Our community

Melbourne’s inner north spans 30 suburbs from Richmond, Fitzroy and Brunswick northwards to include Fawkner, Gowanbrae and Reservoir. More than 400,000 people live in this diverse community people where local talent is nurtured, differences are celebrated and expression is encouraged.

Place influences people’s life chances, and while individual health and well-being is dependent on personal education level and income, total community vitality is impacted by postcode. The Inner North has varying levels of prosperity. Some areas of the north have high levels of income and employment, and others have complex challenges that impact people’s opportunity and choice.

The Inner Northern region is characterised by:

  • Diversity, including its diversity of population, culture, educational and ethnic backgrounds, with 39.4% of people speaking a language other than English at home
  • A growing creative class across the region, which contributes economically, but also supports social cohesion and community sense of place.
  • A knowledge-based infrastructure including world class universities and TAFEs.

Key drivers of change include:

  • Population growth, with expected population increase of 31% to 523,498 across the region by 2036 (214,320 Moreland, 192,142 Darebin, 117,036 Yarra). This is an increase of 125,000 people, approximately the size of Ballarat.
  • Change in industry base from manufacturing and associated support businesses
  • Shift in education levels as more people go to university, and the continued gentrification of the southern areas of the region leading to people with higher education levels moving into the region.

Businesses, industry, community groups, government and individuals all have something to contribute, as we all benefit when we progress the vitality and prosperity of our region.

If you would like to know more, please call Ben Rodgers on 03 8689 1967 or email us at info@innernorthfoundation.org.au