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Serpentine

Serpentine is a town located 55 kilometres (34 mi) south-southeast of Perth, the capital of Western Australia, and 7 km south of Mundijong.

Serpentine is located on the South Western Railway between Perth and Bunbury, and was one of the original stations when the line was opened in 1893. The population of the town was 128 (80 males and 48 females) in 1898. At the 2016 census, Serpentine had a population of 1,265.

In 1891 the government had opened up land in the area by declaring the Serpentine Agricultural Area, and in 1893 decided there was sufficient demand for town lots by gazetting the Townsite of Serpentine in December 1893. The townsite derives its name from the nearby Serpentine River. The name is descriptive, derived from the "serpentine" nature of the river in its lower reaches where it was discovered and named in the early 1830s.

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Jarrahdale

Jarrahdale is a small historic town located 45 km south-east of Perth, Western Australia in the Darling Range. The name is derived from its situation in a jarrah forest. Established in the late 1800s as the state's first major timber milling operation, it played a key role in the development of Western Australia through the exportation of jarrah around the world. At the 2016 census, Jarrahdale had a population of 1,192.

Since 2001, the historic precinct has been managed by the state's National Trust organisation alongside private residential and tourism-oriented developments.

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Byford

The original name of Byford was 'Beenup'.

"Beenup", a corruption of the Aboriginal name associated with nearby Beenyup Brook, was the spelling that had been applied to a railway siding there.

The uncorrupted form, "Bienyup" received mention in surveyor Robert Austin's account of an expedition through the area in 1848. On April 23, 1920, the name of the township was changed to Byford. Byford was chosen through a ballot which included other names such as Beenup, Beenyup, Glengeorge and Winterbourne.

From 19 to 22 November 2020, the Byford Progress Association held centenary celebrations of the naming.

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Karrakup

Karrakup is a locality southeast of Perth, Western Australia, within the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale. The name derives from the Noongar name for the red-tailed black cockatoo and was adopted as a suburb name in 1997.

Karrakup extends east from the town of Byford, along the ridge hill shelf and up over the Darling Scarp. It is bounded by Albany Highway to the east (bounding Jarrahglen), South Western Highway to the west and Jarrahdale Road to the south. Karrakup is nearby the pioneering regions of Cardup and Whitby.

The Vincentian Retreat Centre Perth is located on 27 acres in Karrakup and is part of the pastoral initiative of the Fathers of the Vincentian Congregation. It was inaugurated on 29 July 2017 by the Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costelloe.

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Darling Downs

Darling Downs is an outer south-eastern suburb of Perth, Western Australia, within the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale.

The name, referring to the suburb's proximity to the Darling Scarp, was first used as an estate name in 1977, and adopted as a suburb name in 1997.

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Cardup

In 1844, surveyor Robert Austin recorded that Cockburn Sound Location 22 was called Cardoup. The brook joining the northern boundary of this location has been shown at various times as either Cardoup or Cadup Brook.

In 1851, the location was purchased by H. Mead, who gave his address as Cardup and this spelling was used for the brook on most subsequent plans and surveys.

By 1927, a railway siding had been erected nearby and was called Cardup after the brook and although the siding is no longer in use, the place still retains the name. Cardup is an Aboriginal name said to mean "place of the racehorse goanna" (Kurda).

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Whitby

It is named after the nearby Whitby Falls, with the name approved for the locality in November 1988.

Whitby Falls had previously been called in Noongar as Mundajill, but was renamed by settler Henry Mead in 1848, who bought property in the area for farming as the Whitby Falls estate.

The land was subsequently bought by the government of Western Australia in 1897 and turned into the Whitby Falls Hospital for the mentally-ill. The hospital closed in 2006 as the longest operating facility in Western Australia for the care and treatment of mental illness.

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Mardella

Mardella is an outer suburb of Perth, Western Australia, lying approximately 41 kilometres (25 mi) south-southeast of the central business district. It is located within the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, and at the 2011 census had a population of 303 people.

Although falling within the Perth metropolitan area, Mardella is mostly rural in nature, with a significant proportion of the population engaged in farming.

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Oldbury

Oldbury is a district to the south of Perth, Western Australia, within the Peel region. It has no central township, and lies west of the South Western Highway, close to Byford and Mundijong.

