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Colac - West

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Colac - West is 2,787, with a population density of 9.93 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Colac - West is bounded by Lake Colac in the north, Armstrong Street in the east, Pound Road, Cants Road and the railway line in the south, and Deans Creek Road in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, following settlement in the central part of Colac. Growth was slow until the 1870s, spurred by the opening of the Princes Highway and the railway line, and the subdivision of large estates. The most significant population growth occurred in the post-war years, particularly between 1947 and 1961. The population declined slightly during the 1990s, and then was relatively stable between 2001 and 2011.

Land use

Colac - West is a predominantly residential area, with rural land use in the south-western section.

Major features

Major features of the area include Western Oval, Western Bay Park, Stoddart Street Park, Lake Colac Foreshore and two schools.

Included areas

Colac - West encompasses the western part of the locality of Colac.