Mount Mee, Queensland
|Elevation||501 m (1,644 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Moreton Bay Region|
|State electorate(s)||Pine Rivers|
The area around Mount Mee was known to the indigenous inhabitants of the area as Dahmongah, a word meaning "flying squirrel" or glider. The European name "Mount Mee" is possibly derived from another local word mia-mia, meaning "lookout", but this name was not formalised until the establishment of the school in 1899.
Settlers began arriving in the area around Mount Mee in 1873, many being timber-getters attracted by the red cedar timber that was readily available in the area. Initially, timber cut down in the area was exported to the nearby towns of Caboolture, D'Aguilar and Woodford, but a sawmill was eventually built in the fledgling town. A number of larger mills were operated on various parts of the mountain until the last closed in 1982. A special tractor called the Linn tractor was used to haul logs instead of bullock teams in the early 1930s. Over time, agriculture became important to the economy of the area, with dairy farms and banana plantations being particularly important.
Mount Mee was initially governed as a part of the Caboolture Divisional Board, but was rolled into the new Moreton Bay Region when that entity was amalgamated with Pine Rivers Shire and Redcliffe City in 2008.
In the 2011 Census the population of Mount Mee is 909, 49.8% female and 50.2% male. The median/average age of the Mount Mee population is 45 years of age, 8 years above the Australian average. 84.4% of people living in Mount Mee were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 4.5%, New Zealand 1.8%, Scotland 1%, United States of America 0.7%, Germany 0.5%. 94.3% of people speak English as their first language 0.4% French, 0.4% Spanish, 0.3% German, 0.3% Italian, 0% Gaelic (Scotland).
State Forest and Forest Reserve
Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve is a nature preserve located in Mount Mee. It features eucalyptus forests, small sections of rainforest, and plantations of Hoop Pine. They adjoin the Brisbane Forest Park. The park features six different walking tracks, two picnic grounds, a camping ground, and numerous tracks for offroad driving.
Education and businesses
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Mount Mee (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-05-03.
- Horton, Helen (1988). Brisbane's Back Door: The story of the D'Aguilar Range. Bowen Hills, Queensland: Boolarong Publications. pp. 64—71. ISBN 0-86439-036-X.
- "Caboolture Town History". Retrieved 2008-05-06.
- "Amalgamations to cut half Qld's local councils". ABC News. 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
- "Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve". Archived from the original on 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
- "Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve". Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
- "Mount Mee State School". Retrieved 2008-05-06.