Bidwill, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||4,280 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||52 m (171 ft)|
|Location||48 km (30 mi) west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Blacktown|
|State electorate(s)||Mount Druitt|
Bidwill is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Bidwill is located 48 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Blacktown and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.
Bidwill takes its name from John Carne Bidwill (1815-1853) appointed as botanist in charge at the Botanic Gardens in 1847. Prior to settlement and colonisation of Australia, Bidwill and the surrounding area was inhabited by the Darug tribe.
Bidwill was dominated by the development of public housing in the 1960s and 1970s. In recent times, Bidwill has been associated with social and economic problems. These have resulted in an increase of crime and such trouble as riots.
Over the years Bidwill has become a community where more than 90 per cent are living on Centrelink payments. For many of its residents, what started as a short stay in public housing has turned into years and generations of unemployment and welfare reliance. It is renowned for drug use, violence, mental illness and poverty.
Bidwill is primarily a residential suburb with extremely limited commercial activity. It is quite close to the suburbs of Mount Druitt and St Marys, which have larger shopping centres, banking facilities and railway stations.
Limited commercial facilities such as supermarkets and Filling stations are available at Emerton and Plumpton rather than in Bidwill itself. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, there used to be a service station on Carlisle avenue. It was located in front of where a small supermarket complex existed at Bidwill in the 1980s and 1990s, but failed due to competition from larger facilities nearby.  There have been ongoing attempts to reopen the shopping complex.
On the day of the 2016 Census, the methods of travel to work for employed people were car (either as driver or as passenger) 74.5% and public transport 12.4%. Public transport through this area is provided by Busways.
By road Bidwill is adjacent to the Westlink M7 motorway which can provide very easy access to the Great Western Highway and the M4 Motorway, providing road access to the western sections of the city and eastward to the Sydney CBD. This suburb is linked by several private bus companies to the train stations located at Mount Druitt and St Marys.
Bidwill Primary School and the Bidwill campus of Chifley College share a campus with a pre-school. Combined, these separate organisations provide care and education from pre-school (3 years) to Year 12 (17–18 years).
Upon completing year 10 at the Bidwill campus, students continuing public education can either move on to Chifley College Senior Campus located in Mount Druitt, or continue their final years at Bidwill Campus.
In 2016 in Bidwill 38.4% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 27.7% were in primary school, 20.6% in secondary school and 9.4% in a tertiary or technical institution.
According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 4,280 people in Bidwill.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 13.1% of the population.
- 65.3% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 3.6% and Samoa 2.8%.
- 72.3% of people only spoke English at home. Houses with two or more languages are spoken amount to 25%. Other languages are:
- Samoan 6.2%
- Arabic 2.4%
- Tongan 1.4%
- Cook Islands Māori 1.3%
- Spanish 1.3%
- The most common responses for religion were No Religion 24.6%, Catholic 21.9% and Anglican 15.6%.
Housing is very heavily dominated by public housing built throughout the 1960s and 1970s, with large numbers of freestanding fibro houses and extensive terrace-style complexes. The houses are gradually transferring to private ownership and as this continues these government-built premises are being replaced with privately built, modern homes, similar to those being built in other areas of Sydney.
Of occupied private dwellings in Bidwill, 64.6% were separate houses and 33.6% were semi-detached.
|Federal Elections |
|Pauline Hanson's One Nation (NSW Division)||3.96%|
|Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)||1.89%|
|Independent (Graham Rand)||0.25%|
|Independent (Wayne Hyland)||1.07%|
|State Elections |
|Christian Democratic Party||9.5%|
For federal elections, Bidwill is in the safe Labor electoral division of Chifley. This seat is currently held by Ed Husic, of the Australian Labor Party. The seat has been held continuously by the Labor Party since it was proclaimed in 1984.
For NSW state elections, Bidwill is in the Electoral district of Mount Druitt. This seat is currently held by Edmond Atalla, of the Labor Party. It has been held by a Labor candidate since it was proclaimed in 1971.
- ^ State Election 2007 - Polling Booth Results, courtesy State Electoral Office of NSW.
- ^ Federal Election 2004 - Polling Booth Results for Chifley, courtesy Australian Electoral Commission.
- "2016 Census QuickStats". Australian Bureau of Statistics.
- "Bidwill". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 January 2007.
- "Nineteen on riot charges after street clash". NineMSN. Archived from the original on 28 January 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2007.
- "Dispute between families sparks riot". The Age. Melbourne. 7 January 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2007.
- "Bidwill residents describe life in a western Sydney suburb 'full of sad stories'" https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-07/bidwill-a-suburb-in-crisis/5240962 (ABC)
- "0830—BIDWILL SHOPPING CENTRE". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). New South Wales: Legislative Assembly. 8 September 1998. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
- 2004 Bike Routes Around Blacktown City Archived 2 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Blacktown City Council, 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2007.
- Bidwill Primary School
- Bidwill campus
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (19 November 2002). "Community Profile Series : Bidwill (State Suburb)". 2001 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 30 June 2007.
- Image of Bidwill's boundaries[permanent dead link], from the Geographical Names Board of New South Wales.