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Located southwest of Lake Wendouree, Alfredton
is home to some of Ballarat’s best known
landmarks including the iconic Arch of Victory
and the start of the Avenue of Honour.
Bordering the Ballarat West Growth Area, new
developments in Alfredton have made the suburb
popular with new residents and home owners
building their first home.
Alfredton is home to a diverse range of sporting
groups and community organisations for
residents. The Ballarat Football and Netball Club
is based here, along with the Ballarat Redan
Cricket Club and the Ballarat Memorial Sports
Club (lawn bowls). Alfredton also has Scout,
Petanque and fishing clubs.
Alfredton’s iconic tourist
The Avenue of Honour and Arch of Victory are two
of Ballarat’s most popular tourism attractions and
most important historical landmarks.
Listed on the Victoria Heritage Register, the
Arch and Avenue stand alongside the Shrine
of Remembrance as Victoria’s best known war
Avenue of Honour
In early 1917, the Victorian State Recruitment
Committee wrote to all municipalities and shires
recommending that every intending recruit
would have their name memorialised in an
Avenue of Honour. In May 1917, the Ballarat
textile company of E Lucas & Co Pty Ltd took
up the challenge to plant trees in honour of the
men and women who enlisted in Ballarat for
service in World War One. The 400 employees
of the company (known as the Lucas Girls) were
involved in the community effort to plant the
3,800 trees in the Avenue of Honour between
June 1917 and August 1919.
Today, Ballarat’s Avenue of Honour stretches
some 22 kilometres along the original Western
Highway alignment, and is the longest Avenue
of Honour in Australia. The trees remain a
living memorial to the 3,800 servicemen and
servicewomen from Ballarat and district who
- lost their life.
Arch of Victory
Late in 1919 it was learnt that the Prince of
Wales would be in Ballarat in June 1920. This
coincided with the plan to construct an Arch
as a gateway to the Avenue of Honour. Three
architecture graduates from University of
Melbourne prepared plans and built a 1/8th scale
model of the Arch of Victory by the middle of
The Arch was built with 70,000 Selkirk bricks
from Ballarat and was erected in just over three
months – a remarkable feat of engineering and
construction. Standing proud as an impressive
gateway to the city for more than 90 years, the
Arch underwent its first major restoration last
Alfredton Recreation Reserve
At the heart of the suburb is the Alfredton
Recreation Reserve. The City of Ballarat has
invested thousands of dollars over the past few
years to make it one of the city’s major sports
Works to construct a $1.4 million second
playing surface and community pavilion are
now underway. The second oval, known as a
‘village green,’ can be used by a wide range of
outdoor turf-based sports including Australian
Rules football, soccer and cricket. With its
drought-tolerant grass and training lights, it will
be suitable for use all year round.
The new pavilion is expected to be complete by
the end of 2012 and the village green ready for
play by early 2013.
More car parking
Seven new parking spaces and five accessible car
parking spacesfor people with a disability will be
constructed in the northern section of the Reserve.
The new parks will be completed later this month.
More walking paths
A long disused freight railway line, stretching
from the Alfredton Recreation Reserve through
to Learmonth Road, is now a walking path for
residents to enjoy.
The $30,000 Lawrie Linear reserve path project
was completed in February. It involved an
Our Neighbourhood... Alfredton
Alfredton is a western suburb on the rural-urban fringe of Ballarat.
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