Prairiewood, New South Wales facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsPrairiewood
Sydney, New South Wales
Fairfield Showground, Prairiewood
|Population||3,246 (2016 census)|
|Location||34 km (21 mi) west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Fairfield|
Prairiewood is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 34 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Fairfield. It is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.
Prairiewood is primarily a residential suburb that is also home to a golf course, Fairfield Showground, schools, a leisure centre and a major shopping centre.
Prairiewood was once a part of Wetherill Park. The area was subdivided and developed in the 1970s as Prairiewood Estate. It later became a suburb and took on the name of the estate.
Sport and recreation
Fairfield Golf Course is an 18-hole course. Fairfield Showground is home to many cultural celebrations and the Fairfield Markets, which are a common attraction every Saturday morning. Fairfield Showground also hosts the Assyrian New Year annually on 1 April, with thousands of Assyrian Australians attending the festival.
It is also home to the Australia's first, largest and longest-running Eid Festival. In 1987, The Australian MEFF Consortium commenced the Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair to celebrate Eid in Sydney, held shortly after Eid ul-Fitr. The festival has grown to now cater for tens of thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims and has included as guests Yusuf Islam, famous Australian footballer, Hazem El Masri, the then Governor-General of Australia, Michael Jeffery and the previous Premier of New South Wales, Kristina Keneally.
According to the 2011 census, Prairiewood had a population of 3,009. It has a multicultural community with the most common languages spoken after English being Assyrian (10.4%), Vietnamese (9.5%), Arabic (7.1%), Spanish (7.0%) and Italian (6.4%).