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Bidwill
SydneyNew South Wales
Bidwell community garden.jpg
Bidwill Community Garden, Chestnut Crescent
Population 4,588 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 2770
Location 48 km (30 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Blacktown
State electorate(s) Mount Druitt
Federal Division(s) Chifley
Suburbs around Bidwill:
Marsden Park Marsden Park Marsden Park
Shalvey Bidwill Hassall Grove
Dharruk Hebersham Oakhurst

Bidwill is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Bidwill is located 48 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Blacktown and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.

History

Bidwill takes its name from John Carne Bidwill (1815-1853) appointed as botanist in charge at the Botanic Gardens in 1847. Prior to settlement and colonisation of Australia, Bidwill and the surrounding area was inhabited by the Darug tribe.

Bidwill was dominated by the development of public housing in the 1960s and 1970s. In recent times, Bidwill has been associated with social and economic problems. These have resulted in an increase of crime and such trouble as riots.

Transport

On the day of the 2011 Census, the methods of travel to work for employed people were Car, as driver 57.8%, Car, as passenger 11.0% and Train, bus 5.2%. Other common responses were Bus 4.6% and Train 3.6%. Public transport through this area is provided by Busways.

By road Bidwill is adjacent to the Westlink M7 motorway which can provide very easy access to the Great Western Highway and the M4 Motorway, providing road access to the western sections of the city and eastward to the Sydney CBD. This suburb is linked by several private bus companies to the train stations located at Mount Druitt and St Marys.

Cycleways running through Bidwill run from Poppondetta Park to Mt Druitt and the M7 cycleway, which in turn connects to the cycleways on the M4 and M2 Motorways.

Population

According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 4,588 residents in Bidwill. 72.7% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were New Zealand 4.1%, Samoa 2.7%, England 1.8%, Philippines 1.1% and Fiji 0.8%. 72.3% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Samoan 6.2%, Arabic 2.4%, Tongan 1.6%, Maori (Cook Island) 1.3% and Spanish 1.3%. The most common responses for religion in Bidwill were Catholic 28.7%, Anglican 20.8%, No Religion 16.7%, Uniting Church 3.5% and Islam 2.9%.

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