|• Density||568.25/km2 (1,471.8/sq mi)|
|Area||38.17 km2 (14.7 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||City of Wyndham|
Tarneit ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a rural-urban fringe suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 25 km west of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Wyndham. At the 2011 Census, Tarneit had a population of 21,690.
According to forecast.id Tarneit's population is estimated to increase to 63,512 in 2031.
It is an emerging suburb in the City Of Wyndham and neighbours another emerging suburb, Truganina.
Settlement of the area dates to the 1830's where Tarneit was used as agricultural grazing land. Tarneit was named when it was surveyed in 1839 - 1840 and comes from the Aboriginal word given to the area. The road network was largely planned in a square mile grid pattern and still forms the basis of the arterial road network today. Large scale residential subdivision did not begin until the 1990's.
Tarneit is mostly used as agricultural grazing land. However this landscape is rapidly changing due to the urban sprawl coming from nearby suburbs, such as Hoppers Crossing and Werribee, mostly happening in the southern part of Tarneit.
Tarneit has a number of schools established within its boundaries, including Thomas Carr College, Baden Powell Prep - Year 9 College and Tarneit Central College. The Islamic College of Melbourne (ICOM), located at Wootten Road, commenced its classes from Grade 1 to Grade 4 in February 2011.
There has been much residential growth occur in the Thomas Carr District, with other schools and shopping centres planned for construction. Construction of stage one of Tarneit Central Shopping Centre, on the south east corner of Derrimut and Leakes Roads, is expected to begin in late 2013 and take 18 months to complete. Wyndham Village Shopping Centre, in the suburb's south, was completed in 2005 to serve the exploding population in the immediate area, especially in the residential developments of Tarneit Gardens, The Rise, Rose Grange and Seasons.
Tarneit Town Centre, to be developed over the next 10 years, is expected to be located in the area loosely bounded by Derrimut Road to the west, Leakes Road to the south, Skeleton Creek to the east and Dry Creek to the north.
Tarneit and other neighbouring suburbs such as Truganina are expected to grow rapidly as more established City of Wyndham suburbs are exhausted for land space.
The Tarneit area is now the site of several new housing estates, including The Heartlands, The Reflections Estate, Moorookyle, Tarneit Gardens, The Rise, Claremont Park, The Reserve and Rose Grange. Mooted estates include Evadene, located within the Claremont Park estate. By contrast with the number and scale of private estate developments in Tarneit, public housing remains underprovisioned.
Leakes Road has recently undergone redevelopment and is now sealed from Fitzgerald Road to Tarneit Road and provides a link from the industrial areas of Altona North and Laverton North to Tarneit and Hoppers Crossing. It is planned to ease traffic congestion on Sayers Road, which services Hoppers Crossing commuters travelling to and from the city. During peak hour the road is often a traffic nightmare for locals.
In 2010, the Wyndham Bus Network was extensively upgraded and now caters for commuters from Tarneit.
A new railway line currently under construction, the Regional Rail Link, travels from West Werribee through Tarneit to Deer Park and will include a new railway station at Tarneit. The new station, to be built near the north east corner of Derrimut and Leakes Roads, would provide a much faster service than the current Werribee railway line, which must pass though Altona and Footscray. It will initially have car parking with 400 spaces, with scope to expand this to 600 spaces in the future. This will ensure Tarneit becomes a prime regional area for those who commute to the city on a regular basis. Regional Rail Link will also connect the Melton and Werribee railway lines and re-direct Geelong V/Line trains from the Werribee Line. Regional Rail Link is expected to be completed early in 2016, with Tarneit Train Station coming under metropolitan zone 2.
Hotel520, featuring 65 poker machines, recently opened in Tarneit, on the corner of Sayers Road and Derrimut Road, next to the BP service station. Hotel520 has a bistro, sports bar, coffee lounge and bottle shop.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tarneit (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
- , Forecast.id. Retrieved 15 September 2010
- , New bus routes for Wyndham . Retrieved 15 September 2010
- Tarneit Community Website and Forums
- Tarneit Tavern Article
- The Heartlands
- The Reflections Estate
- Tarneit Gardens
- The Rise
- The Reserve, Tarniet