|Population||10,165 (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,848/km2 (4,790/sq mi)|
|Area||5.5 km2 (2.1 sq mi)|
|Location||8 km (5 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Maribyrnong|
Maribyrnong is a suburb 8 km north-west of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the City of Maribyrnong, part of the River Ward. At the 2011 Census, Maribyrnong had a population of 10,165.
Maribyrnong takes its name from the Maribyrnong River which bounds the suburb to the north and east. Its other borders are Williamson Road, Rosamond Road, Mephan Street and Owen Street to the south.
Maribyrnong contains Highpoint Shopping Centre, one of Australia's largest shopping centres.
A Maribyrnong Post Office opened on 19 March 1881 and closed in 1887. It reopened in 1912 and closed again in 1975. There is currently an Australia Post at Highpoint Shopping Centre.
Maribyrnong is home to the Department of Defence ammunitions factory and storage facility. Although many of the buildings are now disused, the site has now been earmarked for development by the State Government for housing and low density commercial infrastructure.
Maribyrnong contains several schools, both Catholic and State Government run. Maribyrnong College (est 1958) is the sole high school in the suburb, which recently underwent significant renovations by the State Government. St Margarets Catholic Primary School and nearby Footscray North Primary School both cater for primary school aged children in the area.
There are also kindergarten and child care centres within Maribyrnong.
The most common ancestries in Maribyrnong were English 13.4%, Chinese 13.4%, Australian 12.4%, Vietnamese 10.4% and Italian 7.5%. The most common countries of birth outside Australia were Vietnam 11.1%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 5.0%, India 2.5%, Italy 1.8% and England 1.8%.
In Maribyrnong 45.5% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Vietnamese 13.1%, Cantonese 6.8%, Mandarin 5.1%, Italian 3.8% and Spanish 2.0%.
The most common responses for religion in Maribyrnong were Catholic 33.1%, No Religion 22.4%, Buddhism 11.7%, Eastern Orthodox 5.4% and Anglican 4.9%.
Flora and fauna
Many native species exist along the Maribyrnong River. Some species thrive in the area. The most noticeable are;
Maribyrnong has a number of parks mostly near the Maribyrnong River. These reserves are typically unsuitable for development due to the risk of flooding and have been established as gardens and reserves for locals to enjoy.
Places of worship
There is only one place of worship throughout the entire suburb of Maribyrnong - a church in the Roman Catholic tradition. St Margaret's which is the namesake of the Catholic primary school is part of the Parish of Ascot Vale and shares the same priest which conducts services at St Mary's in Ascot Vale.
|Climate data for Maribyrnong Explosives Factory|
|Average high °C (°F)||26.0
|Average low °C (°F)||13.4
|Precipitation mm (inches)||40.6
|Avg. precipitation days||5.0||5.4||7.1||9.0||11.7||11.2||12.1||12.0||11.3||11.5||9.8||7.8||113.9|
Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre
The Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre was established in 2006.
Maribyrnong Reserve was previously utilized as a racetrack used for various motor sports events during the 1950s before closing in 1964. Still located at the ground are 2 free standing grand stands which have been refurbished at various times. In most cases the stands are rarely used for spectator events, and instead act as change rooms for local sports clubs which use the indoor facilities. Today the ground acts as a soccer pitch during winter months, and is also utilized by St Margaret's Primary School for some Australian Rules Football matches.
The Route 82 tram provides public transport from Moonee Ponds (Ascot Vale Road & Puckle Street) to Footscray (Leeds & Irving Streets). It is one of only three Melbourne tram routes which does not travel through the Melbourne CBD.
There are also several bus routes that run through Maribyrnong, many terminating at Highpoint Shopping Centre. Buses run to Caroline Springs, Avondale Heights, Keilor East and Essendon. The introduction of Melbourne's first orbital bus line, SmartBus route 903, runs just north of Maribyrnong along Buckley Street in Essendon. Bus Lines running through Maribyrnong include the 215, 223, 406, 407, 408, 409, and 468.
Walking and cycling
The suburb adjoins the Maribyrnong River Trail which is used by commuting and recreational cyclists along the Maribyrnong River. There are also numerous bike and walking trails which link the suburb to various other suburbs and take in some of the western suburbs greatest natural beauties, such as Pipemakers Park, Afton Street Conservation Park and Footscray Park.
Despite being an inner city suburb, like many western suburbs, there are significant areas of land within Maribyrnong that have yet been developed. Mostly owned by the Federal Government for the Department of Defence, the land is now seen as a prime opportunity for housing developments. The most notable development recently under construction is the Delfin Lend Lease Edgewater Estate, located near Highpoint on Gordon Street, which takes in spectacular city views and is adjacent to the historic Jack's Magazine.
The largest development to be announced by the State Government is the 128 hectare Maribyrnong Explosives Factory site, bounded by the Maribyrnong River. 3,000 new homes are expected to be built, along with open parkland, shops and the inclusion of many decade old defence buildings in keeping with heritage. Construction was expected to commence in 2012 but has not yet started, the project should take 10 – 15 years to be fully completed.
- Keith Ashton - Local activist.
- Anthony Laughton - Journalist
- Sandy - The only "Waler" (Australian military horse) to return from World War I.
- City of Footscray - A former local government area of which Maribyrnong was a part.
- City of Sunshine - A former local government area of which Maribyrnong was a part.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Maribyrnong (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- Maribyrnong City Council - http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Page/page.asp?Page_Id=63&h=0
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008.
- Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne - http://www.melbourne.catholic.org.au/parishes/parishdetail.asp?parish_id=337
- "Climate statistics for Maribyrnong Explosives Factory". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- 18/Jun/2009 Motorsport Archive.com
- 18/Jun/2009 National Library of Australia
- Metlink - http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/assets/Maps/Localities/PDFs/28_Maribyrnong.pdf
- VicUrban - http://www.vicurban.com/cs/Satellite?c=VPage&cid=1236308498393&pagename=VicUrban%2FLayout&site=VicUrban
- The Age - http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/in-memory-of-a-big-brave-old-anzac/2005/10/22/1129775997132.html