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Waterways Area Profile

Waterways describes the area which is made up of man-made wetlands and lakes in the middle of the residential estate. Waterways is bounded by Governor Road in the north, Springvale Road in the east, Mordialloc Creek in the south, and the suburb of Braeside in the west.

Settlement of the area dates from the mid-1800s, with land used mainly for farming and grazing. Population was minimal until 2000.

It is in the state electorate district of Keysborough and in the federal electorate division of Isaacs.



The population in Waterways is 2,453.

The population in Waterways forecast to decline to 2,102 people (-14.3%) in 2036.

5.3% of households are lone person households compared to 24.4% in Kingston.

People aged 35- 49 years are forecast to have the greatest population increase with an additional 248 people in this age group 2016 to 2036.  



The number of households is forecast to increase by 1.6% from 733 in 2016 to 744 households in 2036.

25% are 2 bedroom, 55% are 3 bedroom, 17% are 4 bedroom, 3% are 5 bedroom dwellings.

89% of households in Waterways fully own their dwelling or are purchasing it (mortgage) and 7.9% are renting privately. 

51.6% of households with a mortgage are paying the highest loan repayments ($2,337 or more per month). 

93.8% of renting households are in the highest rental bracket paying $417 or more per week in rent.

Average household size in 2016 is 3.44 people.

65.3% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016.



43.2% of our residents were born overseas, of which 33.8% are from countries where English was not their first language.

14.5% of our population who were born overseas arrived in Australia after 2011. .

0.4% of people identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 9 residents. .

Ancestries experiencing the most growth between 2011 and 2016: Chinese (+150 people), English (+90 people), and Irish (+48 people). 

5.6% of the population, 139 people speak another language and English not well, or not at all.

Top 3 languages other than English spoken at home: Mandarin 9.3%, Vietnamese 5.3%, Khmer 3.4%.

2.9% (72 people) need help in their day-to-day lives due to a disability. 


Health and Wellbeing

75% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ physical health.

13% state that illegal drugs have a negative impact on my household.

37% of residents identified as smokers.

75% people have access to fresh and affordable food.

25% state that alcohol consumption has a negative impact on my household. 

87.5% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ mental health.

63% of people feel a sense of optimism about the future.



87.5% of people feel safe walking in the local area during the day, compared to 75% at night.

8 reported assault and related offences, and 9 burglary break and entry (June 2016 - June 2017).

75% of people feel safe walking in the local area at night.

37.5% of people feel a strong sense of belonging to the community..

50% of people state that, in times of need, they could turn to neighbours for help.



16.4% of the population reported doing some form of voluntary work in 2016 

12.5% stated that they are an active member of a club or community group.

75% of people like the look and feel of the local area.

75% of people are satisfied with the quality of the parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the local area.

50% of people believe there are adequate community services available in the local area.

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

93.2% of households are connected to the internet.



1,264 people living in Waterways in 2016 were employed, of which 65% worked full-time and 33% part-time.

There were more professionals (27.8%) in Waterways in 2016 than any other occupation.



12.2% of Waterways residents travelled to work by Public Transport.

29.5% of households own 3 or more vehicles and 0.4 % have no car at all.



Waterways is a recent residential area.

Waterways is the only suburb in Australia that consists of 20% parkland and 40% water. The lakes that surround Waterways are man-made wetlands that serve as a filtration system for fresh water flowing down from Dandenong and Mordialloc Creeks into Port Phillip Bay.

No cats are allowed in Waterways as it is environmentally sensitive area.


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