is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is in
the Local Government Area of the City of Manningham. Doncaster
is a suburb centred around Doncaster Hill, which is 12km
east from the Melbourne central business district. The
border of the suburb follows the Koonung Creek from Doncaster
Road, along the south of the suburb to Wetherby Road,
Wetherby Rd & Victoria St form the eastern border
and the northern border follows Ruffey Creek, Williamsons
Road, Manningham Rd and Ayr Street to the junction of
the Koonung Creek and Doncaster Road. The major east-west
road (Doncaster Road) leads from Kew to Donvale.
The Eastern Freeway terminated at Doncaster
Road at the western edge of the suburb from 1983 to December
1997. As a result of a decision by the Victorian Cain
Labor Government, the stage 2 section from Bulleen Road
to Doncaster Road was only 2 lanes each way. During this
period Doncaster suffered from heavy traffic congestion
and air pollution as Doncaster Road carried 60,000 vehicles
a day as a major arterial road.
Since the Kennett Government extended
the Eastern Freeway along the course of the Koonung Creek
to Springvale Road, Doncaster's through-traffic has dropped
Public transport advocates, such as
the Public Transport Users Association have proposed the
return of rail to Doncaster to service the growing high
density area of Doncaster hill. Both Light and Heavy Rail
options along the Eastern Freeway corridor may be considered
by government in future.
In 1969, Westfield Doncaster (or "Westfield
Shoppingtown Doncaster") was built on the corner
of Doncaster and Williamsons Roads, and is a well-known
shopping complex in Melbourne. In the early 1980s and
again in the early 1990s, it was renovated and extended
to its current state. From September 2006 however, it
has been under construction as the centre is extended
once more, due to be completed in late 2008.
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