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Bankstown, New South Wales

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Template:Austlocalgovtarea Bankstown is a Local Government Area and a major suburb in the south-west of Sydney, Australia. It is the site of Sydney's second airport, Bankstown Airport, and holds an extensive and large shopping centre (mall), Centro Bankstown. During the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney, Olympic cycling events were held at the Bankstown velodrome at the Crest of Bankstown park, a centrally-located public reserve that also includes soccer, Rugby League and field hockey grounds, an athletic track and bush walking tracks. Bankstown has one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Sydney. Home to a large ethnic Lebanese community, Bankstown also boasts large populations of Chinese, Vietnamese and Macedonian Slav migrants. In all, over 60 different languages are spoken by the people of this suburb, whose population now exceeds 170,000.

Bankstown was established in 1797 in honour of botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who travelled to Australia with Captain James Cook in 1770. The area was discovered during an expedition of the Georges River by George Bass and Matthew Flinders. The area of first European settlement along the river has been partially preserved as part of the Mirrumbeena Regional Reserve. Bankstown also includes large areas of the Georges River National Park.

Famous Australians who lived or grew up in Bankstown include former Prime Minister Paul Keating, Australian test cricket captain Steve Waugh and his brother Mark, swimmer Ian Thorpe and Australian Rugby League test player Terry Lamb.

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