Brookvale, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||2,589 (2011 census)|
|Location||16 km (10 mi) north-east of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||Northern Beaches Council|
Brookvale is a suburb of northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Brookvale is 16 kilometres north-east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Northern Beaches Council. It is part of the Northern Beaches region.
The first development in the area was in 1836 when 64 hectares of farmland was granted to William Frederick Parker. In this period further land was sold to the Malcolm, Burns and Miles families. In 1883, Sydney Alexander Malcolm built what became known as 'Brookvale House'. It eventually was sold in 1961 to the Hooker Investment Corporation paving the way for the construction of Warringah Mall, which is the largest shopping complex in the area.
Brookvale had two post offices. Brookvale Post Office opened on 1 June 1888 and closed on 1 November 2013. The post office included a mail & parcel delivery & a collection service operated by Mailplus operates in that post office. Warringah Mall Post Office opened on 3 April 1963 as a second post office for Brookvale.
After World War II, much of the surrounding land was bought by immigrants, many of whom were Italian. The Curulli, Caputo and Bombardieri families own a large percentage of the land in Brookvale. Brookvale developed from farmland to manufacturing, warehousing, and in recent years there has been significant office space development. Because of the large presence of Pazzano immigrants, a little village of southern Italy, Brookvale is called by them "Pazzaniedu": Little Pazzano in calabrian dialect.
According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 2,589 residents in Brookvale. In Brookvale, 53.8% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 5.9%, Italy 4.0% and New Zealand 3.8%. 64.4% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 6.4%, Mandarin 2.4%, Korean 1.4%, Filipino 1.2% and Tongan 1.2%. The most common responses for religion in Brookvale were Catholic 31.9%, No Religion 22.6%, Anglican 14.6%, Uniting Church 2.6% and Buddhism 2.5%.
Brookvale has a fast-growing business community, and is a major industrial area.
Westfield Warringah Mall is a large shopping centre in Brookvale owned by Scentre Group. It opened on 3 April 1963 and was purchased by Westfield in 2012. In late 1990's a major expansion to the centre underwent construction and was officially opened in December 1999, with approximately 90 stores. There are currently over 270 stores in the centre: the main majors are David Jones, Myer (formerly Grace Bros), Big W, Target, JBHI-FI, Rebel Sport,Coles, Woolworths and a Hoyts Cinema. In 2015 Warringah Mall is currently undergoing a $310 million redevelopment. The redevelopment will see a new two level parallel mall, reconfigured Myer, wifi spaces new centre court and a brand new multi-storey carpark outside Woolworths. The first stage of redevelopment is expected completed by late 2016.
A number of car dealerships and related vehicle services are located in Brookvale. Many printing and signage businesses are also located in Brookvale, such as Innovative Print Solutions, located on Short Street. Sydney Buses' Brookvale Bus Depot is located on Pittwater Road.
Sport and recreation
Brookvale Oval is the home ground of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles National Rugby League team. Manly Leagues Club is located nearby. The land for Brookvale Oval was given to the people of Warringah for their recreational use in 1911 by Jane Try of Brookvale House. Known as "Fortress Brookvale" to Sea Eagles fans, the ground has a spectator capacity of 23,000 and includes the Jane Try Stand on the western side (this is where the change rooms and media facilities are located), the Fulton-Menzies stand at the southern end with "The Hill" on the east and north. Brookvale also has four television standard light towers to allow for night games.
1st Brookvale Scout group, formed in 1947, still meets at the scout hall in Winbourne Road. The group merged with 1st North Curl Curl in the early 2000s and is now known as Brookvale Curl Curl Scout Group.
Brookvale has two schools - Brookvale Public School and St Augustine's College.
Brookvale also has a TAFENSW college located on Old Pittwatter Road.
- Maree Weicks (2008). "Brookvale". Dictionary of Sydney. Retrieved 25 September 2015. [CC-By-SA]
- Brookvale Curl Curl Scout group