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Koonung Ward

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Koonung Ward is 42,907, with a population density of 26.62 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Koonung Ward is bounded by Thompsons Road, Manningham Road, Williamsons Road and King Street in the north, Blackburn Road, Doncaster Road and Tunstall Road in the east, the Koonung Creek in the south, and the Eastern Freeway in the west.

Name origin

Koonung Ward is named after Koonung Creek.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, although population was minimal until the 1850s. Land was used mainly for dairy farming and orcharding, with some timber-getting. Gradual expansion took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Significant development occurred from the post-war years when orchards were subdivided for housing, with rapid growth from the 1950s into the 1980s. The population declined slightly during the 1990s, and then increased marginally between 2001 and 2011, 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

Koonung Ward is an established residential and parkland area, with some commercial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Westfield Doncaster Shopping Centre, Jackson Court Shopping Centre, part of Tunstall Square Shopping Centre, Ruffey Lake Park, Eastern Golf Club, Doncaster Athletics Track, Boronia Grove Reserve, Doncaster Reserve, Rieschiecks Reserve, Ruffey Lake Park, Zerbes Reserve, Manningham Gallery, Manningham Arts Centre, Council offices and numerous schools.

Included areas

Koonung Ward encompasses most of the suburb of Doncaster, the southern parts of Bulleen and Doncaster East, and a small part of Templestowe.