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Byford area

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Byford area is 15,383, with a population density of 8.61 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The Byford area is bounded by Thomas Road, the South Western Highway and the reserve in the north, the Darling Range Regional Park, Beenyup Road, Old Brickworks Road, Crossing View, Nettleton Road and the quarry in the east, Cardup Siding Road in the south, and Hopkinson Road in the west.

Name origin

Byford is thought to be named for its location, “by a ford” on Beenyup Brook. It was originally known as Beenup.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, although population was minimal until the late 1800s. Some growth took place from the 1890s into the early 1900s, spurred by the opening of the Perth to Bunbury railway line in 1893. The township of Byford developed around the railway station during the early 1900s, aided by the opening of the State brickworks and timber milling. Land was used largely for sheep grazing, fruit growing, dairy and cattle farming, and equine activities. The Brickworks closed in 1964. Significant residential development did not occur until the 1970s. The population increased substantially from the early 1990s as large numbers of dwellings were added to the area. The most rapid growth took place between 2006 and 2011 as the population more than doubled, including Byford on the Scarp, a residential development on land previously used as a naval munitions depot. Growth is expected to continue, including development of The Glades at Byford.

Land use

The Byford area is a recent and developing residential area, with an industrial area at the intersection of South Western Highway and Nettleton Road, and some commercial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Byford Town Centre, Cohunu Koala Park, Byford Trotting Training Complex, Byford Country Club, Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Recreation Centre, Beenyup Brook Reserve, Brickwood Reserve, Briggs Park, Linton Park, Sunrays Park and several schools.

Included areas

The Byford area encompasses most of the locality of Byford.