Altona Meadows

Altona Meadows, a residential suburb west of Altona, is 17 km south-west of central Melbourne. Its western and southern boundaries are the Skeleton Creek and the suburb of Point Cook. The eastern boundary is partly Port Phillip Bay.

The residential settlement of Altona Meadows began in 1971. Its street configuration is mostly grid-like, but some with the north-south streets blocked at the middle so as to form culs de sac. The balance of the area is of standard design which discourages through traffic.

The southern extremity of Altona Meadows contains a wetland, formerly the Cheetham Salt Works. A linear park runs along Skeleton Creek, concluding with the Bruce Comben reserve and sports ovals. The northern part of the suburb (adjoining the railway line) has the A.B. Shaw reserve with ovals and sporting facilities.

Altona Meadows has two State primary schools (Altona Meadows (c1982), 386 pupils, 2014, and Altona Green (1990), 350 pupils, 2014) and a Catholic primary school (1982). All the schools are toward or at the edge of the comparatively large suburb. There is one drive-in shopping centre, and the Altona shopping strip is the next closest.

Altona Meadows' census populations have been:

census date population
2001 18,705
2006 18,843
2011 18,756

Altona Meadows' population is multicultural; at the 2011 census, English was spoken at home by 59.1% of residents (Victoria 72.4%).