Harkness is a suburb in the outer west 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 took effect from 23 August 2017.[2][3]

Prior to the suburb's creation, the area was mostly part of Melton West in addition to a small section of Toolern Vale in the north.

The name "Harkness" was the surname of an early settler, William Scott Harkness who was born in Roxburghshire, Scotland in 1839 and arrived in Melbourne at Port Phillip in 1852. He was the manager of Strathtulloh and a farmer. He died in 1908.[4]


Arnolds Creek Primary School is located in Harkness. The school opened in 2014.[5] Located next to the primary school is Arnolds Creek Kindergarten.

The suburb is home to many early learning centres, including Melton Early Learning Centre, located just off Coburns Road,[6] as well as Melton Montessori, located adjacent to Arnolds Creek Primary School,[7] and Happy Feet learning Centre, located on the corner of Centenary Boulevard and Bulmans Road.[8]


Harkness is home to a number of open spaces and recreational facilities. Behind Arnolds Creek Primary School is Arnolds Creek Reserve, which is home to the Melton Central Football Club.[9] Adjacent to the school is a playground and some basketball and tennis courts. Nearby is a shared-use path that runs alongside the western branch of Arnolds Creek.

Further to the west of the suburb is Navan Park and Navan Park Lake, which has an off-leash area for dogs and some playground equipment. There is also a shared-use path that runs alongside the eastern branch of Arnolds Creek.

In the north west of the suburb, there are many open spaces and parks, including Stefan Drive Reserve, Parkview Street Reserve and Willandra Boulevard Park and a basketball court.


  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 3 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council" (PDF). City of Melton. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2017 – via Victorian Electoral Commission.
  5. ^ "A.C.P.S Newsletter Term 1 2019" (PDF). Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Melton Early Learning Centre- About Us". Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Melton Montessori - Map". Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Happy Feet ELC - Locations - Melton West". Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  9. ^ "New Home of Melton Central FNC". Retrieved 1 June 2020.

External links

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