City of Bankstown

City of Bankstown
City of Bankstown
New South Wales
Bankstown lga sydney.png
Population: 186,108(2009)[1] (13th)
Density: 2266/km² (5,868.9/sq mi)
Area: 77 km² (29.7 sq mi)
Mayor: Tania Mihailuk (ALP)
Council Seat: Bankstown
Region: Metropolitan Sydney
State District: East Hills; Bankstown; Auburn; Fairfield
Federal Division: Banks; Blaxland
LGAs around City of Bankstown:
Parramatta Auburn Strathfield
Fairfield City of Bankstown Canterbury
Liverpool Sutherland Hurstville
Bankstown CBD
Facade of Bankstown Town Hall
Council chambers of the Bankstown City Council

The City of Bankstown is a city and Local Government Area in the Canterbury-Bankstown region of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, centred on the suburb of Bankstown.

In 2006, the NSW government released the new planning strategy for Sydney and surrounds, known as the City of Cities plan for Sydney. The plan identifies 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. [2] [3] [4]



District of Banks Town was named by Governor Hunter in 1797 in honour of botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who travelled to Australia with Captain James Cook in 1770. The area was discovered during an expedition of the Georges River by George Bass and Matthew Flinders. The area of first European settlement along the river has been partially preserved as part of the Mirrumbeena Regional Reserve. Bankstown also includes large areas of the Georges River National Park.

Bankstown became a municipality in 1895, and then declared official city status in 1980 in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.[5]

World War II

The Bankstown Bunker was an exact replica of the underground Ops rooms of wartime England, which directed Britain's air defence fighter plane attacks on the invading German Luftwaffe.[citation needed] Entrance to the bunker was obtained through a concrete passageway which was well screened by a grassy slope; a stairway led to a virtual maze of corridors and hallways leading to various sections. There were two points into to the bunker (escape hatches) which were guarded by military police, and access was gained via the bottom level.[6]

The walls of the bunker could almost withstand a direct hit from a 300 lb bomb.[citation needed] It had all the attenuated fixtures necessary to run a top secret operational defence base. It consisted of three Fixer Stations and one Homing Station. The bunker was also equipped with its own code room, plotting rooms, two escape tunnels and a radio transmitter room. In the centre of the bunker was a large room of about two-stories in height. This was the main operations room and control centre for all RAAF Missions in the Pacific area.[7]


The Bankstown City region is approx. 76 square kilometres and has a population density of about 21.46 people per hectare.[8] The boundaries of Bankstown City are, clockwise, the Prospect water supply pipeline and Liverpool Road (also known as Hume Highway) along the north, Roberts Road, Juno Parade, Koala Road, Punchbowl Road, Canterbury Road and the Salt Pan Creek along the east, the Georges River in the south and the Georges River, Prospect Creek, the Hume Highway and Woodville Road along the west. Salt Pan Creek is a saltmarsh and mangrove swamp that extends from Canterbury Road to Georges River.

Paul Keating Park, in the centre of Bankstown, stands on the old site of the Council Administration building, which burned down in an accidental fire in 1997.[citation needed] The Park is used for a variety of concerts and festivals (including the annual Bankstown Christmas Carols), and is otherwise a large playing field. Nowadays, all of the council operations are contained in the Civic Tower, adjacent to the Park. Bankstown Town Hall faces opposite.


Bankstown City Council is composed of twelve councillors elected proportionally. The city is divided into four wards, each electing four councillors. The mayor not directly elected.[9] The current makeup of the council is as follows:[9]

Party Councillors
  Australian Labor Party 7
  Liberal Party of Australia 4
  Independent 1
Total 12

The current council, elected in 2008, is:[9]

Ward Councillor Party Notes
East Ward   Tania Mihailuk Labor Mayor
  Naji Najjar Liberal
  Khal Asfour Labor Deputy Mayor
North Ward   Pam Gavin Labor
  Alex Kuskoff Labor
  Michael Tadros Liberal
South Ward   Linda Downey Labor
  Glenn Brookes Liberal
  Max Parker Independent
West Ward   Ian Stromborg Labor
  Glen Waud Liberal
  Allan Winterbottom Labor


Bankstown Civic Tower

The local economy in Bankstown City is fairly diverse. There is a large number of manufacturing businesses in around Bankstown. There is also a large number of service and administrative jobs, particularly in the CBD.

