Epping, New South Wales facts for kids
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Sydney, New South Wales
Beecroft Road, Epping
|Population||23,688 (2016 census)|
|• Density||3,463.2/km2 (8,970/sq mi)|
|Elevation||98 m (322 ft)|
|Area||6.84 km2 (2.6 sq mi)|
|Location||18 km (11 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Parramatta|
Epping is a suburb of Sydney, in the Australian state of New South Wales, 18 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Parramatta. Epping is located in the Northern Sydney region, which is sometimes simply referred to as the “North-West” or North Shore. The suburb is the most north-eastern area of the City of Parramatta. North Epping is a separate suburb to the north and under a different council, Hornsby Shire.
The Wallumedegal Aboriginal tribe lived in the area between the Lane Cove River and Parramatta River. In 1792, Governor Phillip began the granting of parcels of lands to marines, and the area was referred to on Phillip's maps as the Field of Mars, Mars being the Roman god of War. It contained the area of what is now Epping, along with the surrounding suburbs of Ryde and Marsfield.
Epping railway station was opened on 17 September 1886, originally named "Field of Mars", and quickly renamed to "Carlingford" on 5 April 1887. The Post Office was opened on 16 October 1889, originally named "East Carlingford".
In 1899 the suburb name of Epping was adopted following the suggestion by a local landowner William Midson (1849–1924), after a town near Epping Forest in Essex, where his father was born. At this time, the names of the Post Office and the railway station were both changed to Epping.
The Seven Network had television production studios in Epping until 2009. The site is now occupied by residential apartments.
Epping railway station is a junction station on the Northern Line of the Sydney Trains network, the Central Coast & Newcastle Line of the NSW TrainLink network, and the new rapid transit Sydney Metro Northwest since its opening on 26 May 2019.
Bus services are operated by Busways and Hillsbus. The M2 Hills Motorway runs along the northern border to the Sydney CBD. Epping Road is a major arterial road in the area that runs east from the railway station to the Pacific Highway.
In spite of the range of public transport options, the 2016 census found that only 37% of employed people travelled to work on public transport, compared to 51% who travelled by car (either as driver or as passenger).
Epping is well served with community facilities, provided by the councils or other organizations. These include:
- Epping Aquatic and Leisure Centre (also known as Dence Park Aquatic Centre) off 26 Stanley Road, features a heated 26 °C (79 °F) outdoor 50 metre pool, a warmer heated 31 °C (88 °F) "learn to swim" pool, a covered toddlers' play pool, a gymnasium and a kiosk/coffee shop. A range of classes and training is held at the centre.
- Epping Branch Library, at 1 Chambers Court (off Pembroke Street) is a branch of City of Parramatta Library and formerly a branch of Hornsby Shire Library. Membership is free and provides access to a wide range of services.
- West Epping Community Centre is on the corner of Dent and Downing Streets, beside West Epping Park and Oval. Capacity: 100 people. Attached to the Community Centre is the West Epping Community Preschool which shares the two enclosed playgrounds.
- Epping Community Centre at 9 Oxford Street, near the railway station. Capacity: 300 people (all areas combined). Formerly known as the Epping School of Arts, the community centre was designed by Lord Livingstone Ramsay, an architect who was President of Hornsby Shire from 1909 until 1913. It was built in three stages between 1906 and 1916, and officially opened in 1909. The building has a large auditorium with a stage, two meeting rooms, a commercial standard kitchen, and a second smaller hall downstairs.
- Epping Leisure and Learning Centre at 1 Chambers Court (off Pembroke Street), downstairs from the Epping Branch Library. Capacity: 100 people.
- Epping Creative Centre at 26 Stanley Road, beside the entrance to Dence Park Aquatic Centre. Capacity: 100 people. This centre has an emphasis on creative and educational leisure activities. Epping Creative Centre was opened in September 1989, originally in the back rooms of the Dence Park building, then in 1999 the council granted full use of the premises.
- Epping YMCA at 15 Ward Street caters for the diverse ages, interests and abilities of the surrounding community. In 2012, a million-dollar redevelopment saw the family centre substantially modernized. Facilities include a health club, group fitness studio, one-court indoor stadium, community program room, international standard gymnastics arena, and tennis courts.
Some schools and churches also have halls and other facilities that can be made available for community uses.
