Forrestfield, Western Australia
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Perth, Western Australia
Roundabout at entrance to Hartfield Park
|Population||11,811 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Kalamunda|
Forrestfield is a suburb of the Shire of Kalamunda in Western Australia. It lies 15 km to the southeast of Perth at the base of the Darling Scarp and the southern border of the Perth International Airport.
The suburb is split by Roe Highway into a southern residential area and a northern industrial area.
Specialised Container Transport (SCT) have a large intermodal warehouse with connection to the railway line.
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Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s. Population was minimal until the early 1900s, with growth during the interwar period. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, with rapid growth from the 1950s into the 1970s. The population has been relatively stable since the early 1990s, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.
There is authority to suggest it is named after Western Australia's first premier, John Forrest. However, local folklore suggests that the name comes from Charles Hale, who settled in the area in 1902 and planted crops amongst the native forest bushland, hence Forrestfield.
Forrestfield Forum and Forrestfield Marketplace
On Hale Road and Strelitzia Avenue are Forrestfield's largest aggregation of retail businesses. They border each other and join by their carparks. They contain one Woolworths and one Coles Supermarkets amongst a collection of lower-order retailers and services. Parking is ample.
Edinburgh Road Shopping Centre
On Cumberland Road, it contains a Foodworks Supermarket, a newsagency, a hairdresser, some dining and fast-food venues.
Other Retail Establishments
There are a range of other retail establishments scattered throughout Forrestfield, including:
- Liquour shops,
- A nursery, and
- Various delis.
Forrestfield contains the following educational institutions:
- Darling Range Sports College
- Forrestfield Primary
- Hillside Christian School
- Woodlupine Primary
- Dawson Park Primary
In the 2011 Census the population of Forrestfield is 11,811: 49.4% male and 50.6% female. The median/average age of the Forrestfield population is 37 years. The country of birth of people living in Forrestfield is 1.1% Scotland, 8.4% England, 1.1% Philippines, 1.1% India, 4.6% New Zealand. 86.7% of people speak English as their first language 0.4% Dari, 0.4% Tagalog, 0.4% Dutch, 0.5% German, 0.6% Italian. The religious make up of Forrestfield is 20% Anglican, 3.7% Christian, nfd, 3.3% Uniting Church, 29.1% No Religion, 20% Catholic. 46.9% of people are married, 34.7% have never married and 9.6% are separated or divorced. There are 518 widowed people living in Forrestfield. The median individual income is $646.00 per week and the median household income is $1302.00 per week. The median rent in Forrestfield is $320 per week and the median mortgage repayment is $1842 per month.
Hartfield Park Recreation Centre: This complex includes an indoor stadium as well as playing fields for cricket, rugby, Australian rules football, hockey, soccer(football), an 18 hole golf course, an equestrian centre plus support facilities for each. There is also a nature conservation park and a lake.
Bus routes are
- 288 an Off Peak Service to and from the city
- 286 a Peak Hour Service to and from the city
- 287 a Peak Hour Service to and from the city
- 294 to Midland Train Station or to Cannington Train Station