Maroondah 3134Maroondah is a city formed on 15 December, 1994, by the amalgamation of the former cities of Croydon and Ringwood and the district of Kilsyth South. Its western boundary adjoins Mitcham and its eastern boundary Mooroolbark. The northern boundary adjoins Warrandyte and the southern boundary is the Dandenong Creek.
The administrative centre is the former Ringwood civic centre, and the former Croydon municipal offices are a customer service office.
The name Maroondah comes from the Maroondah reservoir (1927) and the Maroondah Highway, which is a main road from Melbourne to Lilydale and thence across the Yarra Ranges, in which the reservoir is situated. Maroondah is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal word meaning pine trees.
Most of Maroondah city is undulating landscape, other than the valley plain along the Dandenong Creek.
Maroondah's retail and commercial area is mainly along the Maroondah Highway corridor. The Eastland Shopping Centre is at Ringwood, where the railway divides into a line approximately following the highway and another line running south-east. The northern part of Maroondah city (Croydon north) is rural/residential in some parts.
The median house prices in Maroondah city in 1996 ranged from $97,5000 (Bayswater) to $188,500 (Ringwood North). The median for metropolitan Melbourne was $123,000, to which Ringwood came closest ($119,500).
In Ringwood in 1996 the median personal income of persons of 15 years or more was $321 a week. The Croydon median was $350 a week, and the metropolitan median $311 a week.
Maroondah city's census population in 1996 was 91,323 persons.
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