Emerton, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||2,252 (2016 census)|
|• Density||2,820/km2 (7,300/sq mi)|
|Elevation||46 m (151 ft)|
|Area||0.8 km2 (0.3 sq mi)|
|Location||46 km (29 mi) W of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Blacktown|
Emerton is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Emerton is located 46 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.
The suburb's boundary is formed to the south and east by Popondetta Road continuing north around the extent of Popondetta Park. To the west, the boundary runs along Halmahera Creek until the creek meets Luxford Road and follows the road south to the intersection with Popondetta Road.
Emerton takes its name from William Frederick Emert, a native of Siglingen, Germany, who arrived in Australia in 1853. In 1861 he became a storekeeper and postmaster in Mount Druitt. Emert also took a leading part in forming the Wesleyan Church in Australia.
There are several retail developments adjacent to the intersection of Jersey and Popondetta Roads, surrounding the main shopping centre called 'Emerton Village'. These include an Australia Post post office, supermarket, service station, medical centres, take-away food and a hotel. Banking is limited to retail EFTPOS and automatic teller machines.
By road Emerton 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.
Cycleways running through Emerton run from Popondetta Park all the way to Mt Druitt and the M7 cycleway, which in turn connects to the cycleways on the M4 and M2 motorways.
Following extensive refurbishment by Blacktown City Council, the Emerton Leisure Centre (formerly Emerton Pool) was reopened in August 2006. In 2017, the centre was renamed the Charlie Lowles Leisure Centre. The leisure centre incorporates both indoor and outdoor swimming pools (including a hydrotherapy pool) and outdoor facilities include a beach volleyball court.
Adjacent is Popondetta Park, which extends between Popondetta Road and Halamahera Creek, from Jersey Road to Bougainville Road. This park incorporates extensive sporting fields for cricket, netball, rugby league and soccer.
According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 2,252 people in Emerton.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 6.8% of the population.
- 58.0% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was New Zealand at 6.7%.
- 64.3% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Samoan at 5.8%, Tongan at 2.6%, Cook Islands Maori at 2.2% and Arabic at 1.7%.
- The most common responses for religion were Catholic 25.5%, No Religion 18.2% and Anglican 14.7%.
- The median age of people was 31 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 25.4% of the population
- The unemployment rate (14.3%) was more than double the national rate of 6.9%.
For federal elections, Emerton is in the safe Labor electoral division of Chifley. This seat is currently held by Ed Husic of the Labor Party, elected in the 2010 election. He was Australia's first Muslim in the federal government during Kevin Rudd's second stint as prime minister. Chifley has been held continuously by Labor since it was proclaimed in 1984.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Emerton (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 January 2019. Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
- "Emerton". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- Public Relations, Blacktown City Council (2006). "Over 6000 people enjoy the FREE community weekend at the new Emerton Leisure Centre". City of Blacktown. Archived from the original on 3 September 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2006.