City of Moonee ValleyCommunity profile

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City of Moonee Valley

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for the City of Moonee Valley is 122,968, with a population density of 28.54 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The City of Moonee Valley is located in the north-western suburbs of Melbourne, between 4 and 13 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. The City of Moonee Valley is bounded by the City of Moreland in the north-east and east, the Cities of Melbourne and Maribyrnong in the south, and the City of Brimbank in the west and north-west. The City's boundaries are Moonee Ponds Creek in the east, Racecourse Road, Epsom Road, Langs Road, Leonard Crescent, Fisher Parade and the Maribyrnong River in the south, and the standard gauge railway line to Sydney in the west.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for farming and grazing. Growth was minimal until the 1850s, spurred by the gold rush, with tent cities dominating the area between Melbourne and what is now Moonee Ponds. Growth continued in inner-city areas such as Flemington and Ascot Vale until the First World War. Significant development in the inter-war period saw suburbs such as Aberfeldie, Essendon and Strathmore substantially completed. Development spread west in the post-war era, with areas such as Avondale Heights and Keilor East attracting large numbers of family households. Residential development in these areas continued up until the 1980s. The population of the City was relatively stable from the 1980s to 2006, at about 100,000 to 101,000 residents. During this period growth in infill development was offset by a decrease in average household size. The population of the City increased slightly from 2006, rising to about 106,000 in 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly in the suburbs of Ascot Vale, Essendon, Moonee Ponds and Travancore.

Land use
Land use 18% 68% 14%

Land use

The City of Moonee Valley is an established residential area, with significant commercial and industrial areas, including an airport. The City encompasses a total land area of about 44 square kilometres. The City contains a diversity of housing, ranging from city fringe suburbs such as Flemington and Travancore, to post-war growth areas such as Avondale Heights and Keilor East.


The City of Moonee Valley is served by the Calder Freeway, the Tullamarine Freeway, Citylink, Essendon Airport, the Craigieburn and Flemington Racecourse railway lines and a number of tramlines.

Major features

Major features of the City include Westfield Airport West Shopping Centre, Essendon Direct Factory Outlet, Essendon Homemaker Hub, The Clocktower Centre, Incinerator Gallery, Essendon Traffic School, Essendon Private Hospital, Moonee Valley Racecourse, Essendon Recreation Reserve (Windy Hill), Aberfeldie Park, Afton Street Reserve, Boeing Reserve, Buckley Park, Fairbairn Park, Maribyrnong Park, Queens Park and Kangan Institute (Essendon Campus).

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Moonee Valley area were the Wurundjeri Aboriginal people.

Included areas

The City of Moonee Valley includes the suburbs of Aberfeldie, Airport West, Ascot Vale, Avondale Heights, Essendon, Essendon Fields, Essendon North, Essendon West, Flemington (part), Keilor East (part), Kensington (part), Moonee Ponds, Niddrie, North Melbourne (part), Strathmore, Strathmore Heights and Travancore.