The City of Greater Dandenong is the most culturally diverse council in Australia, with 160 different nationalities represented.
The City of Casey is the largest council area in Victoria, with a population now exceeding 300,000.
The Cardinia Shire is one of the fastest growing councils in the nation.
And with a population of more than 1.5 million living in Victoria’s collective south-east, there are more than 1.5 million reasons why an A-League and W-League club would thrive here.
More than 64 per cent of Greater Dandenong’s population of 157,000 was born overseas according to the 2016 Census, which revealed the LGA had officially become Australia’s most multicultural for the first time – surpassing the likes of Auburn, Strathfield and Burwood in Sydney’s west.
With Australia laying claim to being the most culturally diverse country in the world, Greater Dandenong also has claims to be one of the most culturally diverse pockets on the planet.
Other than Australia, Vietnam was the highest recorded country of birth for Dandenong residents in the Census, followed by India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and China.
The City of Casey is also exceptionally multicultural in its own right. With more than 114,000 of its residents born overseas, Casey has the largest number of overseas-born residents of any council in Victoria.
Casey’s population is now estimated to be 327,000 and is the most populous LGA in Victoria.
According to the 2016 Census it was also the eighth largest LGA in Australia by population, and ranked behind only the Gold Coast and Brisbane City councils as the fastest growing populations in the country.
Cranbourne East, where Team 11’s training and administration base will be housed at Casey Fields, is the fastest growing suburb in Australia, with its population swelling by 27 per cent in 2017 (up to 34,000 from 27,000).
Forecasts suggest Casey’s population will reach 514,000 by 2041 – larger than the current population of Tasmania.
Cardinia finds itself in a similarly rapid population boom, with a 2017 report by .id the population experts ranking it the sixth-fastest growing LGA in Australia.
Cardinia’s population has also surged past 100,000, with its estimated resident base in 2017 sitting at 102,000.
Cardinia’s population is tipped to reach about 180,000 within 20 years.