Lurnea, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||7,500 (2006 census)|
|Location||35 km (22 mi) west of Sydney|
|LGA(s)||City of Liverpool|
Lurnea is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 35 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Liverpool.
Lurnea was originally home to the Cabrogal people who spoke the Darug language. Following British settlement of the area in the 1800s it was given the name Hillview which persisted until after World War I when the land was converted into a soldier settlement which provided the soldiers with enough room for a house and a small farm. It was renamed Lurnea which means "a resting place". Lurnea Post Office opened on 15 February 1921. In the 1970s the area was redeveloped again into a residential suburb which this time became home to a number of veterans from the Vietnam War.
Hoxton Park Road runs along the northern edge of Lurnea providing access to Liverpool as well as suburbs to the west of Lurnea such as Hoxton Park. It also has relatively easy access to the M5 South Western Motorway to the city and the Westlink M7 to the northwest of Sydney. Lurnea is well serviced by Busabout bus routes with five services passing through the suburb and another three along Hoxton Park Road on the northern edge.
There are three schools situated in the suburb:
- Lurnea High School is a co-educational secondary school. It is a public high school that caters for around 650 students from year 7 through to year 12. An Intensive English Centre and Hearing Impaired Unit are also established at Lurnea High. The school was first opened in 1965.
- Lurnea Public School is a primary public school. It caters for about 475 students from kindergarten through to year 6. The school was first opened in 1960
- St Francis Xavier Primary School is a co-educational primary catholic school.
Lurnea's population at the 2006 Australian census was 7462, with 55.1% born in Australia, followed by those born in Lebanon 5.7%, New Zealand 2.0%, Fiji 1.9%, Italy 1.8% and Iraq 1.8%. English was stated as the only language spoken at home by 46.4% of persons and the most common languages other than English spoken at home were Arabic 17.5%, Vietnamese 2.7%, Spanish 2.5%, Italian 2.5% and Hindi 2.1%. The religious affiliations responses were Catholic 29.1%, Islam 17.9%, Anglican 18.7%, No Religion 6.1% and Eastern Orthodox 6.0%. The median household income of $743 per week is lower than the national average ($1027) while the rent and mortgage repayments are slightly higher than average.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 159
- "Busabout Network Map". Busabout. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 19 April 2008.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Lurnea (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 April 2008.
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