RICHMOND

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Population   
26,121 (2011)
   
Local Government
City of Yarra
   
Area
3.8 km² (1.5 sq mi)

Location
3 km (2 mi) from Melbourne
   
Suburbs around Richmond
Collingwood
Abbotsford
South Yarra
East Melbourne
Cremorne
Kew
Hawthorn
Burnley

Area Profile
Richmond is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District in the local government area of the City of Yarra municipality.[1] The 2011 Census listed Richmond's population as 26,121.[2]

Three of the 82 designated Major Activity Centres identified in the Melbourne 2030 Metropolitan Strategy are located in Richmond—the commercial strips of Victoria Street, Bridge Road and Swan Street.

The diverse suburb has been the subject of gentrification since the early 1990s and now contains an eclectic mix of expensively converted warehouse residences, public housing high-rise flats and terrace houses from the Victorian-era. The residential segment of the suburb exists among a lively retail sector and a shrinking industrial and manufacturing base.[citation needed] Richmond was home to the Nine Network studios, under the callsign of GTV-9, until the studios moved to Docklands in 2011.[3] Dimmeys is long associated with Richmond, although it is located in the neighbouring suburb of Cremorne. The suburb is well known for its textile industry history[citation needed] and popular factory outlets, centred along Bridge Road and remain an attraction to the area.

Richmond is well known for its vibrant and popular Little Saigon area along Victoria Street; however, the area is also recognised for the illicit drug dealing (especially heroin) that occurs in both street-based and domestic contexts.[4]

Richmond was named after Richmond Hill, London, with its outlook of the river bend (Yarra), however the waterfront area was later named Cremorne.[citation needed]

Richmond is home to the four houses used on the 2011 edition of The Block, that aired on Channel 9.

Transport   
Richmond has an established transport system involving arterial roads, five train stations, seven tram routes, a bus route and a series of bicycle trails, including the Capital City Trail and the Yarra River Trail.

Richmond is served by tram numbers 24 and 109, on Victoria Street, tram numbers 78 and 79 on Church Street, tram numbers 48 and 75 on Bridge Road and tram number 70 on Swan Street.

The main train station in Richmond is Richmond railway station. It is an interchange for all metropolitan passenger trains to the eastern and south-eastern suburbs. Railway lines that travel through Richmond Station include the Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston, Lilydale, Belgrave, Glen Waverley, Sandringham and Alamein lines.

Other train stations in Richmond include Burnley, East Richmond, North Richmond and West Richmond.