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Gold Coast, Queensland
Hinze Dam after the 3rd Stage completion
|Population||352 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||Gold Coast City|
The area first attracted timber-cutters in the 1870s because of the abundant supply of good quality timber. In 1881 David Yuan established at saw mill and European settlement began. A small settlement sprang up as a rest point for the bullock teams hauling timber to the railway at Nerang. As late as the 1930s, there were still up to 24 bullock teams operating in the area.
In 1884 the first hotel was built by W.H. Turner called the Beechmont Hotel. In 1905, Ernest Belliss opened a hotel on the corner of Numinbah Road and a bullock road from Beechmont known as the Black Shoot; he called it the Advancetown Hotel. Belliss also donated land for the Advancetown school, which made the name endure. Belliss sold the hotel in March 1924 and the timber building burned down in July 1933. A new Advancetown Hotel was built and opened in February 1934.
In 1977, the Hinze Dam opened. The settlement of Advancetown including the school (which was closed by then) was lost under the dam's waters. As the settlement of Advancetown was gone, the surrounding district was named Latimer, after nearby Latimer Creek, on 31 March 1979 but renamed Advancetown on 11 May 1985.
Hinze Dam sits on Advancetown Lake and the Nerang River flows to and from it. Hinze Dam was first completed in 1976 (Stage 1), providing a storage of 42,400 million litres of water to surrounding residents. Since then there have been 2 significant upgrades; the first in 1989 (Stage 2) increasing the storage to 161,070 million litres of water and the second in 2011 (Stage 3) increasing the storage again to 310,730 million litres of water. It reportedly cost 395 million dollars AUD. The dam is also popular with water activities.
Although the The Grand Golf Club has its entrance at 364 Gilston Road in neighbouring Gilston, most of the course is in Advancetown, accessed by a bridge over the Nerang River ( ). This private club has a 19-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman.
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