Part of the Pinjarra Plain, the district is a productive environment featuring dairy and rural engagements, although consisting of sandy soils and largely felled. The area was part of the Group Settlement Scheme, being established in 1922 as Group 35, along with the drainage scheme that contributed to the Peel Estuary environmental task and the consequent Dawesville Cut.

Oldbury is part of a major realigning process in the Perth metro area, as divisions of regional land and urban districts develop, boundaries maintained since European settlement. It was established as a locality name on 1 May 1997.

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Oakford

Oakford is an outer suburb of Perth, Western Australia, within the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale. The suburb was named in 1982, taking its name from a townsite briefly declared in the area in 1926.

Borrello Cheese, established over 40 years ago, operates in Oakford and produces cheeses in Italian styles which are exported to stores and restaurants around Perth.

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Hopeland

Hopeland is an outer suburb of the Western Australian capital city of Perth, located in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale. In the 2016 census, it had a population of 336 people.

It was established in 1923 as Group 46 of the Group Settlement Scheme on Peel Estate; the name was in use for some time and it was established as a suburb name on 1 May 1997.

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Mundijong

Mundijong is an outer suburb of the Western Australian capital city of Perth.

Originally named Jarrahdale Junction, it was at the junction of the Rockingham-Jarrahdale line and the government railway line from Perth to Bunbury, which was built in 1893.

A town grew up around the junction, and a timber depot, which included a large planing mill, was constructed. The town was first declared as "Manjedal" in 1893 as it was thought to be the Aboriginal name of the area. In 1897 this was found to be incorrect, and the name was changed to Mundijong. It was officially gazetted as a locality on 1 May 1997.

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Keysbrook

Keysbrook is an outer southern suburb of Perth, Western Australia in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale along the South Western Highway.

It was first established as a railway siding on the South Western Railway in 1897, and is believed to have been named after Charles Key (1847–1885), who leased land in the area. The townsite was gazetted in 1916, and the locality was established in 1997.

West Mundijong Industrial Area

West Mundijong Industrial Area

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has been working on the West Mundijong Industrial Area since 2008. In 2018, a 440ha land parcel was zoned industrial, with potential for hundreds of lots and over 13,600 jobs at full capacity. The development will be supported by road upgrades and State Government infrastructure, improving freight connectivity, and paving the way for West Mundijong to become a Strategic Intermodal Terminal, boosting local economy and employment.

Features & Landmarks

  • Future Tonkin Highway Extension
  • Future Freight Rail Deviation
  • Kwinana Freeway
  • Future Westport
Byford Metronet Rail Extension

Byford Metronet Rail Extension

Once the Byford Rail Extension is complete, residents in Byford and the wider Serpentine-Jarrahdale area will enjoy a seamless 42-minute train journey to the Perth CBD. The Armadale Line is extending 8km south to a new ground-level station in Byford, supporting one of Australia's fastest-growing areas. Armadale Station is getting a facelift, becoming an elevated station, and busy level crossings are being replaced. The project aims to boost development opportunities in Armadale and Byford, enhancing connectivity and easing road congestion, with the Armadale/Thornlie Line temporarily closed until mid-2025 for these improvements.

Features & Landmarks

  • Byford Town Centre
  • San Simeon Boulevard
  • Plaza
  • Future Byford Health Hub
  • SJ Community Recreation Centre
  • Byford Library
  • Briggs Park
  • Byford Secondary College
Byford Health Hub

Byford Health Hub

The East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) and SJ Shire collaborated to create the Byford Health Hub (BHH) to meet community health and social needs. The BHH, located in the Shire Civic Reserve, aims to provide high quality care closer to home, extending beyond traditional hospital settings. The facility focuses on hospital avoidance, links patients to primary care, fosters partnerships between health and social care providers, enhances the patient experience, and improves long-term health outcomes in the SJ Shire community. The 7,000 sqm site is strategically placed near the future Byford Metronet railway station.

