There are two different theories of where the name Mill Park originated. Some believe it was given the name after a ‘Flour Mill’ located on the Plenty River in the 1840s, part of an enormous property covering the region owned by George and Francis Coulstock. Others believe it was named after Henry ‘Money’ Miller (1809-1888) who later  bought the large estate from the Coulstock’s and went on to breed racehorses, run a dairy and other grazing activities sufficient to occupy 65 persons housed in a village on the property. A number of streets in the suburb are named after prolific racehorses owned by Miller including ‘Redleap’ who won the National Hurdle in 1898 (namesake of Redleap Reserve and Redleap Avenue) and the iconic ‘The Stables’ on Childs road was one of his holdings.

Adding further argument to the suburb being named after him was that when residential development began in Mill Park in the 1970s the first home completed in 1976 was on Mill Park Drive, following Miller’s original circular training track. Access to the estate was from Plenty Road, but a bridge over the Darebin Creek in Childs Road linked Mill Park with Lalor and Thomastown to the west in 1988. Gazetted as a suburb in 1978, Mill Park is now the largest centre in the City of Whittlesea.

The suburb of Mill Park is split into 2 precinct areas: Mill Park and Blossom Park.
Mill Park covers an area of approximately 9 square kilometres. It is primarily a residential area, with some commercial land areas. Rapid residential development took place from the 1980s into the early 1990s.

Key features:

  1. Westfield Plenty Valley   –    https://www.westfield.com.au/plentyvalley
  2. Mill Park Library   –   https://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/events-recreation/libraries-and-neighbourhood-houses/
  3. Redleap Reserve   –   https://directory.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/parks/mill-park-parks/redleap-recreation-reserve.aspx
  4. Mill Park Leisure Centre – http://www.millparkleisure.ymca.org.au/Pages/Home.aspx
  5. The Stables Shopping Presinct
  6. Off leash dog park (Delacombe Reserve)  – https://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/events-recreation/parks-and-playgrounds/dog-off-leash-parks/
  7. Sycamore Recreation Reserve  –  https://directory.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/parks/mill-park-parks/sycamore-recreation-reserve.aspx
  8. Mill Park Community House and Adult Training Support Service
  9. Mill Park Recreation Reserve –  https://directory.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/parks/mill-park-parks/mill-park-recreation-reserve.aspx
  10. Proposed Civic Drive Extension from Bush Boulevard to Morang Drive, South Morang

Schools, Kindergartens and Child Care:

Plenty Parklands Primary School – http://www.plentyparklands-ps.vic.edu.au/
Findon Primary School – http://www.findonps.vic.edu.au/
Mill Park Heights Primary School – http://www.millparkhtsps.vic.edu.au/
St Francis of Assisi Primary School – http://www.sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au/
Mill Park Secondary College – http://www.millparksc.vic.edu.au/
The Pavilion School – http://pavilionschool.vic.edu.au/
Centenary Drive Kindergarten – https://www.centenarydrivekinder.kindergarten.vic.gov.au/
Blossom Park Kindergarten – http://blossomparkkindergarten.vic.edu.au/
The Heights Kindergarten – http://theheightskindergarten.vic.edu.au/
Mill Park Heights Child Care Centre & Kindergarten – more info
Happy Faces Child Care Centre – http://ifp.mychild.gov.au/ChildCareService/Provider.aspx/4809
Kool Kidz Mill Park – https://www.koolkidzchildcare.com.au/millpark/
Roycroft Kindergarten – https://trycs.org.au/kindergartenlist/roycroft-kindergarten/
Good Start Mill Park University Drive – more info
Good Start Mill Park Centenary Drive – more info

Population
In 2015, 24,700 people live in Mill Park with an expected increase of 4 per cent by 2036 to 25,700.
The largest increase in population growth between 2015 and 2036 will occur in the 60 plus age group with an increase of 47 per cent.

Births
In 2015 there will be an estimated 327 births (6 births per week on average) and this is expected to remain constant to 2036.

Diversity
Forty per cent of residents speak a language other than English at home and the most common languages spoken are Italian, Greek, Macedonian, and Arabic.

Families and households
There are approximately 8,700 dwellings in 2015 and this is expected to increase to 9,400 dwellings by 2036.
About 94 per cent of houses are stand-alone and 45 per cent of households consist of couples with children with an average household size of 3.1 people.

Employment
More residents work in the manufacturing and retail trade industries compared with any other industry.

Education
More residents attend primary and secondary school compared with the broader Greater Melbourne.

Travelling in and out
Seven out of 10 residents drive a car to their place of work. Sixty-three per cent of households have access to 2 or more motor vehicles.

Advocacy priorities for Mill Park
• E6 construction from Metropolitan Ring Road to Bridge Inn Road
https://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/about-us/advocating-for-community-needs/e6-construction-from-metropolitan-ring-road-to-bridge-inn-road/
• Extending the tram line (route 86) from Bundoora to South Morang
https://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/about-us/advocating-for-community-needs/extend-tram-route-86-to-south-morang/
• 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 850 metre 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 current unsafe footpath and the traffic bottleneck.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mill_Park,_Victoria
https://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/building-planning-development/future-development-plans/place-snapshots-a-guide-to-development-in-your-area/place-snapshot-mill-park/
http://www.emelbourne.net.au/biogs/EM00982b.htm