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Heidelberg West Suburb Information

by Wendy Chamberlain on March 30, 2015

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The suburb of Heidelberg West is part of the City of Banyule local government area and is situated 10 kilometers north-east of the CBD. Its population as of 2011 was 5,327.

As early as the 1920s, the suburb already had its first post office. By 1941, the Heidelberg Military Hospital was put up.

Heidelberg became well known in 1956 when it was chosen as the site of the Summer Olympics athlete’s village. After the games, the village was converted to a Housing Commission of Victoria estate.

Olympic Village Heidelberg

The suburb offers an affordable lifestyle and is close to most local amenities. It has great access to the ring road and close to La Trobe Uni where many students reside.

Residents have varied choices when it comes to public transportation. Buses, trams (via Preston) and trains (via Heidelberg or Ivanhoe) also service the suburb.

Commercial Area

The suburb’s main commercial district is at The Mall, an open style shopping centre. This shopping complex dates back to the 1950s and Dad’s Fruit Shop was the first store that opened there in 1956, a week ahead of the Olympic Games.

A second shopping strip in the area can be found at Bell Street.

Heidelberg Mall

Recreation Areas

Parklands surrounding the Darebin Creek are public open spaces where people can enjoy some leisure time.

Several sports clubs are also in Heidelberg West. These include the Heidelberg West Football Club, Olympics Colts Cricket Club which resides at the Olympic Village Reserve, Heidelberg United Alexander FC and Heidelberg West Cricket Club.

Educational Institutions

Three schools are available in the suburb. These are the Audrey Brooks Pre-School, Charles LaTrobe P-12 College and Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.

In the past, the two primary education facilities in Heidelberg West were the Banksia Secondary College and Bellfield Primary School. However due to a low population of students, they were closed for good.

In terms of housing, medium to low-density housing and development is in place. Homes in the area offer good value and there’s always an opportunity to renovate or re-develop which has been a popular trend in recent years.

Residents needing medical care need not go anywhere else as two health care facilities are in Heidelberg West. These include the Bellfield Medical Centre and Repatriation Campus of the Austin Hospital.

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