The Melbourne municipality takes in Kensington and a small slice of the neighbouring suburb of Flemington. That slice encompasses Flemington Racecourse, Australia’s most famous racetrack and home of the Melbourne Cup, and the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds (also called the Melbourne Showgrounds).
The area has a distinctive character, a quirky mix of housing types and a village-like shopping hub. Kensington has won hearts for its appealing residential character. Houses range from small period dwellings and public housing flats to new townhouses and Kensington Banks - built on a former abattoir and army depot site.
The area also features a scattered mix of industry and commerce, major roads, rail yards and electricity facilities.
Background on Kensington – Audit and mapping exercise
Until 1 July 2008, Kensington was split between the local government areas of the City of Moonee Valley and the municipality of Melbourne, but is now fully under the administration of City of Melbourne.
As a result of the boundary change, the City of Melbourne undertook an audit and mapping exercise of existing community infrastructure in North Melbourne (3051) and Kensington (3031) in October 2008. The audit and map assisted Council to plan future grant funding, service provision and capital works and also provided input to a review of the City of Melbourne’s Community Infrastructure Plan for the entire municipality which was carried out in 2009-10.
For the purpose of the audit, community infrastructure was defined as services, programs, facilities, initiatives and processes that support and respond to life stages, such as families and youth, and specific needs, including disability and disadvantage, social isolation, community strengthening and wellbeing.
Community Infrastructure Audit report (PDF, 620kb)
Community Infastructure Audit report (Text only, 1MB)
Community Infrastructure Audit – service listing (PDF, 138kb)
Community Infrastructure Audit – service listing (Text only, 341kb)
Kensington and North Melbourne audit map (PDF, 1.5MB)
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