Benalla Rural CityCommunity profile

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Benalla (South West)

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Benalla (South West) is 3,362, with a population density of 8.35 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Benalla (South West) is bounded by Bridge Street in the north, the Broken River in the east, Olivers Road, Grant Drive and Evan James Drive in the south and Midland Highway, Gunns Lane and Hume Highway in the west.

Name origin

Benalla is named after an Aboriginal tribe who once inhabited the area.

Settlement history

Settlement the area dates from 1836, although growth was generally slow until the post-war period. The town was first surveyed in 1839, then again in 1848. Pastoralists began setting up sheep and cattle stations along the Broken River in the 1840s, using the land mainly for wheat growing, orchards, vines and grazing. The township of Benalla developed in the 1850s and 1860s, particularly in this section west of the river. Population growth slowed from the 1870s when the railway station was built on the eastern side of the river. Significant growth occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. The population increased marginally from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Benalla (South West) is a mainly residential area, with rural-residential areas in the south-eastern area, nearest the river.

Major features

Major features of the area include Churchill Memorial Reserve, Benalla Showground and one school.

Included areas

Benalla (South West) is the south-western part of the urban section of the locality of Benalla.