The suburb of Epping is split between precincts areas: Epping (80 per cent) and Epping North (20 per cent along with a portion of the suburb of Wollert).
European settlement of Epping dates from 1839, with land used mainly for farming (especially dairy farming) until the late 1900’s. Originally named Darebin Creek, the area changed to Epping in 1853, reportedly after the Epping Forest in Essex, England.
Epping – Key features:
- Pacific Epping Shopping Centre
with 230 stores, Reading Cinemas and dining. Employing around. 2,600 people. Expansion plans have been approved also. https://www.pacificepping.com.au/
- Medical precinct
Including Epping Medical Centre, Northern Hospital will become a major medical hub for Melbourne’s north.
- Epping Soccer Stadium – capacity of 10,000, grandstand seating for 1000. With 2 turf pitches – warm season, 1 synthetic (FIFA 2 star) and training lights.
- Epping Train Station
- Melbourne Polytechnic – Epping Campus – more info
- Cooper Street Employment Precinct – offering 25,000 jobs serviced by excellent transport routes with massive development in various stages of completion.
- Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market – home to 3,000 businesses employing 7,500 workers across 130 hectares with 60 hectares adjacent for potential expansion.
- Costco – coming soon
- Epping Recreation Reserve – more info
- Epping Memorial Hall – more info
- Epping Skate Park – more info
Epping North – Key features:
- Aurora Estate – expected to house 25,000 people, to include 2 town centres; Aurora North and Aurora South. Council is advocating for a railway extension to add a train stations to each town centre.
- Harvest Home Road Soccer Facility – 2 x natural turf pitches, 1 x synthetic pitch and pavilion.
- Galada Community Centre
- Epping North Shopping Centre – https://eppingnorthshoppingcentre.com.au/
- Korin Korin Child and Family Centre – more info
- Epping North East Regional Recreation Reserve – Currently in planning stages, the recreation reserve will be located opposite the 4 existing soccer pitches on Harvest Home Road. more info
- Future Epping North Primary School – State government primary school, a YMCA, a long day child care centre, junior school oval/multipurpose community activity space for use by school students and local residents.
- Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre – http://www.creedsfarm.org.au/
- Lyndarum Town Centre including Epping Views Family and Community Centre
Schools, Kindergartens and Child Care:
– Epping North Pre-school – http://www.eppingnorthpreschool.com.au/
– Epping North YMCA Early Learning and Childcare Centre – more info
– North Epping Kindergarten – http://northeppingkindergarten.com.au/
– Penguin Child Care – more info
– Good Start high st, Epping – more info
– Good Start Cooper st, Epping more info
– Rose Garden Epping Early Learning Centre – more info
– First Grammar Epping – more info
– Eclipse Early Learning – http://www.eeeg.com.au/epping/
– Kalman Road Early Learning & Kinder – http://kalmanroadelc.com.au/
– Epping Preschool – https://www.ecms.org.au/epping-preschool
– Oakbrook Kindergarten – https://trycs.org.au/kindergartenlist/oakbrook-kindergarten/
– Wallaby Childcare, Epping – http://wallabychildcare.com.au/contactus.html
– Greenbrook Kindergarten – http://greenbrook-kinder.com.au/
– Future Super Stars Early Learning Child Care, Epping – https://www.futuresuperstars.com.au/
– Epping Primary School – www.eppingps.vic.edu.au/
– Epping Views Primary School – http://www.eppingviewsps.vic.edu.au/
– Meadow Glen Primary School – https://www.meadowglenps.vic.edu.au/
– St Peter’s Primary School – http://www.stprepp.catholic.edu.au/
– Harvest Home Primary School – http://www.harvesthomeps.vic.edu.au/
– St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School – http://www.smcmeppingnth.catholic.edu.au/
– St Monica’s College –www.stmonicas-epping.com
– Epping Secondary College – http://www.eppingsc.vic.edu.au/
– Edgars Creek Community and Education Precinct – A state government primary and secondary school, Sports ovals and pavilion, Community centre – to accommodate 1,800 students in Years 7-12, and the first of two stages will open for term 1, 2018
Epping Central is a designated Metropolitan Activity Centre and is recognised as an area of significant growth, employment, new housing, services and entertainment options with the government committed to spending 250 million in development of the area.
• Supports a range of current and future land uses and activities with land ready for redevelopment.
• Services an established community and a large catchment area in Melbourne’s outer north including the Epping North/Wollert and Mernda/Doreen growth areas, in addition to the growing Donnybrook and industrial hub of Campbellfield.
• Has an established road network, a redeveloped Epping train station and there are plans for future road and rail expansion.
