Osborne Park, Western Australia

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Osborne Park
PerthWestern Australia
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Osborne Park Shopping Centre
Osborne Park is located in Perth
Osborne Park
Osborne Park
Coordinates 31°53′53″S 115°48′43″E / 31.898°S 115.812°E / -31.898; 115.812Coordinates: 31°53′53″S 115°48′43″E / 31.898°S 115.812°E / -31.898; 115.812
Population 4,047 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 794/km2 (2,055/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 6017
Area 5.1 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Location 8 km (5 mi) NW of Perth CBD
LGA(s) City of Stirling
State electorate(s) Balcatta, Scarborough
Federal Division(s) Stirling, Curtin
Suburbs around Osborne Park:
Innaloo Stirling Balcatta
Woodlands Osborne Park Tuart Hill and Joondanna
Herdsman Glendalough Mount Hawthorn

Osborne Park is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia in the local government area of the City of Stirling.

History[edit]

Osborne Park was named after William Osborne, a butcher who owned an abattoirs on Wanneroo Road and was elected to the Perth Road Board (the City of Stirling's predecessor), in 1875.[2]

The suburb was originally market gardens, due to rich peaty soil from the swamps between Lake Monger and Herdsman Lake.[3] The area was popular among Chinese, Italian and Yugoslav settlers.[4] The suburb was founded by a private trading concern and had a tram service in the early 1900s through an extension of the Perth tram system from the end of the Leederville line.[3] The suburb is now served by Glendalough train station on the Joondalup line.

Osborne Park became a residential suburb after World War II, but by the 1980s, it was predominantly an industrial area, with only the north-eastern area still residential.[4]

At present[edit]

Many warehouses and small businesses are located in Osborne Park, as well as larger retailers such as Harvey Norman, Officeworks, Kambo's, Rick Hart, IGA (formerly Supa Valu and Action Supermarkets) and Hungry Jack's. It has been noted by many commentators that it "is a culinary wasteland, where hopes and dreams go to die". The Acts 2 Bible College of Mission and Evangelisation is also located here.

Main Street in Osborne Park is the Cafe, Shopping and Business strip hosting Cafes such as Amaretto, Cafe Bellini, Siderno and Villa Picasso. The Osborne Park shopping centre consists of major tenant IGA, Australia Post, Flight Centre, Montello Gourmet Deli, Meats Butcher, Salvia Hair design, Capellis Mens hair, Shoes Repairs/Cobler. Next to the Osborne Park Shopping Centre is a family owned Osborne Park Hotel/Pub/Restaurant and Harry Brownes Liquor Store and Drive through Bottle Mart. Sacbrough Beach Rd consists of the largest car yard precinct in Australia.

Sporting Groups[edit]

Osborne Park is home to many sporting groups, most notably the Collingwood Crew Cycling Team that was established in 2013. The Collingwood Crew can be seen many mornings a week leaving at 5.15am from their team workshop in Collingwood Street before riding out to many Perth suburbs before their return to the heartland for short macchiatos. The Collingwood Crew is frequently led by one of the founding members Roberto Pafumi taking control of the peloton, with the self-appointed 'General' Alexander Milankov responsible for enforcing his own law and order on the group. It should be noted that any potential new members of the Collingwood Crew should according to the 'General' be conversant with Velominati Rules

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Osborne Park (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – O". Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  3. ^ a b Battye (Ed.), J.S. (1912). The Cyclopedia of Western Australia 1912-1913. Perth, Western Australia: The Cyclopedia Company. ISBN 978-1-921081-38-5. 
  4. ^ a b "Suburbs: Osborne Park". City of Stirling. Retrieved 2008-03-02.