The City of Rockdale, New South Wales.
The City of Rockdale
is a Local Government Area in
Sydney, in the state of
Australia. The city centre is located 12 kilometres
south-south-west of the Sydney central business district, on the
western shores of Botany Bay. The city is part of the St George area
which contains the three local government areas of the City of
City of Hurstville and Municipality of Kogarah. It is also part
Southern Sydney region.
The City of Rockdale has been previously known as
the Municipality of West Botany and the Municipality of Rockdale.
The City of Rockdale was declared in 1995. Rockdale was known by
Europeans as Frog Hollow, then White Gum Flat and later West Botany.
Suburbs in the local government area
Suburbs in the City of
- Bardwell Park
- Bardwell Valley
- Bexley North
- Dolls Point
- Ramsgate Beach
- Sans Souci
- Sydney Airport
- Wolli Creek
The City of Rockdale also manages and maintains
the following localities:
- Bardwell Creek
- Cooks Cove
- Lady Robinson Beach
- Muddy Creek
- Rocky Point
- Sandringham Bay
- St Kilda Point
Rockdale has a mixture of
residential, commercial and light industrial areas. The main
shopping strip runs along the Princes Highway, on the eastern side
of Rockdale railway station. The commercial centre spreads out into
surrounding streets and on the western side of the railway line.
King Street has developed into a cosy strip of cafes and grocery
shops. Commercial developments run along the length of the parts of
Bay Street and West Botany Street. The light industrial areas are
located around West Botany Street.
Rockdale Plaza, which opened in 1997, is a medium
sized shopping centre located on Princes Highway. It contains two
supermarkets, two discount department stores, a motor registry, a
medical centre, a food court, real estate agent, sports store,
electrical appliance store, video rental shop and specialty shops.
It was built on the former site of the Walton's department store and
tenpin bowling centre.
Rockdale Town Hall and the St George Tavern are
examples of some of the Art Deco architecture in the area.
According to the 2006 Australian Bureau of
of Population, there were 13, 901 people usually resident in
Rockdale. 53.2% stated they were born overseas with the top
countries of birth being China 9.5%, Macedonia 5.2%, and Bangladesh
3.7%. English was stated as the only language spoken at home by
29.9% of residents and the most common other languages spoken were
Macedonian 15.7%, Mandarin 7.2% and Arabic 7.2%. The most common
responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 22.8%, Orthodox
16.1% and Islam 10.1%.