|Elevation||178 m (584 ft)|
|LGA(s)||City of Whittlesea|
|State electorate(s)||Yan Yean|
Whittlesea is a town in Victoria, Australia, 40 kilometres (25 mi) north-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Whittlesea. At the 2016 census, Whittlesea had a population of 5,611.
The Post Office opened on 1 September 1853 as Plenty and was renamed Whittlesea in 1864. The town may have been named after Whittlesey, in England. A school opened in a single stone building in 1878 and is to this day the home to Whittlesea Primary School.
When the original railway was in operation Whittlesea had a large logging trade, taking the timber from Kinglake, Whittlesea region toward greater Melbourne for milling. There were later two saw mills in operation. At its timber producing peak Whittlesea had several pubs to help house the temporary timber workers.
On 7 February 2009 and subsequent days thereafter, Whittlesea acted as a focal point of for firefighting and relief efforts during the Black Saturday bushfires. In a firefighting context Whittlesea Fire Station and its members play an important role in managing firefighting operations around the Mount Disappointment and Kinglake areas. The township also acted as a focal point for relief efforts, attracting support from the larger Victorian and Australian communities.
Although located only a few kilometres from the outer fringes of metropolitan Melbourne, Whittlesea lies outside the Urban Growth Boundaries of the Melbourne 2030 metropolitan development plan. It is therefore expected to maintain its status as a separate town until 2030 and beyond. City of Whittlesea planning policy for Whittlesea township envisages minimal growth over the next decade so that the township will retain its rural character.
The town has a local volunteer (CFA) fire brigade as well as a limited hours Police station. On 22 January 2009 Health Minister Daniel Andrews opened an ambulance station in Whittlesea. This station operates between the hours of 10 am and 10 pm daily. This was a 2006 state election promise made by the Bracks Labor Government.
In 1866, it was gazetted that a ground (now known as A.F. Walker Reserve, corner Laurel and Forest Streets) will be used primarily for the game of cricket. Whittlesea Cricket Club was formed, and is the longest serving community sports club in the township. In the 2016/17 season, the Club celebrated its 150th Anniversary. It currently plays in the Diamond Valley Cricket Association, with representation from seniors, juniors (boys/girls) and veterans (over 40s).
Whittlesea Tennis Club on Laurel Street competes in the Northern district, Diamond Valley Leagues.
A tennis club was set up early on by local Residents (Laurel Street). A pivotal person helping to establish and develop this was a Mr Jack (John Alfred) Wailes who also helped establish the Whittlesea Golf Course as a privately run entity. Laural street (now cricket club) was also the original site of the famous Rural Whittlesea Agricultural show.
There are also the following sporting/ social clubs: Australian Rules Football Club, Bowls Club, Scouts, Masons, Golf Club (new - Growling Frog), Pony Club, Basketball, Motorbike Club c/o K&J Thomas.
A team also represents Whittlesea in Darts. It participates in the Northern Darts Association (N.D.A.) at the Royal Mail Hotel (The Royals). The team is currently participating in C Grade of the N.D.A.
Whittlesea Fire Brigade is the local branch of the Country Fire Authority or CFA, and serves the township as well as surrounding communities. On 16 October 2008 the brigade will celebrate 60 years since the formation of the Whittlesea Urban Fire Brigade. Earlier in that year the brigade celebrated winning the C aggregate and the Victorian State Urban Championships held on the long weekend in March. This was the brigades first win at state in the 60-year history of competing.
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