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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Harkness is 9,170, with a population density of 5.41 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Harkness is bounded by the locality of Toolern Vale, Porteous Road, Bulmans Road and the southern boundary of MacPherson Park in the north, Coburns Road in the east, Centenary Avenue, Bulmans Road, Sovereign Boulevard, a line running continuous of Sovereign Boulevard, Harkness Road and Hardys Road in the south, and the Djerriwarrh Creek in the west.

Name origin

Harkness is named after William Scott Harkness, an early land holder in the area.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, although population was minimal until the early 1990s. Rapid development took place between 2001 and 2011 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area. Growth is expected to continue, particularly from the development of the Arnolds Creek, Peppermint Grove and Willandra estates.

Land use

Harkness is a recent and developing residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Melton Gilgai Woodlands Nature Conservation Reserve, Navan Park, Arnolds Creek Children’s and Community Centre and Arnolds Creek Primary School.