Braybrook, Victoria 

 

Braybrook is a suburb of the City of Maribyrnong, located in the inner west region of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 17 km west of the Melbourne city center. It is a working-class area, particularly blue-collar and trades, with some pockets of lower socio-economic areas.
It is a charming area in Melbourne, Victoria. It’s situated between the suburbs of Truganina and Oakleigh, but don’t let that put you off. This part of town is full of character, and its streets are lined with gorgeous, well-maintained homes. It’s also home to the Oakleigh Golf Course, which is popular with golfers.

The suburb of Braybrook is located 14 km east of Melbourne’s Central Business District. It is bounded by the suburb of Footscray in the North, Airport West in the East, Maidstone in the South, and Maribyrnong in the West. The total area of Braybrook is 8.7 km². The population at the 2006 Census was 12,590. Its local government area is the City of Maribyrnong. At the 2011 Census, Braybrook had a population of 19,364.

It is named after a property owned by pastoralist James Watson. It developed post-war as a residential suburb, being part of the large-scale expansion of the Melbourne metropolitan area after World War II. As a locality, Braybrook is located between the Maribyrnong River and Merri Creek, north-east of West Footscray, south-west of Maidstone, and north-west of Sunshine.

Braybrook Post Office opened on 1 February 1858. Braybrook Cottage, owned by Charles Powell in 1838, was located on the corner of present-day Hampton Street and Braybrook Street. A primary school was established in 1871, and the first church, St James, in 1876.

It is also a diverse area, with a large group of young Vietnamese people, due to its proximity to Footscray. The area is surrounded by the Maribyrnong River in the north, Moonee Ponds Creek in the west, West Footscray to the south, and the suburb of Williamstown to the east.

The area was first settled in 1838 when George and Mary Bray settled in the area. Their son William Bray subdivided the land for sale, naming the area after his parents. Braybrook has a railway station on the Mernda line.

The Braybrook intersection is rated as the most dangerous in Victoria, with eight fatalities in four years, according to the RACV. The intersection of Elizabeth Street and the Western Ring Road was ranked the most dangerous in Melbourne. The RACV’s Dave Jones said the intersection was “a disaster waiting to happen”.

There are many people who are homeless in Australia. The majority of them have mental health issues and drug and alcohol problems. The government is trying to create more accommodation facilities and support networks. This is not an easy task and it will never be resolved. I have been working with the homeless and disadvantaged people in Braybrook for years and I have seen the best and the worst in people. Most of the time, it is just terrible.

Braybrook College is a secondary school for boys. The College is situated on the corner of Lathlain and Cheltenham road. The school was established in 1951. It is a non-selective school, open equally to all boys, regardless of their beliefs, ethnic origin, or social status. Braybrook College is a co-educational school. It is a Catholic school and as such, each boy is required to be baptized and the first communion is required.