Bankstown City Council acknowledges the original custodians of its land, both past and present.
Bankstown is known today for its diversity and strong sense of identity. Shaped by its attractiveness to new migrants and its strong community spirit, Bankstown has grown from working class roots to a commercially diverse area with a focus on specialised industries and jobs for locals. It has produced highly successful entertainers, artists, sportspeople and a Prime Minister.
At the heart of metropolitan Sydney, Bankstown is located 20 kilometres from the Sydney CBD in Sydney's south-western suburbs. It is a residential, commercial and industrial area that covers 78 square kilometres and includes 25 suburbs.
Bankstown is one of the few places in the state that can be accessed by car, train, boat and plane. The city is well serviced by two rail lines and major roads that offer quick access to Sydney, the international airport and other major centres.
The city landmarks include:
- Bankstown Airport - the busiest general aviation airport in Australia with over 300,000 movements per year
- around 15,770 businesses employing 64,000 people
- Dunc Gray Velodrome - site of Olympic and World Cup cycling events
- Georges River National Park and Mirrambeena Regional Park
- Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital - the major hospital for south-western Sydney
- University of Western Sydney - Bankstown campus
- three TAFE campuses
- over 90 schools
- Bankstown Memorial Oval - a premier cricket facility
- Paul Keating Park - a recreation and outdoor entertainment area in the centre of Bankstown
- 300 public parks with 177 sporting fields including 30 tennis courts, 70 outdoor netball courts, a public golf course, a network of cycleways, 4 public swimming pools, basketball stadium, and regional softball/baseball facility
- 24 community halls, 13 scout/girl guide halls and 9 senior citizens/community centres
Bankstown has a population of 183,157, and an additional 12,000 people are expected to move into the area over the next 10 years. Most suburbs are expected to increase in population, with the key drivers being redevelopment opportunities in the Bankstown CBD and infill development in older suburbs, such as Padstow and Yagoona. During the next 10 years, Bankstown expects a significant increase in young adults and young families who will be attracted to our diverse housing mix.
Bankstown is a culturally and linguistically diverse community. Our overseas-born population totals 35.9 per cent, 32.3 per cent of whom are from non-English speaking backgrounds. Currently, the most common overseas birth places are Lebanon (8 per cent), Vietnam (7 per cent) and China (3 per cent). Almost one third of the Bankstown population holds post-high school education qualifications.
Bankstown is in a period of transition, with much of the area undergoing industrial restructuring, particularly in relation to manufacturing. Most Bankstown businesses (91.5 per cent) are small to medium enterprises with workforces of less than 20. These businesses are predominantly active in retailing, wholesaling, property and business services, construction and manufacturing.