Greensborough, Victoria

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Greensborough
MelbourneVictoria
Greensborough-overall-aerial.jpg
Aerial view from the north, Greensborough Bypass just in foreground, Greensborough Plaza in centre of image, and Greensborough railway station to left.
Greensborough is located in Melbourne
Greensborough
Greensborough
Coordinates37°41′10″S 145°07′01″E / 37.686°S 145.117°E / -37.686; 145.117Coordinates: 37°41′10″S 145°07′01″E / 37.686°S 145.117°E / -37.686; 145.117
Population20,821 (2016)[1]
 • Density1,843/km2 (4,772/sq mi)
Postcode(s)3088
Area11.3 km2 (4.4 sq mi)
Location19 km (12 mi) from Melbourne CBD
LGA(s)
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Greensborough:
Bundoora Plenty Diamond Creek
Watsonia North Greensborough St Helena
Watsonia Montmorency Briar Hill

Greensborough is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 19 km north-east from Melbourne's Central Business District.[2] Its local government areas are the City of Banyule and the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2016 Census, Greensborough had a population of 20,821.

The suburb was named after settler Edward Bernard Green, who was also the district mail contractor.[3] Formerly it was known as Keelbundoora, Aboriginal for "a round swamp".[4]

History[edit]

The township was established in the late 1850s, with the Post Office opening on 17 July 1858.[5]

Geography[edit]

Greensborough borders the beginning of the Green Wedge, an area of bush land that runs northward into Eltham and Diamond Creek. The Plenty River, a tributary of the Yarra River, runs through Greensborough, joining the Yarra at Templestowe.

Amenities[edit]

Greensborough Plaza

One of the major buildings in Greensborough is the Lend Lease owned Greensborough Plaza. Greensborough Plaza is a major regional shopping centre commonly regarded as the main retail hub servicing Melbourne's north-eastern suburbs. It was built in 1976 and has since undergone numerous renovations which have changed it from a small, basic shopping centre into a multi-level facility. The shopping centre's major tenants include Coles, Kmart, Target, Aldi and JB Hi-Fi as well as a Hoyts Cinema complex.

The Plaza is not the only shopping option as the adjacent Main Street offers many shops of different varieties.

In 2009, the Greensborough Town Centre was set to receive a major upgrade although most of the improvements were delayed or cancelled due to the global financial crisis. However, in the prevailing years a new state-of-the-art aquatic centre, WaterMarc, has been built alongside an upgraded multi-level car park and Greensborough Walk, a new pedestrian promenade connecting Main Street with Watermarc. In 2017, the Banyule City Council moved their main offices to Greensborough from Ivanhoe[6] as part of the wider "One Flintoff" project which included new offices and community facilities that were built above WaterMarc.[7] However, due to historical considerations council meetings continue to be held at the Old Heidelberg Town Hall in Ivanhoe.[8]

The Nillumbik Shire offices are also located in Greensborough at the site of the former Diamond Valley offices, next to the Diamond Valley library.

Diamond Valley Library, Civic Drive, Greensborough is operated by Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Transport[edit]

Greensborough and the surrounding suburbs is serviced by a network of roads including the Greensborough Highway, which bypasses the town centre and connects to the Metropolitan Ring Road. The main street is Main Street which runs into Diamond Creek Road, while other main arterials include Para Road which runs south and Grimshaw Street which runs west.

Greensborough Railway Station

Greensborough railway station is the only passenger train station in the suburb, located on the Hurstbridge railway line. The suburb serves as a major hub for bus services for the surrounding area, with most services departing from the Main Street terminal. To this end, pedestrian links between the station and Main Street were upgraded as part of the Greensborough Project development to improve public transport connectivity.

Education[edit]

Greensborough College is a high school with over approximately 850 students, located between Greensborough and Watsonia. Greensborough is also home to several primary schools including Greensborough Primary School, established in 1878, St Mary's Catholic Primary School, St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Primary School, Greenhills Primary School, Watsonia Heights Primary School and Apollo Parkways Primary School.

The Greensborough Melbourne Polytechnic campus reopened in 2017 aided by a $10 million state government investment after initially closing in 2013.[9]

Sport and recreation[edit]

Greensborough has an AFL team playing in the Northern Football League. Diamond Valley United Soccer Club also play at Partington's Flat and currently compete in Victorian State League Division 2.

Greensborough has a polyurethane athletic track at Willinda Park, which is the home of the Diamond Valley Little Athletics Centre, the largest Little Athletics Centre in Victoria with over 750 athletes, the Diamond Valley Athletic Club and the Ivanhoe Harriers.

The DVE Aquatic Club also operates out of Watermarc.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Greensborough (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2017-07-03. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ http://www.postcodes-australia.com/areas/vic/preston/greensborough
  3. ^ "Prahran Mechanics' Institute – Greensborough, Victoria, Australia – History". pmi.net.au. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Darebin Parklands – History". dcmc.org.au. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  6. ^ "New civic office opens". www.banyule.vic.gov.au. 10 April 2017.
  7. ^ "The Greensborough Project". www.banyule.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Banyule Council has finally moved into its 'Taj Mahal' head office". www.banyule.vic.gov.au. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Melbourne Polytechnic Greensborough Campus Unveiled". www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au. Retrieved 9 July 2017.