Amity Point, Queensland
|Population||348 (2011 census)|
|• Density||256.5/km2 (664/sq mi) |
|Area||1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)|
Amity Point is a small close knit township located on the north western point of North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia in Redland City. At the 2006 census, Amity Point had a population of 408. In the 2011 census, the population declined to 348 people.
Directly north is the South Passage and the southern tip of Moreton Island. To the east lies the small town of Point Lookout and to the south lies the main town of North Stradbroke Island, Dunwich. Wallum Creek snakes along the southern border of the town. Rainbow Channel lies directly adjacent to Amity Point in Moreton Bay.
John Oxley named the point Amity after the ship he sailed in when establishing the Moreton Bay penal colony. It had been given the name Cypress Point for which it was only known as for a brief period. The site was chosen as a pilot station by John Gray because of its location close to the South Passage into Moreton Bay. It was the first European settlement on Stradbroke Island.
Amity Point Post Office opened around 1942.
In the 2011 Census the population of Amity is 348, 50.3% female and 49.7% male. The median/average age of the Amity population is 53 years of age, 16 years above the Australian average. 86% of people living in Amity were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 4.4%, New Zealand 1.7%, Solomon Islands 1.2%, Papua New Guinea 1.2%, Latvia 1.2%. 98% of people speak English as their first language 0.9% Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole).
The only government infrastructure for the town is a single jetty, a library, a community hall, a Fire Station and a post office. No schools or hospitals are found in the town. This, however, is not due to a lack of government investment for the town, but rather due to the very small size of the town. There are only eighteen roads in the town, with the majority of those very small. Claytons Road, often called Point Lookout Road by the locals, due to the road leading to Point Lookout, is the only road which gives access to Amity from the rest of the island.
Private sector investments on the town only cater for the large number of tourists which come to the island every holiday season to make use of the town's beaches. There is a caravan park that caters for the budget traveller in the town. The cricket club at Amity is the only investment by the private sector that is catered for the local populace of the town, though it still receives much business from tourists.
Amity Point is surrounded by virgin forests to the south east and pristine beaches elsewhere.
The forests surrounding Amity Point are subtropical rainforests with a significant amount of diversity in both flora and fauna. This is despite the fact that North Stradbroke Island, along with Moreton Island to the north and South Stradbroke Island to the south, are made up entirely of sand, a substance that only a few, mostly monocotyledon plants have managed to survive in elsewhere in the world. The three islands also have species of ancient ferns that have survived only on these islands. The flowering rate of these ferns are very slow, and the trees are protected by Australian law so that only the Aboriginals, the original people of the island, may harvest them.
The beaches which Amity Point township is located on have been eroded heavily by human interference, but Flinders Beach, 2–3 km (1¼–2 mi) to the east, and the Wanga Wallen Bank approximately 500 m (1,640 ft) to the south are in pristine condition, with a range of wildlife from U-Tube worms to Wobbegongs, a small brown shark, all present.
Amity Point boasts some of the largest shark numbers in the world, though shark attacks are rare, with only two recorded attacks. Despite the presence of shark drumlines, in places since 1997, a Brisbane woman was mauled to death by sharks while swimming in Rainbow Channel. The species of shark remains unknown, with bull sharks suspected by an expert and tiger sharks suggested by locals.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Amity Point (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
- 2001 Census Community Profile (ABS)
- Horton, Helen (1983). Islands of Moreton Bay. Spring Hill, Queensland: Boolarong Publications. p. 29. ISBN 0-908175-67-1.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- Lee Shipley (9 January 2006). "Amity Point shark attack: Bligh defends beach measures". BayJournal. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
- "Onlookers thought 'shark' cries were joke". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 January 2006. Retrieved 2 May 2011.