City of BrimbankCommunity profile

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Sunshine is 10,264, with a population density of 12.82 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Sunshine is bounded by Forrest Street, Anderson Street, the Sydenham railway line and Ballarat Road in the north, Duke Street, Stony Creek, Sunshine Road and the Sydenham railway line in the east, Geelong Road in the south and Kororoit Creek in the west.

Name origin

Sunshine is named after the Sunshine Harvester Works which was located in the area from the early 1900s. It was originally known as Braybrook Junction.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, being one of the earliest areas in the City of Brimbank. Growth took place in the 1870s and 1880s, spurred by the opening of the railway station, with the railway junction attracting industry and population. Industrial and residential expansion continued in the early 1900s, spurred by the establishment of the Sunshine Harvester Works. Significant development occurred during the post-war years. The population declined slightly during the 1990s, and then increased slightly between 2001 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Sunshine is an established residential, commercial and industrial area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Sunshine Marketplace Shopping Centre, Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre, Sunshine Leisure Centre, Council offices, Arthur Beachley Reserve, Chaplin Reserve, H V McKay Gardens, J.R. Parsons Reserve, K Wheelahan Gardens, Matthew Hill Reserve, Tom O’Brian Reserve, the Sunshine railway station and numerous schools.

Included areas

This small area includes the suburb of Sunshine and the City of Brimbank part of the suburb of Brooklyn.