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Colac - Central

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Colac - Central is 3,585, with a population density of 10.46 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Colac - Central is bounded by Lake Colac in the north, Barongarook Creek, Wallace Street and Queen Street in the east, Pound Road in the south, and Armstrong Street in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1837 when the first pastoralists arrived, with settlement established around a coaching inn by 1844. Growth was slow until the 1880s, spurred by the opening of the Princes Highway and the railway line, and the subdivision of large estates. The City developed around the highway, becoming the administrative, retail and commercial centre of the district. The most significant population growth occurred in the post-war years, particularly between 1947 and 1961. The population fluctuated slightly from the early 1990s, a result of small changes in dwelling stock and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Colac - Central is an established residential area, with some commercial land use along Murray Street.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Colac CBD, Colac Area Health (Hospital), Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre (COPACC), Shire offices, Colac Botanic Gardens, Central Reserve, Colac Cricket Ground, Memorial Square, Sculpture Park, Lake Colac Foreshore, Bluewater Fitness Centre, Colac Youth & Recreation Centre, Gordon Institute of TAFE (Colac Campus) and a number of schools.

Included areas

Colac - Central encompasses the central part of the locality of Colac.