Bankstown is a suburb in south-western Sydney, NSW, about20km south-west of Sydney’s CBD. It is also the administrative centre of thelocal government area of the City of Bankstown.
Bankstown has one of the most ethnically diverse communitiesin Australia, with more than 60 different languages spoken by its residents.
Bankstown's central business district is clustered aroundBankstown Railway Station. The commercial area beside the railway station isknown as Bankstown Plaza, while the ethnic diversity of the area has created ahost of great restaurants, eateries and cafes.
Centro Bankstown (previously known as Bankstown Square), isa large shopping centre (mall), immediately to the northeast of the railway station.The Bankstown Central Library has been serving Bankstown on its present site inThe Mall since 1954.
Bankstown Railway Station is on the Bankstown line of theCityRail network, and the suburb is also a major bus interchange for severalbus services. The Sydney Metropolitan Airport, more commonly known as BankstownAirport, was established in 1940 and is constructed on 313 hectares. It hasthree runways, an extensive taxiway and includes a large business parkcontaining more than 170 businesses.
Bankstown's first public school was built in 1880. Schoolsin Bankstown today include Al Amanah College, Bankstown Public School, BankstownSouth Infants School, Bankstown West Public School, Bankstown Senior College, BankstownGirls High School, Bankstown Grammar School, Bankstown North Public School, LaSalleCatholic College, Bankstown, St Euphemia College, Bankstown Community College, TAFEBankstown, University of Western Sydney Bankstown Campus, St Felix Catholicprimary school and St Brendan's Catholic primary school.