Gold Coast, Queensland
|Population||20,522 (2011 census)|
4230 - Town Centre
|LGA(s)||Gold Coast City|
|State electorate(s)||Mudgeeraba, Mermaid Beach|
In 1980, Singaporean real estate developer Robin Loh purchased 20 square kilometre of land in the southern Gold Coast, west of Broadbeach. The acquired land, which previously had been used for grazing, would become the suburb of Robina.
Dr Loh subsequently formed the Robina Land Corporation, which spearheaded the development of Robina into a residential and commercial hub now home to more than 30,000 people and with a workforce 20,000 strong. Robina is considered one of Australia's most successful planned communities. and is one of the Gold Coast’s fastest growing suburbs. In the decade from 2001 to 2011 Robina experienced population growth of 4.8 per cent per annum.
Before the construction of Robina Town Centre shopping complex and the Robina Railway Station, the suburb of Robina Town Centre (sub-suburb of 'Robina') was formerly known as Kerrydale.
Robina has two main arterial roads connecting the suburb with other parts of the Gold Coast. The Pacific Motorway (M1) connects the suburb with the northern suburbs of the Gold Coast as well as Brisbane City. The M1 also travel south, passing the Gold Coast Airport and travels into New South Wales. Robina Parkway is the second main arterial road in the suburb and connects Robina with Nerang-Broadbeach Road.
Robina has two main bus stations. One located at Robina railway station and the other one, Robina Town Centre bus station being located at Robina Town Centre. Buses currently operate at regular and high frequency intervals, servicing the suburb of Robina as well as the neighbouring suburbs, extending as far as Tweed Heads and as far north as Southport.
In 2012, Gold Coast City Council released a draft of its 2031 Transport Strategy which outlined future extensions of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit system. Under the strategy Council has proposed a line to run from Robina to Nobby Beach. In its Transport Strategy Council has also proposed to deliver a rapid bus network by 2014, which would offer services from Robina south to Coolangatta and north to Paradise Point.
Robina offers the full range of schooling from Kindergarten right through to Grade 12. Primary education is provided by Robina State Primary School and secondary education at Robina State High School. Hillcrest Christian College cater for prep to Year 12. Bond University has its main campus at Robina.
Robina is also home to one of the two public hospitals on the Gold Coast. The Robina Hospital was originally a private hospital and was purchased by Queensland Health in 2002. An Emergency Department was built in 2007 and a larger expansion opened in 2011 doubling the size of the hospital to 364 beds, making it the sixth largest in Queensland. The new development includes clinical teaching facilities for Bond University.
The Robina Health Precinct, which opened in 2012, is located on a nearby site to the Robina Hospital and houses community and sub-acute services. Ongoing development of health services in Robina has seen the creation of a healthcare hub in the suburb, with the Robina Health Precinct, Robina Hospital and additional community health services located at the Campus Alpha building all located within 350 metres of each other.
Robina Town Centre is the location for Robina Stadium, which was completed in early 2008. The stadium has a seating capacity of over 27,000, and is rectangular, meeting the requirements of the NRL, football and rugby union. The stadium is home to the Gold Coast Titans NRL team and was also the home to the now defunct Gold Coast United soccer team.
In 2011, the Australian Rugby Union announced that Australia's leg of the IRB Sevens World Series would move to Robina Stadium for at least the next four years and the tournament was rebranded as the Gold Coast Sevens.
The stadium is adjacent to Robina railway station, providing access to other Gold Coast areas, and to Brisbane. Robina is also home to a duo of amateur Australian rules football clubs, the Robina Roos and the Bond University Bullsharks. Both clubs share a home ground on Scottsdale Drive and compete in the SEQAFL Division 2 and the SEQAFL Division 4 respectively.
- "2011 Census QuickStats". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
- "Planned community pioneer and Robina founder Robin Loh dead at 81". The Australian. 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2010-09-16.
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