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Benalla Rural City

Notes - geography

Census geography overview

Census data is available at a variety of different geographic levels such as State, Capital City, Local Government Area, Suburb and Postal Area. These areas are created by aggregating smaller units of geography together into a 'best fit.'

The boundaries available from the ABS rarely match actual 'communities', 'suburbs' or 'service catchments' needed for effective decision making, and even if they do, they are seldom available on the same geographic basis over time, making it very difficult to identify trends in population characteristics based on meaningful areas.

For the 2011 Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) implemented a brand new geographic structure, which is based on labour force areas. This is known as the Australian Standard Geography Standard, and uses the base unit of the SA1 (Statistical Area Level 1). These build into SA2s, SA3s, SA4s and Greater Capital City Areas.

For previous Censuses the base building block was called a Census Collector District. Census Collector Districts aggregated to Local Government Areas.

Local Government Areas are available from the 2011 Census output. They are created by aggregating SA1s. However these SA1s do not sum exactly to Local Government boundaries, making geographic breakdowns problematic, and time series even more difficult.

profile.id resolves all of these issues to create a meaningful geography that can be analysed over a long time period.

Benalla Rural City geography

This profile provides Census data for Benalla Rural City broken down into small areas based on customised suburbs/localities.

For the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Census years these small areas are created by aggregating Census Collection Districts. For the 2011 Census they are created by aggregating Statistical Area Level 1 units.

Where SA1s or CCDs do not fit exactly into a suburb or locality boundary, estimates are made in each Census year of the number of dwellings to be included. These estimates use aerial photography, dwelling counts, planning schemes, and street directories to determine what percentage of each SA1 or CCD to include in the suburb.

This means that regardless of the Census year, and the changes in ABS output boundaries, the data presented in profile.id exactly matches the suburb/locality boundary. This provides the most accurate population information for suburbs and localities and a meaningful time series for the current geography.

NOTE: The geography in the Community Profile tables may not match the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) SA2, state suburb or postal area boundaries, which are based on aggregation of whole SA1s and are not comparable to previous Census years.

Benalla Rural City has 7 small areas:

Location of Benalla (East)

Benalla (East)

Benalla (East) is bounded by Racecourse Road and Murrays Road in the north, the extent of the urban area in the east, Greta Road, Kilfeera Road and the Hollands Creek in the south and the Broken River, a line running north-south from Commercial Road and Commercial Road in the west.

Location of Benalla (North West)

Benalla (North West)

Benalla (North West) is bounded by Goomalibee Road and Faithful Street in the north, the Broken River in the north-east and east, Bridge Street in the south and a line running north-south from Goomalibee Road to Bridge Street in the west.

Location of Benalla (South West)

Benalla (South West)

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.

Location of Rural North

Rural North

Rural North is bounded by the Shire of Moira in the north, the Rural City of Wangaratta in the east, the Hume Freeway in the south and the Shire of Strathbogie and City of Greater Shepparton in the west. It excludes the urban area of Benalla.

Location of Rural South

Rural South

Rural South is bounded by the Hume Highway in the north, the Rural City of Wangaratta in the east, the Shire of Mansfield in the south and the Shire of Strathbogie in the west.

Location of Benalla Urban Area

Benalla Urban Area

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.

Location of Benalla Rural Area

Benalla Rural Area

Benalla Rural Area is bounded by the Shire of Moira in the north, the Rural City of Wangaratta in the east, the Shire of Mansfield in the south and the Shire of Strathbogie and City of Greater Shepparton in the west. It excludes the urban part of Benalla.

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