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Canning Vale, Western Australia

Canning Vale is a southern suburb of Perth, 16 km (9.9 mi) from the central business district. Its local government areas are the City of Canning (west of Nicholson Road) and the City of Gosnells (east of Nicholson Road).

Canning Vale
PerthWestern Australia
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Canning Vale industrial area
Canning Vale is located in Perth
Canning Vale
Canning Vale
Coordinates32°04′48″S 115°54′54″E / 32.080°S 115.915°E / -32.080; 115.915Coordinates: 32°04′48″S 115°54′54″E / 32.080°S 115.915°E / -32.080; 115.915
Population30,666 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density1,202.6/km2 (3,115/sq mi)
Area25.5 km2 (9.8 sq mi)
Location16 km (10 mi) from Perth
State electorate(s)Jandakot, Southern River
Federal Division(s)Burt
Suburbs around Canning Vale:
Willetton Riverton Parkwood
Leeming Canning Vale Thornlie
Southern River Huntingdale



Canning Vale's name derives from the Canning River, located about 3 km to the suburb's northeast. It was locally known as North Jandakot until 1925.[2]

Until the late 1970s Canning Vale was a farming area consisting of mostly market gardens and dairy farms due to its swampy terrain with an unusually high abundance of permanent fresh water. Most of the area which is now residential was zoned rural until 1994 on the Metropolitan Region Scheme.

Developers of residential areas have incorporated numerous landscaped lakes into their developments, which serve an important function in draining this swampy area.


Canning Vale is bounded by Warton Road to the southeast, Garden Street and Nicholson Road to the northeast, Roe Highway to the north and northwest, and Clifton and Acourt Roads to the southwest.[3]

Canning Vale is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, situated approximately 16 km (9.9 mi) south of the central business district.

The suburb is split into three distinct regions. North of the rail line near Roe Highway is an industrial area that has a number of major warehousing operations including Market City, a wholesale fresh produce market. Also in the area are many distribution facilities such as the IGA distribution centre. Swan Brewery, ACI Packaging and BGC all operate manufacturing plants in the area. South of the line is residential with the normal shopping areas. The western edge of the suburb, contained within a nature reserve, is the Hakea Prison complex.

The industrial area is within the boundary of the City of Canning as well as a portion of the residential estates (including Livingston and Waratah). The remainder of the residential area and the prison complex are within the boundary of the City of Gosnells.


Shiva Temple, Canning Vale.

At the ABS 2001 census, Canning Vale had a mostly lower-middle income population of 12,849 people living in 4,115 dwellings, all but 205 of which were separate houses. The population is very diverse, with 14% of East or South-East Asian descent and sizable Indian and Italian minorities.[4]

At the ABS 2006 census, Canning Vale had a population of 23,289 which was predominantly Catholic (24.9%), married (62.8%) and with a median household income of $1,591 per week. Canning Vale has 6,331 families of which 62.8% were couple families.[5]

At the ABS 2011 census, the suburb had a population of 30,666 while still maintaining its ethnic and religious diversity; 15% of the suburb was of either Chinese or Indian ancestry, and Buddhism and Islam were the fourth and fifth most practised beliefs in the suburb respectively (after Catholicism, no religion and Anglicanism).[1]


Canning Vale contains five retail precincts, four within the residential areas. A large industrial area is located in the north-west.

Community facilities include five primary schools (Canning Vale (opened 1994), Ranford (1999), Campbell (2002), Excelsior (2005) and Caladenia (2007), and a private school (St Emilie's Catholic)), and a high school, Canning Vale College, numerous churches, a Sikh temple, a Hindu temple, a community centre and two golf courses (Gosnells Golf Club and Canning Vale Country Club).[3]

Canning Vale has a junior football club, going under the name of Canning Vale Cougars Junior Football Club. No AFL players have come from the Canning Vale Cougars, but a few WAFL players have come from Canning Vale. The club celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2006. Canning Vale also has cricket team which is run by the SEMJCC and goes by the name of Canning Vale Junior/Senior Cricket Club.

The Canning Vale Senior Football Club (est. 2011) has participated in the WA Amateur Football League ever since its formation. It has won the 2011, 2012, and 2013 premierships[6]. Their home matches are played at Clifton Park.

Canning Vale also has a cheerleading club called Extreme Cheer Allstars, which has classes from 2 to 18+ for boys and girls. This club is located just of Nicholson Road and in the heart of Canning Vale.

The main shopping centre, Livingston Marketplace, is situated at the corner of Ranford Road and Nicholson Road. A second shopping centre, The Vale, is located on the corner of Warton Road and Amherst Road, along Canning Vale's eastern boundary.

The section of Canning Vale to the north of the Nicholson and Warton Road intersection contains Hakea Prison, Melaleuca Remand and Reintegration Facility, and Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre.


Canning Vale's northern boundary is the Roe Highway, which connects with the Kwinana Freeway (west) and Albany Highway (east) and provides access to Perth Airport, while Nicholson Road heads north towards Cannington, Western Australia and Westfield Carousel, and Ranford Road goes to Armadale (southeast) and Fremantle over Kwinana Freeway via South Street (northwest).

Canning Vale is served by a range of buses linking the area to the Perth CBD, Murdoch University and to Cannington.[7] Many bus services connect with Transperth trains at Murdoch, Maddington or Thornlie stations. A train station is also being built.[citation needed]


Canning Vale is a classic "mortgage belt" suburb which leans towards the Labor Party in federal and state elections.

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Canning Vale (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 January 2012.  
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – C". Retrieved 2007-05-15.
  3. ^ a b Department of Land Information. StreetSmart Perth Street Directory (54th ed.). West Australian Newspapers Ltd. pp. Maps 434–435, 464–465. ISBN 978-0-909439-67-5.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (19 November 2002). "Community Profile Series : Canning Vale (State Suburb)". 2001 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 2007-05-15.
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Canning Vale (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
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  7. ^ Transperth website, accessed 18 November 2006.