Mawson Lakes, South Australia

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Mawson Lakes
AdelaideSouth Australia
Cascade mawson lakes.jpg
Entrance to the Cascade
Population 10,872 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,706.8/km2 (4,420/sq mi)
Established 1990s
Postcode(s) 5095 [2]
Area 6.37 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
Location 12 km (7 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) City of Salisbury
State electorate(s) Port Adelaide
Federal Division(s) Makin
Suburbs around Mawson Lakes:
Green Fields Parafield Gardens Para Hills West
Dry Creek Mawson Lakes Ingle Farm
Cavan Pooraka Ingle Farm

Mawson Lakes is a residential suburb in the City of Salisbury, Adelaide, Australia. Named in honor of Sir Douglas Mawson, it has a census area population of 10,872 people. The suburb is located in the northern suburbs of Adelaide around 12 km north of the Central business district. Much of the suburb was previously known as The Levels, and was a non-residential area, housing a campus of the University of South Australia and Technology Park Adelaide.


The residential development grew out of the South Australian Government's plans for a Multifunction Polis (or MFP), originally proposed to be built at Gillman, which was designed to be a modern high-tech community of the future. After the earlier plans for the MFP fell out of favour, the site at The Levels was taken on by the property developer Delfin (now Lend Lease Communities).

The first land being released in 1998.

Today, it includes Technology Park, the Mawson Lakes campus of the University of South Australia, Endeavour College, as well as growing residential and commercial zones. It also contains the public transport hub Mawson Interchange, which is expected to become one of the five busiest stations in Adelaide.

The area now occupied by Mawson Lakes was formerly "The Levels", founded as a sheep-breeding establishment in 1877 by Edward J. Pitts (1832–1885).

Technology Park Adelaide[edit]

Technology Park Adelaide is Australia's first technology park, having been established in 1982 by the Government of South Australia. It is currently[when?] owned and managed by the Government of South Australia's Land Management Corporation.

The Technology Park Adelaide is a 65 hectare site which allows any organisation with a technological focus to locate there. Over 90 organisations are located at the Park, with the majority of these organisations having a defence focus. The main types of organisations at the Park are classified as Small to Medium Enterprises (SME)[citation needed] however large corporate organisations have a presence in the Park, including Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Saab Systems, Topcon, Optus, Xtralis, and Raytheon.

The Park is located adjacent to the Mawson Lakes project, which is a joint venture between the Land Management Corporation and Delfin Lend Lease.


Construction of housing is ongoing

According to the 2006 Census the population of the Mawson Lakes census area was 5,246 people. Approximately 50.5% of the population were male, 62.6% are Australian born, over 83.1% of residents are Australian citizens and only 0.3% were native born indigenous people. Mawson Lakes has an educated population with over 45% of the population holding a degree, diploma or vocational qualification. 22.3% of the population identify themselves as Catholic, while a slightly higher 24.2% identify with no religion at all.[3]


Mawson Interchange

Mawson Lakes is connected to the major Adelaide thoroughfares of Main North Road, Salisbury Highway and Port Wakefield Road. Adelaide's city centre can typically be reached by car in 30 minutes.

Although there are good connections to Adelaide's public transport network, only 3.9% take the bus to work, while a smaller 3.6% of people use the train. Bus routes connect Mawson Lakes to the Central business district as well as Salisbury, Elizabeth and Modbury. Mawson Interchange, built in 2005, is located on the Gawler Central commuter railway line. Services are high frequency, with 15 minute services to the City and Gawler.

Water supply[edit]

Mawson Lakes features a dual water supply system, supplying drinking water and recycled water to homes via completely separate mains. When first installed the facilities at Mawson Lakes were the largest self-contained water recycling scheme in Australia.[4] Purple pipes and fittings are used to distinguish recycled water sources.[5] The recycling scheme results in Mawson Lakes using 50% less potable water than comparable suburbs and means that resident using recycled water are exempt from state water restrictions [6]

The recycled water is sourced from the Bolivar Sewage Treatment plant approximately 8 km away and then has stormwater added to it from the Salisbury wetlands before it is treated to Class A standard recycled water for use on gardens, reserves and connected to the toilet of each residence in Mawson Lakes.[7] SA Water provides a comprehensive audit of homes within the area to ensure that cross connection between the recycled water and drinking water does not occur.[8]

Mawson Central[edit]

The central commercial area of Mawson Lakes, situated between Main Street and Garden Terrace, and north of the Promenade is rapidly[citation needed] growing to become a major shopping precinct with a hotel and Woolworths.


2007 Federal Election [9]
  Liberal 44.26%
  Labor 43.30%
  Greens 5.63%
  Family First 5.41%
  Democrats 1.40%
2006 State Election [10]
  Labor 55.2%
  Liberal 28.7%
  Family First 8.1%
  Greens 3.9%
  Democrats 2.3%

Mawson Lakes is a part of the federal division of Makin, which has been represented by new Labor MP, Tony Zappia since 2007, and is a part of the state electoral district of Port Adelaide, which has been represented by new state Labor MP and later minister Susan Close since 2012.

Results shown here are taken from the Mawson Lakes booth for both seats. Although a part of the division of Port Adelaide which is said to be a 'working class' seat and therefore safe-Labor, Labor went on to win the seat as a whole.


Mawson Lakes is home to the Mawson Lakes Football Club, the only football club in the area, the Palms Golf Club, and the Mawson Lakes Cricket Club who have played in the area since 1955. It is also home to the Mawson Lakes Soccer Club. GKR Karate, the largest Karate Club in Australia[citation needed] is base in Mawson Lakes. As well as being home to the Mawson Lakes Rowing Club, at the boat shed located off First avenue, with a 450mtr course on the main lake

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Mawson Lakes (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 November 2011.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australia Post - Postcode: Mawson Lakes, SA (24 June 2008)
  3. ^ City of Salisbury Community Profile. Retrieved on 24 June 2008.
  4. ^ [8]
  5. ^ [7]
  6. ^ [9]
  7. ^ [10]
  8. ^ SA Water website, under search term "Mawson Lakes".
  9. ^ Mawson Lakes Polling Booth, Division of Port Adelaide, House of Representatives Division First Preferences, 2007 Federal Election. Retrieved on 24 June 2008.
  10. ^ SA 2006 election results and outcomes (PDF), Archived 21 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine. (a) P.14 (d) P.13, State Electoral Office, South Australia, 2006. Retrieved on 24 June 2008.

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Coordinates: 34°48′50″S 138°36′43″E / 34.814°S 138.612°E / -34.814; 138.612