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|Area||11.3 km2 (4.4 sq mi)|
|Location||26 km (16 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Hume|
|Federal Division(s)||Calwell, McEwen|
Craigieburn is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 26 km north of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Hume. At the 2011 Census, Craigieburn had a population of 32,757.
Craigieburn is always under constant development, be that of Delfin or Stockland or even the local Council. Craigieburn ranges from halfway down Bridgewater Road to Mount Ridley. It is slowly becoming more and more urbanised and making its way further north. Most of the area is more than 200 metres above sea level, with Mount Ridley being the northernmost hill in northwestern metropolitan Melbourne, giving it clear views of Melbourne's central business district 29.7 km away.
Craigieburn takes its name from an old bluestone inn (its site located directly opposite modern day Kingswood Drive) that catered for travellers along the Old Sydney Road.)
Craigieburn Post Office opened on 26 February 1866.
Craigieburn's population in June 2006 was 20,785. According to the ABS 2006 Census, the percentage of Craigieburn's citizens who have Australian citizenship is 87.7% compared to 86.8% for all of the City of Hume.
Country of birth
In the 2006 Census, the most common responses for religious affiliation for persons usually resident in Craigieburn were Catholic 37.8%, No Religion 16.8%, Anglican 10.9%, Eastern Orthodox 4.9% and Islam 4.7%. Compared to Australia as a whole, Craigieburn has more Catholics (37.8% compared to 25.8%), fewer Anglicans (10.9% compared to 18.7%), more Eastern Orthodox (4.9% compared to 2.7%), and more Muslims (4.7% compared to 1.7%).
Compared to Hume as a whole, Craigieburn has more Catholics (37.8% compared to 36.9%), more Anglicans (10.9% compared to 9.7%), more Eastern Orthodox (4.9% compared to 4.7%), and fewer Muslims (4.7% compared to 13.3%).
Sport and recreation
Australian rules football is popular in Craigieburn. A local team, the Craigieburn Football Club plays in the Essendon District Football League. and is based at D.S. Aitken Reserve. AFL club Richmond Football Club as its second training base facility at Highgate Reserve on Grand Boulevard. The Tigers held a community camp in 2009 in the suburb. Richmond's VFL affiliate the Coburg Tigers played three home games there in 2010.
The Craigieburn Leisure Centre is one of three major community based recreation facilities, fully owned and operated by the Hume City Council. The Leisure Centre's facilities include:
- Heated Indoor pool
- Spa and Sauna
- Outdoor Toddlers pool (Currently not in use)
- Cardio theatre
- Group fitness
- Basketball / Netball courts
- Squash courts
- Rooms for hire
- The leisure centre is also the home of the Craigieburn Eagles Basketball Team.
State Swim operate a swimming centre at 87 Grand Boulevard, focussing on teaching children (from 6 months of age to teenagers) to swim.
Six tennis courts and a dance hall are located on the western side of D.S. Aitken Reserve, on Selwyn Avenue.
The Craigieburn Bowling Club is located at 245 Craigieburn Road West.
A skate bowl is located at the south eastern corner of D.S. Aitken Reserve.
Craigieburn has at least 15 kilometres of hike and bike trails.
The Craigieburn Sporting Club is located at the Craigieburn Public Golf Course on Craigieburn Road. The Club was voted by the local community Best Club/Pub in Hume for 2007.
Public barbecues and a children's playground are located in the Craigieburn Gardens, located behind the Craigieburn Leisure Centre and Community Centre.
Commerce and Industry
Craigieburn Central, located off Craigieburn Road, is the major retail precinct that services the Craigieburn community, which first opened for trade in October 2013. Tenants in this centre include Big W and Target discount department stores, Woolworths and Coles supermarkets and approximately 160 specialty stores.
Craigieburn Shopping Plaza is located on Craigieburn Road West. It includes a Woolworths, bank branches (ANZ and Commonwealth Bank), a news agency, dentist, tax agent, Halal butcher and several other specialty shops. Located further north in the newer estate on Mareeba Way is a small shopping centre containing a pharmacy, doctors surgery, cafe, bakery, general store and other fast food outlets.
