Perth, Western Australia
Brampton Park, Butler
|Population||13,278 (2016 census)|
|• Density||2,660/km2 (6,900/sq mi)|
|Area||5 km2 (1.9 sq mi)|
|Location||41 km (25 mi) NNW of Perth CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Wanneroo|
Butler is an outer suburb of Perth, Western Australia, 41 kilometres north of Perth's central business district. It is part of the City of Wanneroo local government area. It forms the majority of the Brighton Estate, a large commercial and residential development by Satterley.
Butler is bordered to the west by Jindalee and Quinns Rocks (Marmion Avenue), to the south by Merriwa and Ridgewood (Lukin Drive) and to the north by Alkimos (Butler Boulevard). The Joondalup railway line reserve separates Butler from the rural locality of Nowergup in the east.
2 kilometres west of Butler is the Indian Ocean.
"Butler" was approved by the Shire of Wanneroo for the area in 1979 in honour of John Butler, the first recorded explorer of the Wanneroo and Lake Joondalup areas in 1834.
The marketing of the "Brighton Estate" in Butler by Satterley, with many amenities and establishments also adopting the "Brighton" nameplate (e.g., Brighton Village Newsagency), has led to Brighton's becoming synonymous with Butler and causing confusion amongst residents and sight-seers alike.Residents submitted a petition to the City of Wanneroo in 2003 for the suburb's name to be permanently changed to Brighton. The request was rejected on account of duplication with many other places across Australia named Brighton, as well as the name's lacking both historical and cultural significance within the area.
Although Butler was gazetted in 1979, it remained unpopulated bushland until the early 2000s, with no landmarks or conventional roads providing direct access to the area. The Butler-Ridgewood Agreed Local Structure Plan was approved by the City of Wanneroo in 2002, allowing early subdivision and development of the site to commence in 2003 by Satterley, the principal investor in the suburb.
Satterley's Brighton Estate plan takes up all of Butler and also extends into the neighbouring suburbs of Ridgewood, Jindalee and Alkimos. Butler contains four sub-divisional estates within the Brighton area; "The Dunes", "The Green", "Seahaven" and "Junctions North".Over $120 million was spent on landscaping, civil construction and community infrastructure to create the Seahaven and The Green estates, the Brighton Village Shopping Centre on Marmion Avenue and the Central Park Precinct.
At the 2006 census, Butler had a population of 5,056. This represents a huge increase, as Butler's population was negligible during the 2001 census five years earlier. The population is predicted to continue growing at a remarkable rate, peaking at 12,903 in 2016.Only 53.4% of Butler's population were born in Australia, with 25.4% born in the United Kingdom, a figure in line with other nearby suburbs such as Quinns Rocks and Mindarie.
The average age of Butler's residents is 28, a very young population compared to the Australian national average of 37. Income levels are also substantially above the national average, with a median household income of $1,205 per week, compared to $1,027 per week nationally.49.8% declared a denomination of Christianity as their religion, with Anglicanism being the most popular at 24.3%. Butler contains one church, Kingdomcity. 26.6% of the population declared no religion.
Butler was established by the Department of Planning as a "district centre" in their Directions 2031 urban expansion plan, highlighting it as a centre for commercial activity and public services, secondary to the nearby town centres of Clarkson and Alkimos.
Kingsbridge Boulevard, one of the core distributor roads through Butler, contains a strip of shops, banks and public services, as well as a large Coles supermarket. Along this stretch is also a pub, The Cornerstone Tavern, opened in 2010, which provides nightlife and entertainment functions for the whole area from Butler to Jindalee. Most of Butler's amenities are located at the western edge of the area, adjacent to Marmion Avenue, while eastern Butler remains strictly residential in character.
Butler contains several parks in various places throughout the area, including a strip of parkland running all the way down Kingsbridge Boulevard. The Butler Community Centre is located in south Butler.
Butler contains three state K-6 primary schools, Butler Primary School, East Butler Primary School and John Butler Primary College. Senior Butler students who are special needs from Year 7 onwards attend Butler College.
Butler students also have the option of Christian education. Brighton Catholic Primary School serves students from K-7, while the large Irene McCormack Catholic College accommodates Years 7-12. Both schools are privately funded.
Marmion Avenue is the only arterial road connecting Butler to the rest of metropolitan Perth, as well as the far outer suburb of Yanchep in the north. Connolly Drive also terminates at Butler, and runs parallel to Marmion Avenue into Clarkson, Kinross and Currambine. The Mitchell Freeway extension to Butler is in the planning stages.
