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Bonbeach Area Profile

The Facts: Bonbeach was named by the Department of Railways in 1926 following a referendum to choose a name.

Bonbeach is bounded by Shenfield Avenue, Nepean Highway, Golden Avenue, Glenbrook Avenue and an alignment to the south of Bicentennial Park in the north, the secondary drain in the east, Patterson River in the south, and Port Phillip Bay in the west.

Development of the area dates primarily from the early 1900's with many villas and townhouses built during the 1960's and 1970's.

Bonbeach is in the state electoral district of Carrum and the federal electoral division of Isaacs.

People: Bonbeach’s population is 6,412 people.

The population is forecast to increase by 3.8% (to 6,655 people) in 2036. The total population in Kingston is forecast to increase by 22.3% (from 151,389 to 185,214) by 2036. 

The most common type of household is made up of lonepersons, with 850 (30.2%) people living alone in 2016.

People aged 70-84 years are forecast to have the largest population increase with an additional 243 people in this age group from 2016 to 2036.   

Housing: The number of households is forecast to increase by 10.2% from 2,780 in 2016 to 3,063 households in 2036.

33% are 2 bedroom, 40% are 3 bedroom, 12% are 4 bedroom 3% are 5 bedroom dwellings .

62% of households in Bonbeach fully own their dwelling or are purchasing it (mortgage), 29% are renting privately, and 1.2% are in social housing. 

In 2016, 27.6% of households were paying high mortgage repayments of $2,300+ per month, and 20.3% were repaying the lowest amount between $0 - $1,133 per month.

24.2% of renting households were in the highest rental bracket paying $417 or more per week in rent.

The average household size in 2016 was 2.16 people.

Diversity: 20.4% of our residents were born overseas, of which 9.6% are from countries where English was not their first language

16.6% of our population who were born overseas arrived in Australia after 2011.

27 (0.4%) people identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Ancestries experiencing the most growth between 2011 and 2016: English (+278 people), Australian (+188 people) and Scottish (+167 people).

1.2% of the population, 77 people, speak another language and English not well, or not at all.

Top 3 languages other than English spoken at home: Mandarin 6.5%, Greek 4.5%, Italian and Spanish 3.5%.

4.95% (318 people) need help in their day-to-day lives due to a disability.

Health and Wellbeing: 85% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ physical health.

5% state that illegal drugs have a negative impact on my household.

10% of residents identified as smokers.

90% people have access to fresh and affordable food.

5% state that alcohol consumption has a negative impact on my household.

95% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ mental health.

85% of people feel a sense of optimism about the future, compared with 81% in Kingston.

Safety: 95% of people feel safe walking in the local area during the day.

27 reported assault and related offences, and 30 burglary break and entry (June 2016 - June 2017).

55% of people feel safe walking in the local area at night.

80% of people feel a strong sense of belonging to the community.

90% of people state that, in times of need, they could turn to neighbours for help.

Community: 17.8% of people volunteer regularly.

45% stated that they are an active member of a club or community group.

80% of people like the look and feel of the local area.

75% of people are satisfied with the quality of the parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the local area.

85% of people believe there are adequate community services available in the local area.

35% of people believe there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are important.

79% of households are connected to the internet.

Employment: 3,147 people living in Bonbeach in 2016 were employed, of which 62% worked full-time and 31% part-time.

There were more professionals in Bonbeach in 2016 than any other occupation.

Travel: 11% of Bonbeach residents travelled to work by Train or Bus.

 The majority (71%) of people in Bonbeach travel by car to work.

10.1% of households own 3 or more vehicles.  Kingston is 14.7%.  The majority own 1-2 cars (74%).

Features: Bonbeach is an established residential area.

Major features of the area include the Bonbeach Beach and foreshore, Bonbeach Life Saving Club, Patterson River Country Club, Bonbeach Sports Reserve, Chelsea Pony Club and one school, Bonbeach Primary School.

The population density of Bonbeach is 24.51 persons per hectare. 

The artist John Vincent Brock, born 15 July 1945 grew up in Bonbeach.

 Data sources for information on this page are:

ABS 2016 Census    

.Id Community |Demographic resources 

Crime Statistics: 

Kingston City Council 2016 Health and Wellbeing Survey September 2014