Issued Tuesday 20 February 2018
The City of Casey will mark 150 years to the day since the Shire of Cranbourne was proclaimed with a free community celebration on Saturday 24 February 2018.
The 150th anniversary event will take place in Greg Clydesdale Square, with historic displays, local performers, free activities, a sausage sizzle and more.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett said the celebration would be an opportunity to commemorate Cranbourne’s history and celebrate it’s evolution over the past 150 years.
“When the Shire of Cranbourne was declared on 24 February 1868, it serviced a population of about 1,000 people made up of grazing and agricultural land and contained most of the Koo Wee Rup Swamp,” Cr Ablett said.
“It’s a stark difference to the Cranbourne we know today; a large, growing and vibrant suburb home to more than 80,000 residents across Cranbourne North, South, East and West.
“The 150th anniversary celebration is a chance for the community to come together and reflect on Cranbourne’s rich history and early days, and celebrate the community it’s become today.”
After the Shire of Cranbourne was created, early meetings took place in the Cranbourne Inn. The Municipal Offices were built in 1875, which still stand today on the corner of Sladen Street and South Gippsland Highway.
On 22 April 1994, the Shire of Cranbourne became the City of Cranbourne, before part of the municipality was joined with most of the City of Berwick and a small part of the City of Knox, officially becoming the City of Casey on 15 December 1994.
Mayfield Ward Councillors Amanda Stapledon and Gary Rowe encouraged local residents to come along and join in the 150th milestone celebrations.
“This event will be a platform for us to recognise those who laid the foundations for this area, acknowledge those who’ve contributed so much to Cranbourne in recent times and just celebrate a momentus occasion in our history,” said Cr Stapledon, who raised the Notice of Motion to call for the 150th celebration.
“As one of the Ward Councillors, I’m so proud of our past and the vibrant, diverse and thriving community that Cranbourne has become and I’m looking forward to celebrating that,” Cr Rowe added.
Date: Saturday 24 February 2018
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Venue: Greg Clydesdale Square, High Street, Cranbourne
For more information visit the 150 Year Anniversary event page.