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Blackett
SydneyNew South Wales
Bridge, Blackett New South Wales.JPG
Road bridge on the cycleway passing Blackett Primary School, showing artwork
Population 3,417 (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 Blackett:
Bidwill Shalvey Marsden Park
Lethbridge Park Blackett Oakhurst
Emerton Dharruk Hebersham

Blackett is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Blackett 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

Blackett takes its name from George Forster Blackett, Superintendent of the Government Cattle Station at Rooty Hill 1820–1830.

Blackett is primarily a residential suburb with very limited commercial activity, having only a small shopping complex containing a combination liquor/general store, a Halal and non-Halal butcher, a bakery, take-away store, and combined service station/general store, which caters heavily to residents of Pacific Islander extraction. It is quite close to the suburbs of Mount Druitt and St Marys, which most residents would consider to be more commercial areas (having shopping centres, banking facilities and railway stations). Other nearby suburbs with shopping facilities (though no rail access) include Emerton and Plumpton.

Transport

In the 2001 census, for people travelling to work using just one method of transportation from this postcode, 71% travelled in a car as the driver, 14% travelled in a car as passenger, 6% took the train, 4% travelled by truck, 2% walked, 2% took the bus and 1% travelled by bicycle.

By road, Blackett 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 Blackett run from Poppondetta Park all the way 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 3,417 residents in Blackett. In Blackett, 68.4% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were New Zealand 4.8%, Samoa 2.9%, England 2.5%, Philippines 2.2% and Fiji 1.3%. 72.1% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Samoan 5.5%, Arabic 2.5% and Spanish 1.3%. The most common responses for religion in Blackett were Catholic 29.0%, Anglican 23.2% and No Religion 14.9%

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