|Population||4,319 (2016 census)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Mitchell|
Broadford is a small town in central Victoria, Australia. At the 2016 census, Broadford had a population of 4,319. The town is the headquarters of the Shire of Mitchell local government area and is approximately 73 kilometres (50 mi) north of the state capital, Melbourne.
Broadford lies on the major transport routes between Melbourne and Sydney. The town is bypassed to the east by the Hume Freeway and the railway line linking the two cities passes through Broadford. Broadford is built on the banks of Sunday Creek, a tributary of the Goulburn River.
The Town today
Industry in Broadford includes a paper mill. It has a primary school, a secondary college and two kindergartens.
Broadford is also home to the Victorian State Motorcycle Complex, which has both road and off-road tracks, and hosts National riding events, as well as amateur track days. In 2014 Calibre Sports Inc. leased some land on the complex and in 2015 the complex hosted Tough Mudder Australia event.
Popular sports in Broadford include Australian rules football and the town has a team, the Kangaroos, competing in the Riddell District Football League. The Broadford juniors play in the Seymour Junior Football Netball League.
Lawn bowls is also enjoyed with the club located next door to the Lions Park on the old caravan park grounds.
Broadford cricket club has four seniors teams playing across A, B and C grade, the club also has three junior teams u12, u14 and u16.
Golfers play at the Broadford Golf Club on Davidson Street.
On the night of 9 January 2008 firefighters were called to a blaze at the Broadford RSL, but there was little crews could do to save the weatherboard hall. The Country Fire Authority's Scott Hamilton says the blaze caused about $300,000 damage to the building and destroyed its contents.
Notable people from Broadford include
- St Kilda, Sydney Swans and Western Bulldogs Australian rules footballer Barry Hall
- Essendon Bombers Australian rules footballer Alan Ezard
- Adelaide Crows Australian rules footballer Richard Douglas
- Tom Wittingslow (the biggest outdoor traveling carnival showman during the 1960s- the 1999s , president of the Victorian Showmans guild for a quarter century, organizer of Moomba and introducer of the first big amusement rides to this country )
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