Heathcote Community Guide and Business Directory

 

Location

Heathcote is a suburb, in southern Sydney, located 36 km south of the Sydney central business district in the Sutherland Shire. Heathcote is bordered by Engadine to the north and Waterfall to the south. It is bounded by The Royal National Park to the east, and Heathcote   National Park to the west.

Heathcote is separated into two sections by the railway line. Heathcote East contains two of the schools and a sports oval. Heathcote West is the larger side with the majority of residents. The Boy Scouts Association has a camping ground and training centre in Boundary Road. A small group of shops is located on the western side, near the railway station on Princes Highway. The Sutherland Shire Emergency  Services Centre is located on the eastern side, beside the railway station.

Transport

Heathcote railway station is on the City Rail Illawarra line. A bus service also links Engadine with Heathcote.

Heathcote Road meets the Princes Highway at Heathcote. Heathcote Road is a major link to the north western suburbs, while the Princes Highway links Sydney and Wollongong.

Over the last few years several people have been fatally struck by cars while crossing the highway. In July 2006, a 13-year-old boy was killed, crossing the highway with his bike, while the traffic light was green and the pedestrian crossing light was red. His family have campaigned for an overpass or underpass to be built here, to avoid any future fatalities. There is an underpass in Engadine and an overpass    in Waterfall. However, Heathcote's traffic conditions mean that with or without an overpass, it would still be possible to cross the highway. Instead, the speed limit along Princes Highway, near Heathcote station and shops, has subsequently been changed from 70km/h to 50km/h,    a move which has angered some motorists but delighted many who were concerned with the safety of pedestrians. The campaign was          co-ordinated by the local action group called Heathcote Against Rising Road Toll (HARRT).

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A small group of shops is located on the western side, near the railway station on Princes Highway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education (See Detailed List of Schools in The Shire)

Heathcote's government schools are operated by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training.

Heathcote has three Public Schools: Heathcote Public School, Heathcote East Public School, Heathcote High School. The high school services Heathcote residents and also residents of the nearby suburbs of Engadine, Helensburgh, Waterfall, Woronora Heights and      Stanwell Park.

History

Heathcote was originally known as Bottle Forest. There were fourteen town allotments in Bottle Forest in 1842, in what is now Heathcote East. In 1835 Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell (1792-1855) conducted a survey of the area and named it Heathcote, in honour of an officer who had fought with him during the Peninsula Wars against Napoleon.

Heathcote railway station opened in 1886. Heathcote Hall was built in Heathcote East in 1887 by Isaac Harber, a brick manufacturer. This grand Victorian house included a tower, which was a symbol of wealth. Harber suffered heavy financial losses during the construction of    the Imperial Arcade in Sydney and attempted to dispose of the property but the 1892 depression did not help. The Financial Institution became the house’s possessor and they arranged with George Adams of Tattersalls to organise a sweepstake with the house as a prize. The winner was Mr S. Gillett, a Sydney builder. The property was sold to E.R. Brown in 1901 and still stands today.

The Heathcote to Waterfall bushwalk became popular as a day outing in the 1930s, and the many tracks in Heathcote Bush are used by the Boy Scouts.

The Olympic Torch was carried through the shopping centre in 2000.

From Bottle Forest to Heathcote - the Sutherland Shire's First Settlement is the history of Heathcote which was written by Patrick Kennedy   in 1999.

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