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Pakenham is one of Melbourne’s popular suburbs located at the periphery of West Gippsland, 56 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. The suburb’s local government area is managed by Cardinia Shire.

The suburb was named after Sir Edward Pakenham, a Britain native who fought alongside other soldiers during the Peninsula War. The arrival of other white settlers in Britain opened up the region to more development. The first post office in Pakenham was opened in 1859 and remained operational up to 1974. Currently, the present post office was opened in 1888 and is functional to-date.

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Pakenham is a diverse suburb, with just about 75% of its population born in Australia. The rest of the population is represented by nationalities from England, India, New Zealand and Scotland.

This diverse community is served by a number of public facilities including modern sports and aquatic centre known as Cardinia LiFE. The aquatic centre features an indoor pool, gym facilities, a creche for families with small babies as well as multipurpose sports courts. There are also outdoor pools, changing rooms and a water treatment plant on location. Pakenham is also home to a community College and Neighbourhood House whose main purpose is to offer flexible space for community-based organisations to benefit from.

Pakenham offers exciting shopping opportunities as it is the main shopping location in Cardinia Shire. Some of the supermarkets in the area include Aldi, Coles, Woolworths as well as Target. There are more than 40 specialty stores and ample parking space at the shopping centre located behind the Library. Pakenham Central Marketplace is also worth checking out.

Some of Pakenham’s popular sports options include golf, tennis, basketball and the popular racing club. The latter is best known for hosting the Pakenham Cup meeting in March each year. Golf lovers get to play at the Pakenham and District Golf Club located on Oaktree Drive.

This suburb is accessible via road and by train, as the Pakenham Station is the end of the line on the Pakenham Metro train line.

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