Seaforth, New South Wales

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Seaforth
SydneyNew South Wales
MiddleHarbour.jpg
View of Middle Harbour from Seaforth
Coordinates 33°47′46″S 151°14′17″E / 33.796°S 151.238°E / -33.796; 151.238Coordinates: 33°47′46″S 151°14′17″E / 33.796°S 151.238°E / -33.796; 151.238
Population 6,726 (2011)[1]
 • Density 2,170/km2 (5,620/sq mi)
Established 1906
Postcode(s) 2092
Area 3.1 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
Location 12 km (7 mi) north-east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Manly Council
State electorate(s) Manly
Federal Division(s) Warringah
Suburbs around Seaforth:
Killarney Heights Allambie Heights North Balgowlah
Castlecrag Castle Cove Seaforth Balgowlah
Northbridge Mosman Clontarf
Seaforth
View of Seaforth from Mosman

Seaforth is a suburb of northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Seaforth is located 12 kilometres north-east of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Manly Council and is part of the Northern Beaches region.

Seaforth overlooks Middle Harbour and is linked south to Mosman by the Spit Bridge. To the west, Seaforth overlooks Sugarloaf Bay across to the suburbs of Northbridge, Castlecrag and Castle Cove. The Garigal National Park sits on the northern border.[2]

History[edit]

Seaforth was named after Loch Seaforth and Seaforth Island in Scotland. The land in this area was once owned by Henry Halloran, who subdivided it in 1906.[3]

The Seaforth library was built in 1887 and protected by heritage listing by Manly Council in 1995. It stands outside the former Seaforth TAFE. Seaforth celebrated its centenary on Sunday 12 November 2006 with a historical display in the town centre.

Commercial area[edit]

The Seaforth shopping district is located off Sydney Road and offers a wide variety of services, including niche market products. It is also home to Balgowlah RSL Memorial Club - Recently voted by the Sydney Morning Herald as - The Number 1 RSL on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Who lives in Seaforth[edit]

At the 2011 census, the suburb of Seaforth recorded a population of 6,726. Of these:[1]

  • There are more families with young children than typical. While the median age was 39 years, compared to the national median of 37 years, children aged under 15 years made up 25.7% of the population (national average is 19.3%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.6% of the population (national average is 14.0%).
  • Two-thirds (67%) were born in Australia; the next most common countries of birth were England (10%) and New Zealand (2.4%).
  • The median household weekly income was $2,553, compared to the national median of $1,234.
  • 21% of employed people travelled to work on public transport and 55% by car (either as driver or as passenger).
  • Separate houses made up the great majority (89%) of residences, 5.6% were semi-detached and 5.6% were flats, units or apartments. The average household size was 3.1 people.

Schools[edit]

Balgowlah Boys High School, Seaforth Primary School. It was also home to Seaforth TAFE which was abandoned in 1999. The site has since become a hub for delinquent activity and drug trade amongst the local youths and Gangs. One such incident which involved the sale of Methamphetamine and MDMA to children of the local Primary School caused outrage throughout the community, with the Municipal Council of Seaforth famously declaring a "zero tolerance policy" in 2010 to try and combat the rising epidemic.[4] The site has since been the subject of controversial redevelopment plans, though most have been postponed. One such plan is to "transform Seaforth into a structured town centre with shops, cafes, offices, flats and civic space."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Seaforth (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  3. ^ "Land advertisement and subdivision map, Henry F. Halloran & Co, 1908, National Library of Australia collection". 
  4. ^ "NSW Parliament TAFE closure.". 
  5. ^ "Manly Daily article on the future of the TAFE.".