Millgrove, Victoria

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Millgrove
Victoria
Millgrove is located in Victoria
Millgrove
Millgrove
Coordinates37°45′11″S 145°39′07″E / 37.753°S 145.652°E / -37.753; 145.652Coordinates: 37°45′11″S 145°39′07″E / 37.753°S 145.652°E / -37.753; 145.652
Population1,653 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)3799
Elevation367 m (1,204 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s)Eildon
Federal Division(s)McEwen
Localities around Millgrove:
Wesburn Warburton Warburton
Wesburn Millgrove Warburton
Wesburn Wesburn Warburton

Millgrove is a small town in Victoria, Australia, located 63 kilometres (39 mi) east of the Melbourne central business district; in the local government area of the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2016 census, Millgrove had a population of 1,653.[1]

Overview[edit]

Millgrove is located on either side of the Warburton Highway, between Wesburn and Warburton.

The Post Office opened on 7 November 1906,[2] four years after the opening of the town's railway station on 13 November 1901 on the Warburton line.

Millgrove remained a timber-milling and agricultural town, with occasional tourism and fishing, until the 1960s and 1970s. Despite the closure of the railway in 1965, cars placed Millgrove within acceptable commuting distances of larger towns.

Millgrove has a public reserve, a small shopping area (Mt Little Joe Nursery, a small general store, bakery, newsagent, fish and chips, church drop in centre), saw mill, a primary school, Millwarra PS, which shares campuses with Warburton East and a pre-school. There are two churches, Millgrove Baptist and River Valley Church of Christ. River Valley has a drop-in centre and emergency relief provision in the shopping strip and manages the Millwarra Community Building located at the school. The Community Building is a 300-seat auditorium and half court basketball stadium.

The former railway line is now a walking and cycling track.

A free community lunch (Good Tucker Day) is held in the reserve opposite the saw mill each Tuesday and there is a residents group (Millgrove Residents Action Group MRAG) as well as an environment group, MERG. Millgrove has an active and dedicated fire brigade (CFA). The fire station is opposite the saw mill and is also a purpose built community fire refuge. Millgrove hosts a moving ANZAC Dawn service that attracts in excess of 500 people with breakfast provided by the Wesburn-Millgrove Fire Brigade.

Located beneath the forested mountains of Donna Buang, Ben Cairn and Mount Little Joe, near the Yarra River, Millgrove is a very scenic location. Often neglected by tourists (in favour of the larger, more affluent and tourist-oriented town of Warburton), it offers cycling, canoeing and bushwalking opportunities. It is also the location of Melbourne High School's school camps.

Together with Warburton, Millgrove has an Australian Rules football team (Warburton Millgrove) competing in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League and a junior soccer club and soccer ground next to the pre school.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Millgrove (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  3. ^ Full Points Footy, Warburton_Millgrove, archived from the original on 24 April 2008, retrieved 25 July 2008