Mount Clear, Victoria

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Mount Clear
BallaratVictoria
Mount Clear is located in City of Ballarat
Mount Clear
Mount Clear
Coordinates 37°36′07″S 143°52′05″E / 37.602°S 143.868°E / -37.602; 143.868Coordinates: 37°36′07″S 143°52′05″E / 37.602°S 143.868°E / -37.602; 143.868
Population 2,905 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3350
Location 6 km (4 mi) from Ballarat Central
LGA(s) City of Ballarat
State electorate(s) Buninyong
Federal Division(s) Ballarat
Suburbs around Mount Clear:
Mount Pleasant Canadian Canadian
Mount Pleasant, Magpie Mount Clear Mount Helen
Magpie Mount Helen Mount Helen

Mount Clear is a semi-rural suburb of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia south of the CBD in the Canadian Creek Valley. At the 2011 census, Mount Clear had a population of 2,905.[1]

Mount Clear is characterised by its topography of gently undulating hills flanked by bush and pine plantation forestry. Canadian Creek, on the suburb's eastern border, flows southward.

It began as a small mining community, however it expanded rapidly in the latter 20th Century to become part of the Ballarat urban area and much subdivision activity continues.

The suburb is organised on a street hierarchy with the main roads through it being Midland Highway/Geelong Road (north-south) and Sebastopol Road (east-west). Housing consists almost solely of single-family detached homes constructed since the 1970s on larger than average blocks. There is a small commercial area on the corners of Geelong and Sebastopol Road.

Mount Clear had its own railway station on the Buninyong railway line but the station closed to passengers in 1930. Mount Clear is classed as automobile dependent and traffic along its main roads are some of the heaviest in urban Ballarat[2] with over 15,000 vehicles per day passing through Mount Clear and expected to increase by almost 50% over the next three decades.[3] The main form of public transport is a bus service which runs along the Midland Highway between Bunninyong and northern Ballarat at a frequency of approximately 30 minutes.

The suburb has several educational institutions catering for all age levels, including Mount Clear Secondary College, a campus of Damascus College and a community kindergarten.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Mount Clear (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Nolon, Patrick More Geelong Road Traffic Problems Feared The Courier 26 Nov, 2010
  3. ^ University of Ballarat Travel Plan