Waterways, Victoria

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Waterways
Melbourne,  Victoria
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Waterways
Coordinates 38°00′58″S145°07′48″E / 38.016°S 145.130°E / -38.016; 145.130 Coordinates: 38°00′58″S145°07′48″E / 38.016°S 145.130°E / -38.016; 145.130
Population2,461 (2016 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 3195
Location
LGA(s) City of Kingston
State electorate(s) Keysborough
Federal Division(s) Isaacs
Suburbs around Waterways:
Braeside Keysborough
Braeside Waterways Keysborough
Aspendale Gardens Bangholme

Waterways is a residential suburb located in Melbourne's south approximately 25km south of the Melbourne CBD. Originally a housing development, it is just east of Mordialloc. It is Australia's only suburb that's 20% parkland and 40% water. Over 46 hectares of wildlife sanctuary were artificially created in and around the swampy marshlands of Mordialloc Creek.

Melbourne City in Victoria, Australia

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Its name refers to an urban agglomeration of 2,080 km2 (800 sq mi), comprising a metropolitan area with 31 municipalities, and is also the common name for its city centre. The city occupies much of the coastline of Port Phillip bay and spreads into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. It has a population of 5 million, and its inhabitants are referred to as "Melburnians".

Mordialloc, Victoria Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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The Waterways suburb location is environmentally sensitive as it is situated directly between two conservation areas, Braeside Park and the Edithvale wetlands Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands. Planning permits are strictly regulated and gardens monitored to keep the suburb as native as possible for the abundant wildlife in the area. The Mornington Peninsula branch of the Bird Observers Club of Australia or PENBOC have documented 105 different species of birds in the area. For this reason cats are also forbidden.

Braeside Park is a large environmental park of 295 hectares in a suburban sandbelt south of Melbourne.

Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands nature reserve in Australia

The Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands are a group of two principally freshwater swamps, totalling 261 hectares, lying in the suburbs of Aspendale, Edithvale, Chelsea Heights, and Seaford in south-eastern Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Together they form the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Ramsar Site. With the nearby Eastern Treatment Plant, they form the Carrum Wetlands Important Bird Area.

History

Construction on Waterways Estate began in May 2000, due to end within five years. Waterways got its name from its waterways which are essentially a number of man made wetlands and giant lakes in and around the estate.

A waterway is any navigable body of water. Broad distinctions are useful to avoid ambiguity, and disambiguation will be of varying importance depending on the nuance of the equivalent word in other languages. A first distinction is necessary between maritime shipping routes and waterways used by inland water craft. Maritime shipping routes cross oceans and seas, and some lakes, where navigability is assumed, and no engineering is required, except to provide the draft for deep-sea shipping to approach seaports channels or to provide a short cut across an isthmus; this is the function of ship canals. Dredged channels in the sea are not usually described as waterways. There is an exception to this initial distinction, essentially for legal purposes, see under international waters.

The lakes serve as a Melbourne Water filtration system for fresh water flowing down from Dandenong and Mordialloc Creeks then into Port Phillip Bay.

Although the development was due to be completed in 2006, the developer applied for, and was subsequently granted permission from Kingston Council to increase the suburb's size. The final stage of the development, called Argyle, was completed in July 2011.

Waterways was rated higher than Toorak, Brighton or Canterbury - or anywhere else, apart from the 63 people living on South Wharf - in an index of socio-economic advantage compiled from the 2011 census.

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References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Waterways (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2017. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  2. http://www.smh.com.au/national/melbournes-most-select-suburb-a-bit-of-a-surprise-20130328-2gxfp.html