Flowerdale, Victoria

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Flowerdale
Victoria
FlowerdaleHotel1.JPG
Flowerdale Hotel
Flowerdale is located in Shire of Murrindindi
Flowerdale
Flowerdale
Coordinates 37°20′41″S 145°17′12″E / 37.34472°S 145.28667°E / -37.34472; 145.28667Coordinates: 37°20′41″S 145°17′12″E / 37.34472°S 145.28667°E / -37.34472; 145.28667
Postcode(s) 3717
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Murrindindi
State electorate(s) Seymour
Federal Division(s) Indi
Localities around Flowerdale:
Clonbinane Clonbinane Strath Creek
Clonbinane Flowerdale Hazeldene
Whittlesea Kinglake Glenburn

Flowerdale is a town in Victoria, Australia. The town is located in the Shire of Murrindindi local government area, 95 kilometres (59 mi) from the state capital, Melbourne. The town is located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, in the upper catchment of the Goulburn River system.

Flowerdale Post Office opened on 4 February 1881 and closed in 1974.[1]

The area was devastated by a bushfire in February 2009 with the loss of a large number of houses, however the school, hotel and community hall were spared.[2]

Video commentary on reconstruction effort at Deloitte TV Australia.[3]

Hazeldene[edit]

Flowerdale absorbed the entire adjacent town of Hazeldene on 9 April 2014, when the state government formally merged the two towns together. The council, which had supported the move, cited a community desire for a "unified sense of community identity" following the Black Saturday bushfires, which had caused significant damage in both towns.[4]

Hazeldene had a population of 535 at the 2006 census.[5] Over 200 houses had been destroyed and over 10 deaths had been recorded as occurring in Hazeldene during the bushfires.[6] The General Store and Post Office were spared, but the Jarara Community Centre was destroyed in the bushfires. In the 2009-2010 Budget, Murrindindi Shire Council indicated that the Jarara Community Centre would be rebuilt, but due to the high fire danger associated with its previous site, in Silver Creek Road, Council would be rebuilding it elsewhere within Hazeldene.[7][8]

Hazeldene General Store

Sport[edit]

Golfers play at the course of the Valley View Golf Coaching Centre on Spring Valley Road, Flowerdale.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  2. ^ Baker, Richard (10 February 2009). "Tiny Flowerdale blossoms no longer". The Age. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Deloitte TV Australia
  4. ^ "One locality for Flowerdale and Hazeldene". Shire of Murrundindi. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Hazeldene (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Victoria under siege as fires rage across state". Herald Sun. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-08. [dead link]
  7. ^ Murrindindi Shire Council, 2009-2010 Council Budget, adopted by Council in October 2009.
  8. ^ Jarara Community Centre Committee of Management Minutes of Meeting held on 25 May 2009.
  9. ^ Golf Select, Valley View, retrieved 11 May 2009