Vermont South is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 km east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its Local Government Area is the City of Whitehorse. At the 2011 Census, Vermont South had a population of 11,416.
The eastern boundary of Vermont South is the Dandenong Creek, which flows from the Dandenong Ranges, through to Port Phillip. The suburb was mostly developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s, after developers bought the apple orchards in the area.
Prior to the first European settlers, the landscape was thickly timbered bushland, occupied by the Wurundjeri, Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation, who spoke variations of the Woiwurrung language group. They were hunters and gatherers, camping near the creeks and gullies of the area now known as Bellbird Dell. The creek flowed from immediately north of the Dell, through it and on to join the Dandenong Creek.
The first settlers, who were woodcutters and charcoal burners, came in the 1850s before land sales. Selectors followed and they marked out, leased and improved allotments, which would enable them to gain freehold titles from the Crown. Temporary wattle and daub huts were erected and later substantial timber cottages.
Apart from some general farming, orchards dominated the landscape until the 1950s and 60s, when the demand for new housing areas led to the subdivision of orchards. Nunawading Council (now Whitehorse Council) began the acquisition of property in 1966, with the purchase of a large block (7.26 hectares) from local orchardist Cecil Rhodes to form Bellbird Dell.
Vermont South Post Office opened on 22 October 1974 as the suburb developed.
In 1972, after heavy rains and the increased run-off from the subdivisions caused flooding of Morack Road and the Burwood Highway, Bellbird Dell Creek was barrelled and the natural watercourse disappeared, with the site and its adjoining land reserve as public open space.
Vermont South was the location of the Australian Gun Club in the 1960s and 1970's.
The Government of Victoria extended tram route 75 from its former terminus at Burwood East to the Vermont South Shopping Centre in 2005. In addition to the tram, a Transit Bus Link has been added, which travels down Burwood Highway to Knox City Shopping Centre.
This transit bus, named the "Knox Transit Link" runs up to 21 hours per day, in conjunction with the route 75 tram timetable, making a "seamless connection" to and from the tram.
On weekdays it runs from 4:30 am–1:20 am the next morning, running at every 10 minutes in the daytime off-peak period and from every 5–7 minutes in the morning and afternoon peak periods, while after 7:30 pm on weeknights, service intervals are set at every 20 minutes. On Saturdays, the Knox Transit Link bus service runs from approximately 4:30 am–1:20 am the next morning, at 12 minute intervals in the daytime, and every 15–20 minutes beyond the 12 minute interval periods. On Sundays, a 12 minute daytime frequency is offered with a 30 minute service in the early morning and at night, with the last service to run from Vermont South at approximately 12:45 am.
An upgrade in November 2007 saw the introduction of an hourly Sunday service and buses running until 9 pm 7 days a week.
Parks and reserves
Local parks in Vermont South include Billabong Park, Charlesworth Park, Terrara Park, Tyrol Park and the Dandenong Valley Metropolitan Park (west of Dandenong Creek).
Bellbird Dell is a natural park, located in the north of the suburb. It is a 1.4 km linear park with an area of 17.5 hectares, named after the bellbirds that can be heard in the park. The majority of the park is thick bush, however, there are walking trails, wetlands and ornamental lakes. Open grassed areas are provided with picnic tables. For walkers 'The Dell' offers short or long strolls but dogs must be on a leash, as the main pathways are shared with cyclists. Birds and frogs can be seen and heard here and, in spring, there are wildflowers. Victoria's floral emblem, the Pink Heath (Epacris impressa), can be seen growing wild within the remnant areas.
Hanover Reserve in Vermont South has a playground for children, as well as accessible swings. A pocket guide to Walking and Wheeling in Whitehorse has been produced highlighting some of the parks and walking trails in the municipality.
- Emmaus College - Years 7-10 Campus
- Vermont South Special School
- Weeden Heights Primary School - Established in 1980
- Livingstone Primary School
- Holy Saviour Primary School
- Barriburn Pre-School, Birralee Pre-School Association, Terrara Pre-School Association,
- Vermont South Children's Services Centre
This information has been sourced from Wikipedia