Carrum Downs 

 

Carrum Downs is an unincorporated residential suburb located in the City of Frankston, VIC, Australia. Carrum Downs primarily consists of medium-density housing, with a shopping centre, sports ground and community hall located at the corner of Carrum Downs Road, Punt Road, and Sturt Road, two schools, and a police station. The suburb is also the location of the Carrum Downs Landfill, a 54-hectare site on Carrum Downs Road, which was opened in 1994 and accepts all waste from Frankston and Banyule municipalities, as well as suburban Melbourne, Melbourne’s southwestern growth corridor. The suburb is bounded by Carrum Downs Road to the north, Punt Road to the east, the Maribyrnong River to the west, and Bell Road to the south.

Carrum Downs is a small town located 25km south-east of Frankston, Victoria. Although its population is relatively small, it holds many secrets to its history. Carrum Downs began in 1860 when 10,000 acres of land were surveyed into 10,000 allotments. The gold rush of the 1860s brought many prospectors to the district, and by the 1870s Carum Downs was a thriving town. The town’s economy was greatly impacted by the building of the railway line in the 1890s, which connected the town to Melbourne and Geelong.

Carrum Downs, at 2501 Carrum Downs Rd, is a partially enclosed shopping mall. It is located near the corner of Carrum Downs Rd and Gleneagles Rd in Frankston, Victoria. Carrum Downs Shopping Village is an enclosed shopping mall in Frankston, Victoria, Australia. The shopping centre is run by Vicinity Centres, a subsidiary of the Vicinity Group. The shopping centre has over 100 stores, including Myer, Littlewoods, Big W, JB Hi-Fi, Coles, Woolworths and Target.

The village of Carrum Downs, located at the southern end of Carrum Downs Rd, consists of 145 hectares of land surrounded by the Carrum Downs Golf Club. It has a population of 2,100 people, and is located on the commuter train line to Frankston, making it a convenient place to live for those working in the Frankston area.

In the 1990’s the Carrum Downs suburb of Frankston drew many people to the area, offering them a relaxed waterfront lifestyle. While the suburb is certainly beautiful, with views of the sparkling waters of Port Phillip bay, it has also been plagued by drug abuse. In fact, Port Phillip’s Drug Strategy (2005 – 2015) has classified Carrum Downs as a Priority Drug Area (PDA). The PDA status is a consequence of Carrum Downs’ high rate of drug-related crime, especially theft.

Carrum Downs was named after the Aboriginal word “Carrum” which refers to an Aboriginal camp or village. The Aboriginal community was displaced following the creation of the Carrum Downs Racecourse in 1861. Since its creation the racecourse has played host to many famous race horses including Makybe Diva, Unforgotten, Miss Andretti, and Takeover Target.