Sunnybank Hills, Queensland
A Welcome Swallow visits the car park in Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown.
|Population||16,830 (2011 census)|
|• Density||2,630/km2 (6,810/sq mi)|
|Area||6.4 km2 (2.5 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||Brisbane City Council|
|State electorate(s)||Electoral district of Algester
Electoral district of Stretton
Sunnybank Hills is an outer southern suburb of Brisbane about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Brisbane CBD, in Queensland, Australia. It is a large suburb, and adjoins the suburbs of Calamvale, Coopers Plains, Sunnybank, Macgregor, Algester, Acacia Ridge and Runcorn.
Sunnybank Hills was originally part of a much larger area known as Coopers Plains. In 1885, the railway line was extended from Yeerongpilly, and names had to be given to the railway stations built along the line. One of the stations was named after a local farm, Sunny Brae, when 2 acres (8,100 m2) of land were taken over for the railway. Brae is the Scottish word for the English word bank, so the area was given boundaries and named Sunnybank. The area of Sunnybank Hills was officially defined in 1971, although it had been unofficially called this for many years.
Sunnybank Hills has numerous ridges and hills, with lower wetter areas in the north and east. These form the marshes near Sunnybank and Runcorn railway stations. There are many parks and greenspaces in the area. The soil is fertile and watered by numerous small creeks, including a large one that flows north–south across the suburb, and the suburb borders on the small wildfowl habitat and wetlands of neighbouring Calamvale Creek.
Sunnybank Hills is a very multicultural suburb. Around 51% of households in the area are couples with children, 31% are couples without children, and 14% are single-parent households. Eighty-eight per cent of the dwellings in the area are stand-alone houses; townhouses account for another 8%. The houses are mainly modern brick and tile houses but there is a sprinkling of post-war weatherboard homes in the area. There were 16,442 people living in Sunnybank Hills during the 2004 census, with most aged under 25.
In the 2011 Census the population of Sunnybank Hills is 16,830, 50.4% female and 49.6% male.
The median/average age of the Sunnybank Hills population is 34 years of age, 3 years below the Australian average.
46.7% of people living in Sunnybank Hills were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were China 10.5%, Taiwan 6.6%, New Zealand 4.3%, India 2.5%, England 2.2%.
49.7% of people speak English as their first language 17.8% Mandarin, 6.5% Cantonese, 2.3% Vietnamese, 2.2% Korean, 1.2% Greek.
The suburb is serviced by several shopping centres. These include Shauna Downs on the corner of Wynne Street and Beenleigh Road, Centro Pinelands on Mains Road, and the large Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown on the corner of Compton & Calam Roads. Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown features a Woolworths supermarket, Coles supermarket, K Mart, Priceline, Best & Less, Crazy Clarks, Lincraft, Aldi, library and 75 specialty stores.
Approximately 25% (ABS 2006 Census)of the population is Asian born, and the cultural scene is brought to life with many Asian restaurants, along with numerous coffee shops and eateries of many cultures. Restaurants in Sunnybank Hills and neighbouring Sunnybank include Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Italian cuisines.
Petrol Stations & Convenience Stores
There are a number of convenience stores that are open 24 hours a day but most are part of one of the several petrol stations located on Pinelands Road which runs through Sunnybank Hills. A number of these service stations also serve as workshops for local mechanics.
Society and education
Churches in Sunnybank Hills include the Southside International Church on the corner Pinelands and Beenleigh Roads, and Sunnybank Hills Uniting Church on the corner of Hellawell Road and Hillcrest Street. The local school is Sunnybank Hills State School in Symons Road. The Autistic Children's Therapy Centre is also located along Hellawell Road.
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