Briar Road Public School
|Population:||3742 (2006 census)|
|Location:||56 km (35 mi) south-west of Sydney|
|LGA:||City of Campbelltown|
Airds is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Airds is located 56 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Campbelltown and is part of the Macarthur region.
Airds is a predominantly residential area and the majority of houses within the suburb are owned by the New South Wales Department of Housing.
Airds appeared in land grant lists, and referred to almost the entire area between Glenfield and Gilead. The name fell into disuse as Campbelltown and other settlements along the valley floor came to be known by their individual names after the 1820s.
In January 1975, tenders for the first homes in the Housing Commission's 'Kentlyn' subdivision were called but the name Airds was not approved until May 1976.  Like many public housing estates in Sydney, Airds was constructed on American Radburn principles designed to separate traffic from pedestrians. As a result, houses in the suburb did not face roads, which was later found to create enormous problems relating to crime and passive surveillance in the suburb. It is one of the most socially disadvantaged suburbs of Sydney.
According to the 2006 census, Airds had a population of 3,742 people. Single parent families accounted for 55% of all families in the suburb, more than three times the national average (16%). This led to a young average age in the suburb, just 23, compared to the national average of 37, and a low average income, just $549 per week compared to a national figure of $1171. The vast majority of homes were rented (86%) and 94% of these were public housing.
Schools in the suburb include:
- John Warby Public School
- Briar Road Public School
- Airds High School
HOUSING NSW'S vision to transform Airds is available for all to see. The Airds Bradbury Renewal Project environmental assessment report says the project will make the suburbs "a great place to live, a place with good services and facilities in a socially mixed community offering opportunities for residents to realise their goals".
This will involve taking the area from 94 per cent public housing to only 30 per cent.
"As a result of this concentration of disadvantage, the community of Airds Bradbury experiences a range of social issues including high unemployment and poor health, low income, high percentage of single parent families, a lack of access to educational opportunities and other services and high crime rates," the report says.
The report concludes that planned changes to the neighbourhood will have many positive social impacts.
More than 500 houses will be demolished, a 1000 new homes and 52 seniors housing units will be built, new roads will go in and community facilities, public areas and parks will get a makeover.
The environmental assessment will be on public exhibition until Monday, July 18, during regular business hours at Campbelltown Civic Centre, HJ Daley Library, Airds Bradbury Central and on the Campbelltown Council website. Submissions must be sent to Campbelltown Council by Monday, July 18, 2011 http://static.lifeislocal.com.au/multimedia/images/full/1295025.jpg
Services based in AirdsEdit
Airds Bradbury Renewal ProjectEdit
- Airds contains the Reiby Juvenile Detention Center
Airds/Bradbury Men's ShedEdit
The men's shed supports the community by creating a space providing "activitiy, identity and meaning" for its members.
WorkVentures Connect Centre at Airds Edit
WorkVentures Connect Centre at Airds runs free training and skills programs and support in finding employment for local residents. The Centre offers free access to computers and the internet, and access to free legal and tenancy advice for Housing NSW residents.
The Connect Centre at Airds is one of three centres run by WorkVentures in the Campbelltown area.
Meets to try to make sure that Housing N.S.W's relocation works for tenants
A B CentralEdit
A hub for community renewal projects and activities. The Housing N.S.W Airds Bradbury renewal team is based here as well.
- ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
- ^ Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990, p.2
- ^ Airds History
- ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Airds (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/LocationSearch?collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=SSC11009&producttype=QuickStats&breadcrumb=PL&action=401. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
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