Roxburgh Park 3064

Roxburgh Park is an area of 650 ha. about 20 km. north of Melbourne, between Craigieburn and Greenvale. It was in the Broadmeadows city council, now Hume city, and generally in the Merri growth corridor.

In 1988-90 the Victorian Government Urban Land Authority purchased the land, which included Roxburgh Park, a farm dating back to about 1848. The name was given by Thomas Brunton in about 1885, after his house in Scotland when he acquired the farm. The residential settlement of Roxburgh Park will comprise about 7,000 house blocks, released under the supervision of the Urban Land Authority. Settlement has occurred generally from south to north.

The undulating terrain attracts new residents with its wide views, and land and building costs are moderate for new families.

The Uniting and the Catholic churches established an early presence in Roxburgh Park, and a Catholic Primary school preceded the State school. The Uniting Church established a multi-purpose centre.

Like many new housing estates, Roxburgh Park has had to establish a sense of community and to cope with inadequate public transport. Meandering through the estate are a walking/cycling path and eighteen sites for local parks. There is provision for an outdoor recreation area and four primary schools. At the end of 1996 there were one primary school and the Catholic school on one of the proposed sites. Over 1,900 house lots had been released and over 1,200 built on. Five of the local parks were established. Shopping was confined to a mixed-business premises, but a shopping centre was in the planning stage.





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