The Legislative Assembly seat of Lyndhurst is located approximately 22 kilometres southeast of Melbourne. The seat was created at the 2002 election to replace the seat of Springvale.
The electorate contains two large residential areas, the first at the northern end around Springvale, Keysborough and Noble Park and the second east of the Western Port Highway in Hampton Park and including a number of new housing estates developing around Lynbrook.
Much of the rest of the electorate across Bangholme and Dandenong South is taken up by industrial estates and some rural properties.
Lyndhurst is home to a vibrant multicultural population with almost half of all residents (48.6%) born overseas. The largest migrant groups are from Vietnam (8.9%), Cambodia (4.9%) and India (3.4%). Lyndhurst is also home to a range of faiths with the most common being Catholicism (28.1%) and Buddhism (17.3%).
*Demographic data is from the 2006 ABS Census
Over the period of the Bracks/Brumby Government, Labor:
- Increased the number of teaching and administrative staff in Lyndhurst’s government schools by 29.9%;
- Invested $45.1 million in Lyndhurst’s government schools;
- Invested $30 million to support the Heatherhill and Chandler campuses of Keysborough College;
- Built a new $1.5 million learning centre for Hampton Park Secondary College; and,
- Opened a new Lynbrook Primary School.
Southern Health, Victoria’s largest public health provider, services the community of Lyndhurst. Over the period of the Bracks/Brumby Government, Labor:
- Employed an additional 1360 nurses for Southern Health (a 56.2% increase);
- Increased funding for Southern Health by 144%;
- Opened new Ambulance stations in Noble Park and Lyndhurst;
- Built the new, 229-bed Casey Hospital at Berwick; and,
- Invested in new emergency and mental health facilities for Dandenong Hospital.
Over the period of the Bracks/Brumby Government, Labor recruited thousands of police and reduced crime. Tim also worked hard with local residents to secure a new Springvale police station which Tim was proud to open as Police and Emergency Services Minister in 2006.
The Bracks/Brumby Labor Government provided support for emergency services across Lyndhurst and in particular has assisted with equipment funding for the Keysborough CFA and Springvale SES units. As Police and Emergency Services Minister, Tim was delighted to open the new Narre Warren SES unit in 2005.
The Bracks/Brumby Labor Government made significant investments in transport infrastructure and services in and around Lyndhurst. Some of the major projects include:
- Hallam Road Duplication;
- Lynbrook Station;
- Duplication of Thompsons Road;
- $80 million Dingley Bypass, linking Westall Road and Dandenong Bypass; and,
- Upgrades to the Noble Park train station.
A total of $599.23 million was invested in roads across the two municipalities that cover Lyndhurst, the City of Casey and the City of Greater Dandenong.