Youth in the streets
AUBIN Grove has emerged as the Kid Capital of Perth, with nearly one in three people in the suburb under 14 years of age.
Mother-of-two Hayley Long said she was not surprised the suburb topped the list, with neighbourhood events revolving around children.
Mrs Long (23) said schools, face-painting and family pets were the three hot topics of conversation during her years living in the southern suburb, where 29.2 per cent of the population are aged under 14 years.
She recently moved from Aubin Grove to neighbouring Hammond Park, which is fourth on the list of WA’s kid hot spots, with 27.9 per cent of residents aged under 14 years.
She said both suburbs were set up to accommodate young families, with plenty of parks and recreational facilities and services for children.
“I don’t think I’ll ever move from this area – it has everything we need,” she said.
Demographer Bernard Salt said Nappy Valleys, as they were nick-named, were typically found in metropolitan fringe suburbs such as Aubin Grove because of the relatively affordable house and land packages on offer.
But the suburb would transition with the residents, with the kid capital likely to move farther south and Aubin Grove to move up the pecking order on the housing ladder.
He anticipated the main topics of local conversation would soon move on to sports utility vehicles or “soccer mum mobiles” and children’s sports.
In about a decade, the high proportion of children of the same age would prompt police concerns about teenage delinquency.
Over the same period, hot topics of conversation would move on to trips to Bali, careers and renovations. Parents would then experience a generation of youngsters who would not move out of the family home.
Parents would buy the best home of their lives in their early 40s, with some moving out of the suburb or buying a better home.