St Albans

St Albans is a suburb in the western suburbs of Melbourne located 15Km north-west of the CBD. It is part of the City of Brimbank Local Government Area and has a population of approximately 33, 511.

The activity centre is St Albans' main commercial and shopping precinct and is located on Main Road East, Main Road West, Alfrieda Street and East Esplanade. The St Albans Railway Station is located here and is on the Sydenham Line. Collocated here is the bus interchange which connects St Albans to Brimbank Central Shopping Centre, Watergardens, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Caroline Springs and Delahey.

The people of St Albans could be described as hardworking, diverse and determined. The original settlers were migrant pioneering people who left family and friends back home but have developed strong bonds with their new neighbours in their new home. St Albans is a culturally diverse area with the predominance of residents being born overseas (51.3%) and less than average (39.9%) being born in Australia. 29.2% of St Albans residents do not speak English or do not speak it well.

The St Albans community consists of many cultures. Past waves of European migration are more recently being replaced by Asian and African migrants. Historically, it has been European migrants which have predominated but recently there have been migrants from Asia and all over the world. There has been particular growth recently of the Vietnamese community, which is the fastest growing and visible in St Albans in the street life, built form and the economic function of the centre. Vietnamese restaurants, grocers and specialty goods stores dominate Alfrieda Street and give it an ‘Asian feel'. In other parts of the centre there are several other shops from many other nationalities.