Banjup, Western Australia
Banjup is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Cockburn. Its postcode is 6164. It is approximately 25 km south of Perth City.
Banjup mainly consists of rural residential properties, with an average minimum lot size of 2 hectares (5 acres) , together with a small number of agriculture-based businesses (horticulture such as plant nurseries and flower growing). The suburb has a mixture of small scale rural properties which have been used for hobby farms (for example to run horses) and “lifestyle” residents who prefer open space and more space when compared to normal Perth suburban blocks.
Banjup is located on the Jandakot Water Mound. As part of the Western Australian State Government water resource protection policy development over the Jandakot Water Mound is limited to reduce the possibility of contamination from run off from properties. As a consequence the number of animals per property is limited by the City of Cockburn zoning policies (for example 1 horse per 2Ha property – exemptions apply for established properties with livestock).
Much of the Jandakot Regional Park is located within Banjup.
Named in the mid-1950s from the lake in the District. During the survey of the Jandakot Agricultural Area in 1889, surveyor James Oxley recorded the name of Lake Bangup. A siding on the Fremantle–Armadale railway line was named Banjupp in 1907 and this name was altered to Banjup in the 1930s.
In 2016, the northern portion of Banjup (extending above Armadale Road) was turned into a new suburb, named Treeby.
Banjup Memorial Park
Banjup Memorial Park was established after World War I. A gum tree was planted for each of the fourteen men from the district who had enlisted. If any of the trees dies, another is planted in its place. A plaque naming the men is displayed at the park and another is held at the Azelia Ley Homestead. The plaque names the men who returned safely as well as those who were wounded or killed. Cockburn RSL maintains Banjup Memorial Park.
Of the 14 Banjup men who served in the war, six were killed in action, four were wounded and the remaining four returned to Australia. This Memorial has the dubious honour of recording the highest ‘Killed in Action’ and ‘ Wounded’ ‘ on a percentage basis, than any other War Memorial in Western Australia.
The Banjup Residents Groups was established in 2010 to advocate on behalf of Banjup Residents to local, state and federal governments. Approximately 45% of Banjup residents are members.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). “Banjup (State Suburb)”. 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
Western Australian Land Information Authority. “History of metropolitan suburb names – B”. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
- David Allan-Petale (2016-09-23). “Perth’s newest suburb revealed…and it’s going to have plenty of shade”. WA Today. Retrieved 2016-09-23.