Banksia Grove, Western Australia

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Banksia Grove
PerthWestern Australia
Banksia Grove is located in Perth
Banksia Grove
Banksia Grove
Coordinates31°41′49″S 115°48′25″E / 31.697°S 115.807°E / -31.697; 115.807Coordinates: 31°41′49″S 115°48′25″E / 31.697°S 115.807°E / -31.697; 115.807
Population9,350 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,833/km2 (4,750/sq mi)
Established1990s
Postcode(s)6031
Area5.1 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Location27 km (17 mi) N of Perth CBD
LGA(s)City of Wanneroo
State electorate(s)Wanneroo
Federal Division(s)Pearce
Suburbs around Banksia Grove:
Neerabup Neerabup Pinjar
Carramar Banksia Grove Mariginiup
Carramar Tapping Mariginiup

Banksia Grove is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Wanneroo. Its postcode is 6031, and it was until the late 1990s part of Neerabup. The suburb is approximately 27 km NE of the Perth central business district, 8 km east of the coast and 5 km ENE of Joondalup.

Suburban development[edit]

In 2005, the Banksia Grove Joint Venture partnership was established to revive and develop the suburb. The $2 billion project will create a further 3500 home sites to complement the existing 650 developed prior to 2005. In total an estimated 12,000 residents will call Banksia Grove home by the project's completion in 2020. The new community contains a diverse range of housing types to suit residents in differing life stages and backgrounds. Housing in the new section has fibre to the premises as standard, provided by NBN Co as an estate network, and resold by providers, which also transmits commercial television. Recently the more established section received and is continuing to receive further rollout of the National Broadband Network, as is some sections of the new area.

Major facilities for the area include:

  • The Banksia Grove District Shopping Centre, of which Stages 1 & 2 are completed
  • An education precinct including the new Joseph Banks Secondary College, shared playing fields and a planned primary school
  • A 42 hectare bush forever zone with native retained bushland
  • Over 30 hectares of parkland including Discovery Park, which contains a living stream water feature, amphitheatre and Pitstop Park adventure playground

In late 2018, development of a parcel of land began that is in close proximity to the shopping precinct. Named "Coda", it primarily consists of high density narrow lots, with two story homes. Sales of all lots and builds of individual homes is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Demographics[edit]

Banksia Grove had a population of 9,350 at the 2016 census, 1,940 at the 2006 census, and 1,136 at the 2001 census.

Facilities[edit]

Banksia Grove Village was the first stage of the Banksia Grove District Shopping Centre. When completed it contained a Coles Supermarket, service station, several fast food outlets, a cafe and other small retail outlets. Woolworths and Aldi supermarkets are also now trading with several other outlets including chemist, hairdresser, fast food and a proposed coffee shop will be open mid-2018. As of Feb 2019 a car wash facility has also commenced trading. Autobahn have also confirmed they will be opening for business in the near future. Even though Banksia Grove is only a ten minute drive to the coast it is not considered a coastal suburb by Western Australian standards.[2]

Education[edit]

The suburb currently has three primary schools and one high school:

  • Banksia Grove Primary School - formally Neerabup Primary School).(government)
  • St John Paul ll Catholic Primary School (formally Banksia Grove Catholic Primary School). (private).
  • Grandis Primary School (government)
  • Joseph Banks Secondary College (government)

Leisure[edit]

"Spring in the Grove" is an annual community festival held on the first Sunday in November every year. The event is supported by the City of Wanneroo and the Banksia Grove Partnerships. It is organised and run by volunteers, and staged at various venues. In previous years it has been held at Discovery Park and the Joseph Banks Secondary College grounds.

Discovery Park has a man-made stream meandering through ponds with sunny and shaded grassed areas, covered picnic tables and free electric barbecues. Because the waterway system is isolated from natural water, it is able to be stocked with a large amount of colourful koi. It also has an open air amphitheatre. Adjoining this is Pitstop Playground, which has a training cycleway for children, and play equipment.

A skatepark[3] was opened in 2019 on the corner of Grandis Boulevard and Pinjar Road, and is highly popular[citation needed].

Transport[edit]

The suburb is served by bus links which provides connections back to the Joondalup railway line via the Joondalup railway station.

Bus routes[edit]

  •     390 Joondalup - Neerabup
  •     391 Joondalup - Neerabup

Social issues[edit]

In 2010-2011 Banksia Grove had 396 offences. Despite growing in population nine-fold over the last 7 years, a concerted effort by local police has kept this to 442 (2018-2019), decreasing the ratio per 100 residents, and the suburb is maturing as a social place to live. Police response times are better than most outer suburbs, having the academy, along with Joondalup and Wanneroo Police stations within close transit. In late 2018 a neighbourhood watch was established. A visibly higher police presence is also attributable to the Joondalup Police Academy using Joondalup Drive quite frequently to travel to Bullsbrook, where they engage in training in police pursuits, off road capabilities and other driver skills required by their industry. Community members are able to become part of two established Facebook groups and several buy/sell and a type of "pay it forward" group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Banksia Grove (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ http://www.banksiagrove.net.au/newsletter/Banksia-Buzz-March-2016/#6
  3. ^ https://www.skateboard.com.au/skateparks/australia/banksia-grove-skatepark/

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