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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Bundoora is 14,458, with a population density of 19.35 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Bundoora is bounded by McKimmies Road, Plenty Road, Grevillia Drive, RMIT University (Bundoora Campus East), the suburb of Mill Park and the Plenty River in the north, the Plenty River, the Shire of Nillumbik, the City of Banyule, and Plenty Road in the east, the City of Darebin in the south, and the Maroondah Aqueduct and Darebin Creek in the west.

Name origin

Bundoora is named for from an Aboriginal word meaning “the plain where kangaroos live”.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1838, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, when some growth took place. The Victorian Government acquired land in the east in 1912, which it rented to the Red Cross Society from 1920 to 1933 as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients. In 1937 this became the Janefield Colony, alternatively known as Janefield Training Centre and Janefield Special School, operating until 1996 (although residents were progressively moved out from the 1980s). Significant residential development did not occur until the post-war era when home building blocks attracted many new immigrants, due to their affordability and the provision of employment in the local institutions. Rapid growth occurred during the 1960s and 1970s. RMIT purchased land for a University site in the northern section in 1993, with the Bundoora Campus operating from 1995. The population increased from the mid 1990s, particularly between 1996 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area. Growth was particularly in the west, in the Botanica Park estate, and more recently (from 2005) in the east on the University Hill mixed use development on the former Janefield Training Centre site. Growth is expected to continue.

Land use

Bundoora includes residential areas, educational areas, commercial areas along Plenty Road, industrial land use in the north-west, and substantial parklands.

Major features

Major features of the area include Plenty Gorge Park, RMIT University (Bundoora Campus - East and West), Uni Hill Factory Outlets, University Hill Town Centre, Bundoora Square Shopping Centre, Northpark Private Hospital, RMIT Sports Centre (Bundoora Netball and Sports Centre), Blau Street Park, Botanica Park, Fitzjohns Park, Hibiscus Park, Janefield Wetland, Norris Bank Parklands, Princeton Park and several schools.

Included areas

This small area encompasses the City of Whittlesea part of the suburb of Bundoora, and a small part of the suburb of Mill Park. The remaining parts of the suburb of Bundoora are located in the City of Banyule and the City of Darebin. The remaining parts of the suburb of Mill Park are included in the Mill Park and South Morang small areas.