Suburb Profile - Coolbinia


The name "Coolbinia" is an Aboriginal word for "mistletoe" and was chosen to differentiate the area from Mount Lawley in 1953. Coolbinia was originally considered part of Mount Lawley and was designed according to garden suburb principles originally devised by Ebenezer Howard. These principles advocated the creation of green streets with low density dwellings. To enforce such standards, many lots in Coolbinia had restrictive covenants placed on land in order to limit the majority of development to single residential. An interesting element of the design was that developers ensured each dwelling was within walking distance of a small park or recreational reserve. Many of the street names within Coolbinia commemorate towns and districts in Western Australia. These include Carnarvon, Ardross, Mullewa and Koorda.

The character of dwellings contained within Coolbinia varies considerably. This can be attributed to the different eras of residential development, as housing construction began in the 1930's and continued into the 1960's. The area is predominantly characterised by brick and tile homes on large lots, though there is a small pocket of unit development located on Adair Parade. Housing types contained within Coolbinia include Californian Bungalow, Art Deco, post-war Austerity housing and International-styled dwellings. This variety of housing has substantially contributed to the unique character of the streetscapes.

Coolbinia contains a number of small parks, some of which are located at the rear of properties with entry obtained via access ways. These pocket parks include Bandy Park and Nissy Mossenson Park. The area also contains the Coolbinia Primary School and Sir David Brand Centre and School to serve educational needs. Both are situated on Bradford Street. Squash courts are located on Walcott Street, as is a strip of retail development to serve local needs.