Point Cook is a suburb of Melbourne, 25 km south-west of the CBD. It is in the Local Government Area of the City of Wyndham.
In the 1990s, Point Cook was basically a rural community with the majority of the population living on the RAAF Williams Base. Today, Point Cook is one of the major growth regions in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
Facilities in Point Cook
Point Cook is considered the birthplace and the spiritual home of the RAAF. Today, the RAAF Williams Base, which is located within the suburb, is the home of the RAAF College including Officers Training School (OTS) and the RAAF Museum.
Education in Point Cook
Education facilities in the suburb include Alamanda K-9 State College, Carranballac Prep to Year 9 College, Point Cook Prep to Year 9 College, Lumen Christi Catholic Primary School, Point Cook Senior School (Year 10 to Year 12), the Notre Dame Campus of Emmanuel College (Co-educational Catholic Secondary School Year 7–12), Stella Maris Catholic Primary School and a number of early learning and education centres.
There are also a number of schools available in the surrounding area. There a several universities located in Melbourne, while RMIT University has a flying training school at the local RAAF Base.
Point Cook Village is the local retirement village that offers an active and dynamic community with a whole range of activities and programs.
Shopping in Point Cook
Point Cook Town Centre provides locals with all their basic needs, with the centre offering banks, cafés, restaurants and takeaway food stores, along with an ALDI, Coles, Liquorland, Dan Murphy’s, Target, a post office and several specialty stores. Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre is another shopping centre in Point Cook, which has a Kmart, ALDI, Coles, Liquorland and specialty stores.
In nearby Altona Meadows, residents can access Central Square, or Werribee Plaza is also located nearby. Directly south-west of Point Cook, in Werribee South, is the development of the Wyndham Harbour Marina, which is a $440 Million waterfront development project.
Upon completion, the marina will have 1000 wet berths including 6 super yacht berths. There will also be a 300 berth dry stack. In addition, there will be a new beach built on the Point Cook side of the Marina along with 12 hectares of public recreational space and wetlands.
The development will also incorporate marina/waterfront restaurants and cafés. Point Cook is located to the south of the Princes Freeway and is served by the Point Cook Road and Forsyth Road exits, making the suburb easily accessible to and from the Melbourne CBD.
The nearest railway stations are in Laverton, Aircraft and Williams Landing on the Werribee railway line. Buses also service the area.
Industry and Employment in Point Cook
At the time of the 2011 Census, the most common industries of employment for persons aged 15 years and over usually resident in Point Cook were:
Computer System Design and Related Services – 4.3%
Cafés, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services – 3.8%
Depository Financial Intermediation – 3.7%
Hospitals – 3.3%
School Education – 2.6%
The median weekly personal income for people aged over 15 years $849.
Population in Point Cook
At the time of the 2011 Census, there were 32,413 people in Point Cook. Of these 50.3% were male and 49.7% were female. Point Cook is a relatively young suburb with the median age of people being 31 years and only 2.7% of the population is aged 65 years or older. Wyndham City Council estimates that the population of Point Cook will reach 41,474 by 2016.
When taking into account the Melbourne 2030 plan for sustainable growth, it is believed that Point Cook’s population will peak at approximately 60,000 by the late 2020s.
Residex Statistics – Point Cook, Victoria
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