Woodville West, South Australia

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Woodville West
AdelaideSouth Australia
Coordinates 34°52′58″S 138°31′33″E / 34.8828°S 138.5258°E / -34.8828; 138.5258Coordinates: 34°52′58″S 138°31′33″E / 34.8828°S 138.5258°E / -34.8828; 138.5258
Population 2,848 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 5011
Location 9 km (6 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) City of Charles Sturt
State electorate(s) Cheltenham
Federal Division(s) Port Adelaide
Suburbs around Woodville West:
Albert Park Cheltenham Woodville
Seaton Woodville West Woodville South
Seaton Findon Woodville South

Woodville West is a suburb of Adelaide, situated about 9 kilometres northwest of the Central Business District. It lies within the City of Charles Sturt. The postcode of Woodville West is 5011. Woodville West is bounded by the railway line and Port Road in the north, Findon Road in the east, Trimmer Parade, Todville Street and Minns Street East in the south, and Frank Mitchell Park, Agnes Street and the railway line in the west. As of 2011, Renewal SA and the City of Charles Sturt have been implementing the Woodville West Neighbourhood Renewal Project,[2] which involves an $130m property development.[3]

History[edit]

Residence on Green Road, Woodville West ca. 1908
Joinery Works, Woodville West ca. 1910

Colonial settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, with growth during the 1870s and 1880s. In February 1879, the township of Woodville West was advertised for sale in allotments, with one advertisement stating, "the township of Woodville West is pleasantly situated on the western side of the Port Road, and has the great advantages of easy communication with the port by means of the Alberton and Queenstown Tramway (the terminus of which is within about one minute's walk of the land), with the city by trains passing every 45 minutes, the Woodville Station (to which it is in close proximity), and with the sea by the Grange and Military Road Railway (in the course of formation). Water can be obtained anywhere on the ground by sinking a few feet, and is available from the mains passing along the Port Road. The soil is very fertile and well adapted for gardening."[4]

Some growth took place during the interwar period. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s. The population declined slightly during the 1990s, and then fluctuated slightly between 2001 and 2011, a result of small changes in dwelling stock and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.[5] Woodville West Post Office opened on 3 February 1947 and closed in 1986.[6]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011, the median age of Woodville West residents was 39. There are an average of 2.4 residents per dwelling, with an average of 2.1 children per family. The median weekly household income is $1,033 and the median weekly rent is $210.[7]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 2.2% of the population. The most common ancestries in Woodville West were Australian (23.0%), English (22.1%), Italian (10.3%), Irish (5.2%) and German (5.0%). 70.6% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were India (4.0%), England (2.8%), Italy (2.7%), Poland (1.2%) and Greece (1.1%). The most common religious affiliations in Woodville West were Catholic (30.2%), No Religion (19.7%), Anglican (9.3%), Eastern Orthodox (7.7%) and Uniting Church (7.3%).[7]

The most common occupations in Woodville West included Professionals (18.4%), Clerical and Administrative Workers (17.7%), Technicians and Trades Workers (14.6%), Community and Personal Service Workers (11.4%), and Labourers (10.8%). Woodville West has a 7% unemployment rate.[7]

Politics[edit]

Woodville West is part of West Woodville Ward in the City of Charles Sturt local government area.[8]

Woodville West lies in the state electoral district of Cheltenham[9] and the federal electoral division of Port Adelaide.[10]

Facilities[edit]

There are two kindergartens in area, Woodville West Kindergarten and Woodville Day Nursery and Kindergarten.

There are two churches in the area, Woodville West Lutheran Church and St Peters and St Pauls Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church.

On the western side of Woodville West is Frank Mitchell Park/Woodville West Reserve, which features public BBQs, play equipment, and sports facilities. On the southern side of Woodville is Smith Reserve, which features a picnic area, play equipment, and sports facilities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "2011 Community Profiles: Woodville West (State Suburb)". 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Sturt, City of Charles, Woodville West Neighbourhood Renewal Project, City of Charles Sturt, retrieved 2016-07-14 
  3. ^ "$130m Woodville West development taking shape". Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Advertising". South Australian Register. 1879-01-27. p. 7. Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  5. ^ City of Charles Sturt. "Community Profile: Woodville West". City of Charles Sturt. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics. "2011 Census Quick Stats - Woodville West 5011". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  8. ^ City of Charles Sturt. "Council Ward Map". City of Charles Sturt. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Electoral Commission SA. "Cheltenham". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  10. ^ Australian Electoral Commission. "Localities". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 December 2015.