Postcode: 6156  |  Distance to CBD: 15km  |  Established: 1952

 

Willagee is a suburb located 15 kilometres south-southwest of the Perth central business district. It is located in the Local Government Area of City of Melville, and the electoral district of Willagee, which takes its name from the suburb.

History
Willagee is named after Willagee Swamp, the Noongar name of a now-reclaimed feature in the area. The suburb originally comprised a housing estate known as "Willagee Park", created by the State Housing Commission. Willagee was brought into existence "primarily to provide accommodation for employees in the new industrial area being developed by the Fremantle City Council." Surveying and clearing of the land had commenced in December 1950, with a number of "first-class roads" constructed by the Melville Roads Board in 1951. A number of dwellings were prefabricated homes imported from Austria. The suburb is now characterised by demountable, wooden cottages with stilts(spears), although it is in the midst of a sweeping redevelopment plan, which is supposed to improve the quality of the housing.


A house located at 3 Moorhouse Street gained some notoriety in the 1980s as the location of a series of murders by David and Catherine Birnie, which were sometimes called the "Moorhouse murders".

Geography
The suburb is bounded by Leach Highway to the north, Garling Street to the south, Stock Road to the west and North Lake Road to the east. Willagee borders Melville and Myaree to the north and north-east, Winthrop to the east, Kardinya to the south-east and south, O'Connor to the south and south-west, and Palmyra to the west and north-west.

Parks and reserves
There are ten parks and reserves located in Willagee: Arthur Kay Reserve, Harmony Park, Harry Bailey Park, Joan Williams Park, Roy Neal Reserve, Tony Zevela Park, Walter West Reserve, Webber Reserve, William Reynolds Reserve and Winnacott Reserve. The largest of these are Webber Reserve and Winnacott Reserve, which are both used by local sporting clubs, including the Willagee Bears Rugby League Football Club and the Winnacott Kats Junior Football Club.

Facilities
Much of the suburb's facilities are centred along two main thoroughfares: Winnacott Street, running north-south, and Archibald Street, running east-west. A large precinct, consisting of a library, community centre, an IGA, post office and various other stores, is located at the junction of these two roads.A smaller shopping centre, Willagee Supermarket, is located at the intersection of Leach Highway and Stock Road, in the north-west corner of the suburb.


Caralee Community School was formed in 2005 from a merger of Willagee Primary School and Carawatha Primary School, and is currently attended by approximately 300 students. The school is located in Melville Senior High School's catchment area. The Fremantle Language Development Centre is also located at the site.

Transport
Willagee is served by the 140, 160 and 502 Transperth bus routes from Fremantle. All services are operated by Swan Transit.
 

Local Schools

Carawatha P.S.

Carawatha Language Develop Centre

 

 

Other Nearby Schools

Mel Maria Catholic Primary School (Attadale)

Santa Maria College (Attadale)

Corpus Christi College (Bateman)

Christ the King School (Beaconsfield)

Christian Brothers College (Fremantle)

St Patrick's Primary School (Fremantle)

Our Lady of Mount

 

 

Shops

Kardinya Shopping Centre

Garden City

 

 

Transport

Bus Station at Fremantle train station and local bus service

   

Train Stations

Fremantle

 

 

 

 

 

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