Roxburgh Park, Victoria

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Roxburgh Park
MelbourneVictoria
Roxburgh Park aerial.jpg
Aerial view of Roxburgh Park from north west
Roxburgh Park is located in Melbourne
Roxburgh Park
Roxburgh Park
Coordinates37°37′37″S 144°55′44″E / 37.627°S 144.929°E / -37.627; 144.929Coordinates: 37°37′37″S 144°55′44″E / 37.627°S 144.929°E / -37.627; 144.929
Population21,817 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density4,280/km2 (11,080/sq mi)
Established1992
Postcode(s)3064
Area5.1 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Location21 km (13 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Hume
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Calwell
Suburbs around Roxburgh Park:
Craigieburn Craigieburn Craigieburn
Greenvale Roxburgh Park Somerton
Greenvale Meadow Heights Coolaroo

Roxburgh Park is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 21 kilometres (13 mi) north of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Hume. At the 2016 Census, Roxburgh Park had a population of 21,817.[1]

Roxburgh Park was Described in the 1990s as the "Toorak of Craigieburn". It's bound by Craigieburn to the north, to the west by the road skirting the Greenvale Reservoir, to the east by the Craigieburn railway line and to the south by Somerton Road.

History[edit]

Much of what is now the suburb of Roxburgh Park was formerly agricultural land. In January 1951 the Moonee Valley Racing Club bought the 832 acres (337 ha) "Roxburgh Park" property for £35,000, as a speculative investment, although the purchase did give the club an option if it ever had to leave its somewhat cramped location in Moonee Ponds.[2]

Roxburgh Park was developed in the 1990s as a suburban area by the Victorian Government's Urban and Regional Land Corporation (later "VicUrban" and then "Places Victoria") (not unlike the new towns in the green wedges of Britain).

Recognition of Roxburgh Park was promoted in widely screened TV commercials throughout the mid-1990s, presenting Roxburgh Park's avowed virtues as a planned community with a balance of residential and industrial land, along with public reserves (part of the Shankland Reserve is in the south of Roxburgh Park), community services and access to transport. The slogan for the campaign was "Roxburgh Park – where dreams come true..."

Developments over recent years include child care centres, a retirement village and an Islamic centre. The Roxburgh Park railway station opened on 30 September 2007. The commercial hub of the suburb is on Somerton Road.

The Broadmeadows Valley Trail makes its way through the suburb, in a north–south direction.

Demographics[edit]

The most common ancestries of residents in Roxburgh Park is Turkish 13.4%, Australian 10.7%, English 8.6%, Iraqi 6.3% and Italian 6.1%.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

  • Roxburgh Park Primary School
  • Roxburgh Rise Primary School
  • Roxburgh Homestead Primary School
  • Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School
  • Roxburgh College

Commercial[edit]

Two large shopping centres are located within the suburb. On Somerton Road is the Roxburgh Park Shopping Centre which features 70 specialist stores[3] and on Pascoe Vale Road near the Roxburgh Park Hotel is the Roxburgh Plaza and Homemaker Centre. The smaller Roxburgh Homestead Shopping Centre lies close to the Roxburgh Homestead Primary School.

Sport[edit]

Roxburgh Park Football Club, an Australian Rules football team, competes in the Essendon District Football League.[4]

Roxburgh Park Rail Station

See also[edit]

  • Shire of Bulla - the former local government area of which Roxburgh Park was a part.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Roxburgh Park (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Moon, Tom (16 January 1951). "Race club buys big property". The Argus. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Stores - Roxburgh Park Shopping Centre". www.roxburghvillage.com.au. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  4. ^ Full Points Footy, Roxburgh Park, retrieved 15 April 2009

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