The suburb of Brentwood borders the waters of Bull Creek and would have been a camping and fishing area for the Aboriginal inhabitants. The proximity to Bull Creek ensures a variety of birdlife and river bank sedges provide food and habitat for native fauna.
Brentwood was named after a town in Essex, England. This was the original home of the Bateman family, who were early pioneers in the area.
Brentwood is also the site of the historic Bateman homestead 'Grasmere'. The homestead was built in 1886 and is a one-storey brick and iron building with a surrounding verandah. The outbuildings are a variety of brick and/or iron structures. Originally it was built as a holiday retreat by John Wesley Bateman on 514 hectares of land. The home has been classified in the City of Melville's Municipal Heritage Inventory 2004 and the river area nearby is a culturally significant site to Aboriginal people.
Facilities in Brentwood include the 1st Bateman Winthrop Scouts Hall, Blue Gum Park Squash Centre and Tennis Club, and Brentwood Child Health Centre.
Blue Gum Community Centre, which has an array of activities and programs, is listed as being one of three favourite places within the suburbs of Alfred Cove, Applecross, Ardross, Booragoon, Brentwood, Mount Pleasant and Myaree in the North East Neighbourhood Plan (2009).
There is bushland and wetland contained within Bateman Park, as well as foreshore reserve at both Bateman and Thomas Middleton Parks.
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