22 Facts About Melbourne Australia

1. Melbourne Australia has a significant general aviation airport, Moorabbin Airport in the city's south east that handles a small number of passenger flights.

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2. Melbourne Australia is currently building 50 new E Class trams with some already in service in 2014.

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3. Melbourne Australia is the home of the Royal Children's Hospital and the Monash Children's Hospital.

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4. Melbourne Australia has many community run stations that serve alternative interests, such as 3CR and 3KND.

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5. Melbourne Australia is known as the game show capital of Australia; productions such as Million Dollar Minute, The Chase Australia, Millionaire Hot Seat and Family Feud are all based in Melbourne.

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6. Melbourne Australia is home to a number of theological colleges, including the Presbyterian Theological College, the Reformed Theological College, Ridley College and the Melbourne School of Theology.

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7. Education in Melbourne Australia is overseen by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, whose role is to 'provide policy and planning advice for the delivery of education'.

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8. Melbourne Australia has the largest Greek-speaking population outside Europe, a population comparable to some larger Greek cities like Larissa and Volos.

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9. Melbourne Australia has an important ICT industry that employs over 60,000 people, with a turnover of AU$19.8 billion and export revenues of AU615 million.

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10. Melbourne Australia has a highly diversified economy with particular strengths in finance, manufacturing, research, IT, education, logistics, transportation and tourism.

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11. Melbourne Australia has twice hosted the Presidents Cup golf tournament, in 1998 becoming the first country to hold the tournament outside of the USA.

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12. Melbourne Australia hosts up to five AFL matches per round during the home and away season, attracting an average of 40,000 spectators per game.

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13. Melbourne Australia hosted the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and is home to several major annual international events, including the Australian Open, the first of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments.

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14. Melbourne Australia is home to the headquarters of Village Roadshow Pictures, Australia's largest film production company.

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15. Melbourne Australia is the second home of the national Opera Australia after it merged with the defunct Victoria State Opera in 1996.

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16. Melbourne Australia is experiencing high population growth, generating high demand for housing.

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17. Melbourne Australia has a temperate oceanic climate with warm to hot summers and cool winters.

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18. Melbourne Australia extends along the Yarra River towards the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges to the east.

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19. Melbourne Australia is in the southeastern part of mainland Australia, within the state of Victoria.

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20. Since the mid-1990s, Melbourne Australia has maintained significant population and employment growth.

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21. Melbourne Australia acquired its first public monument, the Burke and Wills statue, in 1864.

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22. Melbourne Australia quickly became a major finance centre, home to several banks, the Royal Mint, and Australia's first stock exchange.

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