Brookvale, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||2,589 (2011 census)|
|Location||16 km (10 mi) north-east of Sydney CBD|
Brookvale is a suburb of northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Brookvale is 16 kilometres north-east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Warringah Council. It is part of the Northern Beaches region.
The first development in the area was in 1836 when 64 hectares of farmland was granted to William Frederick Parker. In this period further land was sold to the Malcolm, Burns and Miles families. In 1883, Sydney Alexander Malcolm built what became known as 'Brookvale House'. It eventually was sold in 1961 to the Hooker Investment Corporation paving the way for the construction of Warringah Mall, which is the largest shopping complex in the area.
Brookvale Post Office opened on 1 June 1888. Brookvale Post Office Closed on 1 November 2013. A mail & parcel delivery & collection service operated by Mailplus operates in the area.
After World War II, much of the surrounding land was bought by immigrants, many of whom were Italian. The Curulli, Caputo and Bombardieri families own a large percentage of the land in Brookvale. Brookvale developed from farmland to manufacturing, warehousing, and in recent years there has been significant office space development. Because of the large presence of Pazzano immigrants, a little village of southern Italy, Brookvale is called by them "Pazzaniedu": Little Pazzano in calabrian dialect.
According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 2,589 residents in Brookvale. In Brookvale, 53.8% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 5.9%, Italy 4.0% and New Zealand 3.8%. 64.4% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 6.4%, Mandarin 2.4%, Korean 1.4%, Filipino 1.2% and Tongan 1.2%. The most common responses for religion in Brookvale were Catholic 31.9%, No Religion 22.6%, Anglican 14.6%, Uniting Church 2.6% and Buddhism 2.5%.
Brookvale has a fast-growing business community, and is a major industrial area.
Westfield Warringah Mall is located at Brookvale; it has two department stores, several supermarkets, and about 300 other retailers and restaurants. A number of car dealerships and related vehicle services are located in Brookvale. Many printing and signage businesses are also located in Brookvale, such as AP & Prior Print, located on Mitchell Road.
Sport and recreation
Brookvale Oval is the home ground of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles National Rugby League team. Manly Leagues Club is located nearby. The land for Brookvale Oval was given to the people of Warringah for their recreational use in 1911 by Jane Try of Brookvale House. Known as "Fortress Brookvale" to Sea Eagles fans, the ground has a spectator capacity of 23,000 and includes the Jane Try Stand along the eastern touchline (this is where the change rooms and media facilities are located), the Fulton-Menzies stand at the southern end with "The Hill" on the western touchline and at the northern end of the ground. Brookvale also has four television standard light towers to allow for night games.
1st Brookvale Scout group, formed in 1947, still meets at the scout hall in Winbourne Road. The group merged with 1st North Curl Curl in the early 2000s and is now known as Brookvale Curl Curl Scout Group.
Brookvale has two schools - Brookvale Public School and St Augustine's College.