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Colac - Elliminyt

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Colac - Elliminyt is 12,337, with a population density of 2.50 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Colac - Elliminyt is bounded by Lake Colac in the north, Colac-Ballarat Road, Drapers Road, Colac-Forrest Road and the locality of Yeo in the east, Shorts Road, Shurvells Road and Forans Road in the south, and Irrewillipe Road, Carlisle-Colac Road, the localities of Larpent and Colac West and Deans Creek Road in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1837 when the first pastoralists arrived. 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 City of Colac 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. In the 1970s industrial growth occurred, along with some residential subdivision around the eastern side of the lake. The population increased slightly from the mid 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Colac - Elliminyt includes residential areas, substantial rural areas, and some industrial areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Colac CBD, Colac Area Health (Hospital), Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre (COPACC), Shire offices, Lake Colac Bird Sanctuary, Colac Botanic Gardens, Colac Golf Club, Colac Turf Club, Central Reserve, Colac Cricket Ground, Colac Showgrounds, Colac Tennis Tournament Club, Eastern Reserve, Glengowan Estate Open Space, Hugh Murray Reserve, Memorial Square, Sculpture Park, Selwyn Brown Park, South Colac Oval/Elliminyt Memorial Park, Stoddart Street Park, Western Bay Park, Western Oval, Lake Colac Foreshore, Colac Indoor Tennis & Sports Centre, Bluewater Fitness Centre, Colac Youth & Recreation Centre, Gordon Institute of TAFE (Colac Campus) and numerous schools.

Included areas

Colac - Elliminyt encompasses the localities of Colac East and Elliminyt, and the southern part of the locality of Colac.