Highfields, Queensland

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Highfields
Queensland
Highfields QLD.jpg
View over Highfields from Mitchell Road Park, looking west towards Gowrie Mountain
Highfields is located in Queensland
Highfields
Highfields
Coordinates27°27′48″S 151°56′45″E / 27.4633°S 151.9458°E / -27.4633; 151.9458 (Highfields (town centre))Coordinates: 27°27′48″S 151°56′45″E / 27.4633°S 151.9458°E / -27.4633; 151.9458 (Highfields (town centre))
Population8,131 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density311.5/km2 (806.9/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4352
Elevation700 m (2,297 ft)
Area26.1 km2 (10.1 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s)Toowoomba Region
State electorate(s)Toowoomba North
Federal division(s)Groom
Localities around Highfields:
Meringandan Kleinton Cabarlah
Woolmer
Cawdor
Highfields Spring Bluff
Birnam Blue Mountain Heights Ballard

Highfields is a rural town and locality in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, the locality of Highfields had a population of 8,131 people.[1] In 2017, it was the fastest growing area in Toowoomba.[4] At 30 June 2019, the estimated resident population for the Highfields was 14,298.[5]

Geography[edit]

Highfields is situated on the Great Dividing Range, slightly north of Mount Kynoch. It is on the New England Highway. It serves as a satellite suburb to the city of Toowoomba, accommodating many of Toowoomba businesses' employees. The ABS also defines a larger growth area, named Highfields, that includes the suburb and several of those surrounding.

History[edit]

The area probably takes its name from the Highfields pastoral run, north of the township.[6] The area was first developed in the 1860s. Initially, there were a number of sawmills in the area, harvesting the local timber. Then the construction of the railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba (completed in 1867) brought railway workers to the district. As the timber-getters cleared the land, dairy farms were established.[6] The first post office openly briefly in 1866 with a weekly mail service from Toowoomba.[7][8] It re-opened in 1868[9] and changed its name in December 1877 to Koojarawon.[3][10]

The Highfields School opened on 17 January 1870 in the Rising Sun Hotel under teacher Mr Larkin.[11][12] The first school building was constructed in the 1880s.[13] In 1906, the school was renamed Koojarawon.[3]

In 1879, a Baptist Church opened in Highfields.[14][15] On Sunday 22 November 1908, the church was reopened following a major reconstruction.[14][16][17]

In 1907 the protests of residents resulted in both the school and the post office returning to the name Highfields.[3][18] Another post office in the Highfields area is now the Geham Post Office.[3]

View Glen State School opened on Highfields Road on 25 May 1914. It closed on 1924.[19][20][21][22]

Coming into the 1960s, the Highfield remained a rural community with, at one stage, only 9 children enrolled in the school. However, residential subdivision started to occur in the 1960s, to a point where it is now considered a satellite town of Toowoomba. The school[which?] is now one of the largest primary schools in the district.[6][13]

Toowoomba Christian College opened on 30 January 1979.[19]

Mary MacKillop Catholic School opened on 26 January 2003 as primary school.[19] In 2015 it was renamed Mary Mackillop Catholic College in 2015 to reflect its expansion to secondary schooling.[citation needed]

The Cabarlah Community School opened in Wirraglen Road, Highfields, in January 2006.[23] It used the Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy. In March 2008 it was closed when the Queensland Government's Non-State Schools Accreditation Board refused to accredit the school, claiming it did not meet the requirements of the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2001. Although the school appealed the decision, the Queensland Education Minister, Rod Weldford, upheld the board's decision.[24]

The Highfields Library opened in 2006 with a major refurbishment in 2017, with a new library/community centre opening in 2022, to cater for the large growth in the district.[25]

Highfields State Secondary College opened on Tuesday 27 January 2015.[26][27]

In the 2016 census, the locality of Highfields had a population of 8,131 people.[1]

