Pinjar, Western Australia

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Pinjar
PerthWestern Australia
Pinjar is located in Perth
Pinjar
Pinjar
Coordinates 31°37′26″S 115°49′52″E / 31.624°S 115.831°E / -31.624; 115.831Coordinates: 31°37′26″S 115°49′52″E / 31.624°S 115.831°E / -31.624; 115.831
Postcode(s) 6078
Area 27.4 km2 (10.6 sq mi)
Location 40 km (25 mi) N of Perth CBD
LGA(s) City of Wanneroo
State electorate(s) Mindarie
Federal Division(s) Pearce
Suburbs around Pinjar:
Nowergup Yanchep Muchea
Neerabup Pinjar Melaleuca
Banksia Grove Mariginiup Lexia

Pinjar is a rural locality in Perth, Western Australia. Its local government area is the City of Wanneroo.

History[edit]

The suburb of Pinjar is named after the large swampy lake of this name located north east of Wanneroo. The lake name is shown on government plans from 1868, and the name is of Noongar Aboriginal origin. The meaning of Pinjar is unknown, but could be "tadpole" or "swampy lake".[1]

Geography[edit]

Pinjar is bounded by Pinjar Road/Old Yanchep Road to the west and Neaves Road to the south. Its northern and eastern boundaries are not gazetted.[2]

Facilities[edit]

Pinjar is a sparsely populated agricultural suburb, most of which is pine plantation and wetland. At the ABS 2006 census, Pinjar had a population of 78 people living in 39 dwellings.[3] It was not measured in 2011.

Motorsport[edit]

Pinjar is home to the Barbagallo Raceway, a 2.411 km (1.498 mi) road racing circuit. Barbagallo, which opened in 1969, is the home of motor racing in Western Australia and hosts an annual round of the V8 Supercars championship.

Pinjar is also home to the Pinjar Park Speedway which opened in 2005. Pinjar Park is a 142 metres (155 yd) Motorcycle speedway which regularly hosts national and international meetings and caters to both senior and junior solo and sidecar racing. Pinjar Park is considered small for a speedway in Australia, with most tracks around the country ranging from 350 metres (380 yd) to 600 metres (660 yd) in length. For the bikes, the speedway replaced the old 550 metres (600 yd) Claremont Speedway which had run from 1927 until 2000, and the Bibra Lake Speedway which closed in 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – P". Retrieved 2007-01-17. 
  2. ^ 2007 StreetSmart directory, Department of Lands and Surveys, Perth, with info from Battye Library.
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Pinjar (State Suburb)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 4 July 2012.