About
  • Introduction

    Sydney’s west is a metropolitan area of some 9,000 square kilometres and is home to over 2 million people.

    With a gross regional product of over $90 billion per annum, the region is the third largest in Australia and is the fastest growing residential metropolis in the country.

    Originally founded upon the area’s manufacturing and wholesaling sectors, the economy is moving rapidly by into the services industries particularly, retail, scientific and medical research, creative arts and technology.

    The area has been a magnet for qualified and entrepreneurial immigrants and the precinct is the most culturally diverse in the country.

    Transportation and access

    Western Sydney has been the beneficiary of a significant government investment in roads and infrastructure, the result of which is that the metropolis is within easy and affordable access within each of the precincts, to the rest of Sydney and regional New South Wales.
    The area is well serviced with public transport and the road network provides for all the needs of personal and private vehicle drivers.

    Vision

    This is a metropolis with a vision, well funded and administered infrastructure and a population committed to an energetic lifestyle; amplified in the precinct briefs which are presented opposite and below.

 

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  • Sydney’s West Precincts

    Blacktown

    History

      Pre 1778: Area inhabited by different groups of the Darug people.

      1791: First white settlers arrive

      1823: Native institution (Aboriginal School) established with an access road colloquially termed, at the time, ‘Black Town’ Road.

    •  1862: Black Town Road Station was developed in early 1860’s and the name shortened to ‘Blacktown’.

      1930: The Blacktown shire was established.

    Travel Times

    Car travel times to and from Blacktown

    Residents

      Population: 336,962

      Median age: 33 years

    •  Average income per person : $50,000

    •  Density: 1360 people / sq. Kilometer

    Religions

      Languages

        Housing

          3 bed house 3 bed apartment 2 bed apartment 1 bed apartment
        Median price $720 000 $580 000 470 000  
        Median rent/week $420 $440 $400 $300
        
        

        Schools

        Primary High Combined
        Government 77 1 0
        Independent 11 29 0
        Catholic 26 14 0
        TOTAL 114 44 0

        Camden

        History

          Pre-1780: Camden lies at the northern edge of land traditionally belonging to the Gandangara people of the Southern Highlands who called it Benkennie meaning ‘dry land’.

          1840: The first lots of land in the new town of Camden were sold by John Macarthur’s children from the land granted to him by Secretary for War and Colonies Lord Camden, after whom the area was named.

          1882 : Railway line connecting Camden with Campbelltown and Sydney constructed.

        Travel Times

        Car travel times to and from Camden

        Residents

          Population: 80,000

          Average income per person : $48,000

          Median age: $32 years

          Population density: 389/km2

        Languages

          Religions

            Housing

              3 bed house 3 bed apartment 2 bed apartment 1 bed apartment
            Median price $719 000 $410 000
            Median rent/week $430 $400

            Schools

            Primary High Combined
            Government 16 5 0
            Independent 0 0 4
            Catholic 4 3 0
            TOTAL 20 8 4

            Campbelltown

            History

             Campbelltown was founded in 1820 by Governor Lachlan Macquarie and named after his wife Elizabeth, whose maiden name was Campbell.

             The original inhabitants of the land were the Dharawal Aboriginal people and today, Campbelltown still has one of the largest populations of people identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in NSW.

            The city is located 53 kilometres southwest of Sydney and covers an area of 312 square kilometres

             Find out more: https://www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/AboutCampbelltown/History

            Travel Times

            Car travel times to and from Campbelltown

            Residents

            Population: 167,468

            Median age: 33 years

            Average income per person : $48,000

            Density: 510 people / sq. kilometres

            Languages

              Religions

                Housing

                  3 bed house 3 bed apartment 2 bed apartment 1 bed apartment
                Median price $620 000 $566 000 $468 000  $403 000
                Median rent/week $400 $470 $400  $320

                Schools

                Primary High Combined
                Government 36 12  0
                Independent 2 0  4
                Catholic 6 5  0
                TOTAL 44 17  4

                Canterbury/Bankstown

                History

                  Pre 1789: The original inhabitants of Canterbury and Bankstown were the Gweagal, Bidjigal, (also known as Bediagal) and a small portion of the Darug people.

