Biggera Waters, Queensland

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Biggera Waters
Gold CoastQueensland
The Broadwater foreshore at Biggera Waters, Queensland.jpg
The Broadwater foreshore at Biggera Waters
Biggera Waters is located in Queensland
Biggera Waters
Biggera Waters
Coordinates27°55′51″S 153°23′46″E / 27.9308°S 153.3961°E / -27.9308; 153.3961 (Biggera Waters (centre of suburb))
Population8,534 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,306/km2 (5,970/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4216
Area3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Moncrieff
Suburbs around Biggera Waters:
Coombabah Runaway Bay The Broadwater
Coombabah Biggera Waters The Broadwater
Arundel Labrador The Broadwater

Biggera Waters is a coastal suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census Biggera Waters had a population of 8,534 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

Biggera Waters is located on the western side of the Broadwater. Beyond the Broadwater are South Stradbroke Island, Wave Break Island (27°56′10″S 153°25′08″E / 27.9361°S 153.4189°E / -27.9361; 153.4189 (Wave Break Island)) and The Spit at Main Beach.[3][4] Labrador Channel (27°56′22″S 153°24′35″E / 27.9395°S 153.4098°E / -27.9395; 153.4098 (Labrador Channel)) lies along the southern coastline of the suburb separating it from Wave Break Island.[5][6]

Biggera Creek enters the suburb from the south (Labrador) and then flows east where enters the Broadwater (27°55′30″S 153°24′22″E / 27.9250°S 153.4061°E / -27.9250; 153.4061 (Biggera Creek (mouth))).[7] The southern side of the mouth is a headland known as Lands End (27°55′32″S 153°24′23″E / 27.9255°S 153.4064°E / -27.9255; 153.4064 (Lands End)).[8][9]

Etymology[edit]

An article in the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia by F.J. Watson offers this translation:

"Bigera from the red iron bark tree (Eucalyptus siderophloia) from the Yugambeh language."[10]

History[edit]

Subdivided in the late 19th century, the area was originally settled by several fishing and agricultural families including [11] John Siganto, a local landowner, who built a residence named "Finis" (Latin, "The End") at Land's End.[12] Land from Portion 62, Parish of Barrow, bound by Broad Street to the south, Loder Street to the west and Saltwater Creek to the north, was offered for sale in August 1883.[13] Allotments 7,8 and 9 of section 4, portion 62 being site of the Labrador Hotel were offered for sale at the same time.[14]

A school reserve was created on Biggera Creek in 1889 on the corner of Hollywell Avenue and Coomabah Road[15] but it wasn't until 27 January 1970 that the Biggera Waters State School opened.[16]

In 1937 construction started on 36 acres of scrub land to the north of Biggera Creek to build an aerodrome.[17] It was considered suitable for both land and the sea planes which used the Broadwater but development of the site was halted due to World War II.[18] After the end of the war the aerodrome was revisited but the site was no longer considered suitable and other options were discussed.[18][19]

Biggera Waters and surrounding regions experienced a period of growth in the 1950s [20] and in 1953 approximately 18 acres of the aerodrome property, situated in the vicinity of Ocean, Broadwater and Stradbroke Streets, was sold for development.[21]

By 1954, the area developed by Mr. Oates north of Biggera Creek was known as Angler's Paradise.[22]

While there had been a crossing or bridge over the Biggera Creek for many years in the vicinity of Hollywell Road besides the school reserve, it wasn't until 1960, that a bridge was built across the mouth of the Biggera Creek at Land's End, opening up the northern side of the creek to greater residential development.[11]

In the 2016 census Biggera Waters had a population of 8,534 people.[1]

Education[edit]

Biggera Waters State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls on the corner of Morala Avenue and Coombabah Road (27°55′38″S 153°23′50″E / 27.9272°S 153.3973°E / -27.9272; 153.3973 (Biggera Waters State School)).[23][24] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 880 students with 65 teachers (57 full-time equivalent) and 34 non-teaching staff (21 full-time equivalent).[25] It includes a special education program.[23]

There is no secondary school in Biggera Waters. The nearest secondary schools are Coombabah State High School in neighbouring Coombabah to the west and Southport State High School in Southport to the south.[3]

Amenities[edit]

Food court, Harbour Town shopping centre

The Harbour Town factory outlet mall on the Gold Coast is located on Brisbane Road at Biggera Waters (27°55′51″S 153°23′15″E / 27.9308°S 153.3874°E / -27.9308; 153.3874 (Harbour Town shopping mall)) on the site of the former Southport drive-in theatre.[26][27]

There are a number of parks in the suburb, including:

Demographics[edit]

In the 2016 Census, there were 8,534 people in Biggera Waters. Of these 47.5% were male and 52.5% were female.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.3% of the population.
  • The median age of the Biggera Waters population was 39 years, 1 years above the national median of 38.
  • 56.5% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 8.5%, England 4.9% and China 3.6%.
  • 73.0% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin at 3.9%.
  • The most common responses for religion in Biggera Waters were No Religion 32.1%, Catholic 19.8% and Anglican 14.5%.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Biggera Waters (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Biggera Waters – suburb in City of Gold Coast (entry 46028)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Wave Break Island – island in Gold Coast City (entry 36827)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Mountain ranges beaches and sea passages - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 12 November 2020. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Labrador Channel (entry 49292)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Biggera Creek – watercourse in Gold Coast City (entry 2549)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Mountain peaks and capes - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 12 November 2020. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Lands End – point in Gold Coast City (entry 18915)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  10. ^ F.J. Watson. "Vocabularies of four representative tribes of South Eastern Queensland." Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, p 54
  11. ^ a b "Biggera Waters History". City of Gold Coast Council. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  12. ^ "A PIONEER PASSES". South Coast Bulletin. 5 (251). Queensland, Australia. 6 October 1933. p. 2. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  13. ^ "Southport North". rosettadel.slq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Classified Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. XXXVIII (7, 971). Queensland, Australia. 30 July 1883. p. 8. Retrieved 30 July 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ "Official Notifications". The Queenslander. XXXV (709). Queensland, Australia. 4 May 1889. p. 852. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  16. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  17. ^ "SOUTHPORT'S AERODROME". South Coast Bulletin. 9 (499). Queensland, Australia. 3 December 1937. p. 3. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  18. ^ a b "SOUTHPORT'S AERODROME". South Coast Bulletin (485). Queensland, Australia. 30 April 1947. p. 12. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  19. ^ "COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING". South Coast Bulletin (475). Queensland, Australia. 19 February 1947. p. 14. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  20. ^ "£1M Expansion Along South Coast". Warwick Daily News (10, 502). Queensland, Australia. 8 April 1953. p. 1. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  21. ^ "S.C. COUNCIL LAND SALE". South Coast Bulletin (1571). Queensland, Australia. 1 April 1953. p. 29. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  22. ^ "NEW RESIDENTS WELCOMED". South Coast Bulletin (1649). Queensland, Australia. 29 September 1954. p. 8. Archived from the original on 5 December 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  23. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  24. ^ "Biggera Waters State School". Archived from the original on 3 March 2021. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  25. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  26. ^ "Contact us". Harbour Town. Archived from the original on 20 April 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  27. ^ "Biggera Waters". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  28. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Land for public recreation - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 20 November 2020. Archived from the original on 22 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.

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