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Rural Balance

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The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Rural Balance is 5,408, with a population density of 0.15 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural Balance comprises the non-urban parts of the City of Melton. Rural Balance is bounded by Macedon Ranges Shire in the north, the locality of Diggers Rest, the railway line, the localities of Hillside and Caroline Springs, the Western Highway and the City of Brimbank in the east, the City of Wyndham in the south, and Moorabool Shire, the Werribee River, the localities of Brookfield, Melton South, Melton, Kurunjang and Melton West, and Moorabool Shire in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for pastoral and agricultural purposes. Some growth took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s, aided by the development of Melton Reservoir. The most significant development occurred from the 1970s. The population increased between 1996 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area, with rapid growth between 2006 and 2011. Population increase is expected to continue, particularly from the Eynesbury Township and Toolern developments.

Land use

This small area is mainly rural, with some rural-residential areas, particularly in the small townships of Rockbank and Toolern Vale. Land is used mainly for horse breeding and training, farming and quarrying.

Major features

Major features of the area include Melton Reservoir, Melton Reservoir Picnic Area, Melbourne Runabout & Speedboat Club, Grey Box Forest, Eynesbury Golf Course, Eynesbury Homestead, Melton Recycled Water Plant, Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (Women's Prison), Metropolitan Remand Centre, Dingo Discovery and Research Centre, Eynesbury Discovery Centre, Melton Airfield, Melton Equestrian Park, Clarke Road Streamside Reserve, Ian Cowie Recreation Reserve, Kororoit Creek Streamside Reserve, MacPherson Park, Melton Reservoir Picnic Area, Mount Cottrell Nature Conservation Reserve, Mount Cottrell Recreation Reserve, Ravenhall Nature Conservation Reserve, Rockbank Hall, Toolern Vale Hall, various wineries and several schools.

Included areas

Rural Balance includes the localities of Exford, Eynesbury (part), Mount Cottrell (part), Parwan (part), Plumpton, Ravenhall, Rockbank, Toolern Vale and Truganina (part). Parts of the localities of Eynesbury, Mount Cottrell and Truganina are located in the City of Wyndham. Part of the locality of Parwan is located in Moorabool Shire.