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Hobsons Bay City is an established municipality located in Melbourne’s western suburbs. It is characterised by its diversity, encompassing historic suburbs and gentrifying areas in the Williamstown/Newport corridor, and maturing suburbs in the west, typified by Altona Meadows and Seabrook. Hobsons Bay also has a significant manufacturing base, including significant petrochemical plants and refineries in Spotswood and Altona North. However, more recent years have seen an overall decline in manufacturing activity, particularly in the east, which has the effect of freeing up this land for alternative uses. These changes are ongoing and will continue to influence demographic and housing outcomes in the City over the forecast period.
There has been significant economic restructuring over recent decades which has resulted in notable changes to the patterns of land use in Hobsons Bay City. This process is ongoing. Some of the industries in the eastern part of the City have closed or relocated, which has provided opportunities for redevelopment of this land for residential purposes. This pattern is most notable in Williamstown, Newport (East and West) and Spotswood-South Kingsville, where a number of sites have been developed. During the 1990s some conversion of surplus government and utility land to residential purposes occurred, most notably the Williamstown Rifle Range and Williamstown Junction sites. These types of redevelopment opportunities are important as the amount of greenfield land in the municipality has been largely exhausted and significant additions to the dwelling stock can only be realised through redevelopment on brownfield sites. Due to its bayside location and relative proximity to the CBD, there is significant pressure for residential development, although affordability issues and ageing dwelling stock have resulted in the loss of people to the outer west.
Note: The migration flows depicted above are historical and do not represent future or forecast migration flows or subsequent council boundary changes. The arrows represent migration flows to the area as a whole and do not indicate an origin or destination for any specific localities within the area. Overseas flow shows overseas arrivals based on answers to the census question "where did the person usually live 5-years ago" and .id estimates of international out-migration.
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