Browns Plains, Queensland
Logan City, Queensland
Browns Plains Plaza, 2014
|Location||24 km (15 mi) from Brisbane GPO|
Browns Plains is a suburb of Logan City, Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 5,574. The area suburb's western boundary is marked by the Mount Lindesay Highway.
In the 2011 Census the population of Browns Plains is 5,574, 50.1% female and 49.9% male.
The median/average age of the Browns Plains population is 30 years of age, 7 years below the Australian average.
65.2% of people living in Browns Plains were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 9.8%, England 3%, Philippines 1.4%, India 0.8%, China 0.8%.
78.2% of people speak English as their first language 1.3% Mandarin, 1.2% Spanish, 1.1% Samoan, 1% Vietnamese, 0.9% Urdu.
Browns Plains is generally used as a name for both the Browns Plains suburb and the former estates which all utilise the 4118 Postcode Hillcrest, Forestdale, Regents Park and Heritage Park. Browns Plains has been identified in the South East Queensland Regional Plan as an outer city regional centre. One notable aspect of Browns Plains is the Grand Plaza Shopping Centre, which opened to the community in 1994 and was extended some 13 years later. Grand Plaza boasts 170 specialty stores, Big W, Target, Kmart, Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and an Event Cinema complex. Browns Plains contains a number of schools and shops, and frequently has visits from the a circus and other events on a main park area near Browns Plains Highschool and Forest Glen Park.
Scrubby Creek, a tributary of Slacks Creek, which is itself a tributary of the Logan River, is the main waterway in the area.
Browns Plains is also a terminus for Brisbane City bus routes (140, 141, 142, 150), making it an important transport hub, connecting Logan City and Brisbane City bus routes.
According to Mary Howells book 'Ridge To Ridge - Recollections from Woodridge to Park Ridge', Browns Plains became in use as a place name in 1840 and for the most part up until the 1950s saw the original area running with tobacco farms.
In 1872, George Stretton operated a post office from his accommodation house in Browns Plains. 1878 saw Browns Plains School opens on site of Waller Park, only to close due to effects of major drought in 1902.
In 1938, Greenbank and Browns Plains telephone lines installed.
Post Office re-opens in Browns Plains in 1956 on the corner of Browns Plains and Beaudesert Roads, known as Brownsleigh as well as the adjoining Estate located Between Beaudesert and Wembley Roads. The following year Scrubby Creek Bridge is built over Browns Plains Road.
In 1966, Beaudesert Shire employed consultant town planner and architect James Birrell. Beaudesert Shire gazettes old Browns Plains School site as waste treatment plant and Refuse depot (now known as Waller Park). 1968, Springwood development begins Telephone exchange to be built in Browns Plains (using the prefix 200 xxxx).
Browns Plains Tavern opened in 1976. 1983 saw the primary school open followed by a high school in 1985. Westpoint Shopping Centre opened in 1984 with Waller Park established that same year.