|• Density||2,176/km2 (5,635/sq mi)|
|Area||14.8 km2 (5.7 sq mi)|
|Location||26 km (16 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Whittlesea|
Epping is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 26 km north of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Whittlesea. Epping had a population of 32,200 with a growth rate of 9.1%.
Boundaries and terrain
Epping has a mainly flat terrain though, towards the north, lie several large hills, which provide an excellent view of Melbourne. McDonalds Road and High Street are the main thoroughfares. The majority of commercial activity is located on High Street and Cooper Street, where Pacific Epping is located.
A village reserve was surveyed in 1839, where Epping later developed. The village was named Epping, after Epping Forest, in 1853, by which time a hotel (from 1844) and a Catholic school were established. Epping Post Office opened on 1 September 1857. The Epping Road Board was established a year later. In 1870 the area around Epping became Darebin Shire, which was renamed Epping Shire in 1893 until it was united with Whittlesea Shire in 1915. By the time the Shire was created, Epping township contained several churches, hotels and a state school, as well as church school. Farmers of Irish origin predominated, but English, Scots and Germans settled there. There were several dairy farms. The Melbourne to Whittlesea railway (1889–1960) had a station at Epping and the main areas to benefit were the transport of milk and quarry products.
The original Epping township is on higher ground west of the Darebin Creek (the Catholic Church being the only one not to have moved from lower flood-risk land). Several older buildings are constructed in bluestone, plentiful in the surrounding volcanic plains.
Major suburban development took place from the 1970s onwards and the northern fringes of the area are currently in the process of being developed for housing.
One of Melbourne's many shopping centres, Pacific Epping, is located 500m away from the Epping railway station. The Northern Hospital adjoins it. Dalton Village is a small shopping centre which is located on Dalton Road in Epping. There are many parks and reserves located throughout the suburb.
There are several government and private schools in Epping, including one of the biggest Catholic High Schools in Australia; St Monica's College and the second largest public school in Victoria; Mill Park Secondary College, with its senior campus located in the east of Epping, as well as Epping Secondary College and Lalor North Secondary College. Primary schools include Epping Primary School, openeing in 1872, Epping Views Primary School, Greenbrook Primary School, Meadow Glen Primary School and St Peter’s Primary School.
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE has a campus at Epping, which was developed in 1992 with State Government funding. Along with NMIT rural training centres of Northern Lodge Equine Stud farm at Eden Park, a farm at Yan Yean and the Growling Frog Vineyard, the Epping campus of NMIT is the largest provider in Victoria of training to the agriculture sector, offering courses from certificate to bachelor's degree level in Aquaculture, Equine Studies, Agriculture and Land Management and Viticulture and Winemaking. A new Green Skills Centre, built in 2009/2010, provides courses and training in renewable energy, sustainable design and building and construction. The campus boasts one of Victoria's few indoor recirculating aquaculture facilities. Many other vocational education and training courses are also available.
- Epping Football Club, an Australian Rules football team, competes in the Northern Football League.
- Epping Tennis Club is also located next to the Epping Football Club.
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