Epping is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 18 km (11 mi) north of Melbourne's central business district, located within the City of Whittlesea local government area. Epping recorded a population of 33,489 at the 2021 census.[2]

Findon Road, Epping
Epping is located in Melbourne
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates37°38′16″S 145°01′35″E / 37.63778°S 145.02639°E / -37.63778; 145.02639
Population33,489 (SAL 2021)[1]
Elevation137 m (449 ft)
Area14.8 km2 (5.7 sq mi)
Location18 km (11 mi) N of Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Whittlesea
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Scullin
Suburbs around Epping:
Craigieburn Wollert South Morang
Somerton Epping South Morang
Campbellfield Lalor Mill Park

Boundaries and terrain edit

Epping is bounded by Mill Park and Lalor to the south, Somerton to the west, South Morang to the east and Wollert to the north.

Epping has a mainly flat terrain though, towards the north, lie several large hills, which provide an excellent view of Melbourne. McDonalds Road and High Street are the main thoroughfares. The majority of commercial activity is located on High Street and Cooper Street, where Pacific Epping is located.

History edit

A village reserve was surveyed in 1839, where Epping later developed. The village was named Epping, after Epping Forest,[3] in 1853, by which time a hotel (from 1844) and a Catholic school were established. Epping Post Office opened on 1 September 1857.[4] The Epping Road Board was established a year later. In 1870, the area around Epping became Darebin Shire, which was renamed Epping Shire in 1893, until it was united with Whittlesea Shire in 1915. By the time the Shire was created, Epping township contained several churches, hotels and a state school, as well as church school. Farmers of Irish origin predominated, but English, Scots and Germans settled there. There were several dairy farms. The Melbourne to Whittlesea railway (1889–1960) had a station at Epping, and the main areas to benefit were the transport of milk and quarry products.

The original Epping township is on higher ground west of the Darebin Creek (the Catholic Church being the only one not to have moved from lower flood-risk land). Several older buildings are constructed in bluestone, plentiful in the surrounding volcanic plains.

Major suburban development took place from the 1970s onwards, and the northern fringes of the area are currently in the process of being developed for housing.

During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, Epping was one of the more heavily affected areas of Melbourne, as it was host to several large virus outbreaks, including the Epping Gardens Aged Care outbreak, which claimed the lives of 38 elderly residents during the second wave in Melbourne.[5]

In 2022, Major Road Projects Victoria are implementing the Epping Road upgrade, which includes adding extra lanes, new traffic lights, upgrading existing intersections and pedestrian lights, building a new shared walking and cycling path, adding on-road bicycle lands and installing safety barriers along the road.[6]

Facilities edit

The Northern Hospital from the south

One of Melbourne's many shopping centres, Pacific Epping, is located 500 metres (550 yd) away from the Epping railway station. The Northern Hospital adjoins it. Dalton Village is a small shopping centre which is located on Dalton Road in Epping. There are many parks and reserves located throughout the suburb. A mobile library visits the Galada Community Centre in Epping. It is operated by Yarra Plenty Regional Library.[7] In addition, a click and collect service operates five days a week, with regular storytime sessions.[8]

Education edit

There are several government and private schools in Epping, including one of the biggest Catholic High Schools in Australia; St Monica's College, and the second largest public school in Victoria; Mill Park Secondary College, with its senior campus located in the east of Epping, as well as Epping Secondary College and Lalor North Secondary College. Primary schools include Epping Primary School, opening in 1872,[9] Epping Views Primary School, Greenbrook Primary School, Meadow Glen Primary School and St Peter's Primary School.[10]

Melbourne Polytechnic has a campus at Epping, which was developed in 1992 with State Government funding. Along with Melbourne Polytechnic rural training centres of Northern Lodge Equine Stud farm at Eden Park, a farm at Yan Yean and the Growling Frog Vineyard, the Epping campus of Melbourne Polytechnic is the largest provider in Victoria of training to the agriculture sector, offering courses from certificate to bachelor's degree level in Aquaculture, Equine Studies, Agriculture and Land Management and Viticulture and Winemaking.[11] A new Green Skills Centre, built in 2009/2010, provides courses and training in renewable energy, sustainable design and building and construction.[12] The campus boasts one of Victoria's few indoor recirculating aquaculture facilities. Many other vocational education and training courses are also available.

Green Skills Centre on NMIT Epping Campus rated by the Green Building Council of Australia as 5 GreenStar

Transport edit

Bus edit

Nine bus routes service Epping:

Train edit

Epping is served by Epping station, which is located on the Mernda line.

Sport edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Epping (Vic.) (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022.  
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Epping (Vic.) (Suburbs and Localities)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 July 2022.  
  3. ^ "Pioneers honored". The Age. 6 September 1977. p. 3. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  4. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 25 March 2021
  5. ^ "Report into COVID-19 outbreaks at St Basil's and Epping Gardens". 21 December 2020.
  6. ^ Build, Victoria’s Big (7 December 2021). "Epping Road Upgrade". Victoria’s Big Build. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Mobile Library". Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Galada Community Centre Hub Click & Collect Service". Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Epping Primary School".
  10. ^ "Schools within the City of Whittlesea - City of Whittlesea, Melbourne, Australia". Archived from the original on 22 September 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2009.
  11. ^ Andrew Coulthard, Operations Manager, Faculty of Earth Science, NMIT. pp27, Hansard, House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry regarding Rural skills training and research Archived 5 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Monday 14 November 2005
  12. ^ Paige Mason, Skills with green tinge Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Whittlesea Leader, 16 November 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2011
  13. ^ "356 Epping Station - Wollert East via Hayston Bvd". Public Transport Victoria.
  14. ^ "357 Wollert West - Thomastown Station via Epping Station". Public Transport Victoria.
  15. ^ "358 Epping Station - Wollert via Epping Plaza SC". Public Transport Victoria.
  16. ^ "555 Epping - Northland via Lalor & Thomastown & Reservoir". Public Transport Victoria.
  17. ^ "556 Epping Plaza SC - Northland SC via Keon Park". Public Transport Victoria.
  18. ^ "566 Lalor - Northland via Plenty Road & Childs Road & Grimshaw Street". Public Transport Victoria.
  19. ^ "569 Epping Plaza SC - South Morang". Public Transport Victoria.
  20. ^ "577 Epping Plaza SC - South Morang Station via Findon Rd". Public Transport Victoria.
  21. ^ "901 Frankston - Melbourne Airport (SMARTBUS Service)". Public Transport Victoria.
  22. ^ Full Points Footy, Northern Football League, archived from the original on 9 March 2009, retrieved 15 April 2009
  23. ^ "Meadowglen International Athletics Stadium". City of Whittlesea. Retrieved 16 May 2019.

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