Narre Warren North, Victoria
|Narre Warren North
|Population||6,212 (2011 census)|
|• Density||540.2/km2 (1,399/sq mi)|
|Area||11.5 km2 (4.4 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||City of Casey|
|State electorate(s)||Narre Warren North|
|Federal Division(s)||La Trobe|
Narre Warren North is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 36 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Casey. At the 2011 Census, Narre Warren North had a population of 6,212.
Before the construction of the Gippsland railway line, Narre Warren North was actually the location of the Narre Warren township. The construction of Narre Warren railway station, however, moved the township 2 km to the south, as happened with Upper Beaconsfield, Clyde North and many other townships.
Reflecting this, Narre Warren Post Office opened on 21 January 1869 and in 1900 was renamed Narre Warren North, and Narre Warren Railway Station office (open since 1886) was renamed Narre Warren.
The last few years has seen massive growth in housing in the South East Corridor with new housing estates moving northwards from Narre Warren. The realignment of Hallam - Belgrave Road in the late 1970s bypassed the township and so it has retained a country atmosphere. However, despite the bypassing of the town, in recent years extensive subdivision has taken place throughout the grazing lands. This has increased the number houses nearly a hundredfold.
The town has an IGA store, a Plaza (group of shops), a Primary School and 6 tennis Courts.
Narre Warren North also have a Girl Guide group which caters for girls from 5-15 and a Scout group called 1st Narre Warren North troop on land and in a hall donated to the developing group by a local resident.
There are various religious services. Several Christian churches, Yun Yang Temple off of Reservoir Road and a Mosque on Belgrave-Hallam road.
Small areas of the town were damaged during the Black Saturday bush fires which burnt along the Troups creek towards Narre Warren East and Harkaway.
Main street runs from A'Beckett road to Tom Jones court. Claire Robinson park is bound by Main street, Heatherton Rd and Memorial Drive. The slanted park is used for events such as the annual Carols By Candlelight. Further north-east along Main street is the town plaza containing an IGA supermarket. Opposite the plaza is Winters Lane which contains the preschool and primary school, as well as access to the local tennis club. Recently some land has been cleared to make way for the construction of a new housing estate opposite the plaza.
The town contains Narre Warren North Primary School and an adjacent preschool, and a catholic primary school; Mary Mackillop Primary School located on Ernst Wanke Road. Secondary school students usually attend schools in the surrounding areas of Endeavour Hills, Berwick or Narre Warren. Nearby co-educational private schools include Hailebury, Caulfield Grammar School Wheelers Hill campus and Wesley College Glen Waverley campus. St. Margerets School in Berwick is the closest single sex girls school and the newly constructed Berwick Grammar School in Officer is the closest option for boys.
During recent years the population of the town has increased dramatically. The largest development is currently along the Crawley road area. There is also construction taking place between Main Street and Robinsons Rd, including the fore mentioned plaza and an extension of Troup creek.