Secret Harbour, Western Australia

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Secret Harbour
PerthWestern Australia
Secret Harbour is located in Perth
Secret Harbour
Secret Harbour
Coordinates 32°24′14″S 115°45′25″E / 32.404°S 115.757°E / -32.404; 115.757Coordinates: 32°24′14″S 115°45′25″E / 32.404°S 115.757°E / -32.404; 115.757
Population 5,657 (2006 census)[1]
 • Density 832/km2 (2,155/sq mi)
Established 1984
Postcode(s) 6173
Area 6.8 km2 (2.6 sq mi)
Location 56 km (35 mi) from Perth
LGA(s) City of Rockingham
State electorate(s) Warnbro
Federal Division(s) Brand
Suburbs around Secret Harbour:
Port Kennedy Port Kennedy Karnup
Secret Harbour Karnup
Golden Bay Karnup

Secret Harbour is an outer southern suburb of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, located within the City of Rockingham on the Indian Ocean coast at Comet Bay.

History[edit]

The name Secret Harbour was first used by two local businessmen for a proposed marina development which was to include a small boat harbour, and "Secret Harbour" was gazetted by the then Shire of Rockingham on 6 July 1984.[2][3] While the idea was scrapped due to the area's large swell, the name was retained when Satterley developed the suburb in the early 1990s.

Future development[edit]

Satterley has released two new land developments since 2008. These are the Spy Glass Hill development, and the future planned beach front development, including two-to-three-story townhouses, a five-story apartment complex, and a gated community. Satterley is also looking at releasing land in the beach front district for the building of restaurants and cafes.[4]

Furthermore, Satterley also anticipates to open the Secret Harbour Tavern in November 2009, with future commercial expansion to commence shortly after in the near vicinity. These works include the expansion of the shopping centre to accommodate the growing population, with the addition of further specialty stores.

Facilities[edit]

A small shopping centre containing a Woolworths supermarket, as well as specialty and necessity stores provides for immediate shopping needs; the nearest regional shopping centres are Rockingham Shopping Centre and Centro Mandurah, each located about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) away. A new foreshore village is also being developed in the suburb's west.

The Secret Harbour Golf Course is an 18-hole links course which was designed by Graham Marsh and is rated[who?] as one of the top 25 public access courses in Australia, and is part of the "Golf Coast" group of courses.[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

At the 2006 Census, 5,657 people were resident in Secret Harbour, up from 2,521 at the 2001 census.[5] Of these, 64.27% had been born in Australia, whilst 21.90% were born in the United Kingdom. The median age of the suburb's residents was 30 years, compared to 37 for both the Perth region and Australia generally.[1]

Secret Harbour is rated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2006 SEIFA index as a higher socio-economic area, with an index of 1097 (92nd percentile) for overall relative advantage/disadvantage. This is consistent with the median individual income of $624 per week and the median household income of $1,541 per week, compared to $513 and $1,086 respectively across metropolitan Perth. A much greater percentage of Secret Harbour's residents (22.5%) worked as Technicians and Trades Workers compared to the regional average (16.0%), and the SEIFA data for Education/Occupation placed Secret Harbour in the 67th percentile. Secret Harbour has been described as the FIFO capital of Perth.[1][6]

Education[edit]

Secret Harbour contains two state primary schools: Secret Harbour Primary School, which opened in 1997, and Comet Bay Primary School in the suburb's southeast, which opened in 2007. Additionally, a state high school, Comet Bay College, opened in 2006 and serves students from the entire district.[7]

Transport[edit]

Secret Harbour is connected to Rockingham to the north and Mandurah to the south by Mandurah Road, which forms the suburb's eastern boundary and is part of the national Highway 1 network. Additionally, Warnbro Sound Avenue provides suburban access to Port Kennedy, Waikiki, Warnbro Fair and Rockingham shopping centres.[8]

Several Transperth bus routes terminate at Comet Bay College and provide connections to Rockingham railway station. The 558/559 operates along Warnbro Sound Avenue in the suburb's centre, whilst the 561 serves the western part of the suburb and the 562 serves the eastern part. Additionally, the 558 connects to Mandurah railway station. All buses are operated by Southern Coast Transit.[9]

Politics[edit]

Secret Harbour is part of the federal seat of Brand, currently held by Labor's Gary Gray since the 2007 election, and the state seat of Warnbro, currently held by Labor's Paul Papalia since the 2008 election. Secret Harbour is also part of the Coastal Ward of the City of Rockingham, currently represented by Brian Warner.

Typical of many newer suburbs in Perth, Secret Harbour is not safe for either the Labor or Liberal parties at either state or federal level, though recent elections have seen party preferences diverging - preferring Liberal federally and Labor at the state level. Additionally, at the 2001 state election, the booth had 987 valid votes cast, whilst in 2008 it had 2,599 and 2013 3,610 voters.

2013 Federal Election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 45.3%
  Labor 35.2%
  PUP 8.1%
  Greens 7.1%
  Family First 2.2%
2010 Federal Election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 47.0%
  Labor 34.4%
  Greens 13.9%
  CDP 2.6%
  Family First 2.2%
2007 Federal Election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 47.3%
  Labor 39.1%
  Greens 9.48%
  CDP 1.47%
  Family First 1.11%
2004 Federal Election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 52.8%
  Labor 36.4%
  Greens 4.38%
  One Nation 1.90%
  CDP 1.52%
2001 Federal Election
Source: AEC
  Labor 41.7%
  Liberal 33.7%
  LFF 14.8%
  One Nation 3.74%
  Greens 2.43%
2013 State Election
Source: WAEC
  Labor 50.5%
  Liberal 37.0%
  Greens 6.0%
2008 State Election
Source: WAEC
  Labor 46.6%
  Liberal 36.0%
  Greens 11.4%
  Family First 6.08%
2005 State Election
Source: WAEC
  Labor 49.9%
  Liberal 34.5%
  Greens 5.27%
  CDP 3.64%
2001 State Election
Source: WAEC
  Labor 41.4%
  Liberal 35.3%
  One Nation 10.5%
  Greens 7.40%
  Democrats 3.55%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Secret Harbour (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Naming of Locality — Shire of Rockingham (per 1851/67)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 6 July 1984. p. 1984:2035. 
  3. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names". Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Secret Harbour: Satterley.
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (19 November 2002). "Community Profile Series : Secret Harbour (State Suburb)". 2001 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Perth (Statistical Division)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
    * Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 March 2009). "2033.0.55.001 - Census of Population and Housing: Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), Australia - Data only, 2006". Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "School Education Act 1999 — Declaration of Local Intake Areas for Schools with Secondary Students". Western Australia Government Gazette. 30 December 2005. p. 2005:6893–6894. 
  8. ^ Department of Land Information. StreetSmart® Perth Street Directory (50 (2009) ed.). West Australian Newspapers Ltd. pp. Map 670. ISBN 978-1-921048-28-9. 
  9. ^ Southern 130 and Southern 131 timetables, Transperth, effective 28 June 2009 and 20 September 2009 respectively. Accessed 4 September 2009.