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Menai
SydneyNew South Wales
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Menai community buildings
Population 10,592 (2001 census)
Established 1973
Postcode(s) 2234
Location 28 km (17 mi) south of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Sutherland Shire
State electorate(s) Holsworthy, Heathcote
Federal Division(s) Hughes
Suburbs around Menai:
Holsworthy Alfords Point Illawong
Holsworthy Menai Bangor
Lucas Heights Barden Ridge Barden Ridge

Menai is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 29 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire.

History

Menai is named after Menai Bridge, a town on the Menai Strait in Wales, Great Britain.

The area now known as Menai was originally called Bangor in 1895 by the land's owner, a farmer named Owen Jones, after his birthplace Bangor in Wales. To avoid confusion with Bangor in Tasmania, the Postmaster General's Office changed the suburb name to Menai in 1910. Menai Bridge in Wales lies opposite Bangor on the Menai Strait. When Menai expanded, the eastern section became Bangor again.

The suburb has been affected by bushfires on several occasions, including the 1994 Eastern seaboard fires.

Transport

Transdev NSW operates four bus routes.

  • 961 Sutherland to Barden Ridge
  • 962 Miranda to Bankstown - from Cronulla on weekends
  • 963 to Padstow
  • M92 Sutherland to Parramatta

Many people use drive-park-ride mode of transport to work. There are three well serviced train stations with parking facilities within 8–15 minutes driving (Padstow: 8.5 km, Jannali: 7.4 km, Sutherland: 7.2 km).

Sport and recreation

Menai Hawks Football club is the largest sporting club in the area with 1,200 members playing soccer every week based at Buckle Reserve Menai. An indoor sporting complex is adjacent to the Menai shopping centre. Menai is home to the Menai Junior Rugby League Football Club who are known by the rhyming couplet "menai, head high", in a reference to their tough playing style by other rugby league juniors throughout the Sutherland Shire. Menai is also home to the Menai Dragons basketball association.

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