Maroondah is located in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, commencing its western boundary in Ringwood, 23 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, and extending to Croydon and Kilsyth South at its eastern extremity, 32 kilometres from the CBD. Comprised of 15 suburbs, it covers an area of more than 61 square kilometres bordered by the Cities of Manningham, Whitehorse and Knox as well as the Shire of Yarra Ranges. Maroondah was home to the Wurundjeri people, the indigenous tribe that inhabited most of Melbourne, before Colonialists settled and used the area for grazing cattle and growing orchards. The area has come a long way and is currently populated by just under 113,000 people with 21 shopping precincts and over 9000 businesses. Public transport needs are well serviced with trains and an extensive bus network. Maroondah is also home to a number of leading schools including Yarra Valley Grammar and Luther College. Ringwood is now a Metropolitan Activity Centre featuring some of Melbourne’s best shopping, dining and recreational attractions including the newly redeveloped Eastland, Aquanation Leisure Centre and the much-loved Cadbury Factory. It is also where EastLink and the Eastern Freeway meet, providing easy access to both the Melbourne CBD and the Mornington Peninsula.