Cobblebank is a developing outer suburb located 31km west of the CBD of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the City of Melton. The suburb was gazetted by the Office of Geographic Names on 9 February 2017,[1] following a proposal for eleven new suburbs by the City of Melton. The new name officially came into effect in mid-2017.[2][3] Prior to the suburb's creation, the area was part of Melton South.

History

Cobblebank is bounded to the west by the Toolern Creek, which was gazetted in 1881 as a 'Permanent Reserve for Public Purposes'. The reserve includes the bed of the creek and is nominally 20.12 metres (one chain) wide from the banks of the creek,[4] Aboriginal artefacts have also been found in this area.[5] The district was originally surveyed by Europeans as part of the Parish of Kororoit in the 1840s,[6] the area has been farmed continuously since then, with a small number of industrial buildings, and suburban development commencing in late 2011.[7] A dry-stone wall, built during the early European farming days, has been preserved near Ferris Road.[8] The northern boundary is formed by the Western Freeway, which connects Cobblebank to both Melbourne and Melton (and Ballarat beyond). The northern part of Cobblebank is home to Tabcorp Park, a horse racing venue opened in 2009 for harness racing.

Western BACE

At Ferris Road, which runs through the centre of Cobblebank, is the recently completed 'Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence' (Western BACE)[9] a community activity, and business development hub for Melbourne’s west. The centre offers commercial space for lease, and provides business coaching, and vocational education. Western BACE was built using sustainable principles in 2015[10] by the City of Melton, with $14.62 million funding from the Australian Federal Government. It forms the first part of the proposed Toolern Town Centre.

Cobblebank Metropolitan Activity Centre

The [11] is a future major regional centre for a projected local population of up to 160,000 people, in Melbourne's rapidly-growing western urban area.[12] Its development will occur over a number of decades, initially evolving from a local suburban hub in its first decade, to a regional business, retail, civic, education, medical, residential, entertainment and recreation centre when complete.[13] A major state indoor basketball stadium will also be built on the corner of Bridge Road and Ferris Road[14]

Transport

Cobblebank railway station[15] was completed by the State Government of Victoria,[16] on 1 December 2019.[17][18] The station is 34.39 kilometres from Southern Cross, and was built near the junction of the Melbourne – Ballarat Railway and Ferris Road. The design of Cobblebank railway station has provision for two express railway tracks,[19] which will most likely be laid after electrification works to Melton[20] are complete.

Toolern Park

Cobblebank is bounded to the east by Mount Cottrell Road, and to the south by the 100 hectare Toolern Park,[21] (adjacent to Bridge Road). The regional park is generally to the east of Toolern Creek, and straddles both Cobblebank and the neighbouring suburb of Strathtulloh. As at April 2017 the regional park is still being developed, and presently features an athletics track, sports field, and the Bridge Road Community Centre[22].

References

  1. ^ "Locality boundaries". Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  2. ^ Landy, Samantha (10 February 2017). "Eleven new suburbs to be established in the Melton growth area, west of Melbourne's CBD". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 25 February 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "New suburbs". City of Melton. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  4. ^ Crown Lands and Survey Victoria, Department of. "Parish of Kororoit, County of Bourke Map, 2 May 1978". digital.slv.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  5. ^ Kucera, Paul. "Revisiting Toolern Creek, Melton South: New perspectives from recent investigations of Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register place 'Atherstone South 6'". Excavations, Surveys and Heritage Management in Victoria 4: 27-34 (2015).
  6. ^ "Map of the purchased and measured lands, counties, parishes, etc. of the Melbourne and Geelong districts ... [cartographic material]". nla.gov.au. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Lend Lease | Atherstone | Home". 10 October 2011. Archived from the original on 10 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Atherstone Construction Update May 2017 | Atherstone News". communities.lendlease.com. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Western Business Accelerator & Centre for Excellence". Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence by Six Degrees wins 2015 Sustainability Awards – Large Commercial prize | Architecture And Design". Architecture And Design. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  11. ^ City Council, Melton (2019). "Metropolitan and major activity centres".
  12. ^ REMPLAN. "Melton Economic Profile – City of Melton". Melton Economic Profile – City of Melton. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Toolern Urban Design Framework". Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Extra courts for Cobblebank". Star Weekly. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  15. ^ Ford, Alex (26 October 2018). "Another Ballarat line station on its way". The Courier. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  16. ^ Government of Victoria, State (2017). "Improvements to transport infrastructure" (PDF).
  17. ^ "Cobblebank Station To Open In Early December". Premier of Victoria. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  18. ^ News, Mirage (1 December 2019). "Victoria's Newest Station Opens At Cobblebank". Mirage News. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  19. ^ "New station at Cobblebank". regionalrailrevival.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  20. ^ Carey, Adam (24 February 2016). "Long-planned Melton rail line upgrade being pushed for next state budget". The Age. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  21. ^ "Toolern Park Precinct Structure Plan - VPA". VPA. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Bridge Road Children's and Community Centre". Retrieved 27 October 2018.

External links

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