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Emerton
SydneyNew South Wales
EmertonNSWpool.jpg
Emerton Leisure Centre
Population 2,394 (2011 census)
 • Density 2,990/km2 (7,700/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2770
Area 0.8 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Location 46 km (29 mi) W of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Blacktown
State electorate(s)
  • Londonderry
  • Mount Druitt
Federal Division(s) Chifley
Suburbs around Emerton:
Lethbridge Park Bidwill Blackett
Tregear Emerton Dharruk
Whalan Whalan Whalan

Emerton is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Emerton is located 46 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.

Emerton is primarily a residential suburb with very limited commercial activity centered on the Emerton Leisure Centre. It is quite close to the suburbs of Mount Druitt, New South Wales and St Marys.

The suburb's boundary is formed to the south and east by Popondetta Road continuing north around the extent of Popondetta Park. To the west, the boundary runs along Halmahera Creek until the creek meets Luxford Road and follows the road south to the intersection with Popondetta Road.

History

Emerton takes its name from William Frederick Emert, a native of Siglingen, Germany, who arrived in Australia in 1853. In 1861 he became a storekeeper and postmaster in Mount Druitt. Emert also took a leading part in forming the Wesleyan Church in Australia.

Transport

By road Emerton 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 Emerton run from Popondetta Park all the way to Mt Druitt and the M7 cycleway, which in turn connects to the cycleways on the M4 and M2 Motorways.

Recreation

Following extensive refurbishment by Blacktown City Council, the Emerton Leisure Centre (formerly Emerton Pool) was reopened in August 2006. The leisure centre incorporates both indoor and outdoor swimming pools (including a hydrotherapy pool) and outdoor facilities include a beach volleyball court.

Adjacent is Popondetta Park, which extends between Popondetta Road and Halamahera Creek, from Jersey Road to Bougainville Road. This park incorporates extensive sporting fields for cricket, netball, rugby league and soccer.

Population

At the 2011 census, there were 2,394 residents in Emerton. 6.2% of people were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, more than double the national average of 2.5%. The median age was 30 years old and 26.4% of the population were under 14 years old. 39.5% of people were born outside of Australia and the most common countries of birth were New Zealand 7.1%, Philippines 3.3%, Cook Islands 2.8%, England 2.2% and Samoa 2.2%. In Emerton, 34% of people spoke a language other than English at home. These languages included Samoan 5.4%, Tongan 3.8%, Maori (Cook Island) 2.5%, Arabic 2.1% and Hindi 1.9%. The unemployment rate (13.6%) was more than double the national rate of 5.6%. Of the employed people in Emerton, 4.7% worked in Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services and the next major industry of employment was Supermarket and Grocery Stores 4.0%.

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