Inner West Council area


The Inner West Council area is located in the inner-western suburbs of Sydney. The Council area encompasses a total land area of over 30 square kilometres. The Inner West Council area is predominantly residential, with substantial industrial and commercial areas.

Key employment sectors in the Inner West Council area include retail trade, health care and manufacturing, and to a lesser extent, education. The major retail areas in the Inner West Council area are Ashfield Town Centre, Ashfield Mall Shopping Centre, MarketPlace Leichhardt, Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre, Norton Plaza, and the commercial areas along Darling Street, Marrickville Road, Norton Street and Parramatta Road. Smaller retail centres include Annandale Village, Orange Grove Plaza and Stanmore Plaza, and commercial areas along Audley Street, Enmore Road, Illawarra Road, King Street, New Canterbury Road, the Princes Highway and Wardell Road. Health care services are provided at one small public hospital (Balmain Hospital), three small private hospitals (MetroRehab Hospital, The Sydney Private Hospital and Wesley Hospital Ashfield) and numerous nursing homes and aged care facilities. The main industrial areas are located in the suburbs of Annandale, Balmain, Camperdown, Leichhardt, Lewisham, Lilyfield, Marrickville, Petersham, Rozelle, St Peters, Summer Hill, Sydenham and Tempe. These industrial areas include the Balmain Shipyard, Balmain Marine Centre, Glebe Island and White Bay (port facility), Rozelle Rail Yards and the Cooks River Rail Freight Terminal. The Inner West Council area is home to the Sydney College of the Arts - the University of Sydney (Rozelle Campus), Sydney TAFE (Petersham College and Design Centre Enmore), University of Tasmania (School of Medicine Rozelle Campus), Sydney Community College, Newington College, Trinity Grammar School, and numerous other private and public schools.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Princes Highway
  • Hume Highway (Liverpool Road)
  • City West Link
  • Parramatta Road
  • Bankstown, Illawarra & Inner West railway lines
  • Sydney Metro light rail
  • White Bay Cruise Terminal
  • various wharves


  • Sydney GPO 4-10km
  • Sydney Airport 2-10km
  • Port Botany 10-15km
  • Sydney Cove 5-10km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Annandale (south-east)
  • Balmain (south-east)
  • Camperdown (north-west)
  • Leichhardt (several locations)
  • Lewisham (west of Old Canterbury Road and south of Longport Street)
  • Lilyfield (around City West Link)
  • Marrickville (several locations)
  • Petersham (several locations)
  • Rozelle (east)
  • St Peters (several locations)
  • Summer Hill (along Parramatta Road and Smith Street)
  • Sydenham (around the Princes Highway)
  • Tempe (south)

Inner West Council

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