Greenbank, Queensland

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Greenbank
Logan CityQueensland
Original Greenbank State School building, 2014.JPG
Original Greenbank State School building, 2014
Population 7,328 (2011 Census) (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4124
Location 33 km (21 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) Logan City
State electorate(s) Jordan
Federal Division(s) Wright
Suburbs around Greenbank:
Heathwood
Forestdale
Forest Lake Camira
Carole Park
Springfield
Springfield Lakes
Greenbank Boronia Heights
Park Ridge
Spring Mountain
Lyons
New Beith Munruben
North Maclean

Greenbank is a rural-residential suburb within Logan City in Queensland, Australia.[2]

Geography[edit]

Danger sign, Greenbank Military Range, 2014

Once divided between the Shire of Beaudesert and Logan City, the Queensland Government's council amalgamations resulted in Greenbank becoming entirely within Logan City, since 15 March 2008. The size of Greenbank is approximately 49 km². It has 7 parks covering nearly 18% of the total area.

The suburb is surrounded by farmland and includes the forested Greenbank Military Range, which is on the Commonwealth Heritage List.[3] A strip of parkland and a watercourse originally named The Platypus Pools and Bracken Way is a natural habitat for a number of species of flora and fauna including platypus, the rare black cockatoo, kookaburra, the blue wren, kingfisher, honeyeaters, owls, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, possums, bearded dragons, legless lizards and water monitors up to 2.5 metres in length. Many more species have been sighted living in this natural habitat. The watercourse and natural forest are fed by torrential rains and natural springs dotted throughout the Spring Mountain area, continuing through to Greenbank, Browns Plains and finishing at Karrawatha National Park. Snakes, mostly consisting of python, whip snakes and red-bellied black snakes, and to a much lesser degree brown snakes. Bird-eating spiders, huntsman spiders, redback spiders and the orb-weaver spider also share the watercourse and forest area.

The parkland stretches along on either side of the watercourse and a variety of walking tracks of different fitness levels are used by residents for casual strolls, nature lovers and athletic enthusiasts, horse and bike riding. The tracks extend out into estates of Greenbank; such as Blue Grass, New Beith, Lyons and Teviot Downs Estates which cover more forested areas, while Spring Mountain Estate contains the natural forest areas and watercourse. The walking track connects with neighbouring Boronia Heights.

History[edit]

The early name of the district was Teviot but derives its present name Greenbank from the name of a cattle property belonging to William Slack.[4]

Greenbank was first settled by Europeans in the 1840s. In the 1880s the main industries were dairying, farming and timber cutting. Cobb & Co had a changing station for their coaches at a hotel on the corner of Teviot Road and Pub Lane; from there, they would travel to Beaudesert via the Old Paradise Road between Acacia Ridge and Jimboomba. When the coach service ceased in 1924, the hotel licence lapsed.[5]

Greenbank Provision School was built by volunteer labour and opened on 23 January 1893 with 12 pupils under teacher Mary Mulroney who received an annual salary of £50.[6][7] It became Greenbank State School in 1909.[8] It closed between 1943 and 1950 due to low student numbers.[5]

Education[edit]

Sign announcing NAPLAN tests, Greenbank State School, 2014

Greenbank State School, a government co-educational primary (P-6) school, is located at 24-36 Goodna Road (27°42′39″S 152°58′39″E / 27.710812°S 152.977376°E / -27.710812; 152.977376 (Greenbank State School)).[9] In 2013, the school had an enrolment of 1117 students with 72 teachers (63 full-time equivalent).[10]

Amenities[edit]

The Greenbank Community Centre and Library, operated since March 2008 by the Logan City Council, is located at 145-167 Teviot Road (27°43′49″S 152°59′01″E / 27.73040°S 152.98357°E / -27.73040; 152.98357 (Greenbank Community Centre and Library))[11][12].

Sports[edit]

Sign, Greenbank Sports & Recreation Club, 2014
Football field, Greenbank, 2014

The Greenbank Recreation Reserve is home to the Greenbank Sports & Recreation Club and the Greenbank Raiders Rugby League Club. Situated on Middle Rd (27°43′11″S 152°59′01″E / 27.71971°S 152.98365°E / -27.71971; 152.98365 (Greenbank Recreation Reserve)) the rugby club caters for teams from under 6 to under 18 in 2009. Three teams won premierships in 2009. Under 15 division 4, Under 18 division 1 and the very successful under 16 division 2 which completed the year undefeated. They were minor premiers and won the grand final.

Greenbank is also home to the successful Greenbank Football Club. In 2011, the team made history by winning three senior Premierships and two Championships in three divisions. Greenbank FC is affiliated with Football Brisbane and provides an avenue for both junior and senior players. In 2011, Greenbank FC fielded teams from squirts up to under 14 age groups and both men and women teams.

2016 was Greenbank FC's 40th anniversary.

Demographics[edit]

The population of Greenbank in 1996 was 5,098 people. By 2001 the population was 5,261 showing a population growth of 3% in the area during that time. In 2011, the figure had grown to 7,328.[1]

Mostly consisting of acreage blocks close to Springfield, Queensland, households in Greenbank are primarily couples with children and are likely to be repaying between $800.00 – $1500.00 per month on mortgage repayments. In general, people in Greenbank work in a trades position occupation, through to management positions and owner operated businesses. In 1996, 84% of the homes in Greenbank were owner-occupied compared with 86% in 2001. In May 2014, the median sale price of houses in the area in Australian dollars was $395,000. As of June 2017, the median sale price of houses had risen to $560,000[13]

In the 2011 census, Greenbank recorded a population of 7,328 people, 49.4% female and 50.6% male. The median age of the Greenbank population was 36 years, 1 year below the national median of 37. 75.1% of people living in Greenbank were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 5.8%, New Zealand 5.5%, Vietnam 0.9%, Taiwan 0.7%, South Africa 0.6%. 87.6% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.5% Vietnamese, 1.1% Mandarin, 0.6% Hmong, 0.5% Mon-Khmer, 0.5% Spanish.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Greenbank". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 December 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Greenbank (entry 45266)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Greenbank Military Training Area (part), Middle Rd, Greenbank, QLD, Australia". Commonwealth Heritage List. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "News and Notes of General Interest for the Man on the Land". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 4 October 1930. p. 9. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Greenbank". Suburbs. Logan City Council. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "How old is Greenbank State School?". Greenbank State School. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Agency ID5273, Greenbank State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Queensland State and Non-State Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "2013 School Annual Report" (PDF). Greenbank State School. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Greenbank Library". Library locations. Logan City Council. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Greenbank Community Centre". Community centres. Logan City Council. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Raine & Horne Suburb Profile: Greenbank". Raine & Horne. Raine & Horne. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Scott, Joanne; Greenbank State School (1993), Greenbank State School centenary book : including New Beith, North Maclean and Maclean schools, Greenbank State School, ISBN 978-0-646-14341-5 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°41′S 152°59′E / 27.683°S 152.983°E / -27.683; 152.983