Altona North / Brooklyn Neighbourhood Profile

About the area

The Altona North and Brooklyn neighbourhood is bounded by the Princes Highway to the north and Kororoit Creek to the west and south. Major roads along the eastern boundary include Blenheim Road, Hansen and New Street, then west along the Westgate Freeway and into Cemetery Road.

The area incorporates a mix of land uses, predominantly residential and industrial. Major residential development dates from the 1950s, with much of the housing constructed during the 1960s and 1970s. The area played an important role in housing post-World War II migrants and a migrant hostel in Millers Road continued to operate up until the early 1970s.

Population

At the 2011 Census, the Altona North and Brooklyn neighbourhood area had a population of 13,150 people (approximately 16% of the municipality’s residents). Population forecasts for 2015 indicate the current population is approximately 14,340.

Age structure

The number of younger residents in the family-forming ages is increasing, although there is still evidence of an ageing population and this trend of regeneration and ageing is expected to continue for the next decade.

Overseas born residents

Forty per cent (5,262) of people were born overseas, which is substantially higher than the municipal figure of 31 per cent. Just over 50 per cent of residents speak languages other than English at home, significantly higher than the 30 per cent of Hobsons Bay residents.

Residents needing assistance

At the 2011 Census, 1106 residents were estimated to require assistance with core activities involving self care, communication and mobility.

Education

Approximately 18 per cent of Altona North and Brooklyn residents are enrolled in education, compared to around 22 per cent for Hobsons Bay. Forty per cent of residents have completed year 12 compared to the municipal rate of 50 per cent.

Labour force

Forty seven per cent of Altona North and Brooklyn residents (over 15 years) are in the labour force, 14 per cent lower than for Hobsons Bay. The manufacturing and retail sectors are the largest employers. Altona North and Brooklyn has a much higher rate of people not in the labour force compared to Hobsons Bay (42.2 per cent and 33.2 per cent respectively).

Income

Approximately 70 per cent of Altona North and Brooklyn residents have a gross weekly income below $1000 (the average weekly income in Victoria), higher than the municipal figure (65%).

Housing

Around three quarters of the area’s total dwelling stock is detached housing and just over 40 per cent of households are home owners, six per cent above the Hobsons Bay rate. Since the 2006 Census, ownership rates have declined by around 6 per cent while the proportion of people who are purchasing their homes increased by three per cent.

Transport

Approximately 80 per cent of households in Altona North and Brooklyn are car owners, which is below the municipal rate of 84 per cent.