Werrington, New South Wales

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Werrington
SydneyNew South Wales
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Werrington Lakes
Werrington is located in New South Wales
Werrington
Werrington
Coordinates 33°45′34″S 150°44′49″E / 33.75944°S 150.74694°E / -33.75944; 150.74694Coordinates: 33°45′34″S 150°44′49″E / 33.75944°S 150.74694°E / -33.75944; 150.74694
Population 3,849 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 864.9/km2 (2,240.2/sq mi)
Established 1806
Postcode(s) 2747
Area 4.45 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Location 48.5 km (30 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Penrith City Council
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Lindsay
Suburbs around Werrington:
Cambridge Park Werrington County St Marys
Kingswood Werrington St Marys
Kingswood Claremont Meadows St Marys

Werrington is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 48.5 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Penrith and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.

History[edit]

Aboriginal culture[edit]

Prior to European settlement, what is now Werrington was home to the Gomerrigal-Tongarra people who spoke the Darug language. They lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle governed by traditional laws, which had their origins in the Dreamtime. Their homes were bark huts called 'gunyahs'. They hunted kangaroos and emus for meat, and gathered yams, berries and other native plants.

European settlement[edit]

The first land grant in the area was made in 1806 to Mary King, youngest daughter of the Governor Phillip Gidley King. Mary did not take possession of the property until 1827, after her marriage to Robert Copeland Lethbridge.[2] They built a house, which they named Werrington, and farmed the surrounding estate until 1865, when Robert Lethbridge died. The Lethbridge family name still survives in Lethbridge Street and Lethbridge Avenue.

Werrington, which still stands in Rugby Street, was leased to New South Wales premier Henry Parkes between 1860 and 1872. It is heritage-listed.[3] Henry Parkes arranged for the construction of a private railway platform nearby. In 1878, it was opened to the public as Parkes Platform but was renamed Werrington in 1893.[4] The railway station provided the nucleus around which the town grew.The Werrington estate was sold and subdivided from the 1880s.[5] Werrington Post Office opened on 1 October 1891.[6]

Demographics[edit]

As per the 2011 Census, The most common ancestries in Werrington were Australian 26.8%, English 23.9%, Irish 5.9%, Scottish 4.3% and Filipino 3.1%. 67.6% of people were born in Australia with a weekly median household income of $1,078. The most common countries of birth were England 3.3%, Philippines 2.8%, New Zealand 2.5%, India 2.4% and Nepal 1.3%.The most common occupations included Clerical and Administrative Workers 19.6%, Technicians and Trades Workers 14.5%, Professionals 13.7%, Machinery Operators And Drivers 13.0%, and Labourers 10.9%.[7]

Commercial area[edit]

Werrington is served by the shopping precinct at Werrington County along Dunheved Road and retail shops near the railway station namely Foursquare Werrington[8] which includes a Pharmacy.[9] Colonial Hotel located in Victoria street has a Bistro, Sports Bar and a VIP Lounge.[10] Werrington Park Corporate Centre, a new Business Park is based adjacent to the University of Western Sydney, Werrington South campus.[11] McDonald's is situated at the Cnr of Great Western Highway and Reserve Road.[12] Werrington Post Office is located at 108 Victoria Street.[13]

Schools[edit]

Werrington has a primary school based in Armstein Crescent, Werrington.[14] The nearest High School is Cambridge Park High School in the nearby suburb of Cambridge Park. Wollemi College an independent boys' school is situated at Gipps Street.[15] Kurrambee school catering to students with special needs is located on Werrington Road.[16]

Tertiary Education[edit]

The University of Western Sydney Penrith has two campuses each in Werrington South and Werrington North.[17] The University campus is easily accessible from Werrington railway station.

Sporting Facilities[edit]

Werrington is home to the below Sports amenities

  • Colonial Golf Course
  • Kingsway Playing Fields - Archery
  • Parkes Avenue Tennis Club
  • Parkes Avenue Sports Complex
  • Rance Oval
  • Penrith Sports Stadium

Hospital[edit]

The nearest Hospital is Nepean Hospital in Penrith which provides multi-speciality Medical services. Werrington also has a Medical centre located at Victoria Street.[18]

Transport[edit]

Werrington railway station is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network. The station underwent a major upgrade in 2007, providing better access for the disabled with a new lift and establishing a paved carpark on the southern side of the station.Busways operates routes 782 and 785 to Penrith from Werrington Station.[19] Werrington is served by the Great Western Highway and the M4 Western Motorway (Kent Road exit). Werrington Arterial Road - Stage 1 was completed in May 2017 which connects the Great Western Highway and the M4 Western Motorway providing direct access to the M4 Western Motorway with entry and exit ramps at Claremont Meadows near Werrington. [20]

Governance[edit]

At a local government level, Werrington is part of the north ward of Penrith City Council, represented by Ross Fowler (Mayor of Penrith).At the state level, it is part of the Electoral district of Londonderry, represented by Labor Party member Prue Car.Federally, it is part of the Division of Lindsay, represented by Labor Party member Emma Husar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Werrington (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Penrith City History – Town Foundation: Early Town Plans and Subsequent Speculative Subdivision
  3. ^ State Heritage Register
  4. ^ The Department of Railways Research and Information Section (1966) Railway Quiz (Department of Railways) p12
  5. ^ "Penrith Local Suburb profiles – Werrington". Penrith City Council. Retrieved 13 August 2007. 
  6. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/SSC12463?opendocument&navpos=220
  8. ^ https://plus.google.com/107949561031363267939/about?gl=au&hl=en
  9. ^ http://www.truelocal.com.au/business/werrington-pharmacy/werrington
  10. ^ http://www.colonialhotel.com.au/index.html
  11. ^ http://werringtonpark.com.au/
  12. ^ https://mcdonalds.com.au/find-us/restaurants?qstore=werrington
  13. ^ http://auspost.com.au/pol/app/locate/post-office/NSW/WERRINGTON/2747
  14. ^ http://www.werrington-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/
  15. ^ http://www.wollemi.nsw.edu.au/about-wollemi/about-wollemi-college
  16. ^ https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/schoolfind/locator/?do=showRecord&code=5621
  17. ^ http://www.uws.edu.au/campuses_structure/cas/campuses/penrith
  18. ^ https://plus.google.com/103169526898628856002/about?gl=au&hl=en
  19. ^ https://www.busways.com.au/travelling-with-us/route/785/route-785-penrith-werrington-station-cambridge-park/20140518
  20. ^ http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-west/werrington-arterial-road-stage-1/