Parkwood, Western Australia

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Parkwood
PerthWestern Australia
Parkwood is located in Perth
Parkwood
Parkwood
Coordinates 32°02′56″S 115°55′16″E / 32.049°S 115.921°E / -32.049; 115.921Coordinates: 32°02′56″S 115°55′16″E / 32.049°S 115.921°E / -32.049; 115.921
Population 6,174 (2006 census)[1]
 • Density 1,715/km2 (4,440/sq mi)
Established 1965
Postcode(s) 6147
Area 3.6 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Location 18 km (11 mi) from Perth
LGA(s) City of Canning
State electorate(s) Riverton
Federal Division(s) Tangney
Suburbs around Parkwood:
Riverton Ferndale Lynwood
Willetton Parkwood Langford
Willetton Canning Vale Thornlie

Parkwood is a southeastern suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Its local government area is the City of Canning.

History[edit]

Parkwood was first settled by Henry Willett of Willett & Co, who was granted Canning Location 21 on the Canning River (which included nearby Lynwood) and settled in the area in June 1832. In November 1964, the Shire of Canning proposed the names "Burtsdale" and "Willetton" for Willetton and Lynwood/Parkwood respectively, the name Burtsdale honouring Septimus Burt, who purchased the land in 1882. In August 1965, developers at Lynwood requested the name "Clovercrest Estate", but finally agreed to "Lynwood". The name Willetton was shifted westwards and Lynwood was gazetted in December 1965.[2]

Geography[edit]

Parkwood is bounded by High Road to the north and northeast, Nicholson Road to the east, Roe Highway to the south and Willeri Drive to the west.[3]

Facilities[edit]

Parkwood is a residential suburb with a scattering of parks of varying sizes. It contains Lynwood Senior High School (1974) and Parkwood Primary School (1975, originally called West Lynwood), which contains one of Perth's seven primary-school-level Intensive English Centres. The program is designed to assist refugees, displaced children and others with low English literacy, many of whom have special needs.

The Stockland Riverton shopping centre, located in northwestern Parkwood on High Road, is near the Canning Arts Centre and the Riverton Leisureplex. The Riverton Leisureplex is a large facility with sporting, fitness and recreation facilities first opened on 9 November 2001,[4] is operated by the City of Canning and includes the council's largest library. The building was designed by the architectural firm James Christou and Partners.[5] A tavern, the High Road Hotel, is located on land used until the early 1980s as a public golf course.[6]

The southeast is served by a neighbourhood shopping centre and community and sports centre, which back onto Whaleback Golf Course, an 18-hole public golf course. The facility first opened on 9 January 1981 on a buffer reserve between the Canning Vale industrial area and the housing developments in Parkwood and Lynwood, and was significantly upgraded in December 2002.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Parkwood (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names". Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  3. ^ Department of Land Information. StreetSmart® Perth Street Directory (50 (2009) ed.). West Australian Newspapers Ltd. pp. Map 434. ISBN 978-1-921048-28-9. 
  4. ^ "Riverton Leisureplex - City Of Canning". 2002. City of Canning. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Leisure Centre Swims In Success". BlueScope Steel Australia. 3 October 2002. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  6. ^ UBD directories, 1972-1984