Approximately 2.7 square kilometres in size, Lalor Park is situated 35 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD. It belongs to the local government area of the City of Blacktown and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region. On its north, it is bounded by Kings Langley. It is bounded by Seven Hills on the east and south while to its west is Blacktown.
Lalor Park is named after the Lalor family who used to own property in the area. Two of its family members, George and Robert, were Councillors on the Blacktown Shire Council. George even served as Shire President on two occasions.
Originally known as Seven Hills West, it was renamed Lalor Park when the housing commission started developing it in 1959.
7,667 people lived in Lalor Park based on the 2016 census. Of the total population, 66.3% were born in Australia. Both the Philippines and New Zealand came in next as the most common countries of birth at 2.7%. India and England followed at 2.5% and 1.8%, respectively. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people constituted 3.7% of the population.
The majority (70.3%) of people exclusively spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Arabic, Tagalog, and Mandarin at 3.1%, 1.7%, and 1.4%, respectively.
Catholicism was the most common response in religion at 27.0%. No Religion accounted for 20.3% and Anglican 15.1%.
Housing and Community
The suburb is a primarily residential area with houses on large blocks of land. It is a quiet and spacious neighbourhood. Over the years, the suburb has faced gentrification with apparent signs of home renovation and new larger homes. However, Lalor Park is still home to a considerable amount of government housing commissions and streets that are quite rundown.
Due to its affordability relative to its neighbouring suburbs, Lalor Park has been attracting the attention of young families and property investors alike. Last year, the median house price in Lalor Park was valued at $680,000. Real estate investors could potentially earn a rental income of $400 per week.
Lalor Park has a number of educational institutions present in the suburb. Lalor Park Preschool is a community-based preschool. Founded in 1959, Lalor Park Public School is a K-6 public primary school. St Bernadette’s Primary is another primary school that features a systemic Catholic K-6 Primary School. It was founded by the Sisters of St Joseph in 1960.
Lalor Park has a retail shopping precinct with about thirty shops. Located at the junction of Northcott Road and Freeman Street, its shops include a newsagent, pharmacy, and a small supermarket.
The Blacktown-Parklea branch of the North-West T-way services Lalor Park.
Lalor Park has 16 parks which cover nearly 12.2% of its total area. There are lots of playgrounds around for the children. In Twin Gums Park, you can enjoy outdoor activities because ovals, tennis courts and a fitness trail are well-provided.
The Lalor Park Community Hub provides the community with spaces for learning and a variety of social and cultural activities. The large hall is suitable for functions and can accommodate up to 80 people. Its meeting rooms are ideal for workshops and meetings and can accommodate a maximum of 30 people.
Established in 1959, Lalor Park Kookaburras Rugby League Club competes in the Parramatta Junior Rugby League. Their home turf is Cavanagh Reserve located at Venn Avenue.