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Ku-ring-gai area
South Turramurra is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydneymarker, in the state of New South Walesmarker, Australia. South Turramurra is located 18 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business districtmarker, in the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Councilmarker. Turramurramarker and North Turramurramarker are separate suburbs.

History

Turramurra is an Aboriginal word meaning big hill. Early settlers referred to the area as Eastern Road until the name Turramurra was adopted when the railway station was built in 1890.

During the early 1990s the suburb of South Turramurra was threatened by the construction of the B2/B3 extension, designed to connect the M2 motorway in North Epping with the Pacific Highway. This freeway would have cut the suburb in half, and consequently a grass-roots community organisation (Coalition Against Lane Cove Valley Freeways) was formed.

Transport

The nearest train station is Turramurra railway stationmarker. Buses to South Turramurra operate from Turramurra train station. Shorelink bus route 571 runs along Kissing Point Road, and route 575 runs along Kissing Point Road to Macquarie Universitymarker and Hornsby. The Comenarra Parkway, a minor arterial road consisting of only one lane in each direction, creates a boundary with Turramurramarker, to the north.

Commercial area

South Turramurra Shopping Village is located on the corner of Aluba Road and Kissing Point Road. It features a bakery, butchery, post office, pharmacy, grocery and liquor shops and a gourmet pizza shop.

Schools



Parks

South Turramurra is surrounded on the other three sides by the Lane Cove National Parkmarker.
  • Aluba Road Field of Dreams
  • Kissing Point Road Park
  • Aluba Road Kissing Point Soccer Club- Aluba Road.
  • Netball Courts- Kanoon Road


Community

The strong community support for the anti-freeway campaigners resulted in the protection of the bushland at the foot of the suburb of South Turramurra as part of the Lane Cove River National Park. Many different and diverse action groups were formed (and still remain) in order to effectively lobby government. The environmental community group STEP Inc, which was formed in South Turramurra in 1978 has grown to be a powerful force for the environment in northern Sydney.

The relative isolation of the community from its geographical neighbours has resulted in a unique social atmosphere, with the development of many musical talents, artists and creative thinkers. The close proximity to the bushland and natural settings whilst being enclosed within the city is often noted as the defining characteristic of this charming suburb.

Turramurra and Kissing Point Rover Crews, both based on the south side of Turramurra, are active groups of young people aged 17~25, who are into a wide range of outdoor, social and community service activities.

References

  1. Gregorys Sydney Street Directory, Gregorys Publishing Company, 2007
  2. The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon, Angus and Robertsons, 1990
  3. South Turramurra locals website http://www.southturramurra.com


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