Helena Valley, Western Australia

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Helena Valley
PerthWestern Australia
Helena Valley is located in Perth
Helena Valley
Helena Valley
Coordinates 31°56′17″S 116°04′05″E / 31.938°S 116.068°E / -31.938; 116.068Coordinates: 31°56′17″S 116°04′05″E / 31.938°S 116.068°E / -31.938; 116.068
Population 2,724 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 6056
LGA(s) Shire of Mundaring
State electorate(s) Midland
Federal Division(s) Hasluck
Suburbs around Helena Valley:
Bellevue Koongamia Boya
Hazelmere Helena Valley Darlington
Hazelmere Hazelmere Gooseberry Hill

Helena Valley is the name of a river valley and a locality in the foothills of the Darling Scarp in Perth, Western Australia. It is located approximately 10 minutes from Midland.

Geology[edit]

The river valley is the centre of the catchment of the Helena River and extends from the edge of the Darling Scarp where Boya, Gooseberry Hill and Helena Valley define the 'mouth' of the valley that opens to the Swan Coastal Plain, east and south east past Mundaring Weir and Lake C.Y. O'Connor to its origins in the region of Mount Dale.

The soils of Helena Valley are characteristic of the eastern Swan Coastal Plain, ranging from sand to loam and clay, with a neutral pH tending towards moderately acid.[2]

Locality[edit]

The locality is within the Shire of Mundaring, situated just south west of Boya and Greenmount Hill, 5 kilometres from Midland. It consists of many rural houses, but also contains six estates, and a shopping centre located in one of the estates.[3] is located at the base of Greenmount Hill.

Developments[edit]

The locality has been subject to a number of developments that were divisive in their planning and implementation - somewhat similar to Smith's beach - where public perceptions of the local government and state planning review processes eventually giving away to the developers wishes [4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Helena Valley (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  2. ^ Great Gardens Soil Profile
  3. ^ http://www.helenavalley.wa.edu.au/ Helena Valley Primary School
  4. ^ http://www.cedarwoods.com.au/Investors/Announcements/ASX-Announcements/Cedar-Woods--Hazelmere-Acqusition.aspx Cedar Woods has undertaken extensive development throughout Helena Valley over a number of years and the success of its developments within this locality augurs well for the Bushmead site - conceals a complex history of responses to the various stages of development

References[edit]

  • Elliot, Ian (1983). Mundaring - A History of the Shire (2nd ed.). Mundaring: Mundaring Shire. ISBN 0-9592776-0-9. 
  • Spillman, Ken (2003). Life was meant to be here: community and local government in the Shire of Mundaring. Mundaring: Mundaring Shire. ISBN 0-9592776-3-3. 

Early Settlers[edit]

  • James Drummond, noted botanist after which the street Drummond Gardens is named.

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