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Canning Vale 

Named after the nearby Canning River, Canning Vale is a relatively new suburb comprising two distinct areas – a modern, progressive industrial area and a leafy quality residential locality that has become renown for its attractive land and street scaping.

Situated approximately 20kms from the Perth CBD, it is the epitomy of a well planned locality as the industrial and residential areas are close but well separated so that there is virtually no intrusion of one on another – even to the extent of roadway access having little in common.

The result is a delightful residential area that has easy access to key nodes of employment while being kept separate from heavy transport associated with key industrial areas.

Canning Vale sits on the boundary of two local government areas – the City of Canning and the City of Gosnells.

The industrial area and the early residential estates, Livingston, Waratah and Ranford are within the City of Canning..

The Canning Vale region was originally known as North Jandakot and remained a mixed farming area of market gardens, nurseries and dairy farms until being rezoned for residential development in 1994.

The total Canning Vale area has had substantial growth with a considerable amount of new subdivision land being released over the last 10 years.
The 2006 census revealed a middle income population of 23,289 living in 6,731 dwellings with more than 95% being in separate houses.

According to the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia the March 2010 quarter had the area’s median price at $528,000. This figure had grown by 8.3% over the previous 12 months and has averaged 10.2% growth over the last five years.

The Canning Vale region has been developed in stages with gradually released attractively landscaped estates.

In developing the estates great attention to detail has been given to creating a quality atmosphere with attractive tree lined streets with several featuring attractive man made lakes surrounded by parklands.

Canning Vale contains five retail precincts, four within the residential areas.

Community facilities include five primary schools – Canning Vale (opened 1994), Ranford (1999), Campbell (2002), Excelsior (2005) and Caledenia (2007).

There’s also – a private school (St Emilie’s Catholic) and a high school, Canning Vale College.

It lies close to two golf courses (Gosnells Golf Club and Canning Vale Country Club).

Canning Vale has a football club, going under the name of Canning Vale Cougars Junior Football Club
Canning Vale’s northern boundary is the Roe Highway which connects with the Kwinana Freeway (west) and Albany Highway (east) to give easy access to the Perth CBD, Perth Airport and major shopping areas such as the Westfield Carousel in Cannington.

The area is served by a range of buses linking the area to the Perth CBD, Murdoch University and to Cannington plus there are bus connections to Transperth train stations.

Southern River

Southern River, located within the City of Gosnells, south of Canning Vale is a modern new suburb.

Growth took place from the mid 1990s, with considerable development occurring between 2001 and 2006. Land is continuing to be released and new commercial precincts are on the drawing board.

Like Canning Vale, the area was originally used for rural and semi rural activities up until the area was rezoned for residential purposes.

Southern River is bounded by the suburb of Huntingdale, Holmes Street, Southern River Road and Wungong Brook in the north, the Tonkin Highway in the east, Ranford Road in the south, and Warton Road in the west.

The locality is named after the river which runs through the area.

Development has been rapid.

The 2006 census recorded a total of 901 dwellings and a population of 2,956.

As at May 2010 there are an estimated 1700 dwellings with a population of approximately 5,500.

Along with the release of residential land there’s been the development of infrastructure such as neighbourhood shopping centres and schools.

It not only has its own neighbourhood facilities for use but being close to Canning Vale and Thornlie it can take advantage of the facilities in these areas.

Furthermore its is within easy driving distance of the City of Gosnells, Kelmscott, Maddington and the Regional centre of Armadale.

According to the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia the March 2010 quarter had the area’s median price at $532,000. This figure had grown by 9.3% over the previous 12 months and averaged 11.9% growth over the last five years.

The area has excellent access to schools:
• Betchley Park
• Carey Baptist College
• Campbell Primary School
• Canning Vale Primary School
• Canning Vale Catholic Primary School
• Canning Vale College (Canning Vale)
• Ranford Primary School
• Thornlie Christian College

Public transport is provided by bus to the Perth CBD, Murdoch University and to Cannington with links to train stations at Murdoch and Thornlie.

Thornile 

Thornlie is one of the longer established localities within the City of Gosnells.

It is bounded by the Canning River in the north, the Southern River, Corfield Street and Warton Road in the east, Garden Street and Nicholson Road in the south, and the Roe Highway in the west.

The area is named after an original property.

Settlement dates from 1829, the very early stages of the West Australian colony, with land used for farming and grazing.

Significant residential development took place from the late 1950s through to the 1980s.

The population at the time of the 2006 census was 22,267 people living in 7,743 dwellings.

According to the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia the March 2010 quarter had the area’s median price at $378,000.

The area had 430 property sales in the 12 months leading up to March 2010 resulting in the median price growing by 5.6%. The average growth over 5 years is 12.1%.

Major features of the area include Forest Lakes Shopping Centre, Spencer Village Shopping Centre, Thornlie Square Shopping Centre, Swan TAFE (Thornlie Campus), Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, Thornlie Community Centre, and the Tom Bateman Sporting Complex.

Shopping facilities are larger neighbourhood type complexes. The area has easy access to larger centres – the Metro Maddington, Gosnells and Cannington Westfield Carousel.

Schools: Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre, Yale P.S., Sacred Heart P.S , Forest Crescent P.S., Thornlie P.S., Thornlie S.H.S., Thornlie TAFE Campus

Public transport provides a link bus connecting to the Thornlie train station which provides transport to the Perth CBD.

