Rockbank, Victoria

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Rockbank
MelbourneVictoria
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Rockbank is located in Melbourne
Rockbank
Rockbank
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates 37°44′S 144°40′E / 37.733°S 144.667°E / -37.733; 144.667Coordinates: 37°44′S 144°40′E / 37.733°S 144.667°E / -37.733; 144.667
Population 1,349 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 3335
Elevation 116 m (381 ft)
Location
LGA(s)

Shire of Melton

Mayor = Shaun Wilson- King
State electorate(s) Melton
Federal Division(s) Gorton
Localities around Rockbank:
Melton Plumpton
Melton South Rockbank Caroline Springs
Mount Cottrell Truganina Ravenhall

Rockbank is a township and rural locality in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 29 km west of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the Shire of Melton. At the 2011 Census, Rockbank had a population of 1,349.

Rockbank Post Office opened on 1 January 1862.[2]

The area lies east of the township of Melton and west of the suburb of Caroline Springs. The land contains many large volcanic rocks making it poor for cultivating crops. The rocks have been used to build walls between paddocks - characteristic of the area west of Melbourne. Mount Cottrell is the highest land point in the vicinity.

The railway station is on the Melton line. Rockbank is also served by the Route 456 bus that runs along the Western Freeway, linking Melton and Sunshine.

The rich, red volcanic soil in the area has helped build the reputation of local wineries. Rockbank is also the host to Victoria's Annual Olive Festival. The earlier agricultural activities date back to the pastoral exploits of William Cross Yuille on the plains.[3]

The town has an Australian rules football team competing in the Riddell District Football League. Koori Elder Steven Hanning also play for the side and are respected elders of the Rockbank community. Hanning also coaches the women's C-grade netball team.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Rockbank (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 July 2007. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008 
  3. ^ Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Yuille, William Crosse". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource