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City of Bankstown

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The City of Bankstown is a city and Local Government Area in south-west Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It consists of a number of suburbs including Bass Hill, Greenacre, Georges Hall and Milperra, among others. The City is bounded by the City of Parramatta and Auburn Council to the north, the City of Fairfield and the City of Liverpool to the west, the Sutherland Shire to the south, and the City of Canterbury, the City of Hurstville and the Municipality of Strathfield to the east.

Bankstown has one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Australia. Home to a large Lebanese community, Bankstown also boasts large populations of Greek, Chinese, Vietnamese and Slavic migrants. In all, over 60 different languages are spoken. Bankstown is considered as one of the most multicultural areas in the country.

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Bilal Skaf (Arabic: بلال سكاف) (born 14 September 1981) is a serial gang rapist. He led groups of Lebanese Australian men who committed three of several gang rape attacks against young white women in 2000, described by some (such as Miranda Devine) as hate crimes. For the crimes Bilal Skaf is serving a 31-year prison sentence, and will be eligible for parole in 2033. (He was originally sentenced to 55-years with a 40-year non-parole period, but that was modified several times upon appeal — see below.) He commenced his sentence in Sydney's Long Bay Correctional Centre, but was soon moved to maximum security in Goulburn Gaol after prison officers uncovered plans by fellow inmates to inject him with HIV infected blood.

He is the brother of Mohammed Skaf, also a gang rape attacker serving 32 years jail for his part in the attacks. Bilal and Mohammed are the sons of Mustapha Skaf and Baria Skaf who immigrated to Australia from Lebanon.

Mustapha worked for State Rail in Sydney, gaining a good reputation among his colleagues. It was through his father's reputation that Skaf also found work for State Rail despite having left school at age 14 and gaining convictions for shoplifting and theft.

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Tahir Bilgiç is an Australian comedian of Turkish descent. Tahir labels himself as Australia's only Turkish stand-up comedian. Tahir features as the Lebanese character Habib in the Pizza (TV series) and movie. Habib enacts the ethnic stereotype of drug-dealing, obnoxious, womanising migrant. The stereotypes of the Fat Pizza characters are ballooned to ridicule the stereotype itself.

He has also appeared in the Australian improvisational comedy, Thank God You're Here.

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Paul Keating Park, former site of the Bankstown Town Hall

Did you know?

  • ...that In 1795, Matthew Flinders, and George Bass, and the boy servant William Martin explored the Georges River to land at what is now Garrison Point.
  • ...that During WWII, Picnic Point National Park was the location of a remote receiving station and operations bunker that was owned and operated by the RAAF. This facility was used in conjunction with two other facilities, one of them was located in Bankstown, the Bankstown Bunker and the other facility was a transmitting station located in Johnston Road Bass Hill.
  • ...that Potts Hill, New South Wales is named for Joseph Hyde Potts, an accountant in the Bank of New South Wales, who received a grant of 1,100 acres (4 km2) in 1833. He originally called his property Hyde Park and had increased his holdings to 2,564 acres (10 km2) by 1835.
  • ...that Mount Lewis, New South Wales takes its name from the highest point in the district at Mount Lewis Reserve on Wattle Street.
  • ...that the Aboriginal word Birrong meaning star, was adopted as the suburb's name around 1927,
  • ...that Paul Keating, former Prime Minister of Australia, was a student of De La Salle Bankstown from 1955-1958.
  • ...The suburb of Chullora was originally part of the area known as Liberty Plains, which was land given to the first free settlers who arrived in Sydney Cove on the 6th January 1793.
  • ...that the name Punchbowl is taken from a circular valley, called 'the punch bowl', which is located in the nearby suburb of Belfield at the intersection of Coronation Parade, Georges River and Punchbowl Roads..
  • ...that the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Bass Hill, New South Wales was home of the track cycling events for the 2000 Summer Olympics


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Suburbs
Bankstown, Bass Hill, Birrong, Chester Hill, Chullora, Condell Park, East Hills, Georges Hall, Greenacre, Milperra, Mount Lewis, Padstow, Padstow Heights, Panania, Picnic Point, Potts Hill, Punchbowl, Revesby, Revesby Heights, Sefton, Villawood, Yagoona.

Education
Bankstown Girls, LaSalle Catholic College, Malek Fahd Islamic School, St Euphemia College, Sefton High School, Southern Cross College.

Sport & rec
Bankstown Oval, Dunc Gray Velodrome, Garrison Point, Georges River National Park, Jensen Oval, McLeod Reserve, Middleton Park, Mirambeena Regional Park, O'Neill Park, Salt Pan Creek, Terry Lamb Complex.

Public transport
Bankstown railway station, Birrong railway station, East Hills railway station, Padstow railway station, Panania railway station, Punchbowl railway station, Sefton railway station, Yagoona railway station.

Sports Teams
Bankstown Berries, Bankstown City Lions, Bankstown City Bulls,
Bankstown RSL Dragons, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs,
Chester Hill Rhinos, Yagoona Lions

World War II
Bankstown Bunker, No. 1 Fighter Sector RAAF,
History of Bankstown during WWII, HMS Nabberley

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