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Belfield

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Belfield is 5,139, with a population density of 41.49 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Belfield is bounded by Punchbowl Road and the Cooks River in the north, First Avenue and Ninth Avenue in the east, Albert Street and the railway line in the south, and Punchbowl Road in the west.

Name origin

Belfield is named from the conjoining of the names of the surrounding suburbs Belmore and Enfield.

Settlement history

Development of the area dates primarily from 1920, when the War Service Homes Commission acquired many acres of land and built houses (mainly bungalow style) which were occupied early in 1922. The War Service Homes Precinct (part of the Great Central Railway Estate) was established to assist servicemen returning from the First World War. These Belfield houses are some of the earliest War Service Homes erected anywhere in Australia. Significant development continued during the post-war years. The population increased slightly from the mid 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Belfield is an established residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Belfield Plaza Shopping Centre, Rudd Park, Eccles Reserve and St Michael’s Catholic Primary School.

Included areas

This area encompasses the City of Canterbury Bankstown part of the suburb of Belfield, with the remaining part of the suburb located in the Strathfield Council area.

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