Albany Creek, Queensland
Moreton Bay, Queensland
Albany Creek Road, Queensland
|Population||15,860 (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,602/km2 (4,149/sq mi)|
|Area||9.9 km2 (3.8 sq mi)|
|Location||16 km (10 mi) north of Brisbane CBD|
|LGA(s)||Moreton Bay Region|
Albany Creek is a suburb in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia. It is located approximately 17 kilometres north-west of Brisbane, Australia, about a half-hour drive to the central business district.
The suburb of Albany Creek was originally established on the intersection of two aboriginal tracks. The main track formed the primary route north of Brisbane and is still known as "Old Northern Road". The second track formed a route from Old Northern Road to Little Cabbage Tree Creek in Aspley and onto Downfall Creek in Chermside. Albany Creek Road and Gympie Road now follow this route.
Albany Creek was originally known as "Chinaman's Creek" before its name was changed in 1888.
Chinaman's Creek State School opened on 25 January 1875, but was downgraded to Chinamans Creek Provisional School in 1883. In 1887, it became Albany Creek State School.
Initially a rural area, Albany Creek began to develop as a suburban area in the 1960s as the Brisbane metropolitan area expanded. This led to the opening of more schools to cater for the growing population with Albany Hills State School opening on 30 January 1979, Albany Creek State High School opening on 25 January 1982, Good Shepherd Christian (Baptist) School opening in 1983, and All Saints (Catholic) Primary School opening on 24 January 1989.
Albany Creek has one state high school and four primary schools. It is a major suburban service centre within the Moreton Bay Regional Council, featuring fast food restaurants, a council branch library, a municipal pool, and a bus interchange. Albany Creek also has three main shopping centres, including Woolworths, Aldi and a Centro Albany Creek, which hosts a Coles supermarket. Several smaller shopping facilities are also located along Albany Creek Road.
In the 2011 census, Albany Creek recorded a population of 15,860 people, 50.6% female and 49.4% male.
The median age of the Albany Creek population was 38, 1 year above the national median of 37.
79% of people living in Albany Creek were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 4.9%, New Zealand 3.4%, South Africa 2%, Scotland 0.8%, and Italy 0.4%.
92.4% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.7% Italian, 0.4% Afrikaans, 0.4% German, 0.3% Hindi, and 0.3% Cantonese.
Albany Creek is located north of Brisbane in Moreton Bay Regional Council. It is positioned on a small hill which runs down to the South Pine River. Albany Creek is west of Bridgeman Downs and east of Eatons Hill. Everton is the state electoral district while Dickson is the federal electoral division.
The local soccer or football club is ACE FC. With over 1000 registered players and more than 2,500 members, it is the largest soccer club in Brisbane. It provides for junior and senior players. Its other activities include the clubs Kindy Program for players aged 3 to 5, and the club's Football School which provides players a soccer development program for 12 months of the year and is modelled on European academies. In the off-season, ACE FC provides a Five A Side Competition which incorporates over 35 men and women. The Five A Side competition has grown to be one of the largest off-season social comps in Brisbane. ACE FC coaching staff include ex-European players Salvo Sottile as Technical Director, Josh McCloughan, retired Brisbane Roar defender and Roberto Lettieri who played National League at the end of his career after a successful season in Brazil.
Albany Creek's local rugby league club team is the Albany Creek Crushers.
The suburb also has a cricket team that goes by the name of Albany Creek Hawks or just Albany Creek Cricket Club.
- Bronte Barrett, Olympic gold medalist, swam for Albany Creek and trained at the Albany Creek Leisure Centre
- Leith Brodie, Olympic bronze medalist, swam for Albany Creek and trained at the Albany Creek Leisure Centre
- Scott Daruda, Super Rugby rugby union player, grew up and played football in Albany Creek
- Robbie Kruse, Queensland Roar Striker, played for Albany Creek Excelsior Soccer Club in his youth
- Nelle Lee, actress grew up in and attended school in Albany Creek
- Anthony Morris, screenwriter, lives in Albany Creek
- Jessica and Lisa Origliasso, the female pop duo The Veronicas, twin sisters, grew up in Albany Creek
- Kylie Palmer, Olympic gold medalist, swam for Albany Creek and trained at the Albany Creek Leisure Centre
- Patrick Rafter, two time U.S. Open winning tennis player, attended Albany Creek State High School
- Lisa Skinner, gymnast, represented Australia at 3 Olympics attended Albany Creek Primary School
- Geoff Trappett, Paralympic athlete, won gold and silver medals, grew up in Albany Creek.
- Ben Tune, former Wallaby and Queensland Reds great, grew up in Albany Creek
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