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City of Moonee Valley

About the area

Location and boundaries

The City of Moonee Valley is located in the inner and middle north-western suburbs of Melbourne, between 4 and 13 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. The City of Moonee Valley is bounded by the City of Moreland in the north-east and east, the City of Melbourne and the City of Maribyrnong in the south, and the City of Brimbank in the west and north-west. The City of Moonee Valley's boundaries are Moonee Ponds Creek in the east, Racecourse Road, Epsom Road, Langs Road, Leonard Crescent, Fisher Parade and the Maribyrnong River in the south, and the standard gauge railway line to Sydney in the west.

Included areas

The City of Moonee Valley includes the suburbs of Aberfeldie, Airport West, Ascot Vale, Avondale Heights, Essendon, Essendon Fields, Essendon North, Essendon West, Flemington (part), Keilor East (part), Kensington (part), Moonee Ponds, Niddrie, North Melbourne (part), Strathmore, Strathmore Heights and Travancore.

Economic region
City of Moonee Valley

Land use

The City of Moonee Valley is an established residential area, with significant commercial and industrial areas, including an airport. The City encompasses a total land area of 43 square kilometres. The City of Moonee Valley contains a diversity of housing, ranging from city fringe suburbs such as Flemington and Travancore, to post-war growth areas such as Avondale Heights and Keilor East.

Transport

The City of Moonee Valley is served by the Calder Freeway, the Tullamarine Freeway, Citylink, Essendon Airport, the Craigieburn and Flemington Racecourse railway lines and a number of tramlines.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for farming and grazing. Growth was minimal until the 1850s, spurred by the gold rush, with tent cities dominating the area between Melbourne and what is now Moonee Ponds. Growth continued in inner-city areas such as Flemington and Ascot Vale until the First World War. Significant development in the inter-war period saw suburbs such as Aberfeldie, Essendon and Strathmore substantially completed. Development spread west in the post-war era, with areas such as Avondale Heights and Keilor East attracting large numbers of family households. Residential development in these areas continued up until the 1980s. The population was relatively stable from the 1980s to the early 2000s, when growth in infill development was offset by a decrease in average household size. The population has increased gradually in recent years, particularly in the suburbs of Ascot Vale, Essendon, Essendon North, Moonee Ponds, Niddrie and Travancore.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the City of Moonee Valley were the Wurundjeri Aboriginal people.

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