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About Lara

Lara, Victoria


is a residential Town, 18 km north-east of Geelong, inland from the Princes Freeway to Melbourne.



Lara is located in City of Greater Geelong





Landsat 7 imagery of the greater Geelong area. Lara is visible in the north


The explorers Hume and Hovell arrived at Lara on December 16, 1824, believing that they had reached Westernport Bay. They recorded that theAboriginals described the bay as Jullong and land as Corago, suggesting origins for the names of Geelong and Corio. The area was originally named Kennedy's Creek but was also given several different names including Duck Ponds, Hovell's Creek, Cheddar, Swindon and Lara Lake. The area of Lara was no more than a few farms at this time.

The railway though the town was opened in 1857 along with the local railway station, with several subdivisions then announced. A Post Office opened on March 1, 1858 as Duck Ponds (Hovell's Creek in 1872 and finally Lara in 1884). The population grew to a few hundred by 1890, and several facilities like schools and churches were built, but town water did not extend to the town until 1947. In January 1969, 17 people were killed in bushfires which ravaged Lara. Most of the victims were trapped by the fast-moving grass fire while travelling on the Princes Highway.

Several scenes from the 1979 feature film Mad Max were shot on location around Lara, as well as several scenes from the Australian Broadcasting Corporationmockumentary We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the Year, in which the town was renamed to the fictional "Dunt".





Hovell's Creek runs through Lara and ends at Limeburners Bay, a small inlet of Corio Bay. Owing to the poor soils and low runoff coefficients inherent in Australian streams, along with the fact the region is the driest in southern Victoria because of the Otway Ranges’ rain shadow (receiving about 425 millimetres (17 in) per year), the creek is basically ephemeral and is not useful as a water source. Granite peaks known as the You Yangs, 4 kilometres north of Lara, rise dramatically to a height of 352m and can be seen from most areas of Geelong.





Lara offers education through its three primary schools:


The town also has the recently opened Lara Secondary College, which accommodates years 7 - 12 and the VCE since 2008. Lara is also home to Avalon college, a school for International Students preparing them for traditional schools.





Princes Freeway at Lara


In the Lara outskirts are industry parks and two prisons – the maximum security HM Prison Barwon, opened in January 1990, and the medium security Marngoneet Correctional Centre, opened 3 March 2006. The former Pirra Girl's Home, a female juvenile detention centre, closed during the 1980s.

Lara is also home to St. Laurence Park, which is set on 42 acres (170,000 m2) of parkland and houses 86 fully self-contained cottages and 22 flats for the elderly. Ford Motor Company of Australia operates a proving grounds for automotive testing and evaluation.





Lara has regular V/Line passenger train services on the Geelong line to Melbourne and Geelong to cater for the many residents who commute to work each day via the Lara railway station. Lara has become a popular place to live for those wishing to work in Melbourne and have ties to Geelong. With the extension of Myki ticketing to the Geelong line in 2013, Lara became a Metro Zone 2 station.




SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lara,_Victoria

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