Butler, Western Australia

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Butler
PerthWestern Australia
BramptonParkButler.jpg
Brampton Park, Butler
Butler is located in Perth
Butler
Butler
Coordinates 31°38′31″S 115°42′22″E / 31.642°S 115.706°E / -31.642; 115.706Coordinates: 31°38′31″S 115°42′22″E / 31.642°S 115.706°E / -31.642; 115.706
Population 9,653 (2011)[1]
 • Density 1,930/km2 (5,000/sq mi)
Established 2003
Postcode(s) 6036
Area 5 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Location 41 km (25 mi) NNW of Perth CBD
LGA(s) City of Wanneroo
State electorate(s) Butler
Federal Division(s) Pearce
Suburbs around Butler:
Alkimos Alkimos Nowergup
Jindalee Butler Nowergup
Quinns Rocks Merriwa
Ridgewood
Nowergup

Butler is an outer suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located 41 kilometres north of Perth's central business district. It is part of the City of Wanneroo local government area. It forms the majority of the Brighton Estate, a large commercial and residential development by Satterley.

Geography[edit]

Butler is bordered to the west by Jindalee and Quinns Rocks (Marmion Avenue), to the south by Merriwa and Ridgewood (Lukin Drive) and to the north by Alkimos (Butler Boulevard). The Joondalup railway line reserve separates Butler from the rural locality of Nowergup in the east.[2]

2 kilometres west of Butler is the Indian Ocean.

History[edit]

Name[edit]

"Butler" was approved by the Shire of Wanneroo for the area in 1979 in honour of John Butler, the first recorded explorer of the Wanneroo and Lake Joondalup areas in 1834.[3]

The marketing of the "Brighton Estate" in Butler by Satterley, with many amenities and establishments also adopting the "Brighton" nameplate (e.g. Brighton Village Newsagency), has led to Brighton becoming synonymous with Butler and causing confusion amongst residents and sight-seers alike.[4] Residents submitted a petition to the City of Wanneroo in 2003 for the suburb's name to be permanently changed to Brighton. The request was rejected on account of duplication with many other places across Australia named Brighton, as well as the name having no historical or cultural significance within the area.[5]

Suburban development[edit]

Although Butler was gazetted in 1979, it remained unpopulated bushland until the early 2000s, with no landmarks or conventional roads providing direct access to the area. The Butler-Ridgewood Agreed Local Structure Plan was approved by the City of Wanneroo in 2002, allowing early subdivision and development of the site to commence in 2003 by Satterley, the principal investor in the suburb.[6]

Satterley's Brighton Estate plan takes up all of Butler and also extends into the neighbouring suburbs of Ridgewood, Jindalee and Alkimos. Butler contains four sub-divisional estates within the Brighton area; "The Dunes", "The Green", "Seahaven" and "Junctions North".[7] Over $120 million was spent on landscaping, civil construction and community infrastructure to create the Seahaven and The Green estates, the Brighton Village Shopping Centre on Marmion Avenue and the Central Park Precinct.

Demographics[edit]

At the ABS 2006 census, Butler had a population of 5,056. This represents a huge increase, as Butler's population was negligible during the 2001 census just five years earlier. The population is predicted to continue growing at a remarkable rate, peaking at 12,903 in 2016.[8] Only 53.4% of Butler's population were born in Australia, with 25.4% born in the United Kingdom, a figure in line with other nearby suburbs such as Quinns Rocks and Mindarie.

The average age of Butler's residents is 28, a very young population compared to the Australian national average of 37. Income levels are also substantially above the national average, with a median household income of $1,205 per week, compared to $1,027 per week nationally.[9] 49.8% declared a denomination of Christianity as their religion, with Anglicanism being the most popular at 24.3%. Butler contains one Pentecostal church, Westpoint Coastal Church. 26.6% of the population declared no religion.

