Portal:City of Bankstown

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The City of Bankstown was a local government area in the south-west region of Sydney, Australia, centred on the suburb of Bankstown.

In 2006, the NSW government released a planning strategy for Metropolitan Sydney, known as the City of Cities plan for Sydney. The plan identified Bankstown as a 'major centre' for the south west Sydney region. Bankstown Airport was also identified as a 'specialist centre' and the Hume Highway as part of a potential transport corridor. Under the most recent Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney released in 2013, the NSW Government has reaffirmed Bankstown as a major centre, and Bankstown Airport as a specialised centre.

The last Mayor of the City of Bankstown Council was Clr Khal Asfour, a member of the Labor Party.

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the City of Bankstown merge with the City of Canterbury to form a new council with an area of 110 square kilometres (42 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 351,000. On 12 May 2016, the NSW Government announced that Bankstown would merge with neighbour City of Canterbury to be known as Canterbury-Bankstown Council.

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Sefton High School is a partially selective high school in Sefton, Sydney, Australia. It is a full day, co-educational secondary school, and is a public school operated by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training. 150px|left| Sefton High School has some extra-curricular activities including sport (e.g. "Dance Troupe"), the vocal group, debating and history debating. Recreational sports offered throughout the year incorporate: yoga, theatre sports, soccer, volleyball, basketball, bocci-lawn bowls, ten pin bowling, chess, mini-tennis, table tennis, lawn tennis, dance and swimming.

In the lower four grades (years 7 through to 10), approximately half of the students are selected by an entrance examination ("selective"), while the other half are accepted by virtue of local residency ("community"). However, in years 11 and 12, the two streams are not differentiated.

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Mark Waugh, AM (born June 2, 1965 in Canterbury, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer, who represented Australia in Test matches from early 1991 to late 2002, and made his One-Day International debut in 1988. His nickname is "Junior" as he is younger than his brother Steve by a few minutes.

Waugh was primarily a right-handed batsman, batting in the No.4 position in Test matches, and was also a handy medium pace bowler, who changed to an off-spin bowler after back injuries restricted him. He is regarded as one of the best slip fielders ever to play cricket, and holds the world record for most Test catches by a non-wicketkeeper.

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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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