Greensborough, Victoria
Greensborough is a suburb in Melbourne
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. The Melbourne City Centre is the hub of the greater metropolitan area and the Census statistical division—of which "Melbourne" is the common name. As of June 2009, the greater...

, Victoria
Victoria (Australia)
Victoria is the second most populous state in Australia. Geographically the smallest mainland state, Victoria is bordered by New South Wales, South Australia, and Tasmania on Boundary Islet to the north, west and south respectively....

, Australia
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, 17 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district
Melbourne city centre
Melbourne City Centre is an area of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. It is not to be confused with the larger local government area of the City of Melbourne...

. Its Local Government Area is the City of Banyule. At the 2006 Census, Greensborough had a population of 20,214.

The suburb was named after settler Edward Bernard Green who was also the district mail contractor. Formerly it was known as Keelbundoora, Aboriginal for "a round swamp".


The township was established in the late 1850s, with the Post Office opening on 17 July 1858.


Greensborough borders the beginning of the Green Wedge, an area of bush land left running out northward into Eltham
Eltham, Victoria
Eltham is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2006 Census, Eltham had a population of 17,581....

 and Diamond Creek
Diamond Creek, Victoria
Diamond Creek is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Nillumbik...

. The Plenty River
Plenty River
The Plenty River is a tributary of the Yarra River in Victoria, Australia. Originating in the forested slopes of Mount Disappointment, the Plenty River is the source of Melbourne's first major water supply in the form of the Yan Yean Reservoir....

, a tributary of the Yarra River
Yarra River
The Yarra River, originally Birrarung, is a river in east-central Victoria, Australia. The lower stretches of the river is where the city of Melbourne was established in 1835 and today Greater Melbourne dominates and influences the landscape of its lower reaches...

, runs through Greensborough joining the Yarra at Templestowe
Templestowe, Victoria
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. The green nature of the suburb has led to some friction between residents, developers and the local council. Some developers' plans have been cancelled or restructured after concerted local opposition.

Greensborough Plaza

One of the major buildings in Greensborough is the Lend-Lease-owned Greensborough Plaza
Greensborough Plaza
Greensborough Plaza is a major regional shopping centre, located in Greensborough, Victoria in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.-Early days:...

. Greensborough Plaza is a large shopping centre commonly regarded as one of the major shopping centres in Melbourne's north-east. It features a two level Target
Target (Australia)
Target Australia Pty Ltd is an Australian department store chain owned by Wesfarmers . It operates 172 Target stores and 119 Target Country stores making 291 combined stores with its head office located in North Geelong, Victoria. It sells clothing, cosmetics, toys, homewares, electrical and...

 store (one floor is Target Home), a large Kmart
Kmart Australia
Kmart Australia Limited is a discount department store chain owned by Wesfarmers. It operates 172 stores in Australia and 15 in New Zealand, with its head office located in Mulgrave, Victoria. Wesfarmers uses the Kmart name under licence from Sears Holdings Corporation.-History:Kmart Australia...

, eight Hoyts
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 Cinemas, two Coles Supermarkets
Coles Supermarkets
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 (one formerly BI-LO), a new Specsavers Optometrists, Harvey Norman
Harvey Norman
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, Rebel Sport, as well as two food courts, and around 200 specialty stores, at least 125 of which are men's clothing stores. There are also two McDonald's
McDonald's Corporation is the world's largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 64 million customers daily in 119 countries. Headquartered in the United States, the company began in 1940 as a barbecue restaurant operated by the eponymous Richard and Maurice McDonald; in 1948...

 restaurants - one on the third level and one outside the plaza.

It was built in 1976 and has since had many major renovations which have changed it from a small, basic shopping centre for local residents into a massive multi-level facility catering to many of the north-east suburbs.

The Plaza is not the only shopping option. The town centre contains many great shops along Main Street. These days Main Street is a busy bustling street with many shops of different varieties.

In 2009, The Greensborough Town Centre is set to receive a major upgrade to bring back life into the Greensborough town centre. 120 stores will be built in a 2 level outdoor/indoor mall between Main and Flintoff street. A new aquatic centre and Civic centre will be built along with a multi level car park. A new supermarket and department store will be opened along with the project. Greensborough Plaza will also receive an extension in the project. It is set to be completed by 2011. It is said that it will be the Federation Square
Federation Square
Federation Square is a civic centre and cultural precinct in the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia....

 of the north. The area might also receive a giant TV screen. The new town centre will be opened 24 hours a day.


The automobile
An automobile, autocar, motor car or car is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transporting passengers, which also carries its own engine or motor...

 is the main form of transport in Greensborough and the suburb is serviced by a network of roads including the Greensborough Highway
Greensborough Highway
Greensborough Highway is a highway in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, and is an important route for north-east Melbourne.- Route :...

 which bypasses it. The main street is Main Street which runs into Diamond Creek Road, while other main arterials are Para Road which runs south and Grimshaw Street which runs west.
Greensborough railway station is the main passenger train station and is on the Hurstbridge railway line. After Greensborough it becomes a single line, making it a major commuter hub on that line.


Greensborough College
Greensborough College
Greensborough College is a school in the Greensborough and Watsonia district in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.Greensborough College has nearly 1000 students, the bulk of whom are in years 7 and 8...

 is a school in Greensborough which is the home school to over 800 students and teachers located between Greensborough and Watsonia
Watsonia, Victoria
Watsonia is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 16 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the City of Banyule. At the 2006 Census, Watsonia had a population of 4905.-History:...

. Greensborough is also home to several primary schools including Greensborough Primary, St Mary's Catholic Primary School, St Thomas the Apostle
Thomas the Apostle
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 Catholic Primary School, Greenhills Primary School, Watsonia Heights Primary and Apollo Parkways Primary. Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE is a TAFE institute located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It has six city campuses located at Preston, Collingwood, Epping, Fairfield, Greensborough, Heidelberg, a country campus at Ararat, and country training facilities at Eden...

 (NMIT) has a campus at Greensborough.

Sport and recreation

Greensborough has a football team
Greensborough Football Club
Greensborough Football Club is an Australian rules football club in Greensborough, Victoria, currently competing in the Northern Football League.-History:...

 playing in the Northern Football League.

Greensbourough has a polyurethane athletic track at Willinda Park, Greensborough
Willinda Park, Greensborough
Willinda Park, Greensborough is located at the end of Nell Street, Greensborough and is maintained by the City of Banyule and the Willinda Park Committee of Management....

 which is the home of Diamond Valley Little Athletics Centre
Diamond Valley Little Athletics Centre
Diamond Valley Little Athletics Centre is one of the largest little athletic centres in Victoria, Australia and is based at Willinda Park, Greensborough...

the largest Little Athletics Centre in Victoria with over 750 athletes; the Diamond Valley Athletic Club and the Ivanhoe Harriers.
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