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Benalla Urban Area

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Benalla Urban Area is 8,974, with a population density of 5.55 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Benalla Urban Area is bounded by the Broken River, a line running north-south from Commercial Road, Commercial Road, Racecourse Road and Murrays Road in the north, the extent of the urban area in the east, Greta Road, Kilfeera Road, Hollands Creek, Olivers Road, Grant Drive and Evan James Drive in the south and the Midland Highway, Gunns Lane, the Hume Highway, a line running north-south from Goomalibee Road to Bridge Street, Goomalibee Road and Faithful Street in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of 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 developed in the 1850s and 1860s, particularly on the western side of the river. Population growth, especially on the eastern side of the river, was aided by the opening of Benalla to Wodonga railway line in 1873 and the branch line from Benalla to Yarrawonga in 1883. In the early 1900s Benalla became a regional centre, with a number of secondary schools. There were several industries in the township, including a clothing factory, flour mill, butter factories, brickworks, cordial factories and railway workshops. Significant growth occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. The population has been relatively stable since the early 1990s, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Benalla Urban Area is a mixed use area, including residential, commercial, industrial and rural land use. Most of the area closest to and west of the river is residential, with rural-residential areas in the southern and eastern extremities of the area. Much of the north-eastern area is used for industrial purposes, with commercial land use located mainly in the east along Bridge Street.

Major features

Major features of the area include Lake Benalla, Benalla Botanical Gardens (including The Rose Garden), Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla Aquatic Centre, Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre, Benalla Airport, Benalla Aviation Museum, Benalla Costume & Pioneer Museum, Benalla & District Memorial Hospital, Benalla Civic Centre & Council Offices, Benalla Gardens Oval, Churchill Memorial Reserve, Moria Reserve, Benalla Recreation Reserve, Benalla Showground, School Plantation, Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (Benalla Campus) and numerous schools.

Included areas

Benalla Urban Area is the urban part of the locality of Benalla.