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North Rocks Ward

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for North Rocks Ward is 39,854, with a population density of 21.79 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

North Rocks Ward is bounded by Gibbon Road, Langdon Road, Caroline Chisholm Drive and the Hills (M2) Motorway in the north, Pennant Hills Road in the east, Pennant Hills Road, James Ruse Drive, Windsor Road, The Quarry Branch and Toongabbie Creek in the south, and Old Windsor Road in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1794 when the first land grant was made, with land used mainly for farming and orcharding. Population was minimal until the 1850s, aided by the creation of Lake Parramatta. Growth took place from the 1880s into the early 1900s, spurred by the opening of the railway line. The most significant development occurred in the post-war years, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. The population declined slightly between 1991 and 2006 as few new dwellings were added to the area and the average number of persons living in each dwelling declined. The population then increased slightly between 2006 and 2011, largely due to an increase in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

North Rocks Ward is an established residential area with parklands, and some industrial and commercial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Lake Parramatta, Lake Parramatta Reserve, North Rocks Shopping Centre, Northmead Shopping Centre, Muirfield Golf Club, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Bundilla Scout Camp, Carlingford Wildlife Sanctuary, Bundilla Forest, James Ruse Forest, Barnett Park, Bidjigal Reserve, Bill Watson Reserve, Bruce Cole Reserve, Buckleys Reserve, Caber Park, Caroline Chisholm Park, Casuarina Park, Don Moore Reserve, Excelsior Reserve, Haines Avenue Reserve, Harold West Reserve, Hillcrest Avenue Reserve, Hunts Creek Reserve, John Berger Reserve, John Curtin Reserve, Kingsdene Oval, Max Ruddock Reserve, Model Farms Reserve, Murray Farm Reserve, North Rocks Park, Northmead Reserve, Old Post Office Reserve, Palestine Park, Panaview Crescent Reserve, Pine Tree Park, Rainbow Farm Reserve, Seville Reserve, Speers Road Reserve, Stirling Avenue Reserve, The Crescent Park, Third Settlement Reserve, Timbergetters Reserve, Winston Hills Lion Park, Winton Avenue Reserve, the Carlingford railway station, Uniting Church United Theological College, Redeemer Baptist School, Tara Anglican School for Girls, The King’s School and numerous other schools.

Included areas

North Rocks Ward encompasses the City of Parramatta parts of the suburbs of Baulkham Hills, North Rocks and Winston Hills, parts of the suburbs of North Parramatta and Northmead, and part of the City of Parramatta section of the suburb of Carlingford.