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Melton South

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Melton South is 10,008, with a population density of 18.56 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Melton South is bounded by the Western Freeway in the north, the Toolern Creek in the east, a line running east to west between Toolern Creek and Rees Road, Rees Road and Robinson Drive in the south, and the Melbourne-Ballarat railway line and Coburns Road in the west.

Name origin

Melton South is named for the area south of Melton, which was named after Melton Mowbray, an English town renowned for its fox hunting and coursing.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s. Growth took place from the 1880s into the early 1900s, largely around the railway station. Significant development did not occur until the late 1960s. Rapid growth took place during the 1970s and 1980s. The population generally declined slightly between 1991 and 2006, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling. The population and dwelling stock increased slightly between 2006 and 2011. Growth is expected, particularly from the development of the Belle Gardens and Maplewood estates.

Land use

Melton South is a residential area, with growing areas in the south.

Major features

Major features of the area include Melton Station Square Shopping Centre, Bill Cahill Reserve, Blackwood Drive Recreation Reserve, Melton South Recreation Reserve, Mount Carberry Recreation Reserve, Blackwood Drive Community Hall, D J Cunningham Centre, the Melton railway station, Al Iman College, Staughton College, Melton South Primary School and St Anthony’s Primary School.