Altona – Seaholme Neighbourhood Profile

About the area

Altona-Seaholme is located towards the middle of the municipality, with Port Phillip Bay forming its southern boundary. Kororoit Creek, Cherry Lake and the Altona industrial precinct make up the northern border. Truganina Explosives Reserve and Kooringal Golf Course are at the neighbourhood’s western edge.

The predominant land use in Altona-Seaholme is zoned for residential development. The other main land uses include public park and recreation, and public conservation zones.

Residents enjoy living in the neighbourhood and the relaxed lifestyle. “Our beach is our greatest attraction – no if, buts or maybes about that.”

Population

At the 2011 Census, Altona-Seaholme had a population of 11,779 residents. Over the next decade, it is forecast to increase by around 11 per cent to 14,500 residents.

Age structure

Altona-Seaholme has an older population. However due to infill developments and increased diversity in housing the neighbourhood has started to attract younger residents. Population forecasts for the next decade indicate a continued increase in families with younger children.

Overseas born residents

Approximately 30 per cent (5,416) of Altona-Seaholme residents were born overseas, on a par with the municipality. United Kingdom and Malta are the main birthplaces, however both decreasing in number.

Residents needing assistance

Around 2,000 residents of Altona-Seaholme have a disability (17.1%). Of this group, approximately 600 residents (5.1%) need help with a core activity involving self-care, communication and mobility.

Education

Approximately 19 per cent of Altona-Seaholme residents are enrolled in education, slightly below the participation rate for Hobsons Bay (22%). Forty per cent have completed Year 12 or an equivalent, three per cent below the municipal rate.

Employment

At the 2011 Census, just over 94 per cent of residents who were in the labour force were employed; 5.6 per cent were unemployed. Both figures were on a par with those for the municipality. The main industries of employment for Altona-Seaholme residents are manufacturing; health care and social assistance; construction; and education and training.

Housing

There are 5,524 private dwellings in Altona-Seaholme. Just over 70 per cent are separate houses, with the remainder being mostly medium density housing (26.7%).  Around 42 per cent of households in Altona-Seaholme own their own home, 24 per cent have a mortgage and a further 28 per cent are renting. Compared to Hobsons Bay, a higher proportion of Altona-Seaholme households own their home.

Proposed future development

  • feasibility study for the Altona Foreshore including master plan, revetment (coastal retaining wall) and access design
  • planning for the Stage 4 of Pier Street works including playground and pathway upgrades at Logan Reserve
  • ongoing implementation of the Altona Central Sports Precinct Master plan that accommodates multiple sporting and recreation activities including hockey, cricket, AFL, soccer, tennis, little athletics and dog obedience
  • implementation of the Truganina Explosives Reserve Master Plan including restoration work on the residence at the reserve
  • G.H Ransom Reserve play space and toilet upgrade