Thornbury is in Melbourne North – a sprawling stretch of ethnically diverse, low-rise, brick-veneer suburban bliss stretching to the rural-urban fringe. Three train lines provide links to the CBD, though many residents work locally in manufacturing. Melbourne North is one of Australia’s manufacturing heartlands, despite Ford closing its Broadmeadows plant. In fact, the closure may herald a new dawn as the government floods money into the area to make it attractive to ‘smarter’ newer types of business like CSL Behring – a Broadmeadows local – and Ford’s Innovation Centre, which is staying put. Ethnic diversity is exceptionally high – particularly around Broadmeadows – with food and worship options to match. Favourite sons include Eddie McGuire and Eric Bana.