Hoppers Crossing 3029Hoppers Crossing, a residential suburb immediately east of Werribee, is 25 km. west-south-west of Melbourne.
Hoppers Lane runs through the Werribee animal-research institute and crosses the Princes Highway and the railway line, whereupon it becomes Morris Road. It is probable that the name derives from the road crossing, which is next to the Hoppers Crossing railway station, Survey maps also mention a Hoppers Hill in the vicinity.
Before the 1960s Hoppers Crossing was distinguished only by a general store. In 1963 the first subdivision of residential land occurred, and substantial growth was under way by the early 1970s. The first local shopping centre was Woodville Park and the first local primary school was Mossfield (1970). In 1981 the Hoppers Crossing Shopping Centre (Target store and eleven shops) was opened, and the ensuing years were a period of strong growth. The estimated population growth during 1980-94 was from about 8,500 to 40,000 persons.
Hoppers Crossing extends northwards from the Princes Highway to the emerging suburbs of Tarneit and Truganina. It has the Werribee Plaza regional shopping centre and the site of the proposed Hogans Corner shopping centre (1997). There are six State primary schools, two secondary colleges and two church schools. Recreational spaces are mostly linear, along drainage reserves and beside the Skeleton Creek.
The approach to Hoppers Crossing along the Princes Highway from Melbourne mainly consists of warehouses and factory buildings, but the hinterland is mostly residential. The land prices have been relatively modest for first-home buyers.
Between 1987 and 1996 the median house price in Hoppers Crossing was a little over 85% of the median for metropolitan Melbourne.
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