                •  1793: Rev Richard Johnson, a chaplain aboard the First Fleet, was the first to receive a land grant of 40 hectares in what is now known as the ‘Canterbury-Bankstown region’. The land was located in the Ashbury- Hurlstone Park area. He named his estate ‘Canterbury Vale’, presumably after the See of Canterbury in England.

                Bankstown City was named in honour of Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist.

                •  1908: The first ambulance to service in the area.

                •  1929: Canterbury District Memorial Hospital opened.

                Travel Times

                Car travel times to and from Canterbury / Bankstown

                Residents

                  Population: 361,600

                  Median age: 34 years

                  Average income per person : $44,000

                  Population density: 3,286/ sq. Kilometer

                Languages

                  Religions

                    Housing

                      3 bed house 3 bed apartment 2 bed apartment 1 bed apartment
                    Median price $963 000 $963 000 500 000  
                    Median rent/week $520 $520 $430

                    Schools

                    Primary High Combined
                    Government 121 43 0
                    Independent 7 1 25
                    Catholic 48 14 3
                    TOTAL 176 58 28

                    Cumberland

                    History

                    Original inhabitants:
                    Darug aboriginal people used the Auburn area as a market place for the exchange of goods, a site for ritual battles and a ‘Law Place’ for ceremonies.

                    The area was located on the border between the Darug inland group and the Eora/Dharawal coastal group. The Wangal and Wategoro, sub-groups or clans, are the groups most often recognised as the original inhabitants of the Auburn/Homebush Bay region.

                      1793: Auburn area established as the first free-agricultural settlement.

                      1948: Formal Auburn Local Government Area formed.

                    Travel Times

                    Car travel times to and from Cumberland

                    Residents

                    Population: 226,000

                    Median age: 32 years

                    Average income per person: $43,000

                    • Population Density: 3000 people / sq. kilometer

                    Languages

                      Religions

                        Housing

                          3 bed house 3 bed apartment 2 bed apartment 1 bed apartment
                        Median price $935 000 $647 000 500 000  438 000
                        Median rent/week $430 $555 $425 $330

                        Schools

                        Primary High Combined
                        Government 119 43 0
                        Independent 6 2 23
                        Catholic 49 17 3
                        TOTAL 174 62 26

                        Fairfield

                        History

                        •  Pre-1780: For some 30,000 years aboriginal people from the Cabrogal-Gandangara clan have lived in the area.

                          1807: Gabriel Louis Marie Huon de Kerrileau, a soldier in the NSW Corps arrived in the colony, having fled France during the revolution. He received a grant of 100 acres (40 ha) in the centre of Fairfield, which he named Castel Paul.

                        •  1856: The town was formally established.

                        •  By 1979, the population had reached 120,000.

                        During the 1980s the war between Iraq and Iran, led to a number of Assyrians settling in Fairfield, making it the most popular settlement for Assyrian immigrants and refugees.

                        Travel Time

                        Car travel times to and from Fairfield

                        Residents

                        •  Population: 185,000

                          Density: 4,110/km2

                          Average income per person : $50,000

                        Languages

                          Religions

                            Housing

                              3 bed house 3 bed apartment 2 bed apartment 1 bed apartment
                            Median price $740 000 $525 000 $415 000  $325 000
                            Median rent/week $480 $450 $380 $352

                            Schools

                            Primary High Combined
                            Government 108 38 0
                            Independent 1 2 18
                            Catholic 34 12 18
                            TOTAL 143 52 36

                            Liverpool

                            History

                              1810: Founded as an agricultural centre by Governor Lachlan Macquarie.

                              He named it after Robert Banks Jenkinson, Earl of Liverpool, who was then the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

                              1872: Established as municipal district.

                              2004:University of Western Sydney medical school opened in the city.

                              2017: University of Wollongong opened its Liverpool campus.

