Wattle Grove, Western Australia

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Wattle Grove
Perth,  Western Australia
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Crystal Brook Road, Wattle Grove
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Wattle Grove
Coordinates 32°00′29″S116°00′50″E / 32.008°S 116.014°E / -32.008; 116.014 Coordinates: 32°00′29″S116°00′50″E / 32.008°S 116.014°E / -32.008; 116.014
Population4,119 (2011 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 6107
Location13 km (8 mi) E of Perth, Western Australia
LGA(s) City of Kalamunda
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Hasluck
Suburbs around Wattle Grove:
East Cannington Welshpool Perth Airport
Beckenham Wattle Grove Forrestfield
Orange Grove Kenwick Lesmurdie

Wattle Grove is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Kalamunda.

City of Kalamunda Local government area in Western Australia

The City of Kalamunda is a local government area in the eastern metropolitan region of the Western Australian capital city of Perth about 25 kilometres (15.5 mi) east of Perth's central business district. The city covers an area of 324.2 square kilometres (125.2 sq mi), much of which is state forest rising into the Darling Scarp to the east. According to the 2016 Census, the city recorded a population of 57,449 people.

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Description

Wattle Grove is approximately 3/4 Semi Rural, and 1/4 Urban Development. It contains some of Hartfield Park, and extends from Crystal Brook Road to Roe Highway. Major Transport Routes through the suburb are Welshpool Road, Hale Road, Tonkin Highway and Roe Highway.

Welshpool Road road in Perth, Western Australia

Welshpool Road is a major arterial road running through the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia. Although the road is now split in two, having had its western and eastern sections disconnected due to the extension of Roe Highway, it remains Welshpool's second most important road, and the highest quality access road for the Darling Scarp.

Tonkin Highway highway in Perth, Western Australia

Tonkin Highway is a 51-kilometre-long (32 mi) north-south highway and partial freeway in Perth, Western Australia, linking Perth Airport and Kewdale with the city's north-eastern and south-eastern suburbs. The northern terminus is at Gnangara Road in Cullacabardee, and the southern terminus is at Thomas Road in Oakford. It forms the entire length of State Route 4, and connects to several major roads, including Reid Highway, Great Eastern Highway, Leach Highway, Roe Highway, and Albany Highway.

Roe Highway highway in Perth, Western Australia

Roe Highway is a 35-kilometre-long (22 mi) limited-access highway and partial freeway in Perth, Western Australia, linking Kewdale with the city's north-eastern and south-western suburbs. The northern terminus is at Reid Highway and Great Northern Highway in Middle Swan, and the southern terminus is at Kwinana Freeway in Bibra Lake. Roe Highway, in addition to Reid Highway, form State Route 3, a partial ring road around the outer suburbs of the Perth metropolitan area. Roe Highway also forms part of National Highway 94 from Great Eastern Highway Bypass to Great Eastern Highway, and National Highway 95 from Great Eastern Highway to Great Northern Highway.

Public transport

Bus routes are

Midland railway station, Perth railway station in Perth, Western Australia

Midland Railway Station is the terminus of the Midland line in Perth. Western Australia. It is operated by Transperth serving the suburb of Midland.

Cannington railway station railway station in Perth, Western Australia

Cannington railway station is a railway station serving the suburb of Cannington south of Perth, Western Australia. It is located 12.2 kilometres from Perth station on the Armadale line, part of the Transperth network.

Lesmurdie, Western Australia Suburb of Perth, Western Australia

Lesmurdie is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Kalamunda. It was established in 1897 by Archibald Sanderson, a politician and journalist, who began buying properties in the area from the Canning Jarrah Timber Company to build up a rural retreat and fruit-growing property. He named it after Lesmurdie Cottage, a shooting box near Dufftown, Scotland that his father had rented.

The nearest Train stations are

Kenwick railway station is a railway station on the Transperth network. It is located on the Armadale line, 15.8 kilometres from Perth station serving the suburb of Kenwick.

