Knoxfield, Victoria

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Knoxfield
MelbourneVictoria
Knoxfield is located in Melbourne
Knoxfield
Knoxfield
Coordinates 37°53′28″S 145°14′53″E / 37.891°S 145.248°E / -37.891; 145.248Coordinates: 37°53′28″S 145°14′53″E / 37.891°S 145.248°E / -37.891; 145.248
Population 7,140 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,253/km2 (3,244/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3180
Area 5.7 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Location 27 km (17 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Knox
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Aston
Suburbs around Knoxfield:
Wantirna South Wantirna South Boronia
Scoresby Knoxfield Ferntree Gully
Scoresby Rowville Rowville

Knoxfield is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 27 km east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Knox. At the 2011 census, Knoxfield had a population of 7,140.[1]

History[edit]

Knoxfield is named after Sir George Hodges Knox, former local and state parliamentarian.

Development of the area dates primarily from the 1950s and rapid growth took place during the 1960s and 1970s. Knoxfield Post Office opened on 31 July 1961 as the suburb was developed.[2] The northern area of Knoxfield experienced substantial growth from the 1970s. The population increased during the early 1990s, and then was relatively stable from the mid-1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area. There has been a recent decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.[2]

Knoxfield is unique, as most of the streets are named after the residents who lived there. Some people are still living in the streets that were named after them.

Today[edit]

Knoxfield has a small industrial area mainly concerned with the production and sale of food. A small number of graphic design businesses and printeries make their home in Knoxfield. The suburb is well known for the Knox Athletics Track and the Gilbert Reserve. Gilbert Reserve is quite large, and regularly holds softball and baseball matches. Knoxfield also boasts a large BMX track, which is often used for BMX competitions and the R.D. Egan-Lee Reserve which is regularly used by walkers and hosts a soccer club. The track is also open for use by the public. Next to Gilbert Reserve is a local skatepark which was accessible from early 2008. There is a Coles Express service station on the corner of Ferntree Gully Road and Scoresby road which sells fuel as well as a small selection from the Coles Supermarket range.

Also in Knoxfield, there is the Carrington Park Leisure Centre, which is mainly used for gymnastics and fitness. It has also hosted state and national competitions. A family play centre called Big Slide is located in Knoxfield [3] The Eastern Sports Centre also calls Knoxfield home [4] and hosts futsal, indoor soccer, netball, and cricket. There are also a number of decorated bus shelters which are the creation of the Placemakers.

Demographics[edit]

The most common ancestries in Knoxfield were Australian 25.6%, English 24.8%, Scottish 6.9%, Irish 6.8% and Chinese 6.4%. 69.2% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were England 4.7%, China 2.3%, India 2.1%, Sri Lanka 2.0% and Malaysia 1.8%. The most common responses for religion in Knoxfield (State Suburbs) were No Religion 25.8%, Catholic 23.1%, Anglican 12.8%, Uniting Church 4.9% and Buddhism 3.9%. 77.2% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 3.0%, Cantonese 2.9%, Sinhalese 1.5%, Greek 1.3% and Italian 1.0%.

Education[edit]

Schools in Knoxfield include Fairhills High School, Knox Park Primary School and Carrington Primary School (formerly Knoxfield Primary School). Knoxfield Primary School merged with Scoresby Heights Primary School in 1994 to create Carrington Primary School.

Shopping in Knoxfield[edit]

Knoxfield is home to two shopping strips. A medium shopping strip known as the Knoxfield Shops on Ferntree Gully road, and the Anne Road shops on Anne Road.

Knoxfield shops or Bottom Shops[edit]

Knoxfield is home to a small shopping strip, with shops including the pizza shops, Pharmacy, Knoxfield Florist,[5] one fish and chip shop, Beauty salon, Hairdresser shops, an IGA supermarket, Diamonds and Lace Lingerie,[6] a sandwich bar/cafe, Take away cafe, Medical Clinic, Tution, Butcher, Knoxfield Newsagency & Tattslotto, Knoxfield Hot Bread bakery, a milkbar, Knoxfield Thai restaurant, Muscular Health Therapy, charcoal chicken shops, A'blaze Hair Artistry hairdresser, and a Chinese Restaurant.

Anne Road shops or Top Shops[edit]

There is also a small shopping strip on Anne Road, with shops including the Hammad Mohamad Milkbar,[5] Al Pacino's Pizzeria, Cleo's Quality Fish & Chips, knoxfield Power Tools, Fruit Market, Centre of Wellbeing, and the Shikarnya Hair Salon.

Sport in Knoxfield[edit]

Knoxfield has a rich sporting culture and there are several sporting clubs who call the various sports fields, tracks and courses in Knoxfield home. There are also other sporting facilities including a BMX track, a leisure centre, and skate park.

Golfers play at the course of the Waterford Valley Golf Course on Bunjil Way.[7]

The Knoxfield Knights Cricket Club is based at Carrington Park.[8]

The Knox Athletics Track hosts a variety of sport and events including Little Athletics [9] and the Knox Athletics Club [10]

Gilbert Reserve is home to the Knox & District Softball Association and its related teams [11] as well as The Knox Falcons Baseball Club [12]

Next to Gilbert Park is the Knox Skate and BMX Park [13] which is regularly used by skateboarders, bikers, and scooter riders.

Knoxfield also boasts a large BMX track, which is often used for BMX competitions. The track is also open for use by the public and is regularly attending by BMX and biking enthusiasts of all ages.[14]

The R.D. Egan-Lee Reserve is also in Knoxfield and is home to the Knox City Soccer Club Ltd [15]

Leisure Centre[edit]

The Carrington Park Leisure Centre is mainly used for gymnastics and fitness. It has hosted various state and national competitions. It is also the home of the Omega Trampoline Club, Ferntree Gully Basketball Club, Knox Table Tennis Club and Chinese Elderly Citizens Club. It also boasts facilities such as meeting rooms, a kitchen, disabled access, toilet and car parking, change rooms, trampoline facilities, squash courts and boxing facilities.[16]

Knoxfield is a home for two Scouts groups: 1st Knoxfield group located in Carrington Reserve, and 2nd Knoxfield group located in R.D. Egan-Lee Reserve

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Knoxfield (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ Big Slide, Play Centre Melbourne, retrieved 2009-05-11 
  4. ^ Eastern Indoor Sports Centre, retrieved 2009-05-11 
  5. ^ a b Knoxfield Florist, Knoxfield Florist, retrieved 2011-06-28 
  6. ^ Diamonds & Lace Lingerie, Diamonds & Lace Lingerie, retrieved 2011-06-28 
  7. ^ Golf Select, Waterford Valley, retrieved 2009-05-11 
  8. ^ Cricket Victoria, Knoxfield Knights Cricket Club, retrieved 2011-06-27 
  9. ^ Knox Little Athletics Centre, Knox Little Athletics Centre, retrieved 2011-06-27 
  10. ^ Knox Athletics Club, http://www.knoxathletics.websyte.com.au/, retrieved 2011-06-27  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Softball Australia, Knox & District Softball Association, retrieved 2011-06-27 
  12. ^ Knox Baseball Club, Knox Baseball Club, retrieved 2011-06-27 
  13. ^ Knox City Council, Knox Skate and BMX Park, retrieved 2011-06-27 
  14. ^ Knox BMX, Knox BMX, retrieved 2011-06-27 
  15. ^ Yahoo!7, Knox City Soccer Club, retrieved 2011-06-27 
  16. ^ Knox City Council, Carrington Park Leisure Centre, retrieved 2011-06-27 

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