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Suburb snapshot: Thornlie

Thursday, 20th Oct 2016

thornlieThornlie would benefit greatly under Perth’s long-term planning blueprint with new rail projects identified for the area which would link to major employment and activity hubs.

Located within the City of Gosnells about 18 kilometres south east of the Perth CBD, Thornlie is a large residential suburb established mainly between the 1950s and 1980s with some commercial areas and state housing scattered throughout.

The suburb has a median house price of $450,000. Low-density single residential houses are the predominant dwelling type making up 94% of stock, followed by semi-detached and townhouses at 3% and flats and apartments at 3%.

About 77% of houses are either owned outright or being purchased while 20% are being rented.

Features of the suburb include Spencer Village Shopping Centre, Thornlie Square Shopping Centre, South Metropolitan Tafe Thornlie Campus, Walter Padbury Park and Tom Bateman Sporting Complex Reserve.

Westfield Carousel is also nearby being just 4 kilometres away.

There are many schools in the area including 5 primary and 2 high schools. Of these 1 primary and high school are private.

It has a population of about 22,965 residents with a median age of 36 years, of which about 18.6% identify as technicians and trades workers (which is higher than the state average of 16.7%), while 16.9% identify as clerical and administrative workers and 14% as professionals.

Thornlie is bounded by Canning River in the North, Warton Road in the East, Garden Street in the South and Roe Highway in the west.
Its main arterial roads include Roe Highway, Spencer Road, Albany Highway and Nicholson Road, and the suburb also features the Thornlie train station in the north as well as bus routes on main arterial roads.

The state government’s long-term transport blueprint, Transport at 3.5 Million, has identified new rail infrastructure that will greatly benefit Thornlie.

The plan showed an extension of the existing Thornlie line to extend through to Cockburn Station and the Mandurah Line.

Longer term beyond 3.5 million residents, the Forrestfield Airport-link would be extended to Thornlie Station as well.

These new rail infrastructure projects, if committed to, would significantly increase accessibility to and from Thornlie, improving cross mobility and provide direct access to the airport and Murdoch Activity Centre (both large employment centres).

As Thornlie gentrifies, there is likely to be increased redevelopment, particularly around Thornlie train station and Spencer Village Shopping Centre, where there are higher zonings already in place.