The suburb of Glen Waverley is generally bounded by Dandenong Creek to the east, Ferntree Gully Road to the south, Blackburn Road to the west and Highbury Road to the north. Springvale Road, a major north-south distributor, divides the suburb. The geography varies from river flats adjacent to the Dandenong Creek in the east to hilly in the region between the Dandenong Creek and Scotchmans Creek catchments.
The area was first settled in the mid nineteenth century and later developed as orchards and farming lands. The Post Office opened on 1 July 1885 as Black Flat in the area to the south of the railway line, was renamed Glen Waverley in 1921, and Glen Waverley South in 1963 on the same day Glen Waverley North office (open since 1954) was renamed Glen Waverley (from 1994 The Glen).
Major development occurred in the 1950s to 1970s with rapid infilling of housing built to a generally high standard on large (typically 800m2) blocks. Much of that housing stock is now ageing and renewal is occurring, frequently involving subdivision of the larger blocks into townhouse development. On 12th of September 1973, the first McDonald's restaurant was opened in Victoria. It is one of the oldest in Australia still in existence.
The main street of Glen Waverley is Kingsway. In recent years, Kingsway has developed into a vibrant dining and entertainment area, with strong Asian influences. Kingsway also is taken up by Century City Walk, a cinema multiplex. It houses various eateries, a Strike Bowling Bar and a Village Cinema (equipped with Gold Class facilities). There are now many hotels such as Novotel Glen Waverley, Hotel Ibis, Waverley International Hotel, and the Quest Hotel. There is also a large branch of the Monash Public Library Service. Construction of a 10-storey apartment, office, retail and carparking complex between the railway station and Kingsway will begin in mid-2011. The suburb also has numerous churches, and is home to the Victoria Police Academy, which occupies a former Roman Catholic seminary.
Glen Waverley has also developed to become somewhat of a business hub in metropolitan Melbourne, with many international companies including BMW, Nestle, Toshiba, Ansell, Adidas, NEC, and 3M all having their Australian headquarters in the suburb.
The majority of Glen Waverley residents identify as being Australian born. At the time of the 2006 Census, over 2000 people responded with China as being their country of birth. Mandarin and Cantonese are the most spoken language at home, following Engish. Most residents of the suburb are employed as professionals, clerical and administrative workers, or managers. According to a 2011 article by The Age Newspaper, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus were the most popular car choice for people in Glen Waverley.
Most of Glen Waverley's
voting booths sit within the federal electorate of Bruce (with the
remainder in Chisholm). The suburb is traditionally oriented towards the
Liberal Party, but has become extremely marginal and competitive in
recent years. This is evidenced in the 2010 federal election results, in
which the combined booth results for the suburb produced a primary vote
of 40.7% for the Labor Party, 46.0% for the Liberals, and 9.8% for the
Greens. After preferences, the split was 49.99% for Labor and 50.01% for
the Liberals (a difference of only 3 votes!).
The Glen (formerly known as "The Glen") is a local regional shopping
centre owned, managed and developed by Centro Properties Group. Although
smaller than nearby shopping centres such as Knox or Chadstone, the
Glen houses a substantial collection of shops, including supermarkets, a
food court named Diners Life and a number of smaller clothing stores.
Centro The Glen currently has over 207 specialty retail shops and 11
anchor retailers, thus making Centro The Glen one of the most
significant shopping centres in the vicinity. Centro The Glen was the
first shopping centre in suburban Victoria to contain a David Jones
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE (Glen Waverley Campus)
Glen Waverley Secondary College
Brentwood Secondary College
Highvale Secondary College
Glen Waverley Primary School
Glen Waverley South Primary School
Glendal Primary School
Mount View Primary School
Highvale Primary School
Camelot Rise Primary School
This information has been sourced from Wikipedia.
Wesley College (Glen Waverley Campus)
St Leonard's Primary School
St Christopher's Primary School
The suburb has an Australian rules football team The Glen Waverley Hawks, competing in the Eastern Football League and the Glen Waverley Rovers Junior Football Club.
The Waverley Soccer Club and the Glen Waverley Junior Soccer Club were founded in 1980 and are members of Football Federation Victoria. The seniors currently compete in the Mens Provisional League Div 3.
Tennis clubs include Glenvale Tennis Club, Glenburn Tennis Club, Legend Park Tennis Club, Notting Hill Pinewood Tennis Club and Whites Lane Tennis Club.
Cricket is represented by the Glen Waverley Cougars Cricket Club] and the [ Glen Waverley Cricket Club], who both compete in the Southern District & Churches Cricket League] (SDCCL). In season 2009/2010 the Glen Waverley Cricket Clubs' 50th year, they won the SDCCL Menzies Shield, defeating Mount Waverley Uniting Cricket Club.
Golfers play at the course of the Glen Waverley Golf Club at Waverley Road in the neighbouring suburb of Wheelers Hill.
Glen Waverley has a major recreational and aquatic centre located on Waverley Rd, the Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre. It has a range of different swimming pools to cater for everyone's needs with two kid pools, a 40 metre wave pool, a Learn-to-swim pool, an indoor 25 metre pool, an outdoor 50 metre pool and a hydrotherapy pool.
The suburb gives its name to the Glen Waverley railway line, which terminates at Glen Waverley station. Services depart platform 1 and 2, with a frequency of 7-8 minutes in peak hour. A number of bus routes operated by Ventura Bus Lines, Grenda's Bus Services and Driver Bus Lines also operate in the area, with connections to Monash University, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Ringwood, Knox City Shopping Centre, Rowville, St. Kilda, Glen Iris, Springvale and Croydon. The 902 SmartBus from Chelsea to Airport West, also operates via Glen Waverley at 10 minute frequencies during weekday peak hour in both directions.