where is Wattleup

Submitted: Monday, May 11, 2009 at 09:08
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Hi all,
I was talking to some relatives that lived in W/A for a few years and they say the suburb they lived in was called wattleup it was a small town with only a tennis court ,primary school ,and a few shops but they think that it no longer exist! is this true can a town close to Perth just disapeare??
can anyone shed some light on what happened to wattleup ?

Regards John.
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Reply By: Rod W - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 09:24

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 09:24
Suburban sprawl gobbles them up.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 09:27

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 09:27
probabally - Wattle up is almost semi rural still despite being well and truly in the city down rockinham way - mixture of industrial and semi rural
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 09:55

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 09:55
Virtually disappeared John.

Some market gardens still left but the little group of shops has all but gone. Trouble is, it was in the path of all the industrial smoke, polution etc from the Kwinana strip during every sea breeze, every afternoon.

People just up and left.

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Reply By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 10:11

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 10:11
Hi John

It in the Cockburn shire, here is the history.

The first land to be selected within Wattleup Postal Locality was part of Cockburn Sound Location 11 (containing 2405 acres) which was assigned to George Dunnage in January 1830. The grant included Thomsons Lake and Banganup Lake. The area west of Pearce Road and north of Dalison Avenue was included in grazing land leased by W.Bickley in the 1860's and later divided up into Jandakot Agricultural Area Lots in the late 1880's.

The southern portion of the Postal Locality, Cockburn Sound Location 15 (containing 1000 acres), was originally assigned to Thomas Watson, a colonial surveyor, in June 1831. Subdivision at the western end of the location commenced in 1931. In 1961 local developers subdivided the eastern section of Location 15 into 4 hectare (10 acre) lots for market gardeners and proposed naming their subdivision "Wattleup Gardens Estate".

Investigations showed that a road in the 1931 subdivision had been locally known as Wattleup Road for the past 30 years. It was resolved that the road name be adopted officially and the area be simply named "Wattleup"

The Postal Locality of Wattleup covers an area of 1032ha.The suburb of Wattleup is administered by the City of Cockburn.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bentaxle - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:12

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:12
Wattleup was about 10years ago earmarked by the state governmemt of the day to become an industrial park. All residential properties as well as local shops were to have been bought up by the govt, while most have gone there are a few diehards remaining and everything else has been demolished leaving a waste land and the original plan for an industrial park has either been put on the shelf or scrapped

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Follow Up By: Member - Sweeney (WA) - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 22:32

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 22:32
I used to live in Wattleup.
I used to live in the Apartment block behind the 10-mile tavern on Stock Rd. Most of it is gone now as Landcorp bought up the residential blocks like Bentaxle said.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:14

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:14

I don't think it is quite right to say people up and left Wattleup, Back in the 90s Wattleup and nearby Hope Valley were earmarked by the State govenment for the extension of the nearby industrial strip (the pollution was probably an issue in that decision) and individual landowners were to be bought out by the govenment and the land redeveloped for industry.

As is often the case, not all were happy to go, for a variety of reasons. Many because the compensation didn't match what they thought their land was worth and others because, pollution or not, it was their home.


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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 14:56

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 14:56
Ah Wattleup, we bought our first home down there in 1971 when they were just built, we had just married and moved straight in, stayed for a couple of years and then got transferred to the bush and never went back to it. Sad to see it all demolished, last time we went past there our place was still standing but only just, wouldn't think it was there now though.



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