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City of Whittlesea

Notes - geography

Census geography overview

Census data is available at a variety of different geographic levels such as State, Capital City, Local Government Area, Suburb and Postal Area. These areas are created by aggregating smaller units of geography together into a 'best fit.'

The boundaries available from the ABS rarely match actual 'communities', 'suburbs' or 'service catchments' needed for effective decision making, and even if they do, they are seldom available on the same geographic basis over time, making it very difficult to identify trends in population characteristics based on meaningful areas.

For the 2011 Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) implemented a brand new geographic structure, which is based on labour force areas. This is known as the Australian Standard Geography Standard, and uses the base unit of the SA1 (Statistical Area Level 1). These build into SA2s, SA3s, SA4s and Greater Capital City Areas.

For previous Censuses the base building block was called a Census Collector District. Census Collector Districts aggregated to Local Government Areas.

Local Government Areas are available from the 2011 Census output. They are created by aggregating SA1s. However these SA1s do not sum exactly to Local Government boundaries, making geographic breakdowns problematic, and time series even more difficult.

profile.id resolves all of these issues to create a meaningful geography that can be analysed over a long time period.

City of Whittlesea geography

This profile provides Census data for the City of Whittlesea broken down into small areas based on customised suburbs/localities.

For the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Census years these small areas are created by aggregating Census Collection Districts. For the 2011 Census they are created by aggregating Statistical Area Level 1 units.

Where SA1s or CCDs do not fit exactly into a suburb or locality boundary, estimates are made in each Census year of the number of dwellings to be included. These estimates use aerial photography, dwelling counts, planning schemes, and street directories to determine what percentage of each SA1 or CCD to include in the suburb.

This means that regardless of the Census year, and the changes in ABS output boundaries, the data presented in profile.id exactly matches the suburb/locality boundary. This provides the most accurate population information for suburbs and localities and a meaningful time series for the current geography.

NOTE: The geography in the Community Profile tables may not match the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) SA2, state suburb or postal area boundaries, which are based on aggregation of whole SA1s and are not comparable to previous Census years.

The City of Whittlesea has 11 small areas:

Location of Bundoora

Bundoora

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.

Location of Doreen

Doreen

Doreen is bounded by Arthurs Creek Road in the north, Yan Yean Road in the east, Jorgensen Avenue, Yarrambat Park and the Plenty River in the south, and the Plenty River in the west.

Location of Epping

Epping

Epping is bounded by Harvest Home Road, the Hume Freeway, O’Herns Road and Findon Road in the north, Mill Park Secondary College, Meadowglen International Athletics Stadium, McDonalds Road and the railway line in the east, Childs Road, Deveny Road, a line running continuous of Deveny Road, Blessington Parade, the Hume Freeway and Barry Road Grasslands in the south, and Merri Creek and Craigieburn Grassland Nature Conservation Reserve in the west.

Location of Epping North - Wollert

Epping North - Wollert

Epping North - Wollert is bounded by Craigieburn Road East and Lehmanns Road in the north, a line running through the suburbs of South Morang and Epping, Quarry Hills Park and Bradman Terrace in the east, Findon Road and the Hume Freeway in the west.

Location of Lalor

Lalor

Lalor is bounded by a line running continuous of Deveny Road, Deveny Road and Childs Road in the north, Darebin Creek in the east, McKimmies Road, Dalton Road, Scott Street, High Street, Hurtle Street, Mount View Road, Edgars Creek, Gardenia Road, Brookland Grove, Hampstead Court, Alchester Court, Edgars Road and Barry Road in the south, and the Hume Freeway and Blessington Parade in the west.

Location of Mernda

Mernda

Mernda is bounded by Masons Road and Hazel Glen Drive in the north, the Plenty River in the east, Wilton Vale Road, Plenty Road and Hunters Lane in the south, and a line running through the suburb of Mernda and Darebin Creek in the west.

Location of Mill Park

Mill Park

Mill Park is bounded by the railway line, Civic Drive, Bianchi Close, Barina Way, Buick Crescent, the Yan Yean Pipe Track, Allwyn Crescent, Plenty Road and the transmission line in the north, the Plenty River in the east, the suburb of Bundoora, RMIT University (Bundoora Campus - East), Plenty Road and McKimmies Road in the south, and Darebin Creek and the Hendersons Road drain in the west.

Location of Rural Balance

Rural Balance

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.

Location of South Morang

South Morang

South Morang is bounded by Quarry Hills Bushland Park, Skyline Drive, a line running through the suburb of South Morang, Hunters Lane, Plenty Road, Wilton Vale Road and a line running continuous of Wilton Vale Road in the north, the Plenty River in the east, the transmission line, Plenty Road, Allwyn Crescent, Bush Boulevard, Buick Crescent, Civic Drive and Border Drive in the south, and Yvette Court, McDonalds Road, Meadowglen International Athletics Stadium, Findon Road and Quarry Hills Bushland Park in the west.

Location of Thomastown

Thomastown

Thomastown is bounded by Barry Road Grasslands, the Hume Freeway, Barry Road, Edgars Road, Alchester Court, Hampstead Court, Natalie Court, Ainwick Crescent, Hurtle Street, High Street, Scott Street, Maple Street, Dalton Road and McKimmies Road in the north, Darebin Creek and the Maroondah Aqueduct in the east, the City of Darebin, Keon Parade and Mahoneys Road in the south, and Merri Creek in the west.

Location of Whittlesea Township and Surrounds

Whittlesea Township and Surrounds

Whittlesea Township and Surrounds is bounded by Clarks Road, Wallan Road, a line running east between Wallan Road and Wildwood Road, Wildwood Road, a line running between Wildwood Road and Yea Road, Yea Road and Humevale Road in the north, Scrubby Creek Road and a line running continuous of Scrubby Creek Road in the east, the locality of Yan Yean, Cades Road and a line running continuous of Cades Road in the south, and Barbers Creek and the locality of Eden Park in the west.

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