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Airport West - Essendon Fields

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Airport West - Essendon Fields is 7,918, with a population density of 11.51 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Airport West - Essendon Fields is bounded by the Tullamarine Freeway on-ramp in the north, the eastern boundary of Essendon Airport in the east, the Tullamarine Freeway and the Calder Freeway in the south, and the standard gauge railway line in the west.

Name origin

Airport West is named for its location, being west of Essendon Airport. Essendon Fields is named after the company which developed the commercial centre in recent years.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years. Rapid growth took place from the 1970s. The population declined slightly between 1991 and 2006, and then increased slightly between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Airport West - Essendon Fields is an established residential and commercial area, with industrial and airport usage east of Matthews Avenue. Airport West is characterised by its grid layout and single detached houses.

Major features

Major features of the area include Essendon Airport, Westfield Airport West Shopping Centre, Essendon Direct Factory Outlet, Essendon Homemaker Hub, A J Davis Reserve, Etzel Street Reserve, Hansen Reserve, Bowes Avenue Community Centre, Ratcliff Hall and several schools.