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Werribee is located on Port Phillip, between the two largest cities in Victoria – Melbourne and Geelong. The main commercial centre of Werribee primarily extends along the entire length of Watton Street and also into Synnot Street. The focal point of the centre is Station Place in Watton Street where a formal garden surrounds a a memorial dedicated to those locals that served in wars. A major development of the Werribee City Centre is underway will see the commercial precinct extend down to the Werribee River with public squares and a riverbank promenade overlooking Wyndham Park which will become the green heart of the city. A large under cover shopping mall is located 3 kilometres away at the corner of Derrimut Road and Heaths Road in neighbouring Hoppers Crossing.
The Werribee River winds its way behind Watton Street and through Werribee’s residential areas where much of the river is lined with parkland and pathways. At Chirnside Park, which is home to a number of sporting facilities, there are picnic areas located under towering gum trees, shady paths and a large lagoon at the bend in the river. Riverbend Historical Park, located off Heaths Road to the north of Werribee, is a pleasant spot beside the river with BBQ areas, a canoe launching deck and it is the site of a diversion weir which was constructed to irrigate the Werribee South market gardens. As the Werribee River heads south towards the coast, scenic views of this National Trust classified waterway and the striking red cliffs it has carved out of the surrounding land can be enjoyed from the park and lookout at the south-western corner of K Road. Throughout much of Werribee South are large market gardens, irrigated using water from the Werribee River and recycled water from the nearby Western Treatment Plant. Drive the loop of Duncans Road and Diggers Road to get a good overview of farming in the district.
Hoppers Crossing is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23.1 km south-west of Melbourne’s Central Business District, located within the City of Wyndham local government area. Hoppers Crossing Train Station Intersection. The suburb is named after Stephen Hopper (1832-1908) and his family, who were residents in the area. Hoppers Lane runs through the site of the former State Research Farm at Werribee, and its crossing of the Geelong-Melbourne railway, adjacent to the present Hoppers Crossing railway station, led to the naming of the area. Until 1963, Hoppers Crossing’s only notable feature was a general store. In 1963 the town started to take shape, with the first subdivision of residential land. Hoppers Crossing grew rapidly and consistently into the 1970s, and the Post Office opened on 2 June 1975. Hoppers Crossing’s first shopping centre, Woodville Park, was built and in 1970, the area’s first primary school, Mossfiel Primary School, had its first student intake.
There several parks including playgrounds and recreational areas generally 2-4 blocks of land in residential streets. Recreation reserves mostly exist along what once was a river or stream, although now serve as drainage reserves and the local Skeleton Creek (Snakes are common near Skeleton Creek). Hoppers Crossing is served by the Hoppers Crossing railway station, located to the south of the suburb, on the Werribee line. The station opened in 1970 as a small station on the Geelong line, and was only served by a few diesel trains each day. In 1983 the station was relocated in conjunction with electrification of the Geelong line as far as Werribee. It was not until the mid-1990s that Hoppers Crossing started to receive train services comparable with the rest of suburban Melbourne. Bus services in Hoppers Crossing have typically connected areas close to the station with the station, Werribee Plaza, and Werribee. As Hoppers’ satellite suburbs Tarneit and Truganina grow, bus services have also been extended. Hoppers is served by various buses.
Laverton is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 17 km south-west of Melbourne’s Central Business District, located within the Cities of Hobsons Bay and Wyndham local government areas. Laverton is known for being a considerably hot suburb during Melbourne’s summer, with it and Altona generally recording temperatures hotter than the city itself. Laverton is home to the Melbourne Ballpark state baseball stadium, which hosts several national events each year, including home games of the Melbourne aces who compete in the Australian Baseball League. Laverton is connected to the Werribee railway line at Laverton station and Aircraft station. Laverton is serviced by a network of primary and secondary state arterial roads, including major arterials such as the Princes Freeway, where there is an entry ramp via Point Cook Road (Aviation Road).
Laverton is home to the 1st Laverton Air Scout group which began in approximately 1952. In the past, it was an active ‘Air Scout’ Group given the local RAAF base. The group currently has Joey Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts. It meets in a hall on railway land near the Laverton Railway Station. This hall is also used by local sports clubs and gets hired out for parties. Laverton also has the 2nd Laverton Scout group, this group includes gardening for children as part of it activities.
Kensington is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 4 km north-west of Melbourne’s central business district. Its local government area is the City of Melbourne. Kensington is known for its village feel, cafes, and diversity of architecture – including Victorian terraces, cottages, warehouse apartments and new structures in the west of the suburb. The suburb is hilly in sections and contains established tree lined streets. The suburb is bounded by Racecourse Road to the north, Smithfield Road and the Maribyrnong River to the west, Dynon Road to the south, and Moonee Ponds Creek to the east. Kensington was once home to one of Victoria’s major abbatoirs and livestock saleyards, an army ordnance depot and a number of factories. The stock yards ceased operation in 1984, prompting significant urban renewal.
At a local government level, Kensington is part of the City of Melbourne, which also includes parts of Flemington. In the Victorian Legislative Assembly, Kensington is part of the electoral district of Melbourne. The area is represented in the Victorian Legislative Council by members for the Northern Metropolitan Region. Smithfield Road, part of the Princes Highway is the main road through the suburb, located to the north. Racecourse Road forms the suburb’s northern boundary. Epsom Road and Kensington Road run north east and south east respectively, forming a junction with Macaulay Road, the main arterial which links Kensington central to Melbourne in the east. Another main road, Stubbs Street, runs along the industrial western banks of the Moonee Ponds Creek.
