Looking back ten years ago, many suburbs in Perth were underdeveloped and with low social and economic level but things have changed dratically within ten years while many brand new and sound facilities or infrustures have been established. It is true of Nollamra, which is regarded as a unsafe place because of some lazy and goalless people there. Nowadays, Nollamara has turned to be a new look with swamps of modern new houses and deligent new residents that form great neighbouring sprit. This suburd a booming area chased after Yokine and Dinalla's fully development.Trust me, it is a nice place to live in or invest!!
Since Nollamara is a relatively large suburd, it all depends on different parts that safe or not. The central part and yokine or Dianella border part should be good, while the mirabooka or balga part is relatively unsafe. As well, it also counts which streets to live in. Generally speaking, Nollamara is a developing area with newly bulit houses and average income families move in, the environment will become better when every resident treats it as his own home.
"Bextah" we can only hope that at least you are aware of your surroundings (at all times!). Don't be too confident, you aren't bulletproof! I have lived in Nollamara for 24 years and at 13 years old i was sexually assaulted in broad daylight walking to a bus stop with a school friend on Hillsborough drive (at the roundabout there). Many years later i still refuse to walk around Nollamara with my dogs, let alone by myself. I actually drive to a park in Balcatta to walk my dogs!! What compelled me to write this is because just today 18/5/12 at a park along Sylvia St, my mother was walking my dogs while i was at home making dinner (about 6 pm) and she was threatened by a youth in a grey hoodie welding a big stick or pole. I wanted to warn others of the incidents because with the amount of state housing in Nollamara, it is not a safe place. We live next to two state housing duplex's and have complained to police and Homes West about the residents many times. Thank god we are moving out of this suburb soon, it has been a long time coming! Granted there are some lovely people in the suburb, the rate of crime far outweighs this aspect.
No. Nollamara was created with the intention of providing cheap housing for low-income families. Naturally, the council saw this as a reason to build and maintain the area on the cheap as well, and it has been serviced poorly by both local government and the private sector, with poor infrastructure, terrible schools and inadequate policing. There are active attempts to gentrify the area, but I doubt very much they will maintain in the long term.
My partner has lived in Nollamara all his life, and his parents have lived there for about 50 years.
They have never encountered any problems.
I have lived in the area for 5 years, and it does not seem to be any less safe than the other areas that I have lived like Belmont, Carlisle and Thornlie, and I feel safer here than I did in Fremantle or Midland (I move a lot).
I had to address the facilities and infrastructure comment, as I felt it was a bit unfair to the area.
what are you talking about?? There are several regular bus services through Nollamara, varied shopping options and a sporting tradition in cricket and football that extends back 40 years - there are even turf wickets. The school are a good standard, and varied, with private, public and Steiner schools all located in the area. There are constant upgrades of play equipment and access to programs that encourage positive use of facilities.
The are used to have it's own police station, however it was decided it was unnecessary to maintain it.
And channel 7 Perth is in Nollamara!
What a load of crap. There is no evidence to support that claim about government dependency being the highest in Perth, and I seriously doubt it. The assistant commissioner of the WA police grew up in Nollamara, so before you tar a whole suburb with your narrow minded views, have something to back it up.
I walk my dog at night, I have never had a problem and never felt unsafe.
The negative comments are from people who don't live here and wouldn't have a clue.I moved here 2 weeks ago to a new villa from the Rockingham area and I can tell you it is bliss compared to the graffiti,hoons,noise and crime there.The people around are friendly and it is quiet and peaceful.
The question wasn't about public services etc, it was 'is Nollamara a safe suburb'.
Have a good walk around at night in different areas and get back to us.
Try walking around without the dog and take some back streets
The statistics of centrelink dependency was published in The Sunday Times mid last year, i cant find the clipping but when 2011 census is released I'm sure it will have updated statistics.
Below is from - http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/intranet/libpages.nsf/WebFiles/Publications+-+Statistics+Unemployment+-+Nollamara/$FILE/Nollamara+Final.pdf
"Figure 42 Estimated Unemployment Rate for Nollamara (Smoothed Series)"
Nollamara has experienced substantial change in its unemployment rate throughout this period, ranging from 4.8% in September and December 2008 to 8% in December 2009.
Throughout this period, Nollamara's unemployment rate has remained well above the state and national averages.
I think Nollamara is ok depending on where you live. I personally am looking at housing on streets like Woodchester Rd, Kweda Way, Marda Way,May Drive and Windmere Cres.
Reason the bus stop Our Lady Lourdes Parish is what I catch just down Flinders st Near IGA Yokine so its not that far down. and its a Zone 1 further into Nollamara is more Zone 2 and cost much more. Bearing in mind all the all these streets i'm looking at are close to Flinders st at possible, due to safety of me and my wife coming home from work in the evening and even herself sometimes it has to be close.
I think its great value and have missed out on buying my villa in KwedaWay as I was either too late. 4 weeks to be exact before I was serious about looking at property to live in.
