Assets & Demographics

A snapshot of Children in Camden

Children comprise a growing proportion of the population within the Camden LGA and in particular the new release and growth areas of the south west. At the 2011 ABS Census, there were 16,382 children between 0 and 17 years of age, representing 28.9% of the total population in of Camden. This comprised of 4,577 (8.1%) aged between 0 and 4 years, 6,448 (11.4%) aged between 5 and 11 years and 5,357 (9.4%) aged between 12 and 17 years.

An analysis of the age structure across suburbs within Camden reveals that over half (62%) of children (0-11 years) in Camden reside within the 4 suburbs of Mount Annan, Currans Hill, Narellan Vale and Harrington Park. These suburbs are concentrated within approximately 10km radius of each other and are characterised as large recent land release estates.

For a full version of the Children and Families Snapshot Report, please visit the Resources tab, or click here

A huge range of statistics including household types, income levels, internet usage and much more, can also be found on Council's Profile ID.

Asset Mapping

Community Asset Mapping is a capacity-focused way of strengthening communities. Asset mapping identifies resources or assets in the community. It is essential in identifying local organisations and businesses that have resources that can meet residents' needs.

In short, asset mapping is simply identifying things of value in a community.  Once that is done, it's time to figure out ways to capitalize on those assets!

To view the beginnings of a 'Child Friendly Camden' Asset Map, please click here.

What do Children bring to the community?

As active community members, children offer the community endless benefits and opportunities.

Some of these include:

  • Social cohesion - children have a tendency to bring people together regardless of their culture, age group or background. Places were children play and learn, for example, sporting groups, schools and playgrounds provide opportunities to meet other local families and develop new friendships.
  • Decision making - who better to talk about childhood and play facilities than children themselves? Young children have the ability to construct alternative meanings about their world and the people in it and their perspectives and insights can often help adults to understand their experiences better (NSW Commission of Children and Young People)
  • Strong, positive family relationships - parents work hard to provide important foundations for child development and community wellbeing.
  • Foundations for the future - today's children are the future generations of Camden.
  • Fun! - Children have the ability to use their imaginations to think "outside the box" in ways that adults often can't. Sometimes the persistence and dreams of children come true and they are able to make a significant impact in their community.