City of Canterbury BankstownCommunity profile

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Bankstown Balance

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Bankstown Balance is 13,891, with a population density of 34.63 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Bankstown Balance surrounds the Bankstown CBD, with a small section to the north-east of the Bankstown CBD, and a large section to the immediate east, south and south-west of the Bankstown CBD. The small section of Bankstown Balance is bounded by Stacey Street in the north, the Hume Highway and Stacey Street in the east, Greenacre Road, Sir Joseph Banks Street, Heath Street, Jacobs Street and Heath Street in the south, and Chapel Road North and Rookwood Road in the west. The large section of Bankstown Balance is bounded by the railway line, Marion Street, Oxford Avenue, Northam Avenue, Shenton Avenue, Chapel Road South, Hoskins Avenue, Ruse Park, Marshall Street, Macauley Avenue, Leonard Street, Stanley Street and Stacey Street in the north, Old Kent Road, Hillcrest Avenue, Wattle Street, Carrisbrook Avenue, South Terrace, Scott Street, Columbine Avenue and Daphne Avenue in the east, Stacey Street, Boxley Crescent, Stacey Street, Canterbury Road, Short Street, Canterbury Road and Claribel Street in the south, and Gallipoli Street, Clarence Street, Marion Street, Cantrell Street and Glassop Street in the west.

Name origin

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

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the early 1800s, spurred by the construction of the Great South Road (Hume Highway) in 1814. Land was used mainly for timber-getting, farming and market gardening. Expansion took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s, spurred by the construction of railway lines. Rapid growth took place during the 1920s and early 1930s. Significant development occurred during the immediate post-war years. The population generally increased from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area. Growth in recent years has largely been from infill development (medium and high density housing).

Land use

Bankstown Balance is an established residential, commercial and industrial area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Home Focus Bankstown, Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, Ruse Park, Bankstown City Sports Complex, Apex Park, Cos Egan Reserve, Dorothy Park, Gardenia Avenue Reserve, Hoskins Reserve, Maxwell Reserve, Pullen Reserve, Stevens Reserve, Thella Kenway Reserve, Wood Park and several schools.

Included areas

Bankstown Balance is the part of the suburb of Bankstown which surrounds the Central Business District, with the remaining part of the suburb included in the Bankstown CBD small area.