                            Travel Time

                            Car travel times to and from Liverpool

                            Residents

                              Population: 212,000

                            •  Average income per person : $48,000

                              Median age: 33 years

                              Population Density: 4300/ sq. Kilometer

                            Languages

                              Religions

                                Housing

                                  3 bed house 3 bed apartment 2 bed apartment 1 bed apartment
                                Median price $780 000 $594 000 $440 000  $420 000
                                Median rent/week $460 $495 $400  $370

                                Schools

                                Primary High Combined
                                Government 86 37 0
                                Independent 2 9 12
                                Catholic 22 14 1
                                TOTAL 110 60 13

                                Parramatta

                                History

                                  Pre-1780: Human activity occurred in Parramatta from around 30,000 years ago.
                                The original inhabitants of the Parramatta area were the Darug aboriginal people.

                                  1788: The settlement was given the name ‘Rose Hill’, named after George Rose (Secretary for the British Treasury).

                                  1791: Name changed to Parramatta approximating the term used by the local aboriginal people (see below).

                                  1814: Governor Macquarie opened a school for aboriginal children at Parramatta as part of a policy of improving relations between aboriginal and european communities. This school was later relocated to “Black Town”.

                                  Named after: The Darug people called the area Baramada or Burramatta (‘Parramatta’) which means “head of waters – the place where the eels lie down”.

                                Travel Times

                                Car travel times to and from Parramatta

                                Residents

                                  Population: 234,000

                                  Average income per person : $51,000

                                  Median age: 34 years

                                  Density: 28/km2

                                Languages

                                  Religions

                                    Housing

                                      3 bed house 3 bed apartment 2 bed apartment 1 bed apartment
                                    Median price $1 250 000 $770 000 $645 000  $520 500
                                    Median rent/week $530 $570 $480  $450

                                    Schools

                                    Primary High Combined
                                    Government 102 10
                                    Independent 2 2
                                    Catholic 38 6
                                    TOTAL 142 18

                                    Penrith

                                    History

                                    Pre-1780: The Penrith area was home to the Mulgoa tribe of the Darug people. They lived in makeshift huts called gunyahs, hunted native animals such as kangaroos, fished in the Nepean River, and gathered local fruits and vegetables such as yams. They lived under an elaborate system of Law which had its origins in the Dreamtime.

                                    1789: First explorers and settlers arrived.

                                    1804: Settlers officially granted land.

                                    1815: City established.

                                    Potentially named after Penrith in Cumbria by someone who knew the old town and who noted geographical similarities. By 1819, the name Penrith was in use with its first reference in the Sydney Gazette on 8 December1821 appointing John Proctor as keeper of the new gaol and court house.

                                    Travel Times

                                    Car travel times to and from Penrith

                                    Residents

                                      Population: 200,000

                                      Average income per person : $50722

                                    •  Median age: 34 years

                                      Density: 404/km2

                                    Languages

                                      Religions

                                        Housing

                                          3 bed house 3 bed apartment 2 bed apartment 1 bed apartment
                                        Median price $670 000 $550 000 $407 000  $347 500
                                        Median rent/week $420 $400 $350  $330

                                        Schools

                                        Primary High Combined
                                        Government 42 13 0
                                        Independent 0 0 8
                                        Catholic 10 3 1
                                        TOTAL 52 16 9

                                        The Hills

                                        History

                                        •  40 000 BCE populated by the ancestors of the Durag aboriginal people.

                                        •  1791: First colonial settlers arrived.

                                        •  1906: Administratively established.

                                        Travel Times

                                        Car travel times to and from The Hills

                                        Residents

                                          160 000 people

                                        •  386 sq. kilometers

                                          486 people/km2

                                          Average age: 37 years

                                          Average income per person: $56000 per annum

                                        Languages

                                          Religions

                                            Housing

                                              3 bed house 3 bed apartment 2 bed apartment 1 bed apartment
                                            Median price $1 340 000 $988 000 $841 000  
                                            Median rent/week $600 $595 $550 $415
                                            
                                            

                                            Schools

                                            Primary High Combined
                                            Government 42 13 0
                                            Independent 0 0 3
                                            Catholic 10 3 1
                                            TOTAL 52 16 9