Bentleigh East, Victoria
Bentleigh East is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located 14 kilometres from the CBD. Its local government area is the City of Glen Eira. At the 2016 Census, Bentleigh East had a population of 27,635 up from 25,925 in 2011.
The suburb, like its neighbour Bentleigh, was named after the infamous Victorian politician Thomas Bent. Part of East Bentleigh was inside the original grant of land bought by English farmer and brewer, Henry Dendy, in 1841. He bought 5,120 acres (20.7 km2) which was bounded on the west by Port Phillip Bay, then North Road, East Boundary Road and South Road. Bentleigh East Post Office opened on 9 January 1928 and closed in 1995, although Bentleigh East Delivery Centre remains open. Coatesville Post Office on Mackie Road opened on 1 April 1955.
East Bentleigh police station closed in the early 1990s and the building remains standing on the corner of East Boundary Road and Omeo Court, near Centre Road (opposite the hotel).
In the 2016 Census, there were 27,635 people in Bentleigh East. 62.5% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 3.9%, India 2.8%, Greece 2.4%, England 2.2% and South Africa 1.9%. 64.1% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Greek 6.6%, Mandarin 4.7%, Russian 4.2%, Hebrew 2.3% and Italian 1.9%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 29.4%, Catholic 23.1%, Eastern Orthodox 9.3% and Judaism 9.2%.
Bentleigh East is 14 km south-east from Melbourne’s central business district. It is bounded to the west by Tucker Road, to the north by North Road, to the east by Warrigal Road and to the south by South Road. It is bisected by Centre Road. The area around Mackie Road is the locality of Coatesville. Bentleigh East generally enjoys smooth road surfaces.
Government schools within Bentleigh East include Valkstone Primary School, Coatesville Primary School, Tucker Road Primary School and East Bentleigh Primary school.
Government schools closed during the 1990s included East Bentleigh Primary School (in Centre Road), Eastmoor Primary School and Moorleigh High School (now Moorleigh Village)
The only Catholic high school in East Benteigh is St James College.
Features of the area include the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC), previously known as the East Bentleigh Swim Centre. Another feature is the Monash Medical Centre (Moorabbin Campus).
Golfers play at the course of The Yarra Yarra Golf Club on Warrigal Road.
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