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The History of Austral

History

The area that now constitutes the suburbs of Austral was a parcel of land in West Hoxton purchased by the Austral Banking and Land Proprietary. When residents pushed for a second public school in the Hoxton Park area in 1891, Austral Banking and Land Proprietary donated 3 acres (12,000 m2) of its land for the site and, in return, the school was named Austral Public School. The name of the school became synonymous with the area although it wasn't officially recognised until 1972. Austral Post Office opened on 7 February 1894.

Demographics

According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 3,024 residents in Austral. 60.4% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was Italy at 10.1%. 52.3% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 14.4% and Arabic 6.9%. The most common response for religious affiliation was Catholic at 47.7%.

Landmarks

Austral has a sportsground, youth centre, tennis court and skate ramp at Craik Park, the W V Scott memorial Park, with a pavilion, and a bowls grounds, Petanque. It has a Rural Fire Service station, primary school (Austral Primary), retirement villages (RSL LifeCare Tobruk Village and Scalabrini Village), Nursing home (John Edmondson VC Gardens) and a small area of commerce, including a post office and telephone. It is the site of Camp Austral girl guides camp, and another small shopping area near the corner of Fifteenth Avenue and Edmonson Avenue. It is also the site of a Sikh temple and an animal shelter.

Transport

Bringelly Road connects Austral to Liverpool and the Westlink M7, a pay road providing relatively quick connection to Sydney CBD and other parts of greater Sydney.

The Route 853/855 bus service connects Bringelly to Liverpool via Rossmore, Austral, Hoxton Park and Cartwright. In 2015, a railway station opened in the neighbouring suburb of Leppington.