The Butler railway station on the Joondalup line was opened in 2014 in northern Butler and is currently the terminus of the line. This station provides a rail link to Joondalup and onwards to Perth and Mandurah. Butler station is also served by six bus routes, three of which run south through Butler to terminate at Clarkson station
Butler is part of the electoral district of Mindarie and the federal Division of Pearce. Residents of Butler first began voting at the Butler Primary School polling booth at the 2004 federal election.
Like many neighbouring "mortgage belt" suburbs, there is a strong trend for residents to vote Australian Labor Party at state level, while voting Liberal at federal level.
The City of Wanneroo is a local government area with city status in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. It is centred approximately 25 kilometres (15.5 mi) north of Perth's central business district and forms part of the northern boundary of the Perth metropolitan area. Wangara encompasses the federal divisions of Cowan, Moore and Pearce.
Yanchep is an outer coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia, 56 kilometres (35 mi) north of Perth's central business district. It is part of the City of Wanneroo local government area. Originally a small crayfishing settlement, it was developed by entrepreneur Alan Bond in the 1970s for the 1977 America's Cup. The area covers the urban centre of Yanchep as well as Yanchep National Park in its entirety.
Alkimos is a coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located 42 kilometres (26 mi) north-northwest of Perth's central business district. It is part of the City of Wanneroo local government area.
Clarkson is an outer northern suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located 34 kilometres north of Perth's central business district in the City of Wanneroo.
Eglinton is a newly populated locality in the Western Australian capital city of Perth, located approximately 44 kilometres (27 mi) north of Perth's central business district on the Indian Ocean. For the most part, the suburb is covered in native banksia woodland, scrubland and heath typical of the Swan Coastal Plain. However, in recent years, there has been growth in residential estates, with a town centre to be built in the near future. There are also plans for the Joondalup train line to be extended through the suburb with Eglinton Station to be located inside Allara estate.
Jindalee is an outer coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of the Perth central business district. Its local government area is the City of Wanneroo.
Mindarie is an outer coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia. It is located 36 kilometres (22 mi) north of Perth's central business district, and forms part of the City of Wanneroo local government area.
Quinns Rocks is an outer coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located 38 kilometres (24 mi) north of Perth's central business district. It is part of the City of Wanneroo local government area. The suburb was formerly established in 1962 as a rural townsite, focused around Quinns Beach, the area's main amenity.
Ridgewood is an outer suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located 37 kilometres north of Perth's central business district. It is part of the City of Wanneroo local government area.
Tamala Park is an unpopulated locality in Perth, Western Australia. It sits on the border between the City of Wanneroo and the City of Joondalup local authorities, and separates the Clarkson-Butler region from the suburbs of Joondalup.
Merriwa is a coastal, northern suburb of Perth, Western Australia, 36 kilometres (22 mi) north of the central business district. It is part of the City of Wanneroo local government area. It is a predominantly residential suburb, containing two RAAF retirement villages.
Heathridge is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located 33 kilometres (21 mi) south of Yanchep within the City of Joondalup.
Burns Beach is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located 34 kilometres (21 mi) north of Perth's central business district at the northern fringe of the City of Joondalup. Burns Beach has maintained much of its original character as a small coastal village even with its loss of isolation, and the beach is popular among hang gliding enthusiasts.
Marmion Avenue is a 40-kilometre (25 mi) arterial road in the northern coastal suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, linking Trigg in the south with Yanchep in the north. It forms part of State Route 71 along with West Coast Highway, which it joins onto at its southern terminus.
The Electoral district of Mindarie was a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Western Australia. The district was named for the outer northern Perth suburb of Mindarie which falls within its borders.
Connolly Drive is an arterial road in the outer northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. The road takes its name from the Perth suburb of Connolly, which lies just beyond the road's terminus.
Hester Avenue is an east-west distributor road in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Wanneroo. It primarily links the coastal suburbs of the Clarkson-Butler region to the arterial highway Wanneroo Road in the east, and is the current northern terminus of the Mitchell Freeway.
The Electoral district of Butler is a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Western Australia. The district is named for the outer northern Perth suburb of Butler which falls within its borders.
UK Radio is a local radio station broadcasting on FM from Two Rocks to Currambine/Iluka areas of Perth, Western Australia. It is primarily aimed at the UK expat community living in that area.
Burns Beach is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia. It is located in Perth's northern suburbs, and named after the suburb of Burns Beach.