Bend of Islands, Victoria
|Bend of Islands
|Population||279 (2011 census)|
|Location||30 km (19 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Nillumbik|
Bend of Islands is a rural locality in Victoria, Australia, 30 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2011 Census, Bend of Islands had a population of 279.
The locality is located on the north bank of the Yarra River near the town of Yarra Glen. It was gazetted in 2000 after a petition from local residents, having previously been part of Christmas Hills and Kangaroo Ground. The name is descriptive - it is located on a bend of the Yarra River near its confluence with Watsons Creek.
The Bend of Islands incorporates the area of the former Environmental Living Zone, now known as Special Use Zone (SUZ) - Environmental Living in the Nillumbik Planning Scheme.
The Bend of Island Community members, or 'benders', are a thriving and connected community with monthly coffee mornings at the local fire station, weekly BICA events such as bird or flora walks, and a large artistic community involved in the Nillumbik Artists Open Studios program.
- Bend of Islands (Shire of Nillumbik)
- Bend of Islands Conservation Association website
- Round the Bend Conservation Cooperative
- Nillumbik Artists Open Studio
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