Lara, Victoria, Australia

Geography

Lara is a small but growing township situated around 58km southwest of Melbourne and 16km from Geelong.

Wide area map of the Lara region

YearPopulation
20019,185
200610,525

2006 Census QuickStats : Lara (Urban Centre/Locality)

Last updated 17 February 2009

Weather

An historical view of Lara's weather.

History

Duck Ponds SchoolThe township of Lara came into existence in the 1850s after the railway line between Geelong and Melbourne was built. A number of subdivisions of farmland for house lots were announced. Lara was originally named Kennedy's Creek but was also known by several other names including Cheddar, Hovels Creek, Swindon, Lara Lake and Duck Ponds. By 1890 the population of Lara had grown to a few hundred and schools and churches were built to service the needs of the local community, although it was not until 1947 that town water was provided.

A major event in the history of Lara was the bushfires of January 1969 that killed 17 people and destroyed homes, cars, and community facilities including a church and a school.

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A history of Lara was recently published, From Duck Ponds to Lara - A Collection of Memories which is for sale for $15 at the Lara Community Centre.

Demography

Lakeland WetlandsA brief demographic summary for the Lara (Urban Centre/Locality) in 2006 observed the following:

  • 8.0% of the population are aged 0-4 years old (national average 6.3%)
  • only 9.9% are over 65, well under the national average of 13.3%
  • 52.5% of residents are at the same address as five years prior to the study, showing a more mobile population than the state's average of 58.6%
  • only 7.5% of residents speak a non-English language (national 21.5%), with the most common overseas birthplaces are the United Kingdom (5.2%), the Netherlands (1.1%), Scotland (1.1%), Philippines (1.0%), and New Zealand (0.9%)
  • 79.5% of occupied private dwellings are households, with 19.5% lone person households
  • Of 3,875 private dwellings, 28.8% are fully owned, 47.4% are being purchased, and 20.1% are rented
  • Of 2,921 families, 52.8% are couples with children, 32.1% are couples without children, and 14.0% are one parent families
  • religious affiliation: Catholic: 28.2%; no religion: 23.1%; Anglican: 16.7%; Uniting Church: 7.9%; Presbyterian or Reformed: 3.6%
  • a bias toward trade work and labour
    • technicians and trade workers 17.9%, nation 14.4%
    • clerical and administrative workers 15.1%, nation 15.0%
    • professionals 14.5%, nation 19.8%
    • sales workers 11.7%, nation 9.8%
    • labourers 10.2%, nation 10.5%
    • managers 10.1%, nation 13.2%
    • community and personnel service workers 9.6%, nation 8.8%
    • machinery operators and drivers 9.0%, nation 6.6%

Source: 2006 Census QuickStats : Lara (Urban Centre/Locality)

Last updated 17 February 2009

Town Planning

The Lara Structure Plan 2009 provides the City of Greater Geelong's plan for development in the Lara area.

Last updated August 2009