Truganina, Victoria

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Truganina
MelbourneVictoria
Truganina is located in Melbourne
Truganina
Truganina
Coordinates 37°49′01″S 144°45′00″E / 37.817°S 144.750°E / -37.817; 144.750Coordinates: 37°49′01″S 144°45′00″E / 37.817°S 144.750°E / -37.817; 144.750
Population 9,138 (2011)[1]
 • Density 163.2/km2 (423/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3029
Area 56 km2 (21.6 sq mi)
LGA(s)
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Truganina:
Rockbank Rockbank Ravenhall
Tarneit Truganina Derrimmut
Hoppers Crossing Hoppers Crossing Williams Landing

Truganina is a rural-urban fringe suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 21 km west of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government areas are the Cities of Melton and Wyndham. At the 2011 Census, Truganina had a population of 9,140.

Truganina is a rapidly growing suburban area with an estimated population of 8,353 in 2011. It is bordered roughly by the Skeleton-Waterholes Creek to the west; Boundary Road to the north; Mount Derrimut Road Reserve to the east and the Federation Trail to the south.

It is believed to be named after Truganini, a full-blooded Aboriginal Tasmanian woman who spent a short time in the area.

History[edit]

Truganina Post Office opened on 12 June 1878, closed in 1895, reopened in 1902 and closed again in 1942. The nearby Tarneit Post Office opened in 2008 to serve the area.[2]

In 1969 bushfires claimed about 60 houses in the area.[3]

Population growth[edit]

Truganina is expected to have a population of 39,951 by 2031, which would be an increase of 1,350.6 percent, or 28,633 persons from 2006.[4]

  • 2,958 (2006)
  • 8,353 (2011 estimated)
  • 39,951 (2031 projected)

Urban sprawl[edit]

Truganina (and neighbouring Tarneit) is characterised by low density quarter acre block development and is growing rapidly in advance of transport infrastructure and services, meaning that the vast majority of new residents are currently dependent on automobiles. The growth is primarily due to affordable housing and the area's location within a growth corridor that is close to the major manufacturing areas in Laverton and the proposed business park on part of the RAAF Williams Base.

Facilities[edit]

Telecommunications[edit]

Telephone networks are at capacity and only a select few who live in developments with broadband hubs will have access to high speed DSL services, as local exchanges are too far away for effective DSL services. New residents in Truganina have to resort to using wireless internet technologies due to the insufficient telephone infrastructure.[5]

Transport[edit]

Truganina's road network is laid out in street hierarchy, with almost all residential streets feeding into a grid of main roads including busy east-west corridor Sayers Road, Leakes Road, Dohertys Road and Boundary Road, and north-south links Morris Road, Marquands Road, Woods Road and Palmers Road.

The main public transport is the bus network, with most of the main routes runs via Sayers Road. The bus runs through the Clearwater Rise residential estate.

Off-road cycling is facilitated by the Federation Trail at the southern border of the suburb, however few of the main roads provide provision for bicycles.

The nearest railway stations are 5 kilometres from the centre of Truganina, at Laverton and Hoppers Crossing, both on the Werribee railway line. Another similarly distant railway station is proposed for the corner of Derrimut Road and Leakes Road in nearby Tarneit as part of the Regional Rail Link project. This would provide V/Line diesel services on route between Geelong and Melbourne, although it is not yet known how frequently these services would stop at the new station.[6] There are plans for an additional station to eventually be added to the line to service Truganina.

Education[edit]

There are several schools in Truganina, including Westbourne Grammar School and Truganina South Primary School

Industry[edit]

Parts of Truganina have been planned as new areas for industrial zones. These planned areas lie northwards and eastwards of the new housing zones in southern Truganina.

Distribution centres[edit]

Many distribution centres are setting up in the Truganina area due to the easy access to rail, roads and air freight services. Currently Woolworths Limited has a large liquor distribution centre that services BWS, Dan Murphy's and Woolworths Liquor. Linfox also have a small logistics centre in the same complex, and to the north of the area K&S Freighters.[7] In 2010 Kmart Australia started construction on a new purpose built distribution centre in Truganina. The Kmart Australia Distribution Centre is now the largest building by footprint size in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere and tenth largest in the world.[8] Another mega distribution centre in the Truganina industrial area was built for Coles Supermarkets in 2012 which is approximately 70,000 sqm.[9]

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