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Name origin

Hume City is named after the Hume Highway, which was named for explorer Hamilton Hume, who traversed the area in 1824-1825 with William Hovell.

Location and boundaries

Hume City is located on Melbourne's north-west fringe, between 15 and 45 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. Hume City is bounded by the Macedon Ranges and Mitchell Shires in the north, the City of Whittlesea in the east, the Cities of Moreland, Moonee Valley and Brimbank in the south, and the City of Melton in the west. Hume City's boundaries are Jacksons Creek and Deep Creek in the north, Merri Creek in the east, the Western Ring Road, Sharps Road, Keilor Park Drive and the Maribyrnong River in the south, and the Calder Freeway in the west.

Included areas

Hume City includes the suburbs and localities of Attwood, Broadmeadows, Bulla, Campbellfield, Clarkefield (part), Coolaroo, Craigieburn, Dallas, Diggers Rest (part), Gladstone Park, Greenvale, Jacana, Kalkallo, Keilor (part), Meadow Heights, Melbourne Airport, Mickleham, Oaklands Junction, Roxburgh Park, Somerton, Sunbury, Tullamarine (part), Westmeadows, Wildwood and Yuroke.

Land use

Hume City is a rapidly developing area, with both rural and urban (residential, industrial and commercial) areas. The southern parts of the City are well-established urban areas, while the northern and central areas are rural in character. Recent growth has been largely in suburbs to the north and north-west of Broadmeadows, and also in the far west of the City, in Sunbury. The City encompasses a total land area of about 500 square kilometres. Rural land is used mainly for agriculture.


Hume City is served by Melbourne Airport, the Hume Highway, the Western Ring Road, the Calder Freeway, the Hume Freeway, the Tullamarine Freeway and the Craigieburn and Melbourne-Bendigo railway lines.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the mid 1830s, with land used mainly for sheep grazing and farming. Several townships, including Bulla and Sunbury, were established in the 1850s, spurred by the opening of the railway to Sunbury. Gradual settlement continued during the late 1800s, aided by the opening of the railway line to Broadmeadows in 1872. Significant development did not occur until the late 1950s, with growth initially in Broadmeadows, then spreading to the neighbouring suburbs of Campbellfield, Coolaroo, Dallas, Gladstone Park, Jacana, Tullamarine and Westmeadows in the 1960s and 1970s. Rapid growth took place from the 1980s, particularly in the Sunbury and Craigieburn townships, and in the ‘new' suburbs of Attwood, Greenvale, Meadow Heights and Roxburgh Park. The population of the City increased from nearly 103,000 in 1991 to 167,000 in 2011. Most of the growth in the last decade has been in Craigieburn, Roxburgh Park and Sunbury. Population growth is expected to continue, particularly in Craigieburn, Greenvale, Roxburgh Park and Sunbury.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Hume area were the Wurundjeri Aboriginal people.

Regional labour force

Hume City labour force region is defined by an area in which a significant percentage of workers travelled into Hume City to work at the 2011 Census. Details of this calculation and a list of areas included can be found in the data notes.