On 10 January 2020, the Big Cow was moved to the Highfields Pioneer Village, where volunteers intend to restore the Big Cow.[28] The Big Cow was built in the 1970s to attract tourists to a working dairy farm at 9-11 Ayrshire Rd, Kulangoor. It is one of the many Australian Big Things. It was sculpted by Hugh Anderson, who also sculpted the Big Bulls in Rockhampton. The Big Cow is seven times the size of an Ayrshire cow on which it is modelled. It is made of concrete and described as "able to withstand a cyclone". After the dairy farm closed, the Big Cow remained on the property which was used for a variety of purposes. In March 2016, the Big Cow was described as "closed and fallen into disrepair".[29]

Climate[edit]

Along with Meringandan, the climate is oceanic (Köppen: Cfb) due to elevation, usually located further south of Australia.[30]

Education[edit]

Highfields State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 10459 New England Highway (27°27′46″S 151°57′21″E / 27.4628°S 151.9557°E / -27.4628; 151.9557 (Highfields State School)).[31][32] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 730 students with 56 teachers (50 full-time equivalent) and 32 non-teaching staff (22 full-time equivalent).[33] It includes a special education program.[31][34]

Toowoomba Christian College is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 10852 New England Highway (27°29′16″S 151°56′57″E / 27.4877°S 151.9492°E / -27.4877; 151.9492 (Toowoomba Christian College)).[31][35] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 697 students with 47 teachers (44 full-time equivalent) and 37 non-teaching staff (29 full-time equivalent).[33]

Mary MacKillop Catholic College is a Catholic primary and secondary (Prep-9) school for boys and girls at 75 Highfields Road (27°27′04″S 151°56′34″E / 27.4512°S 151.9428°E / -27.4512; 151.9428 (Mary MacKillop Catholic College)).[31][36] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 696 students with 51 teachers (46 full-time equivalent) and 38 non-teaching staff (28 full-time equivalent).[33]

Highfields State Secondary College is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at 10 O'Brien Road (27°26′48″S 151°57′04″E / 27.4466°S 151.9511°E / -27.4466; 151.9511 (Highfields State Secondary College)).[31][37] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 810 students with 66 teachers (64 full-time equivalent) and 35 non-teaching staff (26 full-time equivalent).[33] It includes a special education program.[31] The college is a Bring your own device (BYOD) school.[38]

Amenities[edit]

The Cultural Centre is a large venue for conferences and performances. Also located at the Centre is an outdoor public swimming complex with a large indoor arena holding two volleyball and basketball courts and a gym. Just outside this is the Highfields Library at Community Court;[39] the library is operated by the Toowoomba Regional Council and is open seven days.[40] On the other side of the Cultural Centre is a skate park.

(from left to right) The Highfields Cultural Centre, Aquatic Centre and Library

The Highfields Sport & Recreation Park opened in 2019, which includes a number of netball courts, multi-use sporting fields, and tennis courts; amenities, picnic areas, and 150 additional car parking spaces.[41]

A shopping centre called Highfields Village was developed and opened in 2003 that contains a number of community stores, including a hardware store, a baker and a supermarket. A tavern was also opened at the site in 2003. The centre also contains a pizza store, a post office, a bank and a hairdressing salon. In addition to the Highfields Village shopping centre, the Plaza shopping centre was recently redeveloped (2007). It now has a supermarket, newsagency, numerous banks, takeaways and a hair dresser. Also serving the community are a small bundle of shops found on the turn off from the New England Highway to Highfields Road, amongst them include a bakery, a delicatessen, a hairdressers, a real estate agency and an auto parts shop.

The Highfields branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at 2/10498 New England Highway.[42]

Highfields is also home to a football (soccer) club, Highfields FC, with teams ranging from Under 6's to Colts. Highfields also has a regional rugby league club, Highfields Eagles, with teams ranging from Under 7's to 16's in the juniors and has an under 18's, reserve and A grade team in the seniors. Highfields Lions were admitted into the AFL Darling Downs Senior competition in 2010, and now have a competitive club at Senior and Junior level. Highfields is home to the Highfields Redbacks Rugby Union Club. The Redbacks are based at Kuhls Road Oval, and field teams from Under 6's to Over 35's. Highfields & District Railways Bulldogs Cricket Club are the local cricket club with teams from under 7s – under 16s and D – A grade. Highfields and District Netball Club operates from the newly opened Highfields district sports park. Highfields and Districts Little Athletics Centre operates during the summer months from the AFL oval

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