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About the profile areas

The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Melton is 8,653, with a population density of 3.82 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Melton is bounded by the locality of Toolern Vale in the north, the Kororoit Creek, the Melton Highway and Mount Cottrell Road in the east, the Western Freeway in the south and Coburns Road, Centenary Avenue, Federation Drive and the Toolern Creek in the west.

Name origin

Melton is named after Melton Mowbray, an English town renowned for its fox hunting and coursing.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1839, when the township was established on the road to the Ballarat gold diggings. Some growth occurred in the 1850s. Expansion took place in the late 1800s, spurred by the construction of the railway line. Significant residential development did not occur until the late 1960s. Rapid growth took place during the 1970s and 1980s. The population declined gradually between 1991 and 2006, a result of few new dwellings being added and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling. The population increased slightly between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Melton is a residential area with industrial areas in the south, commercial areas along High Street, and rural areas in the north and east.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Melton Town Centre (including Central Walk Shopping Centre and the strip centre along High Street), Melton Waves Leisure Centre, Melton Botanic Gardens, Melton Valley Golf Club, Council offices, Melton Community Hall, Darlingsford Barn, The Willows Historical Park, Dunvegan Cottage, Melton Industrial Park, Hannah Watts Park, Melton Recreation Reserve, Tullidge Street Reserve and several schools.