Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Western Sydney

Large region in Sydney's west comprising eleven local government areas and home to more than 1.5m Sydneysiders.


Western Sydney


Western Sydney is a region of great diversity and complexity: a patchwork of cultures, language, ethnicity, personal histories, religion, education, income and status. On the rural foundation of the large estates granted to early settlers, development in the twentieth century has proceeded in waves, with infrastructure and facilities generally lagging behind population growth. Despite ethnic complexity and socio-economic disadvantage, the region has maintained a sense of stability and social cohesion.