Moonee Ponds, Victoria
The Clocktower Centre
|Population||14,250 (2016 census)|
|• Density||3,240/km2 (8,390/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 an inner 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 other 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%.
Essendon Royals Soccer Club is located in Moonee Ponds and plays in the Victorian State League.
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 route 467 runs from the station to Aberfeldie. For details of other tram/bus routes see Moonee Ponds Junction which is located at the eastern end of Puckle Street.
Moonee Ponds is the location of the office and private home of politician and Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Australian singer Tina Arena and photographer Ruth Hollick grew up in the area.
An incomplete list of its other residents includes,
- Allen Aylett, former North Melbourne Football Club player and chairman/president
- Jake Webster, former Melbourne Storm player who now plays for Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League
- Jason Moran, Melbourne underworld figure
- Steve Irwin born in Moonee Ponds at the Essendon District Hospital
- Aydan Calafiore, The Voice and Eurovision: Aus Decides 2019 contestant and singer
The fictitious character of Dame Edna Everage also claimed to be from Moonee Ponds. There is a street in the suburb named Everage Street in her honour.
- City of Essendon - the former local government area of which Moonee Ponds was a part of.
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Moonee Ponds.|
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- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Moonee Ponds (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
- Full Points Footy, Maribyrnong Park, retrieved 15 April 2009
- Full Points Footy, Moonee Valley, retrieved 15 April 2009
- "467 Aberfeldie - Moonee Ponds via Holmes Road". Public Transport Victoria.
- "The Hon Bill Shorten MP". Commonwealth of Australia.