Portal:City of Bankstown

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The City of Bankstown was a local government area in the south-west region of Sydney, Australia, centred on the suburb of Bankstown.

In 2006, the NSW government released a planning strategy for Metropolitan Sydney, known as the City of Cities plan for Sydney. The plan identified 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. Under the most recent Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney released in 2013, the NSW Government has reaffirmed Bankstown as a major centre, and Bankstown Airport as a specialised centre.

The last Mayor of the City of Bankstown Council was Clr Khal Asfour, a member of the Labor Party.

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Bankstown station is the principal railway station on the CityRail Bankstown line, for which the line is named. It is itself named for the Sydney suburb of Bankstown in which it is located. The station has a simple island platform, with a crossover at the eastern end and a turnback at the western end of the station to allow trains to be terminated in either direction.

Bankstown Station is situated in the Old Town Centre Plaza shopping centre, with South Terrace on the southern side and North Terrace on the other.

With the arrival of the 20th century came the railways. The station officially opened on the 14th of April 1909, after the Public Works Committee agreed to an extension of the railway line from Belmore. Bankstown's 1720 residents were able to board their first steam-driven locomotive.

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Casey Donovan (born May 13, 1988) is an Australian singer and the youngest winner of the Idol series anywhere in the world, winning the second season of Australian Idol, at the age of 16.
Donovan came from a family of musicians, with several of her relatives pursuing musical careers, including her father, a member of indigenous country band The Donovans. After her parents split, her mother and siblings moved in with stepfather Norm Axford. Growing up, Casey was always interested in singing and was lucky enough to be able to stay in touch with cousins Shalena and Jaleesa.

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Newly built houses in a newly built street in Punchbowl

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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