A Bunnings Warehouse is located on the corner of Sydney and Amaroo Roads (opened 21 December 2010). Stockland completed the construction of the Highlands Shopping Centre on the corner of Aitken and Grand Boulevards (Highlands Estate) in November 2011. This new shopping precinct includes a Woolworths Supermarket, Jetts Fitness, Cafe, Pharmacy, Butchery, Subway and other specialty shops.
An industrial estate is currently being developed on the eastern side of the Hume Highway, and a rail yarding, maintenance and cleaning facility is now completed between the highway and the rail line north of Craigieburn rail station. The Australian Reserve Bank Note Printing Works is also located in Craigieburn.
MAB has planned a new city called Merrifield 5 km north of Craigieburn. A master planned mixed use development, once completed this city will provide state of the art residential, commercial and business precincts.
A 24 hour Police Station and a Fire Station are located opposite D.S. Aitken Reserve.
The Craigieburn Youth Centre is located behind the Library.
Hume Global Learning Centre
On 7 May 2012 the new Hume Global Learning Centre was opened in the Highlands Estate. The two story centre is home to the Craigieburn Library, a café, gallery, occasional childcare facilities and Council's Craigieburn Customer Service Centre on the ground level, and a conference and training centre on level one.
The old Craigieburn Library and Council's Customer Service Centre at Craigieburn Road are now relocated to the new building.
Highlands Craigieburn, a residential area by Stockland, has been growing. Formally known as Mickleham Grand it used to range from Mount Ridley Road to Crestmont Terrace, but now is connected to the urbanised areas of Craigieburn. Other major residential estate developers in Craigieburn are Delfin, Peet (Aston) Evolve Development () and Villawood (Trilium). Vicurban also has plans to develop a residential estate in Craigieburn, adjacent to Highlands on Craigieburn Road.
- Craigieburn Primary School
- Craigieburn South Primary School
- Aitken Creek Primary School
- Willmott Park Primary School
- Our Lady's Catholic Primary School
- Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School
- Craigieburn Secondary College
- Mount Ridley College (P-12)
- Hume Anglican Grammar School
Electrified railway services to Craigieburn Station was opened on 30 September 2007. Craigieburn was previously serviced by five-car diesel locomotives and Sprinter Railcars on the Seymour / Albury line. The previous terminus was Broadmeadows Station.
Craigieburn has six Bus services, rather than its previous three;
- Route 544 : Runs from Craigieburn Station to Roxburgh Park Station, direct.
- Route 532 : Runs from Craigieburn Station to Broadmeadows via Upfield.
Local Bus Routes (all run every 30 minutes);
- Route 528 : Runs from Craigieburn Station to Craigieburn South ('Fairways Village' estate).
- Route 529 : Runs from Craigieburn Station to Craigieburn West ('Highlands' estate via Craigieburn Road).
- Route 533 : Runs from Craigieburn Station to Craigieburn North ('original Craigieburn', 'Creekwood estate'). This was one of the first local bus routes in Craigieburn, existing when "The Met" was still the Metropolitan Public Transport provider.
- Route 535 : Runs from Craigieburn Station to Craigieburn West ('Highlands' estate via Aitken Boulevard).
Craigieburn is also serviced by NightRider bus route 954.
- Shire of Bulla - the former local government area of which Craigieburn was a part
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Craigieburn (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
- Full Points Footy, Craigieburn, retrieved 2009-04-15
- Golf Select, Craigieburn, retrieved 2009-05-11
- Golf Select, Willmott Park, retrieved 2009-05-11
- Hume Council, Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn now open, retrieved 2012-05-20
- City of Hume
- Craigieburn Historical Interest Group
- Craigieburn - The Delfin Lend Lease Website
- Craigieburn Sporting Club
- Craigieburn Basketball Association - Craigieburn Eagles
- Craigieburn Football Club - Craigieburn Eagles
- Craigieburn Tennis Club
- State Swim Craigieburn