Caroline Springs, Victoria
Aerial view of Caroline Springs from the north
|• Density||4,160/km2 (10,760/sq mi)|
|Area||4.9 km2 (1.9 sq mi)|
|Location||25 km (16 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Melton|
Caroline Springs is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 25 km west of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Melton. At the 2011 Census, Caroline Springs had a population of 20,366.
Caroline Springs has been developed on greenfield land since 1999 by Delfin, in partnership with the original landowners. Centrally located, just north of Kororoit Creek, is the town square and main shopping center known as CS Square, and a man-made lake known as Lake Caroline.
At the time of development, it was one of Melbourne's fastest growing suburbs and Delfin anticipated the population to be in excess of 25,000 people by 2015.
The Caroline Springs Post Office opened on 8 August 2005.
Flora and fauna
Kororoit Creek runs through the centre of the suburb. The creek has been home to healthy populations of native animals for thousands of years, including the Tiger snake, the Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard, the Common snakeneck turtle, the Eastern brown snake and Kangaroos. Unfortunately due to development over the past 15 years, these species are now rarely seen in the area.
Due to development of large lakes and wetlands, species of frogs have reclaimed the area. The Common Eastern Froglet, the Eastern Banjo Frog and even the now endangered Growling Grass Frog have been seen and heard in the new lakes, wetlands and in Kororoit Creek. Many species of birds are also returning to the creeks and lakes. There are also a few kangaroos, several located in the endangered grassland bordered by Holland Way and College Street. These can usually be seen from the steel board walk or 4m viewing platform.
It is expected that the Kororoit Creek Trail will eventually be linked up to Caroline Springs providing cyclists with an off-road path all the way to Sunshine and onto the Melbourne CBD.
The suburb's main form of transport is the car and is a largely car-dependent community. It was planned under the concepts of street hierarchy and has just one main arterial, Caroline Springs Boulevard, which feeds into both the Deer Park Bypass and the Western Highway in the south and connects to Melbourne via either the Western Ring Road or the Princes Highway.
Local health services in the Town Centre include Active Medical Centre Modern Medical Health Clinic and Life Physiotherapy. A superclinic owned by the controversial Geoffrey Edelsten opened at the Mercure Hotel in late 2010.
Caroline Springs is currently represented in a number of local and regional sports.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Caroline Springs (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
- Delfin Lend Lease > Our Communities > Victoria > Caroline Springs
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008
- "New station for Caroline Springs". May 2014.