal term meaning Sandy Place.

Major features of the area include Kingston Heath Golf Club, Capital Golf Course, Heatherton Recreation Reserve, Karkarook Park, Moorabbin Super Centre, Melbourne Golf Academy and the Kingston Centre.

The population density of Heatherton is 4.5 persons per hectare. 

At present time Heatherton is home to a variety of land uses including residential, market gardening and extractive industries.

 Data sources for information on this page are:

ABS 2016 Census    

.Id Community Demographic resources 

Crime Statistics: 

Kingston City Council 2016 Health and Wellbeing Survey September 2014

Social Statistics: