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Suburb Snapshot: Newington

By Merryn Farnsworth

The size of Newington is approximately 2.4 square kilometres and has three parks covering nearly 58.8 per cent of total area.

The population of Newington in 2011 was 1887 people and by the 2016 Census the population was 1889 showing growth of 0.1% in the area.

Newington is a residential suburb immediately west of Ballarat central and south of Lake Wendouree which was officially gazetted as a place name in 1998.

The western half of Newington is open space: Victoria Park, an area of 130 hectares, was first planted with ornamental trees on Arbor Day 1890. It includes several ovals, mown grasslands, pine plantations and patches of remnant indigenous vegetation.

Newington’s northern boundary is the old Western Highway (Sturt Street). Two of its prestigious addresses in Sturt Street are the Uniting (formerly Presbyterian) church’s Clarendon College (1864) and the Catholic St Patrick’s College (1893).

CoreLogic data indicates that the predominant age group in Newington is 10-19 years with households in Newington being primarily couples with children and are likely to be repaying $1000 – $1399 per month on mortgage repayments, and in general, people in Newington work in a professional occupation.

In 2011, 67.7 per cent of the homes in Newington were owner-occupied compared with 68.7 per cent in 2016.

Source: Ballarat Times News Group

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