Moonee Ponds, Victoria
The Clocktower Centre
|Population||13,532 (2011 census)|
|• Density||3,080/km2 (7,970/sq mi)|
|Area||4.4 km2 (1.7 sq mi)|
|Location||7 km (4 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Moonee Valley|
Moonee Ponds is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 7 km north-west from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Moonee Valley. At the 2011 Census, Moonee Ponds had a population of 13,532.
The Clocktower Centre was originally constructed as the Essendon Mechanics' Institute, which was later purchased by the State of Victoria to become the Essendon Town Hall. Today it is primarily used as a large theatre. As well as serving for some international, interstate and local functions, the centre has a number of conference rooms. It is named after its prominent clock tower.
Moonee Ponds Junction is the centre of the suburb, with buses, trams and trains all converging in the area. The Clocktower Centre is nearby.
Puckle Street is the main shopping street and there are many shops and cafes along its length. At its eastern end is Moonee Ponds Junction and at its western end is Moonee Ponds train station.
The Moonee Valley Racecourse is one of Melbourne's four horse racing tracks.
In Moonee Ponds 69.9% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were Italy 5.4%, India 2.6%, England 2.3%, Greece 1.5%, and New Zealand 1.5%.
70.9% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 8.8%, Greek 3.6%, Cantonese 1.0%, Spanish 0.9% and Mandarin 0.9%.
The suburb has an Australian Rules football team, Maribyrnong Park playing in the Essendon District Football League, and another, Moonee Valley Football Club, based at Ormond Park competing in the same league.
Moonee Ponds Station is located at the western end of Puckle Street, on the Craigieburn railway line. Bus 467 runs from the station to Aberfeldie. At the eastern end of Puckle Street is Moonee Ponds Junction. Tram number 82 terminates at the junction and Tram number 59 stops there. There is a bus interchange at the junction (called Moonee PondsInterchange) where many bus routes terminate (routes 404, 472, 475, 476, 477, 478, 479, 483, 501, 504, 506 and 508).
- Allen Aylett, former North Melbourne Football Club player and chairman/president
- Jake Webster, former Melbourne Storm player who now plays for Hull KR in the European Super League
- Jason Moran, Melbourne underworld figure
- City of Essendon - the former local government area of which Moonee Ponds was a part
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Moonee Ponds (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "The Late Mr. Donald Kennedy". The Argus (Melbourne). 2 March 1864. p. 5.
- Full Points Footy, Maribyrnong Park, retrieved 15 April 2009
- Full Points Footy, Moonee Valley, retrieved 15 April 2009
- "The Hon Bill Shorten MP". Commonwealth of Australia.
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