Balga, Western Australia
Perth, Western Australia
|Area||5.2 km2 (2.0 sq mi)|
|Location||13 km (8 mi) N of Perth|
|LGA(s)||City of Stirling|
The name "Balga" was adopted in 1954 and is the Noongar (Aboriginal) word for the indigenous grass tree Xanthorrhoea preissii. It was designed by the State Housing Commission along with Nollamara and Westminster as part of the "Mirrabooka Project", and the laying of streets and building of homes commenced in the 1960s.
At the 2011 census, Balga had a population of 10,701.
Balga residents had a median age of 31, and median incomes were well below average for the Perth metropolitan area and the region — $490 per week compared with $669 per week in Perth, and $685 in the Perth North West statistical region. The population of Balga was more ethnically diverse than the Perth average, with 49.1% born in Australia and significant minorities from Sudan, Italy, Macedonia, Vietnam and Burma identified in the 2011 census. At the 2011 census, 3.72% of residents identified as Indigenous Australians.
Balga contains a state high school, Balga Senior High School which opened in 1970; three state primary schools, Balga (1965), North Balga (1968) and Warriapendi (1970); one special school, the Gladys Newton School; and one private school, Majella Catholic Primary School (1971). Additionally, a campus of Polytechnic West (formerly known as Swan TAFE) is in the southeast of the suburb.
Balga Senior High School includes an Intensive English Centre for newly arrived refugee students, a program for teenage parents, a sports-based education program for indigenous students, and an emphasis on literacy, numeracy, health and careers through all levels of the school. It is one of the few high schools in Western Australia not to offer a Tertiary Entrance Exam (TEE) program, although several students each year complete a university preparation course conducted by Edith Cowan University.
The suburb is served by a number of Transperth bus routes operated by Path Transit. The 372 (Mirrabooka-Marangaroo) covers Marangaroo Drive and inner portions of the Suburb, the 346 (Perth–Wanneroo) covers Wanneroo Road, and the 363, 373 and 374 (Perth–Marangaroo) routes along with various routes from Mirrabooka bus station cover other parts of the suburb.
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names". Retrieved 3 August 2009.
- Department of Land Information. StreetSmart® Perth Street Directory (50 (2009) ed.). West Australian Newspapers Ltd. pp. Map 282, 312. ISBN 978-1-921048-28-9.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "State Suburbs: Balga". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 July 2012.