Waterways is a residential suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the Melbourne CBD. Originally a housing development, it is surrounded by the much larger suburbs of Braeside, Aspendale Gardens, Keysborough and Bangholme, and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway traverses the western side of the suburb. It is Australia's only suburb that's 20% parkland and 40% water, and over 46 hectares (110 acres) of wildlife sanctuary were artificially created in and around the old wetlands along the Mordialloc Creek (a distributary of lower Dandenong Creek), hence the suburb's name.
|Population||2,461 (2016 census)|
|LGA(s)||City of Kingston|
The suburb's location is environmentally sensitive as it is situated directly between two important conservation areas, the Braeside Park and Edithvale Wetlands. Planning permits are strictly regulated and gardens monitored to prevent the introduction of foreign species that may become invasive and threaten the abundant native wildlife in the area. The Mornington Peninsula branch of the Bird Observers Club of Australia or PENBOC have documented 105 different species of birds in the area, and domestic cats are also forbidden for this reason.
Construction on Waterways Estate began in May 2000, due to end within five years. Waterways got its name from its waterways which are essentially a number of man made wetlands and giant lakes in and around the estate.
The lakes serve as a Melbourne Water filtration system for fresh water flowing down from Dandenong and Mordialloc Creeks then into Port Phillip Bay.
Although the development was due to be completed in 2006, the developer applied for, and was subsequently granted permission from Kingston Council to increase the suburb's size. The final stage of the development, called Argyle, was completed in July 2011.
Waterways was rated higher than Toorak, Brighton or Canterbury – or anywhere else, apart from the 63 people living on South Wharf – in an index of socio-economic advantage compiled from the 2011 census.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Waterways (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
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