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Nillumbik Shire is located on Melbourne’s north eastern outskirts and features both urban and rural areas - including rural townships. The bulk of population is located in the south and south-western areas, generally comprising Diamond Creek, Eltham, Eltham North, Greensborough, Hurstbridge and Wattle Glen. The Shire was formed in 1994 from the merger of parts of the Shire of Eltham, Shire of Diamond Valley, Shire of Healesville and City of Whittlesea. The major townships are Eltham, Diamond Creek and Hurstbridge. The Shire encompasses a total land area of about 432 square kilometres.
The primary housing market role that Nillumbik Shire has played in the post war period has been to provide home owning opportunities for family households, particularly from the north east suburbs of Melbourne. Although there is continued demand for new housing in the Shire, there are limited opportunities for large scale greenfield development due to topographical and environmental constraints. Housing affordability is also a significant issue for young adults and many who grew up in the area leave in their twenties for home owning opportunities elsewhere, particularly neighbouring Whittlesea.
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.
With the variety of residential areas, natural characteristics and period of development, different areas within Nillumbik Shire have developed different roles within the housing market. This means that population outcomes differ significantly across the Shire.The bulk of the areas attract second and third homebuyer markets, predominantly made up of established families, including Eltham (Edendale), Eltham (South), Eltham (North), Kangaroo Ground - Wattle Glen, North Warrandyte, Plenty - Yarrambat, Research, Rural East and Rural North West. There is some evidence of suburban regeneration, the process by which older households make way for younger households, in areas such as Eltham - East and Greensborough. This is indicated by the out migration of elderly persons generally being matched by the in-migration of younger households eg families. Over time, this process means that suburbs recording population decline through population ageing will stabilise and even increase in the future.
There are also significant differences in the supply of future residential land within the Shire which will also have a major influence in structuring different population and household futures over the next twenty-five years. Development opportunities on greenfield and strategic sites are expected to be exhausted in the forecast period. As such, the focus of much future housing development will be through infill opportunities. Some of this will be in identified centres such as Eltham, but much will also be opportunistic subdivision of existing residential lots, or through conversion of non-residential land. The most significant new housing opportunities have been identified in Diamond Creek, Eltham (Central) and Plenty-Yarrambat. Rural areas of the Shire can expect modest growth in the future. Although some parts were badly impacted by the Black Saturday fires, a significant amount of rebuilding had occurred by 2011 and thus are not a significant factore in future development. This is expected to largely occur through subdivision of larger rural lots where permitted.
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