Viewbank, Victoria

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Viewbank
MelbourneVictoria
Viewbank is located in Melbourne
Viewbank
Viewbank
Coordinates 37°43′52″S 145°06′00″E / 37.731°S 145.100°E / -37.731; 145.100Coordinates: 37°43′52″S 145°06′00″E / 37.731°S 145.100°E / -37.731; 145.100
Population 6,731 (2011)[1]
 • Density 1,496/km2 (3,870/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3084
Area 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Location 15 km (9 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Banyule
State electorate(s) Ivanhoe
Federal Division(s) Jagajaga
Suburbs around Viewbank:
Macleod Yallambie Montmorency
Rosanna Viewbank Lower Plenty
Heidelberg Bulleen Templestowe Lower

Viewbank is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 14 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Banyule. At the 2011 Census, Viewbank had a population of 6,731.

The Yarra River and large tracts of the Yarra Valley Parkland run along one border of the suburb. The Plenty River forms Viewbank's eastern boundary, whilst its northern boundary is defined by Lower Plenty Road (a main road linking Heidelberg and Eltham). Viewbank's public schools are Viewbank Primary School and Viewbank College (formerly Rosanna East High School, merging with Banyule High School in 1994). Viewbank's many parks include Banyule Flats (which includes one of inner Melbourne's largest intact wetlands), Viewbank Reserve, Price Park and Castleton Park.

Although mainly a residential area, there is a small commercial strip on Martins Lane adjacent to Viewbank Primary School.

History[edit]

Viewbank was named after a farming property (since demolished) built at the junction of the Yarra and Plenty Rivers during the 1840s. Remnants of Viewbank's farming past can be seen from the historic silos still standing on Banyule Road.

The area was primarily developed around the 1960s. Viewbank Post Office opened on 1 October 1962 and was renamed Banyule in 1969.[2]

Several new housing developments were built during the 1990s and 2000s, including the end of Martins Lane, Winston Hills and Eagle View (on Casey Crescent).

Notable residents[edit]

In the 1980s Australian Aerial Freestyle Olympic Gold Medallist Alisa Camplin, Catherine Fitzsimmons (Pearsell model and founder of Dash Models, Los Angeles), Australian Olympic Runner Tamsyn Manou all attended Viewbank Primary School.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Viewbank (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 

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