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Rural Balance

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rural Balance is 3,516, with a population density of 0.11 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural Balance is bounded by a line running continuous of Hadfield Road, Hadfield Road, Bruces Creek and Mitchell Shire in the north, Murrindindi Shire, Nillumbik Shire and Ridge Road in the east, Arthurs Creek Road, the Plenty River, Masons Road, a line bordering the urban parts of the localities of Mernda and South Morang, Bindts Road, the proposed Outer Ring Road, Summerhill Road, Koukoura Drive, a line running continuous of Boundary Road, Edgars Creek, the Hume Freeway, Harvest Home Road and Craigieburn Grassland Nature Conservation Reserve in the south, and Merri Creek and Mitchell Shire in the west. Rural Balance excludes the mainly urban part of the locality of Whittlesea, which is located in the centre of the area.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, with land used mainly for grazing. The small township of Donnybrook was established in 1840, with a railway station opened in 1872. Yan Yean Reservoir was completed in 1857. Eden Park was established in the mid 1800s, although marketing of the area was largely unsuccessful until the late 1960s. From the mid 1800s till the mid 1900s the area was mainly used for dairying, when ordinary grazing took over. During the late 1940s, several large Wollert properties were purchased by the Soldier Settlement Commission. They were then subdivided and allocated to eligible ex-servicemen. The population increased gradually during the 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area. The population and dwelling stock were relatively stable between 2001 and 2011.

Land use

Rural Balance comprises the rural balance of the City of Whittlesea, including some rural-residential areas. The non-urban areas are characterised by forest, cattle grazing, farming and poultry, horse and dog breeding.

Major features

Major features of the area include Yan Yean Reservoir, Toorourrong Reservoir, part of Kinglake National Park, Toorourrong Reservoir Park, Yan Yean Reservoir Park, Growling Frog Golf Course, Whittlesea Golf Club, Donnybrook Farmhouse Cheese, Craigieburn Grassland Nature Conservation Reserve, Quarry Hills Bushland Park, T H Hurrey Recreation Reserve, Tuttle Recreation Reserve and the Donnybrook railway station.

Included areas

Rural Balance encompasses the localities of Donnybrook, Eden Park, Humevale and Woodstock, the City of Whittlesea parts of the localities of Beveridge and Kinglake West, most of the City of Whittlesea part of the locality of Yan Yean, and parts of the localities of Epping, Mernda, South Morang, Whittlesea and Wollert.