Beckenham railway station railway station in Perth, Western Australia

Beckenham railway station is a railway station on the Transperth network. It is located on the Armadale line, 13.8 kilometres from Perth station serving the suburb of Beckenham.

Facilities

Playgrounds are located throughout the new subdivisions in the suburb, as well as walking and bike paths leading to newly created artificial lakes.

Wattle Grove is served by Wattle Grove Primary School, and a Community TAFE Centre in Lewis Road and the Bible College of Western Australia (Private). [2] The new primary school built on the area bordered by St John Road, Tomah Road, and Acastus Road opened to students in 2011. The old primary school on Welshpool road was mothballed with no alternative usage envisioned.

Hartfield Recreation Centre, located nearby, provides gymnasium facilities [3] as well as opportunities for playing Rugby League, Soccer, Baseball, Cricket, Tennis. Hartfield Park also contains the Darling Range Horse and Pony Club, [4] the Hartfield Country Club (Golf Course), [5] Boy Scouts, and Car Club rooms.

Wattle Grove is well connected to other regions of Perth due to its proximity to the Roe Highway and Tonkin Highway. The most direct route to the Perth CBD is via Welshpool / Shepperton Roads (12 km all in 60 km/h zones), however alternative routes are available via Orrong Road / Graham Farmer Freeway (14 km in 70 & 80 km/h zones), Tonkin Highway / Great Eastern Highway (18 km in 100 & 60 km/h zones), and Roe Highway / Kwinana Freeway (23 km all in 100 km/h zone and the only route without traffic lights).

Wattle Grove has 1 major retail facilitiy within its boundaries contating Aldi, 7-Eleven and various other stores eg: a bakery, a sushi shop and a gym. It has two vets, a motel, a number of nurseries, landscape suppliers, agistment paddocks, boarding kennels and a Bird / Fish & Reptile shop. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

The nearest Police Station is at Forrestfield,and Public Hospitals are available at Bentley and Kalamunda. [12] [13]

History

Prior to European settlement the Beeloo people occupied much of Wattle Grove. In 1827 the Colonial Botanist Charles Fraser and Captain James Stirling explored the region to evaluate its suitability for farming. Initially the area was used for forestry and orchards; fruit growing continues to be one of the major industries in Wattle Grove, Bickley and Orange Grove today. Much of Wattle Grove has developed into other agricultural uses such as poultry farms, equestrian studs, agistment paddocks, horticultural nurseries, pet kennels, hobby farms and cattle breeders. 20 residents of Wattle Grove were killed in action during World War One (1914–1919), 5 of whom were from the one family. [14]

Notable people

Recent events

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Keep Wattle Grove Rural protest sign

After a concerted campaign was lost during the 1980s by the Save our Foothills action group a quarter of the suburb bounded by Welshpool Road, Tonkin Highway and Roe Highway has been rezoned as Urban Development by what was then the Shire of Kalamunda and is known as cell 9 in the Kalamunda Shire Plans. [15] This area of Wattle Grove is now a hive of activity as land is subdivided and houses built. The price of land in cell 9 has subsequently risen exponentially since the first subdivision in 1999. [16]

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References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wattle Grove (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 March 2016. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  2. "Bible College of Western Australia". Bcwa.wa.edu.au. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  3. "Hartfield Park Rec Centre". Kalamunda.wa.gov.au. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  4. Darling Range Horse and Pony Club Archived 8 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "Hartfield Country Club". Hartfieldgolf.com.au. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  6. "Camp Wattle Grove". Camp Wattle Grove. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  7. "Wattle Grove Motel". Wattle Grove Motel. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  8. "Grasstrees at Wattle Grove". Grasstrees.com.au. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  9. "Lovegrove Turf Farm at Wattle Grove". Lovegroveturf.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  10. Soiland HQ at Wattle Grove
  11. "Trees a green at Wattle Grove". Treesagreen.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  12. WA Police
  13. List of hospitals in Western Australia
  14. ANZAC - A grateful state website Archived 13 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  15. "Powering ahead on master plans". Perth Now. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  16. "REIWA Suburb profile of Wattle Grove". REIWA.com. Retrieved 3 March 2016.