Moorebank, New South Wales

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Moorebank
SydneyNew South Wales
Moorebank shopping centre.JPG
Moorebank shopping centre
Population 7,600 (2006)
Postcode(s) 2170
Location 27 km (17 mi) south-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Liverpool
State electorate(s) Menai
Federal Division(s) Hughes
Suburbs around Moorebank:
Liverpool Warwick Farm Chipping Norton
Casula Moorebank Milperra
Holsworthy Wattle Grove Hammondville

Moorebank is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Moorebank is located 27 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Liverpool.

Moorebank features a mix of residential and industrial areas. Moorebank Shopping Village is a small shopping centre.

History[edit]

The suburb takes it name from early settler Thomas Moore. Moorebank was originally home to vineyards and other rural activities.[1] Nuwarra Public School opened in 1973 and is located directly opposite Moorebank shopping centre, which also opened in the early 1970s. Moorebank is built atop a plateau and was cut off from surrounding areas in the floods of 1986.

Transport[edit]

The M5 South Western Motorway links Moorebank east to the Sydney CBD and west to Campbelltown. Moorebank is close to Liverpool railway station on the Airport, Inner West & South Line, Bankstown Line and Cumberland Line of the Sydney Trains network.

In 2012, Moorebank is the site of a proposed inland port.

Schools[edit]

Note: Moorebank High School, Newbridge Heights Public School and St Josephs Primary are now in the adjacent suburb of Chipping Norton, due to a suburb border change.

Churches[edit]

Moorebank has a several churches for the suburb

  • St Thomas (Anglican)
  • St Joesephs (Catholic)
  • Freedom City Church

Sport and recreation[edit]

Moorebank is home to a number of local sporting teams, most of which use Hammondville Park as their home ground. Most prominent is the Moorebank Magpies Australian Football team which plays in the second division of the Sydney AFL competition. The Moorebank Rams rugby league team plays in the Canterbury-Bankstown Junior Rugby League competition but have previously fielded teams in the Metropolitan Cup, the most senior Sydney competition beneath the National Rugby League. Moorebank also fields a soccer team in the Southern Districts Soccer Football Association, a cricket team in the Fairfield-Liverpool Cricket Association, a baseball team (the Royals) in the Bankstown District Baseball Association and has netball and fishing clubs as well.[2]

Moorebank is also home to a purpose built remote control car race track. The John Grant International Raceway is located in Helles Reserve which is just off Helles Avenue, near the Moorebank Road and M5 intersection. The racetrack is run by the New South Wales Remote Control Race Car Club Incorporated, a not-for-profit club, and was host to the 2001 IFMAR World Championships for 8th scale racing which saw the worlds best 8th scale racers attend this event.[3]

Moorebank has a small lake called Clinches Pond. It is surrounded by a park called Chinches Pond Reserve.

Population[edit]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2006 census undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Moorebank was home to 7599 people who tended to be young families on slightly better incomes than the national average. The average age was 34 compared to 37 for the country as a whole and the median family income was $1272 per week compared to a national figure of $1171. Much of this, however, was gobbled up by housing loan repayments where the median figure for Moorebank ($1733 per month) was well above the national figure of $1300. Moorebank was also ethnically diverse with a number of languages other than English spoken including Arabic (5%), Greek (5%), Vietnamese (2.9%), Italian (2.5%) and Hindi (2.4%).[4]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Robert Kaleski (1877–1961), bushman and dog expert.[5]
  • Harley Matthews (1889–1968), vigneron, soldier and author of four books about his experiences at Gallipoli.[6]
  • Thomas Moore (1762–1840), explorer and first British settler of Moorebank.
  • Robert Braiden (1971), film writer and director.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 177
  2. ^ "Community Affiliations". Moorebank Sports Club. Archived from the original on 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  3. ^ "Moorebank raceway". NSWRCRCC. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  4. ^ "2006 Census QuickStats : Moorebank (State Suburb)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Kaleski, Robert Lucian Stanislaus (1877 - 1961)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  6. ^ "Matthews, Harley (1889 - 1968)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 

Coordinates: 33°55′59″S 150°57′01″E / 33.93300°S 150.95015°E / -33.93300; 150.95015