Georges River CouncilCommunity profile

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About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Riverwood is 6,155, with a population density of 46.36 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Riverwood is bounded by the City of Canterbury Bankstown, Killara Avenue, Josephine Street, Bonds Road and Broad Arrow Road in the north, Baumans Road and Bungalow Road in the east, Talbot Street, Hedley Street and Amy Road in the south, and Salt Pan Creek in the west.

Name origin

Riverwood is thought to be named after a small arm of the Salt Pan Creek. It was previously known as Herne Bay.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the early 1800s when the first land grants were made. Land was used mainly for farming and market gardening. Growth was minimal until the 1930s, when the railway line was constructed. Significant development occurred during the 1950s, aided by public housing construction on the former military hospital site. The population has increased since the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly medium and high density housing.

Land use

Riverwood is an established residential area, with commercial areas along Belmore Road and substantial parklands in the west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Riverwood Park & Wetlands, Riverwood Plaza, Charles Street Reserve, the Riverwood railway station and two schools.

Included areas

This area encompasses the Georges River Council area part of the suburb of Riverwood. The remaining part of the suburb of Riverwood is located in the City of Canterbury Bankstown.