Altona Meadows, Victoria

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Altona Meadows
MelbourneVictoria
Altona Meadows is located in Melbourne
Altona Meadows
Altona Meadows
Coordinates 37°52′30″S 144°46′55″E / 37.875°S 144.782°E / -37.875; 144.782Coordinates: 37°52′30″S 144°46′55″E / 37.875°S 144.782°E / -37.875; 144.782
Population 19,160 (2016)[1]
 • Density 1,842/km2 (4,772/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3028
Area 10.4 km2 (4.0 sq mi)
Location 17 km (11 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Hobsons Bay
State electorate(s) Altona
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Altona Meadows:
Laverton Altona Altona
Seabrook Altona Meadows Port Phillip
Point Cook Point Cook Port Phillip

Altona Meadows is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 17 km south-west of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Hobsons Bay local government area. Altona Meadows recorded a population of 19,160 at the 2016 census.

Located partly within Altona Meadows, Cheetham Wetlands is a large park with numerous boardwalks traversing its network of lagoons. The wetlands attract large numbers of migratory birds, making it popular with walkers and birdwatchers alike.

History[edit]

Altona Meadows Post Office opened on 15 March 1996 as the suburb developed.[2]

Population[edit]

In the 2016 Census, there were 19,160 people in Altona Meadows. 59.2% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were India 4.2%, England 2.6%, Malta 2.5%, Vietnam 2.3% and Philippines 2.1%. 59.6% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Arabic 3.0%, Vietnamese 3.0%, Maltese 2.7%, Greek 2.5% and Italian 2.4%. The most common responses for religion were Catholic 31.1% and No Religion 24.4%. [1]

Education[edit]

Altona Green Primary School[edit]

Altona Green Primary School is a state-run primary school established in 1990. The school has a stable enrollment of around 360[3] students from Prep to Year 6. There is a diverse multicultural and socio-economic background.

Altona Meadows Primary School[edit]

Altona Meadows Primary School is a state-run primary school that first opened in 1982. The school has a stable enrollment of around 350 students from Prep to Year 6. There is a diverse multicultural and socio-economic background. Notable former pupils include Australian rules footballer Daniel Giansiracusa.

Queen of Peace Parish Primary School[edit]

Queen of Peace Parish Primary School is a Catholic co-educational primary school. Approximately 560 pupils from grades Prep to 6 are at the school. The school was opened in 1982. In 2011, the new gym was opened, along with a new music and performing arts centre.

Politics[edit]

Altona Meadows falls within the federal electorate of Gellibrand (currently held by the ALP's Tim Watts), the state electorate of Altona, as well as the local Council area of the City of Hobsons Bay.

Typically for a working-class western suburb of Melbourne, it has consistently been a very safe area for the ALP. However, as new housing estates have been established within the area and it becomes increasingly middle-class, it witnessed some larger-than-average swings towards the Liberals during the Howard years (despite remaining solidly Labor).

Notable residents[edit]

  • Greg Inglis - Rugby league player[4]
  • Anthony Sergi - Australian Film and Television actor
  • Blake "Hercules" Border Express - Humanitarian Activist

See also[edit]

  • City of Altona - Altona Meadows was previously within this former local government area.

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