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This suburb is named after "Greenfields Estate", a promotional developers name used for the area in 1980. It was previously known as Goegrup, East Mandurah and Riverside Gardens. Greenfields was once a rich hunting and food gathering area for local Aboriginal people and the site of Noongar camps until as recently as the 1950s. Several Noongar families who lived in the area were famous for the hard work they did clearing land for houses and roads as Mandurah expanded.

Greenfields comprises several other smaller communities including Country Roads, Norfolk Gardens, Riverside Gardens, Central Park and is home to many retirement and lifestyle communities such as Lady Brand Village and St Ives.

It has a local shopping centre, three primary schools and two high schools, Peel Education Campus, and Peel Health Campus, several ovals including Bortolo Reserve.

Ray and Rose Fowler Park: The City of Mandurah undertook extensive community consultation following receipt of a request to name the Riverside Primary School oval after Raymond George Fowler and Rose Court Hope Fowler (OAM). The Fowler's are honoured for their consistent support and assistance to the community over their 52 years of residency in Mandurah. Their involvement has been with Riverside Primary School, Police Boys Club, Mandurah Branch of Red Cross, Wearne House Auxiliary, Mandurah Branch of the Arthritis Association and the Mandurah RSL. Ray and Rose Fowler Park is situated on Minilya Parkway and Kookaburra Drive, Greenfields west of Riverside Primary School.

Eacott Park: Situated on Manjeep and Wanda Roads, Greenfields, name was proposed by the City of Mandurah after the Eacott family who were among the first pioneers in the area.