Parks, playgrounds, sports fields
|Boronia Park||37 Bridge St, EPPING||Sporting field, cricket pitch, children’s playground (shaded) with 6m climbing web, war memorial, children’s bike track, seating, picnic shelters, barbecue, public toilets, change rooms|
|David Scott Reserve||97 Midson Rd, EPPING||Tennis courts, children’s playground, seating, picnic tables|
|Duncan Park||47 Kent St, EPPING||Sporting field, croquet green|
|Epping Athletic Track||Norfolk Road, Epping||Athletics track, toilets, car park|
|Epping Oval||Norfolk Road, Epping||Cricket pitch, practice nets, soccer field, toilets, car park|
|Epping Oval Playground||Norfolk Road, North Epping||Fenced playground unit, swings, 6m climbing tower, large double picnic shelter, open grassed area, BBQ, toilets|
|Forest Park||Forest Grove, Epping||Rose garden, war memorial, playground, picnic tables, toilets|
|Grant Close Netball Courts||Grant Close, Epping||Netball courts, toilets|
|Kim Rutherford Reserve||20 Wyralla Ave, EPPING||Children’s playground, seating|
|Loftus Square||35 Willoughby St, EPPING||Two children’s playgrounds (junior & senior), seating, multipurpose courts, picnic facilities|
|Maida Park||Maida Road corner of Essex Street, Epping||Swing set, fenced|
|North Epping Oval||Boundary Road, North Epping||Cricket pitch, soccer field, toilets, car park|
|Pembroke Street Park||8 Pembroke Street corner of Chambers Court, Epping||Playground, fenced, picnic table|
|Rockleigh Park||Essex St, Epping||Small covered pergola|
|Ron Payne Park||Woods St, North Epping||Cricket pitch, practice nets, soccer field, toilets, car park|
|Somerville Oval||Blaxland Road, Epping||Cricket pitch, practice nets, rugby field, toilets, car park|
|West Epping Oval||Downing street, Epping||Cricket pitch, practice nets, soccer field, toilets, car park|
- Chester Street Uniting Church (incorporates Oxford Street Uniting Church)
- Chinese Lutheran Church
- Epping Baptist Church
- Epping Church of Christ
- Epping Gospel Chapel
- Epping Presbyterian Church
- Epping Seventh-day Adventist Church
- Life Way Church (a Lutheran Church, known as St. Mark's until March 2014)
- North Side Chinese Alliance Church
- Northern Districts Chinese Christian Church
- Our Lady Help of Christians (Roman Catholic) Church
- Presbyterian Reformed Church Epping
- St. Alban's (Anglican), St. Aidan's - West Epping (Anglican) - part of the Epping Parish
- West Epping Uniting Church
- Arden Anglican School (formerly the Catholic girls' school Our Lady of Mercy College)
- Epping Boys High School (located in Marsfield)
- Epping Heights Public School
- Epping North Public School
- Epping Public School
- Epping West Public School
- Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Primary School
Formerly the American International School of Sydney was located here.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census, Epping had a population of 20,227, of whom 9,883 (48.9%) were male and 10,344 (51.1%) were female. Approximately half (49.5%) of residents living in Epping were Australian born and the majority of its migrant residents hail from China (11.7%), South Korea (6.6%), Hong Kong (6.1%), India (4.6%) and England (2.3%).
The age distribution is quite typical of the whole country: the median age of people in Epping was 38 years (national median is 37). Children aged under 15 years made up 16.3% of the population (19.3% nationally) and people aged 65 years and over made up 13.2% of the population (14.0% nationally).
Epping is also known to be a more affluent suburb in its region, as evidenced by its higher median house prices compared to neighbouring suburbs, and the high proportion of professionals (39.7%) who reside in Epping (nearly double the Sydney average of 21.3%). Average weekly household income was $1,683, compared to the national average of $1,234.
More than three-quarters (76.8%) of private dwellings were family households, 19.3% were single person households and 4.0% were group households. Stand-alone houses accounted for 62.6% of dwellings, while 27.9% were flats, units or apartments and 9.3% were semi-detached. The average household size was 2.8 people.
The most commonly reported religious affiliation in the 2011 Census was "no religion" (26.8%), followed by Roman Catholic (19.3%), Anglican (12.9%), Presbyterian and Reformed (6.9%) and Buddhism (5.2%). In the ten years from 2001 to 2011, the Census shows that the largest change in religion was the number of people who were not affiliated with any religion, which increased from 16.3% to 26.8% of the population. There were also increases in Buddhism (4.2% to 5.3%) and Hinduism (2.9% to 4.9%). The combined number of people following all Christian denominations dropped from 64.7% to 55.0%.
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