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As with many major cities, residents of Sydney, known throughout Australia as 'Sydneysiders', refer to different regions of the City by different names. These areas do not always correspond directly to official boundaries of suburbs, or local government authorities, but instead refer to broader, and occasionally less well defined, areas.
This wiki has not yet crystallised Sydney regions for purposes of categorising. One possible guide is that we could use the three regions recognised by NSW GenWeb, based on the Department of Local Government's informal divisions. However, the outermost of those, called "Sydney Surrounds", is about 370 km from end to end, extending from Wyong to Wollondilly, with an average width of about 100 km, which seems unlikely to be useful as a single region for categorising. Sydney Inner, by contrast, is about 70 km end-to-end.
The following is a brief description of the regions of Sydney, with substantial overlaps. It may help researchers to narrow down a search. The list starts with the heart of the region then lists the others alphabetically.
The suburbs of Canterbury-Bankstown region are not specific to the LGAs of Canterbury and Bankstown but are approximately north-west of southern Canterbury, south-west of Lidcombe and north-east of Bankstown.
These suburbs are located within the local government area of Warringah Council but are also often included in the Northern Beaches or Upper North Shore regions.
Greater Western Sydney includes the 14 local government areas covered by the New South Wales government's Office of the Minister for Western Sydney and the Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board. These are Auburn, Bankstown, Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Wollondilly
Composed of the local government areas of the Marrickville Council, City of Canterbury, Municipality of Ashfield, Burwood Council, Municipality of Strathfield, City of Canada Bay and the Municipality of Leichhardt.
South-western Sydney can be used to describe the suburbs found in the local government areas of the City of Canterbury, City of Bankstown, City of Liverpool, City of Fairfield, City of Campbelltown and Camden Council.
Composed of the local government areas of the City of Bankstown, City of Fairfield, City of Parramatta, Auburn Council, City of Liverpool, City of Campbelltown, Camden Council, City of Penrith, City of Blacktown, Baulkham Hills Shire and the City of Holroyd.
- Dept of Local Government — Sydney Surrounds
- Dept of Local Government — Sydney Outer
- Dept of Local Government — Sydney Inner
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