- Waitara, New South Wales
Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Waitara
city = Sydney
state = nsw
lga = Hornsby Shire
stategov = Ku-ring-gai
fedgov = Bradfield
postcode = 2077
dist1 = 23
dir1 = north-west
location1= Sydney CBD
near-nw = Hornsby
near-n = Hornsby
near-ne = North Wahroonga
near-w = Hornsby
near-e = Wahroonga
near-sw = Normanhurst
near-s = Wahroonga
near-se = Wahroonga
Waitara is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of
Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Waitara is located 23 kilometresnorth-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Hornsby Shire.
Waitarais a word in the New Zealand Maorilanguage that means "hail, pure water" or "hail, wide steps". Waitara is a town in New Zealand. ["The Book of Sydney Suburbs", Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 262]
Miles McCrae once owned land in
Southern Sydney, near Hurstville. When he sold that land to a development company, the manager used the name Waitara for the subdivision project. Mcrae later bought land near Hornsby and when the railway sation opened in 1895 he suggested the name Waitara, which was formally adopted. ["The Book of Sydney Suburbs", Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 262]
Waitara railway station, Sydneyis on the North Shore line of the City Railnetwork.
Waitara is a centre for all things automotive, car dealerships both new and used, car maintenance and smash repairers.
Waitara has just one hotel, the Blue Gum Hotel [ [http://www.bluegumhotel.com.au/ Blue Gum Hotel - Waitara Hornsby Sydney] ] which was one of the first buildings in this suburb.
The only public school is Waitara Public School that has two O.C (opportunity class) classes. Waitara Public school is partly located in [Wahroonga, New South Wales|Wahroonga] .
Waitara is home to the second largest Korean Catholic Community Church, [http://www.waitaraparish.org.au/ Our Lady of the Rosary, Waitara website] which has produced the youth activity group
WCKYS. WKCYS partakes in many competitive events from Warcraft 3Tournaments to Basketballcompetitions.
The Anglican Church of Waitara (All Saints) is located near Hornsby Hospital on the corner of Burdett and Palmerston Roads. In addition to church services there are a number of other events on during the week including ESL classes, Kids groups, Youth Groups and Bible Studies. [http://www.waitara.anglican.asn.au Waitara Anglican Church]
The Seventh-day Adventists Church, located at the corner of Park Avenue and Alexandria Parade, was established in 1903. [http://www.waitarachurch.org.au/ Waitara Seventh-day Adventist Church]
The 2001 census community profile for Waitara revealed roughly equal proportions of men (47%) and women (53%) in a total population of 1700. Two thirds of the population was born in Australia with 82% being Australian citizens. Two thirds of the population is Christian. Nearly half the population (44%) has completed year 12 or its equivalent. [ [http://www.abs.gov.au/WEBSITEDBS/D3310114.nsf/Home/census Census of Population and Housing ] ] These demographics are likely to have changed with the construction of several large apartment buildings in the streets linking Waitara to Hornsby.
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