Some large businesses are established in the Bankstown City area including: Fairfax Media Printers print The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald and the News Limited Printers print The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, both at Chullora. Bankstown Airport and the surrounding industrial areas in Revesby and Milperra are centres of economic activity.[citation needed] Airtex Aviation has its head office on the grounds of the airport.[10]

Approximately 61,000 people work within the city, over 2 thirds of which come from elsewhere, and just under a third of workers live in the city itself.[11]


There are a wide variety of commercial shops. Most notable is the large and extensive shopping centre, Centro Bankstown (formerly known as Bankstown Square). It opened in 1966 and in July 2006 completed its most recent expansion. Other shopping precincts include the Compass Centre and various stores in the Bankstown Plaza, a large pedestrian thoroughfare located near the Bankstown railway station.

There is also a number of town centres in suburbs of the city. Other shopping centres include Bass Hill Plaza and Chullora Market Place.


The Bankstown Local Government Area has about 170,000 people with a population density of 2,283.5 people per square kilometre.[12] Bankstown is known for its multicultural community with a large proportion of the population born overseas. According to the 2006 Census, the most common countries of birth of those residents was Lebanon 7.1%, Vietnam 6.3%, China 2.4%, New Zealand 1.4% and Greece 1.4%.[13] Other than English, the most common languages spoken by the community are Arabic, Vietnamese, Greek, Cantonese and Mandarin. The most common religion in Bankstown is Catholicism, followed by Anglican, Islam, Orthodox and Buddhism.[14]


Bankstown is home to the University of Western Sydney Bankstown Campus. The Campus is located in Milperra, about 5–10 minutes drive from the Central Business District of Bankstown. The University is the main UWS Campus for arts, linguistics and humanities. There are a number of TAFE Colleges in the city, with one located within the city itself. There is also a number of senior colleges. Bankstown has numerous public and private schools including Catholic and Islamic Schools in the city.

Bankstown's first public school was built in 1880. In 1882 49 boys and 36 girls were enrolled, and upkeep expenses totalled 219 pounds, eight shillings and 11 pence. The school's first headmaster was Dugald McLeod who taught at the school until 1912. The school was demolished in 1924 due to the development of North Bankstown School in the same year.[15]

Recreation and Culture


Bankstown Town Hall, in the City Centre, holds a number of entertainment and cultural events throughout the year. Some of the Major events in the City include Australia Day and Carols by Candlelight. Australia Day celebrations are held on the Georges River Foreshore and attract large crowds. Carols are normally held in the City Centre, at Paul Keating Park. During April an Autumn Fair is held in Yagoona.


There are two local newspapers, The Express and the Torch. The Torch is more Bankstown City based, whilst The Express covers both Bankstown and neighbouring local government area Canterbury. BFM is a locally based community radio station. There is also a local web based news and information service, Bankstown Community Information ([16]


The three storey complex of Central Bankstown Library, opened in 1983.

The major sport in Bankstown City is Rugby League.[citation needed] There is one local team in the National Rugby League called the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

Bankstown City was also home to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Velodrome. The Velodrome now holds International Cycling Events. It is known as the Dunc Gray Velodrome. It most recently was part of the Australian Youth Olympics 2007.[citation needed]

There is a major cricket ground in Bankstown, Bankstown Oval . It occasionally hosts home games for the New South Wales Blues in the Ford Ranger Cup.

Bankstown is home to the soccer team, Bankstown City Lions who play in the New South Wales Premier League.

There are several junior rugby league and soccer teams. Some main fields include the Crest, Walshaw Park, Middleton Park and Graf Park. There is also a Basketball Stadium in the City, and a horse raceway.