Flemington is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 4 km north-west of Melbourne’s central business district. Its local government areas are the Cities of Melbourne and Moonee Valley. The Melbourne Cup Thoroughbred horse race has been held at Flemington Racecourse since 1861. Flemington is located between the Maribyrnong River and the Moonee Ponds Creek and includes the locality of Newmarket, in which the main commercial area Racecourse Road is located. The suburb was named by settler James Watson after Flemington Estate in Scotland. Another version of the origin of the name relates to Robert Fleming, a Brunswick (Victoria) resident who had owned land beside the Saltwater River and operated a butchery there.
Flemington has a mix of housing styles including detached single family homes, terrace houses and semi-detached homes, many dating to the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The area around Wellington Street and Farnham Street includes many walk-up privately owned flats built during the 1960s and 1970s. The main road arterial is Racecourse Road, which is part of the Princes Highway. The CityLink tollway also runs along the suburb’s boundary to the east. The main railway station is Newmarket Station on the Craigieburn railway line. Macaulay and Flemington Bridge Stations on the Upfield line also service the suburb.
The City of Hobsons Bay is a local government area in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It comprises the south-western suburbs between 6 and 20 km from the Melbourne city centre. It was founded on 22 June 1994 during the amalgamation of local councils by the Kennett Government from the City of Williamstown and the City of Altona, as well as the suburb of South Kingsville from the City of Footscray. It took its name from Hobsons Bay, named after Captain William Hobson.
The library, run by the council has five branches: Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Newport and Williamstown. Reflecting the multiculturalism of the community, the library service has a large amount of material in eight different languages. The Environment Resource Centre is located in Altona library and provides the community access to resources concerning the environment, including initiatives and environmental groups in Hobsons Bay.
Newport is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 7 km south-west of Melbourne’s Central Business District, located within the City of Hobsons Bay local government area. Newport is approximately 10 minutes by car from Melbourne via the West Gate Freeway or a 20-minute train journey from Flinders Street Station. Like many of Melbourne’s inner suburbs, Newport is home to people of a diverse mix of ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. It has a Mosque, a Baptist church, Catholic schools, tattoo parlors, Asian and Italian restaurants, sports clubs, boutique wine bars and an RSL. It has 12 playgrounds within just 5 km2. ‘The Substation’ Community Arts centre provides a hub for local live music performances, art exhibitions, community events and the monthly artists market. The Newport Folk Festival is held each year in June. Major natural features of the suburb include the Newport Lakes, Greenwich Bay and the Sandy Point Conservation area. Fishing, bike-riding, skate-boarding, kayaking and boating are popular local activities.
Newport Lakes Park is a bushland oasis created from a former blustone quarry. The park is 33 hectares in size and has been extensively revegetated using native plants, with over 200 species of plants and 85 species of birds recorded here. The park has a picnic area, toilets, drinking taps and free electric barbecues. Dogs may be exercised in the Pavey’s Park and Picnic Area, the north west area of the park and in the Arboretum. Newport is well serviced by public transport, with the Newport bus interchange and both the Williamstown and Werribee Metro rail lines. A 200 space carpark is located along Market Street for commuters. Melbourne Road connects directly to the West Gate Freeway and Footscray to the north and Williamstown to the south, whilst Mason Street and Blackshaws Road provide a direct path west. The NightRider bus service operates from the city to Newport in the early hours, departing every 30 minutes from 1.30am Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Altona is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 13 km south-west of Melbourne’s Central Business District, located within the City of Hobsons Bay local government area. Altona is a large suburb consisting of low density residential in the south-eastern half, with mixed industry in the north-western half. A key feature is Altona Beach on Port Phillip, which is one of only two swimming beaches in the western suburbs (the other being Williamstown Beach). Altona takes its name from the then independent German city of Altona which is today a borough of Hamburg.
Altona has many significant parks and gardens, including some important environmental conservation areas and wetlands along the shores of Port Phillip. These are also used by visitors and residents recreationally, including a long promenade along the bay. Altona is home to many sporting clubs including Australian rules football, soccer, hockey, basketball, cricket and lacrosse. Melbourne Ballpark is a baseball complex in the west of Altona.
Altona Beach is Melbourne’s western suburbs largest and most pristine swimming and recreational beach. The beach is patrolled over the summer. It is home to many recreational and water sport activities such as kite surfing, paddle boarding, sandcastle building and volley ball. There is free parking, tree lined parks, barbecue areas and public amenities all within walking distance to shops, cafes and public transport.
Altona Meadows is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 17 km south-west of Melbourne’s Central Business District, located within the City of Hobsons Bay local government area. Located partly within Altona Meadows, Cheetham Wetlands is a large park with numerous boardwalks traversing its network of lagoons. The wetlands attract large numbers of migratory birds, making it popular with walkers and birdwatchers alike.
Altona Meadows falls within the federal electorate of Gellibrand (currently held by the ALP’s Tim Watts), the state electorate of Altona, as well as the local Council area of the City of Hobsons Bay. Typically for a working-class western suburb of Melbourne, it has consistently been a very safe area for the ALP. However, as new housing estates have been established within the area and it becomes increasingly middle-class, it witnessed some larger-than-average swings towards the Liberals during the Howard years (despite remaining solidly Labor).