Fairfield West, New South Wales

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Fairfield West
SydneyNew South Wales
Population11,575 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density3,620/km2 (9,370/sq mi)
Established1870s
Postcode(s)2165
Area3.2 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
Location27 km (17 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Fairfield
State electorate(s)Fairfield, Prospect
Federal division(s)Fowler, McMahon
Suburbs around Fairfield West:
Wetherill Park Smithfield West/Smithfield Smithfield
Prairiewood Fairfield West Fairfield Heights
Wakeley Canley Heights Canley Vale

Fairfield West is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Fairfield West is located 27 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Fairfield. Fairfield West is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.

Fairfield West shares the postcode of 2165 with the separate suburbs of Fairfield, Fairfield Heights and Fairfield East.

History[edit]

When British settlers first arrived in Sydney, the area that is now known as Fairfield West was inhabited by the Cabrogal tribe. A railway station was built at neighbouring Fairfield in 1856 leading to substantial population growth around the station which eventually to Fairfield West being subdivided in the 1870s. At the time it was mostly small farms but a Progress Association was established leading to a post office, school and a sportsground being built in the community. Timber cutting became a significant local industry and the sawmills brought other businesses into the new town, which was well established by the end of the 1800s. Fairfield West Public School was built there in 1925.[2]

Education[edit]

Fairvale High School (abbreviated as FVHS) is a government-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school, located in Fairfield West.

Established in 1969, the school caters for approximately 1,500 students from Year 7 to Year 12. The school is operated by the New South Wales Department of Education within the part of the Fairfield school education area, in the Regional South district. Fairvale High School located in Fairfield West has an enrolment of 1500 students (co-educational and comprehensive), including 92% students from a Language Background other than English. The school has nine Special Education classes consisting of one Autism, three Mild Intellectual Disabilities, one Moderate Intellectual disability, two Behaviour disorder, one Emotional disturbance, and one Multi-Categorial class. The BD, ED and MC classes are situated off site at Canley Vale Tutorial Centre. There are 120 teachers, 30 administrative staff and three Deputy Principals.

Westfields Sports High School (abbreviated as WSHS) is a government-funded co-educational comprehensive and specialist secondary day school, with speciality in sports, located in Fairfield West, a western suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1963, the school caters for approximately 1,660 students in 2018, from Year 7 to Year 12, of whom three percent identified as Indigenous Australians and 66 percent were from a language background other than English.

Westfields Sports High School is a member of the NSW Sports High Schools Association. The school sits on a total area of approximately seven hectares (seventeen acres).

Recreational areas[edit]

The Endeavour Sports Reserve, located near Orphan School Creek, is a large floodlit urban park and a sports ground that features shared soccer, cricket, league and hockey fields, and four tennis courts. The vegetation along the creek side has been identified by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service as a Cumberland Plain Endangered Ecological Community. The narrow woodland strip, which border the creek, feature a walking/cycling path, and are dominated by Eucalyptus moluccana and Eucalyptus tereticornis trees. Although not in the suburb, Brenan Park is adjacent to the northeastern vicinity of Fairfield West.[3]

Population[edit]

At the 2016 census, there were 11,575 residents in Fairfield West.

The most common ancestries were Vietnamese (16.3%), Australian (8.4%), English (8.3%), Chinese (7.6%) and Assyrian (7.4%).

41.7% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were Iraq (13.6%), Vietnam (12.8%), Cambodia (3.4%), New Zealand (1.5%) and Syria (1.4%).

In Fairfield West 27.0%% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Vietnamese (19.7%), Arabic (9.3%), Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (8.8%), Chaldean Neo-Aramaic (4.8%) and Spanish (4.3%).

The top responses for religious affiliation were Catholic (34.2%), Buddhism (16.2%), No Religion (12.0%), Unstated (7.3%) and Islam (5.8%). The majority of dwellings (87.9%) were separate houses, with the remainder of dwellings being semi-detached or townhouses.[1]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Fairfield West (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 June 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Fairfield West". Fairfield City Council. Archived from the original on 17 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  3. ^ King M & Associates (1997) Recreation Needs Assessment Study prepared for Fairfield City Council

Coordinates: 33°52′16″S 150°55′24″E / 33.87112°S 150.92322°E / -33.87112; 150.92322