The City Council manages four swimming centres, in Birrong, Greenacre, Revesby and Villawood. The Wran Leisure Centre in Villawood also includes a sauna, squash and tennis courts. There is one public Golf Course, Sefton Golf Course, and a number of private ones.


Bankstown has 293 parks covering 730 hectares within its city limits. There are 41 sports grounds, 12 community parks and 18 natural parklands.[17] In the CBD, major parks include Bankstown Oval, McLeod Reserve, Paul Keating Park and Bankstown City Gardens. Other major parks include Mirambeena Regional Park, The Crest, O'Neill Park, Terry Lamb Complex, Garrison Point, Jensen Oval and the extensive parklands around Georges River, among others. The entrance to Georges River National Park is also located within the city.


Bankstowns main Hospital is the Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital, a 454-bed Major Metropolitan Acute General Hospital.

Major educational sites include the Bankstown Campus of the University of Western Sydney, and TAFE NSW Bankstown College. Bankstown also has a large central library, which services the Bankstown metropolitan area, alongside smaller branches in other suburbs including Padstow, Panania,Greenacre and Chester Hill.


Olympic Parade Bankstown


The M5 motorway runs through the Bankstown suburbs of Padstow, Revesby and Milperra, and is accessible by ramps on Henry Lawson Drive, The River Road and Fairford Road. The M5 links Bankstown to Sydney International Airport, Sydney City, Campbelltown and other outer south-western suburbs.

Other major routes to the City include Canterbury Road and the Hume Highway. Stacey Street is a main north-south route. There is also a scenic Henry Lawson Drive which runs along the Georges River Foreshore.


Railway formed an important part of the development of Bankstown. After the extension of the railway from Belmore to Bankstown, rapid development of the area followed - so much so that the commercial centre of Bankstown moved from its former position in Irish Town (Now Yagoona) on Liverpool Road to the vicinity of Bankstown railway station.

Today, two railway lines of the CityRail network provide passenger services to the Bankstown local government area. Yagoona, Bankstown, Wiley Park and Punchbowl railway stations of the Bankstown line line service the north part of the local government area, while Padstow, Revesby, Panania and East Hills railway stations of the East Hills railway line service the south. The Bankstown Line will be altered as part of CityRail's Clearways project. The Bankstown Line will now run from Liverpool to the City via Bankstown, or Liverpool to Lidcombe via Regents Park. Commuters on the Bankstown Line will not longer be able to catch a direct service to the City via Regents Park and Lidcombe without changing lines at Lidcombe station.

Bankstown is also served by the Sydney Freight Terminal in Chullora. The intermodal terminal is one of Sydney's largest freight terminals.


Bankstown Airport is Australia's busiest general aviation airport. It is located west of the CBD. The Airport site is owned by the Federal government.

Notable residents

Notable past and present residents include:

Sister cities

Sister Cities of Bankstown include:

Bankstown signed its first Sister City Agreement with Broken Hill in outback NSW on 16 September 1986.[30]

Bankstown signed its first international Sister City agreement with Suita City, Japan, in March 1989.[30]

Colorado students in Bankstown signed a new Sister City Agreement with Colorado Springs, home of the United States Olympic Committee, on 13 July 2001.[30]

In 1997, Bankstown signed a Friendship Agreement with Yangcheon-gu City in South Korea, resulting in the establishment of youth exchanges and the sharing of information between both local authorities. During a tour in 2001, Bankstown Council delegates met with Korean officials to discuss ways of promoting Bankstown companies with a view to creating new export markets. The Cities exchanged details of Management Planning Processes and inspections of community facilities took place in Yangcheon. A Sister City Agreement was subsequently signed with Yangcheon City in September 2002.[30]

In February 2000 a friendship agreement was made between Shijiazhuang City and Bankstown. The friendship agreement signifies that the two cities are exploring the possibility of venturing into a sister city agreement.[31]

Suburbs of the City of Bankstown

The water tower known as Bankstown Reservoir is a heritage item managed by Sydney Water. In 1826, bush rangers were hanged on the site ( Rosen, Sue Bankstown Sense of Identity) where the water tower now stands.

These are the suburbs and localities in the local government area:


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