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The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Lakemba is 17,356, with a population density of 79.55 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Lakemba is bounded by Koala Road South and Punchbowl Road in the north, Benaroon Road, Peel Street and Chapel Street in the east, Canterbury Road in the south, and a line running between Ernest Street and Clio Street, Ernest Street and Kathleen Street and Fairmount Street and McCourt Street, Punchbowl Road and Wiley Avenue in the west.

Name origin

Lakemba is named after an early property in the area.

Settlement history

Development of the area dates from the early 1900s, after the railway was opened in 1909. Prior to this the area was characterised by forest, poultry and pig farms. Land was subdivided in 1915, with significant development occurring during the 1930s. The population generally increased between 1991 and 2011, largely a result of an increase in dwelling occupancy rates.

Land use

Lakemba is an established residential area, with some industrial and commercial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Parry Park, Fairmount Street Reserve, Harold Bull Reserve, Hunt Park, Jubilee Reserve, Peel Park, Lakemba Palms Plaza Shopping Centre, retail development along Haldon Street and numerous schools.