Amenities and facilities[edit]

Kingsbridge Park, Butler

Butler was established by the Department of Planning as a "district centre" in their Directions 2031 urban expansion plan, highlighting it as a centre for commercial activity and public services, secondary to the nearby town centres of Clarkson and Alkimos.[10]

Kingsbridge Boulevard, one of the core distributor roads through Butler, contains a strip of shops, banks and public services, as well as a large Coles supermarket, providing for the suburb's major shopping needs. Along this stretch is also a pub, The Cornerstone Tavern, opened in 2010, which provides nightlife and entertainment functions for the whole area from Butler to Jindalee. Most of Butler's amenities are located at the western edge of the area, adjacent to Marmion Avenue, while eastern Butler remains strictly residential in character.

Butler contains several parks in various places throughout the area, including a strip of parkland running all the way down Kingsbridge Boulevard. The Butler Community Centre is located in south Butler.

Education[edit]

Butler contains two state K-7 primary schools, Butler Primary School and East Butler Primary School. Senior Butler students from Year 8 onwards fall into the catchment area for Clarkson Community High School, 4 kilometres away.[11] Plans exist to build a new state high school in Butler to better serve students in the Brighton estates.

Butler students also have the option of Christian education. Brighton Catholic Primary School serves students from K-7, while the large Irene McCormack Catholic College accommodates Years 7-12. Both schools are privately funded.

Transport[edit]

Marmion Avenue is the only arterial road connecting Butler to the rest of metropolitan Perth, as well as the far outer suburb of Yanchep in the north. Connolly Drive also terminates at Butler, and runs parallel to Marmion Avenue into Clarkson, Kinross and Currambine. The Mitchell Freeway extension to Butler is in the planning stages.

Public transport[edit]

At present, Butler is served by two bus routes, serving eastern and western Butler.[12] Both routes run to Clarkson railway station, 4 kilometres south of Butler. Clarkson station is the nearest public transport hub to Butler, providing further bus and rail links to Joondalup and the Perth CBD.

  •   480 - Clarkson to Butler (west) via Marmion Avenue
  •   483 - Clarkson to Butler (west) via Merriwa
  •   484 - Clarkson to Butler (east) via Ridgewood

Plans exist for the extension of the Joondalup railway line from its current terminus in Clarkson, with a new railway station in northern Butler. The railway line is to swing westwards, away from its current location in the Mitchell Freeway reserve, where it will instead run through the median strip of the future Connolly Drive.[13]

Politics[edit]

Butler is part of the Electoral District of Mindarie and the Federal Division of Pearce. Residents of Butler first began voting at the Butler Primary School polling booth at the 2004 Federal Election.

Like many neighbouring "mortgage belt" suburbs, there is a strong trend for residents to vote Australian Labor Party at State level, while voting Liberal at Federal level.

2010 Federal Election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 46.4%
  Labor 33.3%
  Greens 13.9%
  Family First 3.5%
  CDP 1.4%
2007 Federal Election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 48.6%
  Labor 38%
  Greens 7.3%
  CDP 2.2%
  Independent 1.5%
2004 Federal Election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 53.2%
  Labor 32%
  Greens 7.3%
  CDP 2.6%
  Democrats 1.8%
2008 State Election
Source: WAEC
  Labor 51%
  Liberal 31.6%
  Greens 8.3%
  CDP 2.6%
  Family First 1.7%
2005 State Election
Source: WAEC
  Labor 51.7%
  Liberal 29.6%
  Greens 3.8%
  Family First 3.1%
  Independent 3.1%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Butler (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Department of Land Information. StreetSmart® Perth Street Directory (50 (2009) ed.). West Australian Newspapers Ltd. pp. Maps 158–159. ISBN 978-1-921048-28-9. 
  3. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names". Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  4. ^ CoW-dung.com. "Rampant Real Estate Tricks in Ridgewood/Brighton". 
  5. ^ City of Wanneroo. "Petition to Change the Locality Name of Brighton to Butler - Council Minutes - 29 April 2003". 
  6. ^ City of Wanneroo. "Butler-Ridgewood Agreed Local Structure Plan". 
  7. ^ Satterley. "Brighton - The Master Plan". 
  8. ^ City of Wanneroo Population and Household Forecasts - Butler, .id
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Butler (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  10. ^ Department of Planning. "Draft Urban Expansion Plan". 
  11. ^ Department of Education. "Clarkson Community High School (4160)". 
  12. ^ Northern 78 timetable, Transperth, effective 6 February 2011.
  13. ^ Public Transport Authority. "Butler Extension Project".