We are one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia, offering the best in urban and rural lifestyles within a comfortable commuting distance from Melbourne, Victoria.
The Shire of Melton embraces a series of townships and communities, the larger towns being Caroline Springs and Melton. Caroline Springs is 19 kilometres west of Melbourne’s CBD, and Melton is 35 kilometres west of Melbourne’s CBD.
The Shire of Melton offers diverse lifestyles and affordable living, which is why we continue to grow very fast; each week about 41 babies are born and the community increases by just over 52 new households. Over 70% of our population is under 45 years old, but we also offer excellent options for senior style living. A range of Council services are available from the Civic Centre in Melton or the award winning Civic Centre in Caroline Springs. Libraries are located in both Melton and Caroline Springs and the Shire offers excellent education opportunities.
The Shire of Melton offers your business:
Tourism and equine industries remain important to our community. High Street and Woodgrove are the shopping and commercial hubs in Melton, and the Eastern Growth Corridor (with 2 major hotels and a business precinct) is the future major business sector of the Western suburbs.
Toolern is the major future urban growth area within the Shire. Located southeast of Melton Township on about 2,500ha, Toolern will ultimately have about 60,000 people living in around 20,000 households. Key features of the plan include:
Tabcorp Park, the harness racing and entertainment complex in Melton, opened its doors in March 2009. Along with many horse trainers, training facilities and breeders located in the Shire, Tabcorp Park enhances Melton Shire’s reputation as one of the premier equine municipalities in the country.
The Shire of Melton is a great place to visit. We have award-winning wineries, olive groves, a dingo education centre, public art, parks, picnic areas, sports grounds, walking and cycling paths along tree lined creeks and plenty of heritage to explore.
With special events scheduled all year long there is always plenty to do. Our events page has a list of what’s on in the Shire of Melton, and we also have plenty of things to keep you active like bushwalking and sports activities. Lakeside Live in January and the Djerriwarrh Festival in November are our biggest annual events, attracting thousands of residents and visitors.
We proudly protect our environment and preserve the great natural assets and character of our community, now and for the future.
The community profile is based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census data providing an overview of the Melton Shire – who we are, what we do and how we live.