Delacombe, Victoria

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Delacombe
BallaratVictoria
Delacombe is located in City of Ballarat
Delacombe
Delacombe
Coordinates 37°35′20″S 143°48′50″E / 37.589°S 143.814°E / -37.589; 143.814Coordinates: 37°35′20″S 143°48′50″E / 37.589°S 143.814°E / -37.589; 143.814
Population 4,932 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3356
Location 6 km (4 mi) from Ballarat Central
LGA(s) City of Ballarat
State electorate(s) Wendouree
Federal Division(s) Ballarat
Suburbs around Delacombe:
Alfredton Newington Newington
Bunkers Hill Delacombe Redan
Smythes Creek Bonshaw Sebastopol

Delacombe is a large and rapidly growing industrial/residential suburb on the south west rural-urban fringe of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. The population at the 2011 census was 4,932[1] making it the sixth most populated in the Ballarat urban area.

Delacombe forms a large part of the Ballarat West Growth Area where suburban development is encouraged by the City of Ballarat and State Government of Victoria. Much of the city's planned subdivision for new housing estates is happening in Greenfield land in and around the suburb and it is predicted to be home to over 12,000 residents in 2030.

The suburb is built upon the floodplain of the Winter Creek. Its tributaries are stormwater drains, including the Banyule.[2]

It is one of the few Ballarat suburbs with its own shopping centres and a future activity centre for the suburb is planned by the City of Ballarat.

It is named after former Governor of Victoria, Rohan Delacombe.[3]

History[edit]

Delacombe was originally part of Ballarat West and situated in the Shire of Grenville. The first development was a factor producing guncotton for World War I.[4] Over the decades, industry expanded in the area.

In 1965 the Department of Crown Lands proposed it be named in honour of then governor Rohan Delacombe and the naming was passed by the shire.[5]

As Ballarat's urban area expanded, the first residential subdivisions occurred in the following decades and the primary school opened in 1981.[6]

During the 2011 Victorian floods, flash flooding caused the Banyule drain overflowed on more than one occasion, causing flooding to homes.[7] The floods spurred implement stormwater upgrades[8] and a flood strategy from the City of Ballarat[9] including the creation of artificial wetlands.[10]

Urban form and housing[edit]

The majority of Delacombe's residential areas have been developed under the concepts of street hierarchy with light industry and commercial areas centred on the main streets with single-family detached homes along branching cul-de-sacs.

Education[edit]

  • Lumen Christi Catholic school
  • Delacombe Primary School

Transport[edit]

The main form of transport in Delacombe is the private motor car and it can be classed as a car dependent suburb and over 50% of all households with more than two vehicles. The suburb is serviced by Ballarat taxis and a bus service runs regularly to the city.

A branch of the disused Cattleyards freight railway line terminated in Delacombe and was proposed by the Victorian Greens transport policy as the site of a potential railway station, however the line was demolished in 2010. The nearest railway station is Wendouree 5 km to the north.

Parks and open space[edit]

While there is still much greenfield land in Delacombe, currently the Delacombe Sports Centre is set aside as a public recreation space.

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