About the forecast areas
The 2019 population forecast for Rural East is 3,491, and is forecast to fall to 3,413 by 2036.
Rural East is bounded by Murrindindi Shire in the north, Yarra Ranges Shire, Skyline Road North and Skyline Road in the east, the Yarra River, Watsons Creek and the locality of Kangaroo Ground in the south and the localities of Hurstbridge, Cottles Bridge, Arthurs Creek and Kinglake West in the west. Rural East includes the localities of Bend of Islands, Christmas Hills, Kinglake (part), Panton Hill, Smiths Gully, St Andrews and Watsons Creek. Part of the locality of Kinglake is located in Murrindindi Shire (the Kinglake township is in Murrindindi Shire).