Craigieburn is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 26 km north of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Hume. At the 2011 Census, Craigieburn had a population of 32,757, which is expected to double in the next 10 years.
The suburb of Craigieburn ranges from halfway down Bridgewater Road to Mount Ridley. Most of Craigieburn is more than 200 metres above sea level, with Mount Ridley being the northernmost hill in northwestern metropolitan Melbourne, giving it clear views of Melbourne's central business district 29.7 km away.
Craigieburn Central, located on the corner of Aitken Boulevard and Craigieburn Road , serves as the area's major retail precinct and first opened for trade in October 2013. Tenants in this centre include Big W and Target discount department stores, Woolworths and Coles supermarkets, United Cinemas and approximately 160 specialty stores.
Stockland completed the construction of the Highlands Shopping Centre on the corner of Aitken and Grand Boulevards (Highlands Estate) in November 2011. This shopping precinct includes a Woolworths Supermarket, Jetts Fitness, Cafe, Pharmacy, Butchery, Subway and other specialty shops.
An industrial estate is currently being developed on the eastern side of the Hume Highway, and a rail yarding, maintenance and cleaning facility is now completed between the highway and the rail line north of Craigieburn rail station. The Australian Reserve Bank Note Printing Works is also located in Craigieburn.
Mickleham is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 32 km north of Melbourne's central business district, beyond the Urban Growth Boundary. Its local government area is the City of Hume. At the 2011 Census, Mickleham had a population of 1,185.
5 estates are now developing Mickleham with impressive plans of housing, schools, child care, huge city centre and a big business park on Donnybrook Road between Mickleham road and Hume Fwy. These estates are Merrifield, The Woods, Annadale, Waratah and already developed Trillium.
Mickleham has a primary school which is located on the corner Mickleham and Mount Ridley Roads. Next to the primary school is the community centre and tennis courts.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources opened a new post entry quarantine facility in 2015, with the first intake of cats and dogs arriving in November, and the first intake of horses and plants in December 2015.
Mernda is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 30 km north-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Whittlesea. At the 2011 Census, Mernda had a population of 6,508.
Mernda is named as one of the fastest growing suburbs in Victoria. The area is now being suburbanised with several new estates under construction. The suburb of Mernda consists of a number of new and developing housing subdivisions offering in the new communities of Mernda Villages, Everton Gardens, Bridge Inn Rise, Berry Lane, Mernda Ridge, Woodland Waters, Hawkstowe, Riverdale and Renaissance Rise.
A strategic transport plan developed by the Victorian State Government has earmarked Mernda to be 're-connected' to the rail system by 2027, however the 'South Morang and Mernda Rail Alliance' are seeking an earlier completion date of 2014 due to rising population and congestion in the area. In 2004, residents formed the Mernda and District Residents Association to lobby for the town to be connected to the natural gas pipeline about to be laid in the area. The group was successful and residents now enjoy this essential service.
Roxburgh Park is bounded by Craigieburn in the north, in the west by the road skirting the Greenvale Reservoir, in the east by the Craigieburn railway line, and in the south by Somerton Road.
Much of what is now the suburb of Roxburgh Park was formerly agricultural land. In January 1951 the Moonee Valley Racing Club bought the 832 acres (337 ha) "Roxburgh Park" property for £35,000, as a speculative investment, although the purchase did give the club an option if it ever had to leave its somewhat cramped location in Moonee Ponds.
Roxburgh Park was developed in the 1990s as a suburban area by the Victorian Government's Urban and Regional Land Corporation (later "VicUrban" and then "Places Victoria") (not unlike the new towns in green wedges of Britain).
Greenvale Post Office originally opened in a rural area on 1 January 1871 and closed in 1969. As the suburb developed the Post Office reopened in 1996.
Greenvale expanded largely in the 1980s and now has 2 shopping centres, 3 primary schools (including the large Greenvale Primary School), a community centre and 2 kindergarten centres. Greenvale has a privately owned school called Aitken College, but residents are pushing for a state government college. Greenvale Reservoir in the north was built in 1973.
Greenvale Sanatorium was built in 1905 primarily for patients in reduced circumstances, which was appropriately isolated from the general public by the Victorian Government under the administration of the Health Department for the treatment of tuberculosis and other diseases. The closure of the sanatorium was in 1998, as of this day people have experienced several reported ghost sightings still roaming the sanatorium.
Beveridge was named after Scottish sheep farmer Andrew Beveridge who built the Hunters' Tryste Inn in 1845. The Inn still serves as a hotel, as well as post office and general store.
The town is principally known as the birthplace of bushranger Ned Kelly and his home for the first nine years of his life. Ned's birth was not officially recorded. Ned was born in December 1854 at Beveridge on the 17-hectare (41-acre) Kelly farm near the Big Hill (now known as Mount Fraser). John 'Red' Kelly sold his farm for £80 and headed further north up the Old Sydney Road to Avenel in 1863 where they rented 16 ha (40 acres) the banks of the Hughes Creek.
Kalkallo is a town in Victoria, Australia, 33 km north of Melbourne's central business district. It is local government area is the City of Hume.
The Kalkallo area is located on the traditional lands of the people of the Woiwurrung. It is believed that the clan which occupied land including the South Morang area was the Wurundjeri William. Colonisation occurred in Victoria from 1835, and land sales commenced in the Parish of Kalkallo in 1840. An example of an early rural town settlement, Kalkallo contains many natural and cultural heritage sites of significance including churches, hotels, monuments, bridges, waterways and grasslands.
Doreen is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 26 km north-east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government areas are the City of Whittlesea and the Shire of Nillumbik.
Doreen is unusual in that the eastern portion in the Shire of Nillumbik remains rural, being contiguous with the rural localities of Yarrambat and Nutfield. The western portion in the City of Whittlesea is contiguous with the suburbs of Mernda and South Morang and suburban development has proceeded. Yan Yean Road separates the two portions.
South Morang is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 km north-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Whittlesea. At the 2011 Census, South Morang had a population of 20,873.
Morang South Post Office opened on 24 November 1873. The post office has now moved to Westfield Plenty Valley.
The old South Morang railway station served the Whittlesea steam railway line until the 1950s. It was further north than the current station.
South Morang's ethnically diverse surrounding suburbs (such as Mill Park and Epping) have added to its ethnic diversity as residents of those suburbs move to South Morang. 84% of residents are Australian born but are associated with the following ethnic groups: Italian, Greek, Maltese, Croatian, Macedonian, Russian, British and New Zealander.
Sunbury is a town located 40.4 kilometres (25.1 mi) north-west of Melbourne's central business district, in the state of Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the City of Hume. At the 2011 census, Sunbury had a population of 33,062. Statistically, Sunbury is considered part of Greater Melbourne.
Sunbury is a north-western suburb of Melbourne. The Victorian government's 2009 decision to extend the Urban Growth Boundary saw Sunbury absorbed by Melbourne's suburban expansion in 2011.