Huntingdale

Huntingdale , is part of the City of Gosnells, bounded by Corfield Street in the north, the Southern River in the east, Southern River Road, Holmes Street and the suburb of Southern River in the south, and Warton Road in the west.

Essentially it is to the South of Thornlie and East of Southern River.

The area was developed between the mid 1970s and 1990 and according to the 2006 census it has a population of 8,117 living in 2,708 dwellings.

According to the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia there were 178 properties sold during the 12 months leading up to March 2010.

As at March 2010 the median price was $378,000 representing a growth of 0.9% during the previous 12 months. The 5 year average has been 12.5%.

Schools in the area are the Huntingdale and Gosnells Primary Schools.

Other nearby schools: St Munchin’s Catholic School (Gosnells) , Sacred Heart Primary School (Thornlie)

Public transport consists of bus services to Thornlie, Maddington or Murdoch train stations.

Aubin Grove

Aubin Grove, a new suburb located within the City of Cockburn was named after an early settler, Henry John Aubin who leased agricultural land in the area in 1897.

The area was created in December 2003 being formerly a portion of Banjup.

According to 2006 census figures there were 98 dwellings housing a total of 351 people.

The latest estimates have the number of dwellings at 786 indicating an increase of about 680 homes since the census.

According to the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia there were 75 properties sold during the 12 months leading up to March 2010.

The median price in March 2010 was $510,500 indicating a growth in the median price during the 12 months of 6.4%. Over five years it has averaged a growth rate of 7.5%.

Aubin Grove is expected to see substantial growth over the next 10 years.

The area is bound by Lyon Road, Rowley Road, Liddelow Road and Gibbs Road in the South.

It is about 25 kms south of Perth with easy access to the city via the Kwinana Freeway.

Piara Waters

This very new locality situated within the City of Armadale is near the corner of Nicholson Road and Warton Road., south of Canning Vale and West of Southern River.

According to recent estimates there are 381 homes.

During the 12 months leading up to March 2010 a total of 41 properties were sold giving the area a median price of $538,000.

This figure has grown by 3.4% during this period.

The Piara Waters Estate has a considerable development ahead of it. Future planning includes schools and shopping precinct.

The nearest shopping facilities are currently in Southern River and Canning Vale. The nearest major centre is the Armadale regional centre or Maddington Metro.

The area is within 4kms of the extended Tonkin Highway which gives it a quick access to Perth airport and eastern suburbs.

The area also has easy access to the Cockburn Central Train Station via Aramadale Road as well as being close to existing Canning Vale and Southern River amenities,

Schools: Thornlie Christian College; Carey Baptist College; Canning Vale College; Campbell Primary; Bletchley Park Primary School;

Atwell

Atwell, a modern suburb within the City of Cockburn is bounded to the north by Armadale Road , the Kwinana Freeway to the west, Tappers Road to the east and to the south by Gibbs Road..

The area was named after Ernest Atwell who established one of the largest dairy farms in the Perth region. The dairy continued to operate until the 1950s when the area was cleared for redevelopment.

Development of the suburb of Atwell began in the early 1990s through the creation of several housing estates such as Beeliar parklands and has continued to expand with the estates, Atwell Waters, and Harvest Lakes being developed. Most of the suburb has now been developed, with only small sections in the south remaining to be further developed.

According to the 2006 census there were 2010 dwellings accommodating a population of 6926. We believe the number of dwellings may have increased since to about 2,800.

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia figures show that as at march 2010 the media price was $478,500. There were 226 property sales in the area for the year resulting in the median price decreasing by 0.1%. The five year average has been 11.2%

Schools within the area are Atwell Primary School, Atwell College and harmony Primary School.

Other nearby schools are Emmanuel Catholic College (Beeliar) and Mater Christi Catholic Primary School (Yangebup).

Atwell offers easy access to the Kwinana Freeway. Public transport is via the Perth –Mandurah rail line. The Cockburn Central rail station is close by.

South Lake

Located on the Eastern side of the City of Cockburn, South Lake is bound by the Kwinana Freeway to the east, the freight line to the north, Berrigan Drive to the South and North Lake Road to the West.

It is 23kms from the Perth CBD with principal access being via the Kwinana Freeway or via North lake Road to the Canning Hwy and across the city causeway.

The area was developed in the 1980s and has grown to a population according to the 2006 census of 5659 people living in 2041 dwellings.

According to the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia there were 133 properties sold during the 12 months leading up to March 2010.

The median price in March 2010 was $386,000 indicating a growth in the median price during the 12 months of 4.6%. Over five years it has averaged a growth rate of 12.9%.

South Lake has the Lakes Shopping Centre and two schools- South Lake primary and Lakeland Senior High School.

Other nearby schools are Emmanuel Catholic College (Beeliar) , and Mater Christi Catholic Primary School (Yangebu)

It has easy access to other commercial areas – Phoenix Shopping Centre, Bibra lake commercial area, Kardinya, Myaree and Garden City Shopping Centre.

Public transport provides a bus service to the Cockburn Central Train Station.

Among the facilities in South Lake is the South Lake Leisure Centre, offering an eight lane heated 25m pool, 2 water slides, toddlers pool, spa and sauna. The Centre also has a fully equipped gymnasium, aerobics room, community meeting rooms and two indoor multipurpose sports courts.