Wattle Grove, New South Wales

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Wattle Grove
Sydney,  New South Wales
Wattle Grove shopping centre.JPG
Wattle Grove Plaza
Population8,952 (2016 census) [1]
 • Density3,730/km2 (9,660/sq mi)
Established1990
Postcode(s) 2173
Area2.4 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
Location30 km (19 mi) south-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Liverpool
State electorate(s) Holsworthy
Federal Division(s) Hughes
Suburbs around Wattle Grove:
Liverpool Moorebank Hammondville
Holsworthy Barracks Wattle Grove Holsworthy
Holsworthy Barracks Holsworthy Barracks Holsworthy Barracks

Wattle Grove is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Wattle Grove is located 30 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Liverpool.

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Wattle Grove is a residential suburb with a small shopping centre and a number of recreational areas such as Wattle Grove Park, Australis Park, Wattle Grove Lake and the surrounding Lakeside Park.

Wattle Grove Lake is an artificial lake in suburb of Wattle Grove, Sydney, Australia. It was constructed by Delfin in 1990 along with the surrounding Wattle Grove residential development.

History

Wattle Grove was built on former Australian Defence Force land. The original plans for a suburb were made by the government of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in the 1970s. Infrastructure was built and the suburb lay dormant until further developed by Delfin Property Group, assisted by the Defence Housing Authority in the 1990s. [2] In 1992, the suburb's name was changed from Holsworthy Village to Wattle Grove. On 12 April 1992, Wattle Grove was officially opened by Prime Minister Bob Hawke. [3]

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In 2006, Wattle Grove's tree-lined streets underwent significant change. Many of the casuarina trees (Australian Pine) that lined the main road were replaced, due to roots potentially damaging nearby houses or falling during storms. Native shrubs have been planted in their place.

<i>Casuarina</i> genus of plants

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Population

According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 8,952 people in Wattle Grove.

Commercial area

Wattle Grove Pub Wattle Grove pub.JPG
Wattle Grove Pub

Wattle Grove's shopping centre was opened in 1998, but in late 2005 several of the businesses were gutted by fire. The centre reopened in 2007 and includes a Coles supermarket, hairdressing salon, real estate agency, pizzeria, pharmacy, charcoal chicken, newsagency and other specialty shops. The Wattle Grove Club Hotel is within the complex.

Transport

Wattle Grove is well connected to other regions of Sydney due to its proximity to the M5 and M7 Motorways. Bus routes 901 and 902, operated by Veolia Transport, run within the suburb. Route 901 connects to Holsworthy railway station and Liverpool railway station.

Culture

Community

The Wattle Grove area was designed to have a strong community 'feel' under the redeveloping of the area by Delfin in the 1990s.

Today, it is possible to evaluate the success of this by the large numbers of young families walking the tree lined footpaths on the weekends, and the strong turnouts at community events, such as the Christmas Carols and the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Australis Park on Easter Sunday.

Schools

Wattle Grove is served by four primary schools: Holsworthy Primary School, Wattle Grove Primary School, St Mark's Coptic Orthodox College and St Christopher's Catholic Primary School, in addition to secondary schools: Holsworthy High School, Moorebank High School and St Mark's Coptic Orthodox College. St Christopher's is a feeder school for All Saints Catholic College Liverpool.

Churches

St. Thomas' Indian Orthodox Church Wattle Grove church.JPG
St. Thomas' Indian Orthodox Church

A chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and St. Thomas' Indian Orthodox Church are located in Wattle Grove.

Sport and recreation

Playgrounds are located throughout the suburb, as well as walking and bike paths leading to an artificial lake in the suburbs center. Moorebank Sports Club, located nearby, provides opportunities for formal training in rugby league, soccer, hockey baseball, cricket, Australian Rules football and netball. The Sporting codes are associated with Moorebank Sports Club, all being in the same complex except hockey and AFL which are located in other premises.

Wattle Grove Lake is an artificially constructed lake surrounded by the residential development of Wattle Grove. It is home to a variety of water birds. Anzac Creek is a small stream which leads into Wattle Grove Lake.

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References

  1. 1 2 "2016 Census QuickStats - Wattle Grove (NSW)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  2. Delfin
  3. http://www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/ourcity/historicaltimeline.htm Liverpool History

Coordinates: 33°57′25″S150°56′28″E / 33.957°S 150.941°E / -33.957; 150.941