• Is less than 20 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD and is strategically located close to major arterial roads that link to Melbourne Airport, the Port of Melbourne, the agricultural producing regions of Victoria and the northern states.
Planning and development
– Epping Central Project – with a mixed range of new services, facilities and infrastructure from the City of Whittlesea, state government and the private sector. The Epping Central Structure Plan sets out vision for the Epping Central are for the next 20 years.
– Pedestrian and cyclist investment – Council and state government investment of over $1 million to improve walking and cycling paths.
Epping: It was estimated 18,900 people live in Epping. By 2035, population forecast is 24,000; an increase of 26.2 per cent. The median age of residents is expected to remain at 36 in 2035.
Epping North: By 2036 the number of people estimated to be living in Epping North will be about 51,500 – an increase of about 34,500 over the 2015 figure of about 20,000 with the median age increasing over the same period from 29 years to 36 years. There will be considerably more residents aged 60 plus with an increase of 5,938 residents between 2015 and 2036.
Epping: In 2015, approx. 295 children were born (nearly 6 births per week). By 2035, this is expected to increase to 369 births per year (around 7 births per week).
Epping North: In 2015, there was approx 484 births (nine births per week on average) – a figure estimated to almost double by 2036 to 16 births per week on average (868 births for the year).
Epping: Around 40 per cent of people speak a language other than English at home. Currently the most common languages spoken are Macedonian, Italian and Arabic. Most common countries-of-birth other than Australia are India, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Italy. Epping has the second largest proportion of residents who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander compared with other areas in the municipality (behind Whittlesea Township).
Epping North: About 57 per cent of the population speak a language other than English. In 2015 the most common country-of-birth other than Australia includes India, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Sri Lanka while the most common languages spoken other than English are Macedonian, Italian, Punjabi, and Arabic.
Families and households
Epping: The average household size of 2.7 people in 2015 is expected to remain the same in 2035. There are approximately 6,770 dwellings in 2015. This is expected to increase to 8,800 dwellings by 2035. About 15 per cent are single parent households and the number of 1-person households is expected to increase by about 600 by 2035 (or 51.3 per cent).
Epping North: In 2015, there are approximately 6,600 dwellings, which is expected to increase to 17,700 dwellings by 2036. Just over half of the households consist of couples with children.
Epping: There are more residents working in the manufacturing and the retail trade industries compared with any other industry. There are more clerical and administrative workers in Epping than any other occupation (16.8 per cent).
Epping North: There are more professionals (17 per cent) and clerical/administrative (16 per cent) workers than any other occupations. The most common industries of employment are manufacturing (15 per cent) and health care and social assistance (12 per cent).
Epping: There are a similar number of residents (15.7 per cent) attending school (primary, secondary and kindergarten) compared with the broader population of Greater Melbourne.
Epping North: There are slightly more children attending kindergarten (2.2 per cent) and primary school (9 per cent) compared with the population of Greater Melbourne (1.7 per cent and 7.6 per cent). 48 per cent of residents have a tertiary or vocational qualification.
Travelling in and out
Epping: Over half of households have access to 2 or more motor vehicles and more than two thirds of residents drive a car to their place of work.
Epping north: about 66 per cent of households have access to 2 or more motor vehicles and 68 per cent of residents drive a car to their place of work.
Advocacy priorities for Epping & Epping North
• Childs Road duplication
Childs Road is the major east-west arterial road linking Mill Park and Epping. It is a duplicated 4-lane divided road from Plenty Road to Dalton Road, except for the section across the E6 reservation and the Darebin Creek.
This part of the road becomes a 2-lane road. As a result of the current intersection design and narrow bridge, traffic flow is unpredictable during peak periods. Duplicating the 850m section of Childs Road and providing a new bridge across the Darebin Creek will provide a continuous 4-lane divided road between Plenty Road in Mill Park and Dalton Road in Epping and remove the unsafe footpath and the traffic bottleneck.
• Northern Hospital expansion
There is a critical need to expand the Northern Hospital to adequately service the growing population in the City of Whittlesea and Melbourne’s north. The Northern is the only public hospital in the northern growth corridor. Council is advocating for additional beds and Royal Children’s Hospital paediatric services.
• Hume Freeway Interchange at O’Herns Road and Edgars Road extension
• Rail extension to Epping North and Wollert – more info
• Duplicate Epping Road – more info
• Epping Central – more info
• Information, learning and cultural hub
Council is seeking state government funding for an information, learning and cultural hub. The hub aims to deliver education and community services, including lifelong learning and community development, and community infrastructure for the existing and growing community in Melbourne’s north, to help build community resilience, and support community networking, employment, educational opportunities and economic development.