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Doncaster (inc. Doncaster Hill)

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Doncaster (inc. Doncaster Hill) is 22,265, with a population density of 25.02 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Doncaster (inc. Doncaster Hill) is bounded by Manningham Road, Melaleuca Avenue, Ironbark Drive, Palmerston Avenue, Manningham Road, Williamsons Road and Ruffey Creek in the north, Victoria Street and Wetherby Road in the east, Koonung Creek and the Eastern Freeway in the south and Outhwaite Avenue and Ayr Street in the west.

Name origin

Doncaster is named after an inn in the area, which was named after a town in Yorkshire, England.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, although growth was minimal until the 1850s, when the village of Doncaster was established. Land was used mainly for orchards, with some timber-cutting and farming. Expansion took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Significant development occurred during the post-war years when orchards were subdivided for housing, with rapid growth from the 1950s into the 1970s. The population has increased slightly since the mid 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly medium density housing. Population growth is expected in the future, largely from the potential development of about 4,000 apartments in the Doncaster Hill urban village.

Land use

Doncaster (inc. Doncaster Hill) is an established residential and commercial area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Westfield Doncaster Shopping Centre, Ruffey Lake Park, Eastern Golf Club, Manningham Gallery, Manningham Arts Centre, Council offices, Burgundy Drive Reserve, Koonung Creek Linear Park, Marshall Reserve, Park Avenue Reserve, Schramms Reserve, Timber Ridge Reserve, Wilsons Road Reserve and a number of schools.