Broadford, Victoria

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Broadford
Victoria
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Broadford
Broadford is located in Shire of Mitchell
Broadford
Broadford
Coordinates 37°12′S 145°04′E / 37.200°S 145.067°E / -37.200; 145.067Coordinates: 37°12′S 145°04′E / 37.200°S 145.067°E / -37.200; 145.067
Population 3,054 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3658
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Mitchell
State electorate(s) Seymour
Federal Division(s) McEwen
Localities around Broadford:
Sugarloaf Creek Tallarook Strath Creek
Willowmavin Broadford Strath Creek
Kilmore Wandong Clonbinane

Broadford is a small town in central Victoria, Australia. At the 2006 census, Broadford had a population of 3,054.[1] The town is the headquarters of the Shire of Mitchell local government area and is approximately 90 kilometres (60 mi) north of the state capital, Melbourne.

Broadford lies on the major transport routes between Melbourne and Sydney. The town is bypassed to the east by the Hume Freeway and the railway line linking the two cities passes through Broadford. Broadford is built on the banks of Sunday Creek, a tributary of the Goulburn River.

History[edit]

Broadford grew when gold was discovered in Sunday Creek and the Post Office opened on 1 July 1852.[2] The railway arrived in 1872.

The Town today[edit]

Industry in Broadford includes a paper mill. It has a primary school, a secondary college and two kindergartens.

Broadford is also home to the Victorian State Motorcycle Complex, which has both road and off-road tracks, and hosts National riding events, as well as amateur track days.

Popular sports in Broadford include Australian rules football and the town has a team, competing in the Riddell District Football League.[3] The Broadford juniors play in the Seymour Junior Football Netball League.

Golfers play at the Broadford Golf Club on Davidson Street.[4]

Broadford also has a community based Army Cadet unit at Broadford Secondary College known as 312 ACU Broadford.

RSL Fire[edit]

On the night of 9 January 2008 firefighters were called to a blaze at the Broadford RSL, but there was little crews could do to save the weatherboard hall. The Country Fire Authority's Scott Hamilton says the blaze caused about $300,000 damage to the building and destroyed its contents.[citation needed]

Broadford Presbyterian Church

Notable residents[edit]

Notable people from Broadford include

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Broadford (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ Full Points Footy, Broadford, retrieved 2009-04-15 
  4. ^ Golf Select, Broadford, retrieved 2009-05-11 

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