On a personal level these are the only pockets I would consider the rest make me feel unsafe. Mirrabooka is a dogy place and I have been once an NEVER again. People there just give me a bad vibe. i'll stick to dog swamp and morley for all my shopping.
To nest or invest, it won't be a question in Nollamara! Nollamra is a safe and sound suburb at present, and certainly will last being safer and sounder in the future. Take a walk or just a drive around Nollamara, you will be impressed by groups of spanking new and fashionable modern villas or townhouses, with reasonable block size and high quality design, and most importantly, presently affordable price. Deligent working people with average income and regular career keep moving in and form great community spirit. Nollamara is becoming impecably suitable area to live in or invest.
We lived in Nollamara a couple of years ago with our two young children just prior to our third child being born. I would have to answer "no", Nollamara is not a safe suburb. While I did walk to and from the supermarket with my children I was glad when we moved! The small shopping centre always had rubbish around it (though a few of the shops were really quite lovely inside) and obscene language was, unfortunately, always part of our walking experience (either around the shopping centre or from someone's house walking there and back). We lived right next to a playground that often had people sitting in it in the dark. Our neighbour was broken into and just after we left some other friends went to the aid of a woman who was the victim of a shooting during the middle of the day.
Safety in a suburb ultimately comes down to the behaviour of the people living there. The majority of our neighbours were great (we were close to Wanneroo Rd and the Balcatta border). There did appear to be quite a few homes within a few streets of us that were rental properties housing a large number of people. This became apparent as whenever we walked past them, these homes always had people displaying offensive behaviour and language.
Sometimes we don't get to live in the place that we would like. If Nollamara is your only reasonable option, then just adjust accordingly.
Thank you for the link, although you are suggesting that because people are unemployed they are somehow criminals and all live in the back streets, waiting to do something unsavoury? :)
The electoral seat of Nollamara includes the suburbs of Nollamara, Alexander Heights, Koondoola, Mirrabooka, Westminster and part of the suburb of Dianella. I don't think these statistics represent the suburb fairly, as I will admit some of these neighbouring suburbs can be intimidating, and that I don't feel safe in them.
I'm not sure if you actually live around here and have experienced such things, or if you just met some people who happened to live in Nollamara and could be described as above.
And I have walked without the dog, I have taken back streets, and I have still felt safe.
I have been living in Nollamara for three years now. Marda Way was ok, however Milford Way and Constance Street... Where do I start... I have never felt more unsafe in my life sadly. Please do not bring up a family on either of the latter streets mentioned. Milford Way seems to be a by-pass for drug dealers and users alike. There are a lot of Community houses on this street. I am constantly witnessing raids and domestic violence. Police constantly wanting statements. I have nothing positive....
I have lived in Nollamara for ten years. The area has greatly changed during that time. We have had no trouble ever living here and really love the proximity to the beach and City and always shop at either Flinders Square or Karrinyup. We are well educated with two small children and own our home 100%, so if we wanted to we could move out of the area. Why would we. We have an 850sqm block and like less than 10 mins to the city.
Granted we are literally on the Yokine boarder so I can't really comment on the Mirrabooka side (but I wouldn't ever shop at Mirrabooka).
There are heaps of young families around us now and everyone is out walking their dogs and exercising in the evening. I have no hesitation recommending this area and have lovely neighbours that have also lived her many years.
Yes and no. We do get a lot of break-ins and I'd be scared to walk around at night, but it's also a wonderful place to live - great local schools, and a community that's warm, friendly, humble and multicultural. I feel much more at home here than I did in Joondalup or Yokine with pretentious entitled people.
Brucie must have his head up his anyhow I lived in Nollamara over 20 years never had a problem maybe the problem was brucie....
Hi there, thinking of buying a first home in Nollamara but after reading mixed opinions from everyone, am having second thoughts. Most of the posts are about 2 years old though.
Just wondering, has Nollamara changed much in the past 2 years? For the better? How safe do people feel walking their dogs around the neighbourhood? Do you meet any unpleasant people when going to the shopping area for eg. excessive cursing or swearing?
My 5 year old and 7 year old girls went to a private school in Yokine and on occasion would walk to my mothers in Nollamara if I was on a late shift. The wonderful Mirrabooka high school students punched my girls in the stomach regularly. I rang Mirrabooka high school to complain, they told me to ring the Police, rang the Police told me to ring the school! The girls were then taught to catch two busses home, students from the Technical College in Mirrabooka and throw things at the girls, the bus driver would laugh. Anyone who has a problem with private school children should attact the parents not the children. Nollamara does not seemed to have changed in 30 years.
This it to boocuddles, what you said about everyone whos saying the area is not safe isnt from the area is not true, as i said i have lived in nollamara for 5 years. I dont think 2 weeks of living here is enough time to say the area is safe. We live in a house behind another house and we've had people come up our driveway and steal cigarette butts from our carport ashtray! Thank god we havent been broken into but friends of mine who live on my street have and they are terrified to go to sleep each night. no-one should be affraid in their own home!!!