Leeming, Western Australia
Leeming is a southern suburb of Perth, Western Australia. It is divided between the three local government areas of the City of Melville, the City of Cockburn (south) and the City of Canning (north-east). It is located approximately 17 km south of the Perth CBD and 13 km east of Fremantle.
The area was previously part of Jandakot and was predominantly agricultural until the 1970s, having been laid out by a surveyor, George Waters Leeming (1857-1902), in 1886. Three roads – King Road, Leeming Road (the southern boundary) and Beasley Road – accessed the area. In 1971, the suburb of Leeming was gazetted, although construction did not commence until approximately 1976 (possibly as early as 1975). It was built in stages, with the area between Findlay Road and Gracechurch Crescent being built first, while the east, west and south were built in that order over the next ten years. Many of the streets were named after original landowners in the agricultural district.
Leeming is bounded by South Street to the north, Kwinana Freeway to the west, Roe Highway and to the south and southeast. The 53-ha Ken Hurst Park, a conservation bushland area beyond Roe Highway named for a former mayor of Melville (1971–73) and set aside in the early 1990s, is also within the suburb’s boundaries.
At the ABS 2001 census, Leeming had a mostly upper-middle income[quantify] population of 12,977 people living in 3,959 dwellings, all but 230 of which were detached houses on separate lots. About 10% of the population are of East or South-East Asian descent. Retail and property and business services are the two most common occupations.
Leeming contains three primary schools; Leeming (1982), West Leeming (1986) and Banksia Park (1989), and one high school, Leeming Senior High School (1985).
Leeming has two shopping centres:
- Leeming Shopping Forum, on the corner of Farrington and Findlay Roads, which contains a variety of small shops, a supermarket, and restaurants
- Leeming Park Shopping Centre, on the corner of Beasley Road and Dundee Street
Other commercial services are provided by Stockland Bull Creek on its northern fringe, and Southlands Boulevarde in Willetton.
Recreation and community
The suburb also contains a family centre, a recreation centre and sports facilities (“The Rec”), the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club, the Leeming Bowling Club and the Melville Glades Golf Club.
Murdoch University, Murdoch TAFE (a campus of Challenger TAFE) and St John of God Hospital are 2 km to the west.
The suburb is located next to Murdoch train station, which opened in 2007. All services are operated by the Public Transport Authority.
Jandakot Airport is 2 km to the south-east.
Leeming is a reasonably affluent suburb. Historically all three of the suburb’s booths support the Liberal Party at both federal and state elections in line with many suburbs in this region of Perth.
Leeming Shopping Forum
Leeming Recreation Centre sign on Farrington Road.
Leeming skate park in 2006.
Since 2007, it been repainted regularly with street art, under a plan (known as “Phaze”) organised by the local council.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). “Leeming (State Suburb)”. 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
Western Australian Land Information Authority. “History of metropolitan suburb names – L”. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
- Various MSD/UBD street directories, 1962-1987
- City of Melville (August 2003). “Ken Hurst Park Management Plan” (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-08-25. Retrieved 2006-11-10.
- “Leeming Primary School”. Retrieved 2012-11-24.
- “West Leeming Primary School”. Retrieved 2012-11-24.
- “Welcome to Banksia Park Primary School”. Retrieved 2012-11-24.
- “Leeming SHS”. Retrieved 2012-11-24.
- The Rec – About Leeming Recreation and Indoor Sports, Leeming, WA
- “About the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club”. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
- Melville Glades Golf Club
- “PHAZE”. City of Melville. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
- Leeming Spartan Cricket Club
- Leeming Strikers Soccer Club
- Bullcreek Leeming Junior Football Club
- Leeming Community Group