The Federal Electorate of Casey is named after Lord Richard Casey (1890-1976). Richard Casey fought as a soldier in World War One, serving at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. He was Australia’s first representative to the United States and was then appointed to the British war cabinet by the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
Lord Casey also had a distinguished political and parliamentary career, first serving as the Member for Corio in 1932 and then representing La Trobe between 1949 and 1960. He was Treasurer in the Lyons Government and Minister for External Affairs in the Menzies Government. He was appointed Governor-General in 1965.
The Division of Casey begins in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne and extends into the Yarra Valley and across the Dandenong Ranges. It covers an area of approximately 2,466 sq km from Chirnside Park in the west to East Warburton and Reefton in the east, Steels Creek and Dixons Creek in the north and Belgrave and Narre Warren East in the south.
Major suburbs/towns include Belgrave, Chirnside Park, Healesville, Lilydale, Monbulk, Mooroolbark, Mount Evelyn, Upper Ferntree Gully, Upwey, Warburton, Yarra Glen and Yarra Junction.
Casey according to Tony Smith
The Federal electorate of Casey is both an urban and rural region. Its boundaries largely mirror the area covered by the Yarra Ranges Council and comprises fast developing suburbs and the Yarra Valley heartland.
Blessed with pristine natural beauty, our suburbs on Melbourne’s eastern fringe sit alongside sprawling agricultural areas, rural townships and some of the world’s best vineyards.
The rural areas of the Yarra Valley are at the forefront of agri-business and proudly produce some of the best wine, flowers and fruit in Australia and the world.
In the outer suburban region, a diverse range of small, medium and large businesses produce and deliver a range of goods and services and comprise the backbone of our local economy.
The urban areas of Casey host rapidly growing and expanding new suburbs of young families who’ve come here to build their dreams and share in our unique and vibrant community spirit.
New homes and suburbs sit alongside older suburbs built by the post-war generation, who made the same trek here for the same reason: to build a better life and provide better prospects for their children and future.
Casey straddles both urban and rural Victoria and as such, has unique needs. With the speed of urban development, it is my role to ensure government provides adequate infrastructure and services.
If you have any problems or issues involving Federal Government departments or programmes, please contact my office.