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City of Brimbank

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The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for the City of Brimbank is 199,432, with a population density of 16.17 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The City of Brimbank is located in the western and north-western suburbs of Melbourne, between 11 and 23 kilometres west and north-west of the Melbourne GPO. The City of Brimbank is bounded by the City of Hume in the north, the Cities of Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley in the east, the Cities of Hobsons Bay and Wyndham in the south, and the City of Melton in the west. The City's boundaries are Thompsons Road, Column Gully, Jacksons Creek, the Maribyrnong River, Keilor Park Drive and Sharps Road in the north, the standard gauge railway, the Maribyrnong River, Duke Street, Stony Creek and the Melbourne-Bendigo railway line in the east, Geelong Road, Kororoit Creek and Boundary Road in the south, and Robinsons Road, Kororoit Creek, the western boundary of Kings Park, Delahey and Sydenham and the Melbourne-Bendigo railway in the west.

Name origin

Brimbank is named after Brimbank Park in Keilor, which was opened in 1976. The park, which was formerly parkland, derived its name from the practice of the locals driving their stock 'around the brim of the bank' of the Maribyrnong River.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1830s when farmers moved into the Keilor Plains. Keilor began its existence in the late 1840s and was officially laid out in 1850. During the goldrush it grew substantially as a stopover point for travel to the goldfields. St Albans was first established as a township in 1887. The town was promoted as an attractive location for professionals who had easy access to central Melbourne with the newly constructed railway station. Development of St Albans slowed however with the depression of the late 1890s. Sunshine was also subdivided originally in the 1880s land boom, when the railway junction attracted industry and population. Development from the original settlements of Keilor, St Albans and Sunshine spread rapidly after the Second World War as significant numbers of overseas migrants settled in the area. Rapid growth took place during the 1970s and 1980s. The population increased during the 1990s, with growth continuing between 2001 and 2011. The population grew from about 137,000 in 1991 to about 182,000 in 2011. Much of the growth during this period has been in Delahey, Sydenham and Taylors Lakes, and more recently in Cairnlea, Deer Park and Derrimut.

Land use
Land use 29% 46% 20% 4%

Land use

The City of Brimbank is a growing residential area, with substantial industrial and commercial areas. The City encompasses a total land area of 123 square kilometres.

Transport

The City of Brimbank is served by the Calder Freeway, the Western Ring Road, Ballarat Road and the Sydenham, Melbourne-Ballarat and Melbourne-Bendigo railway lines.

Major features

Major features of the City include Victoria University (St Albans and Sunshine Campuses), Calder Park Motorsport Complex, Watergardens Town Centre, Sunshine Marketplace Shopping Centre, Brimbank Central Shopping Centre, Sunshine Hospital, St Albans Leisure Centre, Sunshine Leisure Centre, Sunshine Golf Club, Keilor Public Golf Course, Organ Pipes National Park, Mount Derrimut Nature Conservation Reserve (Mount Derrimut Grasslands), Green Gully Reserve, Keilor Park Recreation Reserve, Brimbank Park and Iramoo Wildflower Grassland Reserve.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Brimbank area were the Wurundjeri Aboriginal people.

Included areas

The City of Brimbank includes the suburbs of Albanvale, Albion, Ardeer, Brooklyn (part), Cairnlea, Calder Park, Deer Park, Delahey, Derrimut, Hillside (part), Kealba, Keilor (part), Keilor Downs, Keilor East (part), Keilor Lodge, Keilor North, Keilor Park, Kings Park, St Albans, Sunshine, Sunshine North, Sunshine West, Sydenham, Taylors Lakes and Tullamarine (part).