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Balga
PerthWestern Australia
Established: 1954
Postcode: 6061
Area: 5.2 km² (2.0 sq mi)
Location: 13 km (8 mi) N of Perth
LGA: City of Stirling
State District: Girrawheen
Federal Division: Stirling
Suburbs around Balga:
Warwick Girrawheen Koondoola
Hamersley Balga Mirrabooka
Balcatta Westminster Mirrabooka

Balga is a suburb of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, 13 kilometres (8 mi) north of Perth city's central business district (CBD). Its local government area is the City of Stirling.

The name "Balga" was adopted in 1954 and is the Noongar (Aboriginal) word for the indigenous grass tree Xanthorrhoea preissii. It was designed by the State Housing Commission along with Nollamara and Westminster as part of the "Mirrabooka Project", and the laying of streets and building of homes commenced in the 1960s.

Geography

Balga is 13 kilometres (8 mi) north of Perth, and is bounded by Wanneroo Road to the west, Reid Highway to the south, Mirrabooka Avenue to the east and Beach Road to the north.

Demographics

At the 2011 census, Balga had a population of 10,701.

Balga residents had a median age of 31, and median incomes were well below average for the Perth metropolitan area and the region — $490 per week compared with $669 per week in Perth, and $685 in the Perth North West statistical region. The population of Balga was more ethnically diverse than the Perth average, with 49.1% born in Australia and significant minorities from Sudan, Italy, Macedonia, Vietnam and Burma identified in the 2011 census. At the 2011 census, 3.72% of residents identified as Indigenous Australians.

Transport

The suburb is served by a number of Transperth bus routes operated by Transdev Perth. The 372 (Mirrabooka-Darch) covers Marangaroo Drive and inner portions of the Suburb, the 389 (Perth–Wanneroo) covers Wanneroo Road, and the 386 (Perth–Marangaroo) routes along with various routes from Mirrabooka bus station cover other parts of the suburb.


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