Knoxfield, Victoria

Knoxfield is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 27 km east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Knox local government area. Knoxfield recorded a population of 7,462 at the 2016 Census.

Knoxfield
MelbourneVictoria
Knoxfield is located in Melbourne
Knoxfield
Knoxfield
Coordinates37°53′28″S 145°14′53″E / 37.891°S 145.248°E / -37.891; 145.248Coordinates: 37°53′28″S 145°14′53″E / 37.891°S 145.248°E / -37.891; 145.248
Population7,462 (2016)[1]
 • Density1,309/km2 (3,391/sq mi)
Postcode(s)3180
Area5.7 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Location27 km (17 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Knox
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Aston
Suburbs around Knoxfield:
Wantirna South Wantirna South Boronia
Scoresby Knoxfield Ferntree Gully
Scoresby Rowville Rowville

HistoryEdit

Knoxfield is named after Sir George Hodges Knox, former local and state parliamentarian.

Development of the area dates primarily from the 1950s and rapid growth took place during the 1960s and 1970s. Knoxfield Post Office opened on 31 July 1961 as the suburb was developed.[2] The northern area of Knoxfield experienced substantial growth from the 1970s. The population increased during the early 1990s, and then was relatively stable from the mid-1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area. There has been a recent decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.[2]

Knoxfield is unique, as most of the streets are named after the residents who lived there. Some people are still living in the streets that were named after them.

TodayEdit

Knoxfield has a small industrial area mainly concerned with the production and sale of food. A small number of graphic design businesses and printeries make their home in Knoxfield. The suburb is well known for the Knox Athletics Track and the Gilbert Reserve. Gilbert Reserve is quite large, and regularly holds softball and baseball matches. Knoxfield also boasts a large BMX track, which is often used for BMX competitions and the R.D. Egan-Lee Reserve which is regularly used by walkers and hosts a soccer club. The track is also open for use by the public. Next to Gilbert Reserve is a local skatepark which was accessible from early 2008. There is a Coles Express service station on the corner of Ferntree Gully Road and Scoresby road which sells fuel as well as a small selection from the Coles Supermarket range.

Also in Knoxfield, there is the Carrington Park Leisure Centre, which is mainly used for gymnastics and fitness. It has also hosted state and national competitions. A family play centre called Big Slide is located in Knoxfield [3] The Eastern Sports Centre also calls Knoxfield home [4] and hosts futsal, indoor soccer, netball, and cricket. There are also a number of decorated bus shelters which are the creation of the Placemakers.

The north east part of Knoxfield, incorporating such roads as Amelia Street, Bunnett Road and Hugh Street, is sometimes referred to as the French quarter of Knoxfield due to its magnificent houses and proximity to both Burwood Highway and Scoresby Road, both famous roads that run through the city of Paris.

DemographicsEdit

In the 2016 Census, there were 7,462 people in Knoxfield. 64.1% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 5.3%, England 3.6%, India 2.5%, Malaysia 2.5% and Sri Lanka 2.4%. 69.5% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 7.2%, Cantonese 3.7% and Sinhalese 1.9%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 33.4%, Catholic 18.5% and Anglican 8.8%.[1]

EducationEdit

Schools in Knoxfield include Fairhills High School, Knox Park Primary School and Carrington Primary School (formerly Knoxfield Primary School). Knoxfield Primary School merged with Scoresby Heights Primary School in 1994 to create Carrington Primary School.

Shopping in KnoxfieldEdit

Knoxfield is home to two shopping strips. A medium shopping strip known as the Knoxfield Shops on Ferntree Gully road, and the Anne Road shops on Anne Road.

Knoxfield shopsEdit

Knoxfield is home to a small shopping strip, with shops including Dosa Joy AAA Supplements, The Gully Pizza House, Knoxfield Pharmacy, Together Medical Family Practice, Knoxfield Florist, Gully Fish & Grill, Knoxfield Dental Care, Knoxfield IGA Plus Liquor, Lunch Break Deli Cafe, Knoxfield General Practice Dr. Y.C. Liow, healing hands massage, Strive for Excellence Tutoring, Simmonds Family Meats & Seafood, Knoxfield Newsagency Post Office & The Lott Tatts, Knoxfield Hot Bread, Knoxfield Milk Bar, Wok'd Gourmet Chinese Food, Knoxfield Thai restaurant, Hills Physiotherapy, Knoxfield Chicken Bar , And a A'blaze Hair Artistry hairdresser

Anne Road shopsEdit

There is also a small shopping strip on Anne Road, with shops including the Hammad Mohamad Milkbar, Al Pacino's Pizzeria, Cleo's Quality Fish & Chips, Antique Tool Shed, Knox Spice Corner, Centre of Wellbeing, and the Shikarnya Hair Salon.

Sport in KnoxfieldEdit

Knoxfield has a rich sporting culture and there are several sporting clubs who call the various sports fields, tracks and courses in Knoxfield home. There are also other sporting facilities including a BMX track, a leisure centre, and skate park.

Golfers play at the course of the Waterford Valley Golf Course on Bunjil Way.[5]

The Knoxfield Knights Cricket Club is based at Carrington Park.[6]

The Knox Athletics Track hosts a variety of sport and events including Little Athletics [7] and the Knox Athletics Club [8]

Gilbert Reserve is home to the Knox & District Softball Association and its related teams [9] as well as The Knox Falcons Baseball Club [10]

Next to Gilbert Park is the Knox Skate and BMX Park [11] which is regularly used by skateboarders, bikers, and scooter riders.

Knoxfield also boasts a large BMX track, which is often used for BMX competitions. The track is also open for use by the public and is regularly attending by BMX and biking enthusiasts of all ages.[12]

The R.D. Egan-Lee Reserve is also in Knoxfield and is home to the Knox City Soccer Club Ltd [13]

Leisure CentreEdit

The Carrington Park Leisure Centre is mainly used for gymnastics and fitness. It has hosted various state and national competitions. It is also the home of the Omega Trampoline Club, Ferntree Gully Basketball Club, Knox Table Tennis Club and Chinese Elderly Citizens Club. It also boasts facilities such as meeting rooms, a kitchen, disabled access, toilet and car parking, change rooms, trampoline facilities, squash courts and boxing facilities.[14]

Knoxfield is a home for two Scouts groups: 1st Knoxfield group located in Carrington Reserve, and 2nd Knoxfield group located in R.D. Egan-Lee Reserve

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Knoxfield (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 September 2017.  
  2. ^ a b Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  3. ^ Big Slide, Play Centre Melbourne, retrieved 11 May 2009
  4. ^ Eastern Indoor Sports Centre, retrieved 11 May 2009
  5. ^ Golf Select, Waterford Valley, retrieved 11 May 2009
  6. ^ Cricket Victoria, Knoxfield Knights Cricket Club, archived from the original on 12 March 2011, retrieved 27 June 2011
  7. ^ Knox Little Athletics Centre, Knox Little Athletics Centre, retrieved 27 June 2011
  8. ^ Knox Athletics Club, Knox Athletics Club - Senior Athletics, retrieved 27 June 2011
  9. ^ Softball Australia, Knox & District Softball Association, retrieved 27 June 2011
  10. ^ Knox Baseball Club, Knox Baseball Club, retrieved 27 June 2011
  11. ^ Knox City Council, Knox Skate and BMX Park, retrieved 27 June 2011
  12. ^ Knox BMX, Knox BMX, retrieved 27 June 2011
  13. ^ Yahoo!7, Knox City Soccer Club, retrieved 27 June 2011
  14. ^ Knox City Council, Carrington Park Leisure Centre, retrieved 27 June 2011

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