Newport West Neighbourhood Profile
About the area
The Newport West neighbourhood is bounded by Blenheim Road and Charlotte Street, to the west. The northern border is formed by Blackshaws Road and the east and south boundaries follow the Werribee / Geelong railway line.
Newport West is predominantly zoned for residential purposes. Residential development in Newport West varies considerably, in terms of period and style of houses. In general, there is more period housing on the north of Mason Street compared to the south side. More recent development is commonly double storey townhouses, replacing separate housing.
As a place to live, residents appreciate the quietness of Newport West and describe it as having a country feel, an attractive location and close to the city. There are, however, aspects of the neighbourhood that could be improved. Some residents felt that the areas around “Melbourne Road and Mason Street are not very appealing, whereas some of the streets are lovely".
At the 2006 Census, Newport West had close to 7,000 residents. The current estimated population (2011) is only slightly higher at 7,072 and by 2020 it is expected to reach 8,297.
The forecasts for the next five years anticipate growth in the age groups that form young and maturing families and also those aged 50-69 years, together with a decrease in the number of older residents (70 years plus). After 2015, the main trend is for a continued increase in the number of 50-69 year olds.
Overseas born residents
Overseas born residents make up 23.6 per cent of the neighbourhood population, below the municipal figure of 28.9 per cent. The main countries of birth include the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Greece and New Zealand. Around 60 per cent of overseas born residents speak another language, other than English.
Residents needing assistance
There are 328 residents (4.7 per cent) who need help with a core activity involving self-care, communication and mobility.
Approximately 21 per cent of residents were enrolled in education in 2006, on par with the Hobsons Bay rate. 46.2 per cent of Newport West residents have completed Year 12. This is above the municipal figure of 42.6 per cent.
At the 2006 Census, 62 per cent of Newport West residents (aged 15 years and over) were in the labour force, two per cent above the municipal rate. Just over two thirds had a full time job, slightly above the Hobsons Bay figure. Newport West’s unemployment rate of 5.6 per cent was similar to the Hobsons Bay rate.
In 2006, 3,363 local residents (60 per cent) aged 15 years had below average weekly incomes, less than the municipal figure (64 per cent). In contrast, seven per cent of the neighbourhoods residents had incomes above $1,600, slightly higher than the municipal figure. (The average weekly income in Victoria in 2006 was $815.40, according the Australian Bureau of Statistics.)
At the 2006 Census there were 3,057 dwellings in Newport West and three quarters of them were detached. Thirty one percent of households owned their home, compared to 36 per cent of Hobsons Bay households. New housing development in the neighbourhood has some residents concerned. Houses from the 1960s and 70s “that are not desirable or protected are being pulled down in droves” and replaced by higher density development.
Future development proposed for the area
A new early years learning centre will be developed on land at the Newport Gardens Primary School. Construction will commence in the latter part of 2012, with the centre opening in 2014.