|Area:||9.8 km (3.8 sq mi)|
|Location:||23 km (14 mi) from Melbourne|
|Local Government Area:||City of Maroondah|
|State District:||Bayswater, Warrandyte|
|Federal Division:||Deakin, Menzies|
Ringwood is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 km east of Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the City of Maroondah. At the 2006 Census, Ringwood had a population of 15,185.
Ringwood is notable as the location of a Cadbury production factory, and the Eastland Shopping Centre. The centre of Ringwood is based on Maroondah Highway. In 2008, Eastlink was completed, including the Ringwood Bypass, providing a road bypass of the central township.
The Post Office opened on 2 August 1875 in the then rural area.
Maroondah Highway runs straight through Ringwood and various retailers have chosen to develop their businesses accordingly over the years.
Perhaps Ringwood's most global notoriety is the development in 1958 of the "Pride of Ringwood" hop variety, which today flavors Fosters Lager, Victoria Bitter, and many other beers around the world. The hops were developed along the Mullum Mullum creek, near the site of what later became Penguin Books in 1963.
In 1961 the Ringwood Field Naturalists Club Inc. was founded.
In 1967 the original Eastland Shopping Centre was completed, the major tenant being Myer Stores.
In the late 1990s Eastland was redeveloped and in its current state has over 80,000 square feet of retail and hospitality floor space, car parks and a cinema complex on its top floor.
In 2007, Ringwood became the home of ConnectEast, owner and operator of Melbourne's second toll road EastLink.
As of 2009 the current owners of Eastland, QIC, is believed to be commencing another redevelopment of the Eastland site. With the downturn in the economy, both here and overseas, the current market value of QIC, and the leases of current tenants on Maroondah Highway, The Arcade and around the Ringwood Library now beginning to re-locate, it remains to be seen if this multi-million dollar re-vamp will still proceed.
In 2009, the State Government controversially approved the building of a nine storey housing development near Ringwood Lake without council or public consultation.
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