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Liverpool City

About the area

Name origin

Liverpool is named after the Earl of Liverpool, who at the time was the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

Location and boundaries

Liverpool City is located in Sydney's south-western suburbs - about 25 kilometres from the Sydney GPO. Liverpool City is bounded by Penrith City and Fairfield City in the north, the City of Canterbury Bankstown in the east, Sutherland Shire in the south-east, Campbelltown City and the Camden Council area in the south, and Wollondilly Shire in the west.

Included areas

Liverpool City includes the suburbs and localities of Ashcroft, Austral, Badgerys Creek (part), Bringelly (part), Busby, Carnes Hill, Cartwright, Casula, Cecil Hills, Cecil Park (part), Chipping Norton, Denham Court (part), Edmondson Park, Elizabeth Hills, Greendale, Green Valley, Hammondville, Heckenberg, Hinchinbrook, Holsworthy (part), Horningsea Park, Hoxton Park, Kemps Creek (part), Len Waters Estate, Leppington (part), Liverpool, Luddenham (part), Lurnea, Middleton Grange, Miller, Moorebank, Mount Pritchard (part), Pleasure Point, Prestons, Rossmore (part), Sadleir, Silverdale (part), Voyager Point, Wallacia (part), Warwick Farm, Wattle Grove and West Hoxton.

Economic region
Liverpool City

Land use

Liverpool City is a rapidly growing residential area with substantial industrial, commercial and rural areas. The City encompasses a total land area of 305 square kilometres, including extensive military training facilities in the Holsworthy area.

Transport

Liverpool City is served by the Hume Highway, the South Western Motorway, Westlink (M7) and the Campbelltown, East Hills/Airport, Cumberland and Bankstown railway lines.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1810, with people settling along the Georges River and in the Holsworthy region. Land was used mainly for farming, wine growing and market gardening. Liverpool was the first free planned settlement of Australia, with the population numbering just over 2,000 in 1841. Growth increased after the opening of the railway in 1856. The population was nearly 4,000 in 1901, growing to over 12,000 by 1947 and to 30,000 by 1960. Significant growth occurred in the 1960s when the Green Valley Housing estate (comprising the suburbs of Ashcroft, Busby, Cartwright, Heckenberg, Miller and Sadleir) was established. The population continued growing rapidly during the 1970s and 1980s, to become 98,000 by 1991. Rapid development continued in the 1990s, with the City’s population growing more than anywhere else in New South Wales, taking more than 13% of Sydney’s growth between 1991 and 2001, rising to a total of nearly 154,000 in 2001. Growth during the 1990s was largely in central Liverpool and the suburbs to the west of central Liverpool (Casula, Cecil Hills, Green Valley, Hinchinbrook, Horningsea Park, Hoxton Park, Prestons and West Hoxton), with growth also in the eastern suburb of Wattle Grove. The population continued to grow during the early 2000s, reaching nearly 205,000 by 2016, with growth largely from urban release development and redevelopment in established areas. Growth from the early 2000s continued in central Liverpool and the suburbs of Casula, Hoxton Park, Prestons and West Hoxton, with more recent growth also in the western suburbs of Edmondson Park, Elizabeth Hills and Middleton Grange, and the eastern suburbs of Holsworthy, Moorebank and Warwick Farm. Population growth is expected to continue.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of Liverpool City were the Cabrogal Aboriginal people.

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