Portal:City of Bankstown

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City of Bankstown

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The City of Bankstown is a city and Local Government Area in south-west Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It consists of a number of suburbs including Bass Hill, Greenacre, Georges Hall and Milperra, among others. The City is bounded by the City of Parramatta and Auburn Council to the north, the City of Fairfield and the City of Liverpool to the west, the Sutherland Shire to the south, and the City of Canterbury, the City of Hurstville and the Municipality of Strathfield to the east.

Bankstown has one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Australia. Home to a large Lebanese community, Bankstown also boasts large populations of Greek, Chinese, Vietnamese and Slavic migrants. In all, over 60 different languages are spoken. Bankstown is considered as one of the most multicultural areas in the country.

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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. 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.

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The walls of the bunker were 1.5 metres thick and it could almost withstand a direct hit from a 300lbs bomb. 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 Ops room and control centre for all RAAF Missions in the Pacific area. The room also had a large map, (24' x 18') denoting troop positions in the South West Pacific theater of World War II. The facilities inside the bunker also had to cater for the full time staff who lived and worked in the facility, they worked on a rotating roster that involved living in the bunker for two-week periods. The living quarters consisted of its own kitchen, dining area, bathrooms and bedrooms.

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The Hard-Ons origins can be traced to Western Sydney's Punchbowl Boys High School, where all three band members were students. The multicultural trio of drummer/vocalist Keish De Silva (of Sri Lankan descent), guitar/vocals Blackie (Yugoslavian heritage) and bassist Ray Ahn (Korean ancestry) were initially too young to play gigs in pubs, but honed their skills playing at parties and school dances. After all turning 18 years old, the band made its first 'proper' live debut in June 1984 at Ultimo's Vulcan hotel. [1] Quickly gaining a considerable following, the band released its debut EP (Surfin On My Face) the following year.

Subsequent recordings like Smell My Finger, Dickcheese, Love Is A Battlefield Of Wounded Hearts and Yummy! were well-received by fans and set the blueprint for the 'Hard-Ons sound': messy pop-punk with metal and psychedelia elements. The band also showed their independent punk spirit, with the members deliberately controlling their own careers: recording, booking and promoting themselves, creating their own artwork, choosing support bands and even managing the merchandise desk whilst on tour. These unconventional decisions, combined with songwriting talents, powerful live performances and a healthy sense of humour earned the band a large following in Europe as well as their native Australia.

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Bankstown Town Hall

Did you know?

  • ...that In 1795, Matthew Flinders, and George Bass, and the boy servant William Martin explored the Georges River to land at what is now Garrison Point.
  • ...that During WWII, Picnic Point National Park was the location of a remote receiving station and operations bunker that was owned and operated by the RAAF. This facility was used in conjunction with two other facilities, one of them was located in Bankstown, the Bankstown Bunker and the other facility was a transmitting station located in Johnston Road Bass Hill.
  • ...that Potts Hill, New South Wales is named for Joseph Hyde Potts, an accountant in the Bank of New South Wales, who received a grant of 1,100 acres (4 km2) in 1833. He originally called his property Hyde Park and had increased his holdings to 2,564 acres (10 km2) by 1835.
  • ...that Mount Lewis, New South Wales takes its name from the highest point in the district at Mount Lewis Reserve on Wattle Street.
  • ...that the Aboriginal word Birrong meaning star, was adopted as the suburb's name around 1927,
  • ...that Paul Keating, former Prime Minister of Australia, was a student of De La Salle Bankstown from 1955-1958.
  • ...The suburb of Chullora was originally part of the area known as Liberty Plains, which was land given to the first free settlers who arrived in Sydney Cove on the 6th January 1793.
  • ...that the name Punchbowl is taken from a circular valley, called 'the punch bowl', which is located in the nearby suburb of Belfield at the intersection of Coronation Parade, Georges River and Punchbowl Roads..
  • ...that the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Bass Hill, New South Wales was home of the track cycling events for the 2000 Summer Olympics


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Suburbs
Bankstown, Bass Hill, Birrong, Chester Hill, Chullora, Condell Park, East Hills, Georges Hall, Greenacre, Milperra, Mount Lewis, Padstow, Padstow Heights, Panania, Picnic Point, Potts Hill, Punchbowl, Revesby, Revesby Heights, Sefton, Villawood, Yagoona.

Education
Bankstown Girls, LaSalle Catholic College, Malek Fahd Islamic School, St Euphemia College, Sefton High School, Southern Cross College.

Sport & rec
Bankstown Oval, Dunc Gray Velodrome, Garrison Point, Georges River National Park, Jensen Oval, McLeod Reserve, Middleton Park, Mirambeena Regional Park, O'Neill Park, Salt Pan Creek, Terry Lamb Complex.

Public transport
Bankstown railway station, Birrong railway station, East Hills railway station, Padstow railway station, Panania railway station, Punchbowl railway station, Sefton railway station, Yagoona railway station.

Sports Teams
Bankstown Berries, Bankstown City Lions, Bankstown City Bulls,
Bankstown RSL Dragons, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs,
Chester Hill Rhinos, Yagoona Lions

World War II
Bankstown Bunker, No. 1 Fighter Sector RAAF,
History of Bankstown during WWII, HMS Nabberley

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