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Wallan from the top of Green Hill
|Population||7,811 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||308 m (1,010 ft)|
|Location||45 km (28 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Mitchell|
|State electorate(s)||Yan Yean|
Wallan i//, traditionally known as Wallan Wallan (large circular place of water), is a town in Victoria, 45 kilometres (28 mi) from Melbourne in Australia. The town sits at the southern end of the large and diverse Shire of Mitchell which extends from the northern fringes of Melbourne into the farming country of north-central Victoria and the lower Goulburn Valley. The township flanks the Northern Highway and is set against the backdrop of the Great Dividing Range. At the 2011 census, Wallan had a population of 7,811.
The fastest growing town and now largest town in the shire, Wallan is a link between the city and rural towns such as Kilmore, Broadford and Seymour. 15 kilometres to the north is a turnoff to Strath Creek which leads through the Valley of a Thousand Hills.
A Wallan Wallan Post Office opened on 1 April 1858. A Wallan Railway Station Post Office opened on 1 October 1873, later renamed as Wallan Wallan East and closing in 1992.
The first and only surviving store was begun by Hugh and Margaret Sinclair about 1860 with their 2 storey residence. In 1867 Thomas O'Dwyer began a store where the Wallan Hotel now stands. He converted the store to the Woodmans Arms Hotel in 1883. George Wallder and John Kyle supplied meat to the township. The first church erected in Wallan was a wooden building at cost 71 pounds and was opened by the Methodist residents in 1865. Wallan became part of the preaching circuit in 1864 and the following year the modest chapel was built.
In the past, Wallan was a small village with only a few houses and a shop, but today[when?] it is known for the Hidden Valley Housing Development 1 kilometre (1 mi) to the north. Until 1997 this was a private farm, however it has now been developed as a residential estate with a golf course running through the middle.
The Wellington Square Shopping Centre, opened in 2004, includes many corporate franchise businesses (mainly Victoria's biggest supermarket chain Safeway), creating competition for the already existing Coles Supermarket across the road.
In 2009, Wallan was used as a relief centre for those from surrounding towns affected by the Black Saturday fires.
Wallan offers both primary and secondary education. Wallan Primary School is known for the excellent standing and highly regarded in community. Private education can be sourced in the nearby town of Kilmore through Saint Patricks Primary and Assumption College. Childcare and Kindergarten programs in Wallan are offered by Eltham College Kids, Killara Child Care Centre and Dudley Street Child Care.
Wallan is well connected with the V/Line train network on the Seymour line. Mitchell Shire also operates a town to station connecting bus service for peak hour commuters. There is a bus service from Barmah that serves Wallan to Southern Cross Station.
Wallan has witnessed substantial growth in housing. Traditionally the growth was in the northern side of the town in the Hidden Valley area. The start of the Wallara Waters estate in Wallan East is a new addition to the town.
Being just outside Melbourne's metropolitan boundary, land in Wallan is fairly cheap which has allowed low-income families to make a living while commuting to the city for work. This has led to large growth in the town has it begins to take the form of an exurb. The railway station and nearby freeway access gives commuters quick access to the city. Public Transport Victoria has stated in their Metropolitan Rail Network Development Plan that Wallan should be connected to the electric Metro train network by 2033.
Wallan has parks in prominent locations, such as Hadfield Park. However town lacks large parks and walkways in general. There are very limited recreational facilities in the town. Walkways have been improved in recent years with re-vegetation of wetland areas along Watson st and storm water mitigation ponds around Wallara Waters.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wallan (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "Wallan, Victoria". Travelmate.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- Golf Select, Hidden Valley, retrieved 11 May 2009
- ABC Australia, Lending a hand as fires rage on, retrieved 24 February 2010
- Barmah-Melbourne bus
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