Cooloongup, Western Australia

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Cooloongup
PerthWestern Australia
Cooloongup is located in Perth
Cooloongup
Cooloongup
Coordinates 32°17′46″S 115°46′48″E / 32.296°S 115.780°E / -32.296; 115.780Coordinates: 32°17′46″S 115°46′48″E / 32.296°S 115.780°E / -32.296; 115.780
Population 6,822 (2006 census)[1]
 • Density 598.4/km2 (1,550/sq mi)
Established 1974
Postcode(s) 6168
Area 11.4 km2 (4.4 sq mi)
LGA(s) City of Rockingham
State electorate(s) Rockingham, Kwinana
Federal Division(s) Brand
Suburbs around Cooloongup:
Rockingham Hillman Leda
Safety Bay Cooloongup Baldivis
Waikiki Waikiki Baldivis

Cooloongup is an outer southern suburb of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, located within the City of Rockingham. It is principally a suburb of residential dwellings.

History[edit]

The suburb of Cooloongup, first named in 1974, is named after Lake Cooloongup. The name Lake Cooloongup was first recorded by Surveyor AC Gregory in 1843. While Landgate has noted that it is an Aboriginal name, it has also claimed that the meaning of the name is not known.[2] An elder of the Nyungar people, the traditional Aboriginal occupants of the area, has said that Cooloongup means place of children.[3]

On 7 May 2009, a boundary realignment of Cooloongup and Hillman approved by the Minister for Lands incorporated the Rockingham railway station into Rockingham.

Geography[edit]

Lake Cooloongup dominates the Eastern portion of Cooloongup. The lake and its immediate environment, together with Lake Walyungup and Lake Richmond, is incorporated into Rockingham Lakes Regional Park. The Park is managed by the Government of Western Australia via its Department of Environment and Conservation.[4] The lake is shallow and water in the lake is saline. The lake is described as "seasonable" because the lake is dry of surface water the majority of the year. The dry white salt residue gives this lake, together with its neighbour Lake Walyungup, the title "White Lakes" which was the name used to refer to the locality before the lake was incorporated into Cooloongup. The word Cooloongup means Cool Moon Look Up, which is a direct translation of aboriginal words that refers to the lake looking like the moon when it is dry.

Transport[edit]

Ennis Avenue (National Highway 1) bisects Cooloongup; this road provides vehicle access to Perth, Fremantle and Mandurah.

The eastern part of Cooloongup, known as Woodbridge, currently has only one vehicle access point (Elanora Drive). The Rockingham Kwinana Development Office is progressing plans to construct a second access road to Woodbridge.[5]

A number of Transperth bus routes service Cooloongup; all buses operate from Rockingham Train Station.

Facilities[edit]

Rockingham General Hospital, a major regional public hospital, is located on Elanora Drive. The hospital is owned and operated by the State Government of Western Australia via its Department of Health.[6]

Rockingham Golf Club,[7] first established in 1947, is located in Cooloongup at the East end of Elanora Drive. The club was re-located there in 1985 from its previous location on Patterson Road (Corner Read Street), Rockingham. The Rockingham site was redeveloped and sub-divided into residential lots.

Hour Glass Reserve, so named because of its shape, has been developed as a purpose built baseball park (north portion) and athletics field (south portion) servicing the local region.

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