|Population||5,413 (2011 census)|
|Location||17 km (11 mi) from Brisbane GPO|
|LGA(s)||City of Brisbane
|State electorate(s)||Electoral district of Moggill|
Bellbowrie is a suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Bellbowrie lies 17 kilometres (11 mi) west-southwest of Brisbane's city centre. It is a rapidly developing semi-rural area due to Brisbane's growth heading in a westwards direction.
Bellbowrie is on the northern bank of the Brisbane River. Moggill Road, which bisects the suburb, is a main thoroughfare for traffic passing from Ipswich to central Brisbane. Commuters may use the Moggill Ferry to gain access to Moggill Road as an alternative to the Centenary Highway. Neighbouring suburbs include: Moggill, Pullenvale, Pinjarra Hills and Anstead.
The streetscape in Bellbowrie benefits from the provision of underground power and there are few power poles to be seen.
Bellbowrie is part of the Pullenvale Ward for Brisbane City Council Elections as well as the seat of Moggill for state elections and the seat of Ryan for federal elections.
The median age of the Bellbowrie population was 37 years of age, the same as the national median. Children aged under 15 years made up 23.0% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.2% of the population.
65.7% of people living in Bellbowrie were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 9.5%, South Africa 4.7%, New Zealand 3.2%, India 1.2%, Scotland 1.1%.
88.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 1% Afrikaans, 0.8% Mandarin, 0.7% Korean, 0.7% French, 0.5% German.
The most common religious affiliation was "No Religion" (23%); the next most common responses were Catholic, Anglican, Uniting Church, and Baptist.
The initial subdivisions in the area were commenced in the early 1970s. Development slowed in the aftermath of the 1974 Brisbane flood which saw much of the eastern, lower-lying areas of the suburb badly inundated with water. Since the construction of the Wivenhoe Dam in the 1980s the threat of floods has been reduced and development has increased. Many acreage owners are subdividing their properties and as a consequence, significant areas of bushland are being cleared. Several new housing estates began development in 2001 on land that used to be pineapple farms.
Moggill Cemetery is located on the eastern side of Moggill Road, Bellbowrie in subdivision 2 of portions 7 & 8, County of Stanley, Parish of Moggill.
In March 1851, the original land owner, Joseph Lewis, purchased portions 7 & 8.
It is believed portions 7 & 8 was used as church graveyard, circa 1855, only clues remain as to the exact location of the associated, possibly Methodist, chapel. George Mounser, who accidentally drowned at Moggill on 4 March 1855, is assumed to have been the first person buried in the graveyard.
In 1865, the land was sanctioned as a Cemetery.
In June 1921, the Governor, Sir Matthew Nathan, ordered that the cemetery be permanently reserved and placed under the control of trustees: John Anstead, John Bird, Maurice William Doyle, Norman Charles Robert Sexton and Frederick Charles Sugars (Government Gazette, 25 June 1921, p 2011).
In February 1922, the land was resumed by the Crown (Certificate of Title, no. 270863).
Bellbowrie has an abundance of recreational facilities including many off-leash areas for dogs to play in. The suburb also borders the Brisbane River and some residents have boat ramps in order to access it.
There are two schools in the area: Moggill State Primary School and Pullenvale State Primary School.
A number of community groups are active in the area, including:
- Moggill Community Association and the Rural Environmental Planning Association Inc.
- Rural Environmental Planning Association Inc.
- Moggill Girl Guides
- Moggill Scout Group
Bellbowrie is part of the 'Tyakunda Scout District', Tyakunda being an Aboriginal word meaning 'land of the rolling hills'. The local Scout group is called "Moggill Scout Group", and is named so as Moggill was the original name of the area.
The Bellbowrie Sports & Recreation Club Inc., known locally as the "sports & rec" or "the club", located in Sugarwood Street, is the home ground of several sporting clubs:
- Bellbowrie "Strikers" Hockey Club Inc.;
- Moggill Football Club Inc.;
- Moggill Cricket Club and
- Moggill "Mustangs" Junior Australian Football Club.
The Bellbowrie Sports & Recreation Club Inc. also has a skate park, cricket nets and a multiple use tennis and basketball court (which is no longer left open for all hours access and free public use).
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bellbowrie (State Suburbs)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Bellbowrie (entry 41503)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- Brisbane City Council Historic Cemeteries. Retrieved 24 September 2010
- Bruce Sugars Local History of Moggill. Retrieved 24 September 2010
- "Mobile library services". Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
- Rural Environmental Planning Association Inc
- Girl Guides Queensland Districts
- Scout Group
- Bellbowrie Hockey Club Inc.. Retrieved 17 September 2010
- Moggill Football Club Inc.. Retrieved 17 September 2010
- Moggill Cricket Club. Retrieved 17 September 2010
- Moggill "Mustangs" Junior Australian Football Club. Retrieved 17 September 2010
- Brisbane City Council Swimming Pools. Retrieved 17 September 2010
- Bellbowrie Swimming Club. Retrieved 17 September 2010
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bellbowrie, Queensland.|
- University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Bellbowrie
- "Bellbowrie". BRISbites. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008.
- "Bellbowrie". Our Brisbane. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 February 2008.