Camden Council area
About the area
The Camden Council area is located in Sydney’s south-western suburbs, about 60 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. The Camden Council area is bounded by Liverpool City in the north, Campbelltown City in the east, and Wollondilly Shire in the south and west.
Included AreasThe Camden Council area includes the suburbs and localities of Bickley Vale, Bringelly (part), Camden, Camden South, Catherine Field, Cawdor (part), Cobbitty, Currans Hill, Elderslie, Ellis Lane, Gledswood Hills, Grasmere, Gregory Hills (part), Harrington Park, Kirkham, Leppington (part), Mount Annan (part), Narellan, Narellan Vale, Oran Park, Rossmore (part), Smeaton Grange and Spring Farm.
Land UseThe Camden Council area is a rapidly growing residential area, with rural, industrial and commercial areas. The Council area encompasses a total land area of about 200 square kilometres. Rural land is used largely for agriculture.
Name OriginThe Camden Council area is named after Lord Camden, former Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. Camden is called the "Birthplace of the Wealth of the Nation" in recognition of the commencement of Australia's wool industry in the area.
Indigenous MeaningThe original inhabitants of the Camden Council area were the Tharawal and Gundungurra Aboriginal people.
SettlementEuropean settlement dates from 1805 when John Macarthur was granted 5,000 acres of land for sheep breeding. Population was minimal until the 1840s when land was subdivided. Gradual growth took place in the late 1800s. Significant development did not occur until the 1980s. Rapid population and housing growth occurred from the early 1990s. Most of the growth in the 1990s was in the south-eastern suburbs of Currans Hill, Harrington Park, Mount Annan and Narellan Vale. More recent growth has also been in the southern suburbs of Elderslie and Spring Farm, and new release areas in the north, particularly in the localities of Cobbitty, Gledswood Hills, Gregory Hills and Oran Park. Growth is expected to continue.
Major FeaturesMajor features of the Camden Council area include the Nepean River, The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, William Howe Regional Park, Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park, The Camden Town Farm, The University of Sydney (Camden Campus), Coates Park Farm (The University of Sydney), Belgenny Farm, the Camden Central Business District, Camden Hospital, Gledswood Homestead & Winery and several other wineries.
TransportThe Camden Council area is served by the Camden Airport.