Features & Landmarks

  • Byford Town Centre
  • San Simeon Boulevard
  • Byford Metronet Rail Extension
  • Briggs Park
  • Byford Secondary College
  • SJ Community Recreation Centre
  • Byford Library
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Briggs Precinct

Home to top local sport clubs such as Mundijong Centrals Junior Football Club, the SJ Blues Cricket Club, the Byford BMX Club, Byford Bushrangers (Teeball), and GKR Karate Australia, Briggs Precinct boasts practice nets, ovals, a pavilion, skatepark, and a BMX track - making it an ideal location for a variety of sports and recreational activities. The two ovals are equipped with lighting for night training and games, whilst a variety of youth programs are offered from the Youth Centre located at the pavilion throughout the year.

Next to the ovals is the SJ Community Recreation Centre, which offers a fully equipped health club, a group fitness studio, sports courts, an extreme sports area, a 300-seat function room available for hire, and out of hours school care services. A variety of community and recreational term programs are offered from the Centre, with something to suit everyone!

With a number of projects across the Briggs precinct identified to help serve our growing community, concept design and development processes are currently underway, such as Youth Centre upgrades, a Skate Park extension, a pump track feasibility study and investigations for a future expansion for the Recreation Centre.

Keirnan Park Recreation and Sporting Precinct

Keirnan Park Recreation and Sporting Precinct

Keirnan Park Recreation and Sporting Precinct, a 63-hectare site in Mundijong, addresses the Shire's growing population needs for a district sporting space. Recognised as the ideal location, the State Government pledged $20 million in August 2020 for the first stage of development. The Council endorsed the precinct's Masterplan on March 15, 2021.

Features & Landmarks

  • South Western Highway
  • Mundijong Town Centre
  • Whitby
  • Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Administration Centre
  • Mundijong Railway Station
Westport

Westport

The Future Westport project in Western Australia focuses on addressing long-term freight and logistics needs in the Perth Metropolitan Area.

Strategic Planning: Future Westport strategically plans to accommodate future freight growth, analysing current infrastructure, potential port locations, and evaluating environmental and social impacts.

Port Development: The project optimises existing port facilities' efficiency and capacity, considering expansions at the Port of Fremantle, improvements to industrial areas, and the development of new port facilities.

Transportation Integration: Future Westport integrates port operations with road, rail, and potentially inland waterways to enhance connectivity and efficiency, reducing congestion and environmental impacts.

Environmental and Social Considerations: The project emphasises sustainability, addressing habitat conservation, air and water quality, and climate change resilience. Social impacts and community engagement are key considerations.

Economic Growth and Competitiveness: Future Westport supports economic growth by ensuring efficient freight movement, attracting investment, creating jobs, and enhancing international trade opportunities for Western Australia's competitiveness in trade and logistics industries.

Features & Landmarks

  • Kwinana Fwy
  • Thomas Road
  • Tonkin Highway Extension
  • West Mundijong Industrial Area
  • Future Freight Rail Deviation
  • Perth Airport
Future Jarrahdale Trails Centre

Future Jarrahdale Trails Centre

Lot 814 / 815 Millars Road, Jarrahdale

Shire land in Jarrahdale presents a prime opportunity for a versatile tourism accommodation destination, capitalising on trail tourism and timber milling heritage. Lots 814 and 815 Millars Road, on the outskirts of Jarrahdale, feature historical structures and worker cottages, currently serving as an RV stopover area. With reasonable exposure, dual frontage, heritage assets, proximity to trails, and flexible land use options under Local Planning Scheme TPS 3, the site is poised to meet the growing demand for diverse land uses.

Features & Landmarks

  • Serpentine Dam: Located near Jarrahdale, Serpentine Dam is a major water reservoir and a popular spot for picnics, fishing, and birdwatching.
  • Jarrahdale Cemetery: This historic cemetery dates back to the late 19th century and contains the graves of early settlers and pioneers of the region.
  • Jarrahdale Heritage Park: This park preserves the historical heritage of Jarrahdale, including old timber mill sites, railway relics, and walking trails that showcase the area's logging history.
  • Serpentine Falls: Just a short drive from Jarrahdale, Serpentine Falls is a picturesque natural attraction with cascading waterfalls, swimming holes, and bushwalking trails.
  • Jarrahdale Railway Station: While no longer operational, the Jarrahdale Railway Station remains as a historical landmark, reflecting the importance of rail transport during the timber milling era.