“It will always be the traditional land of the Bunurong and will be ever lucky for the migrants who have made our local area their home too. It is a place of industry and enterprise, of community and family – proof of this country’s achievements and its potential. This is Hotham; this is modern Australia.”
Hotham is a federal electoral district representing a cluster of diverse and lively suburbs in Melbourne’s south-east. Stretching from Oakleigh in the north to Dingley Village in the south, the area is home to more than 130,000 people.
Hotham is amongst the most multicultural electorates in Australia, with more than 35% of residents born overseas – the second highest percentage in Victoria and 11th highest nationwide. Immigrants from India, Vietnam, China, Greece, Cambodia, and England all call Hotham home.
“Up Fairbank Avenue stands the Corning factory, where scores of local workers are making and testing the fibres that will be part of the National Broadband Network. The factory floor is not dirty, and the workers do not sweat. This is modern manufacturing, made possible by a clever and adaptable workforce.”
Hotham is also home to a wealth of businesses, large and small. From family-owned cafes to automotive component manufacturers, nanotechnology operations to specialty groceries, Hotham’s industries are as varied as its inhabitants. Leading areas of employment in Hotham include hospitality, education, health, information technology, technical trades, and retail.
Hotham includes all of Bentleigh East, Clarinda, Dingley Village, Oakleigh South, Heatherton, Moorabbin, and Springvale South. It also includes parts of Cheltenham, Clayton, Clayton South, Noble Park, Highett, Hughesdale, Keysborough, Murrumbeena, Oakleigh, and Springvale.