Kirwan, Queensland

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Kirwan
TownsvilleQueensland
Big W, Kirwan.jpg
Big W during construction, 2008
Kirwan is located in Queensland
Kirwan
Kirwan
Coordinates19°18′01″S 146°43′26″E / 19.3002°S 146.7238°E / -19.3002; 146.7238Coordinates: 19°18′01″S 146°43′26″E / 19.3002°S 146.7238°E / -19.3002; 146.7238
Population21,418 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,756/km2 (4,547/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4817
Area12.2 km2 (4.7 sq mi)
Location
LGA(s)City of Townsville
State electorate(s)Thuringowa
Federal Division(s)Herbert
Suburbs around Kirwan:
Shaw Mount Louisa Heatley
Bohle Plains Kirwan Cranbrook
Condon Thuringowa Central Douglas

Kirwan is a suburb in the City of Townsville, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Kirwan had a population of 21,418 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

Kirwan is a primarily residential suburb but includes some commercial property, primarily concentrated along Thuringowa Drive.[3]

History[edit]

The suburb of Kirwan was established in 1968 as the northernmost of a series of new suburbs along the western side of the Upper Ross River. It was officially named on 1 March 1969[2] and took its name from an early farming family in the region. Prior to suburban development, Kirwan had been farmed and had also been the site of air force activity during World War II.[4]

Kirwan State School opened in 1977[5] and Kirwan State High School[6] opened in 1979.[7] Ryan Catholic College, which serves both primary and secondary students, was also founded in 1979.[8] The Willows State School was established in the suburb in 1997.[9]

Population[edit]

According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 21,418 people in Kirwan.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 8.5% of the population.
  • 82.4% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 2.5%, England 2.4%, Philippines 1.0% and Papua New Guinea 0.6%.
  • 88.2% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian at 0.5%.
  • The most common responses for religion were Catholic 29.7%, No Religion 25.6% and Anglican 16.2%.[1]

Amenities[edit]

Several leisure facilities are situated within Kirwan itself, including the Willows Golf Club, the Townsville and District Junior Rugby League Grounds and the Townsville Brothers Leagues Club. Kirwan is also well known as the home of the National Rugby League team, the North Queensland Cowboys, and is the site of 1300SMILES Stadium.

The Willows branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the Girl Guide Hut on the corner of McBride Street and Bamford Lane.[10]

Nearby amenities[edit]

At its southern end are the retail and entertainment precincts of Thuringowa Central, which include the Willows Shopping Centre and the Riverway complex, the latter of which lines the northern bank of the Ross River and includes parkland, swimming pools, barbecue facilities and an arts centre. It also plays home to night markets. Also situated near the southern border of Kirwan is the Cannon Park complex in Condon, which offers a range of restaurants, a cinema and other leisure providers, and a military memorial in the form of a WWII era cannon, dedicated to the 18 servicemen lost when two Blackhawk helicopters collided on a night exercise in 1996, on the nearby Hervey Range.

Education[edit]

Kirwan State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 21 Burnda Street (19°17′57″S 146°44′00″E / 19.2993°S 146.7333°E / -19.2993; 146.7333 (Kirwan State School)).[11][12] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 900 students with 60 teachers (55 full-time equivalent) and 29 non-teaching staff (20 full-time equivalent).[13] It includes a special education program.[11]

The Willows State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Bilberry Street (19°18′18″S 146°43′21″E / 19.3051°S 146.7225°E / -19.3051; 146.7225 (The Willows State School)).[11][14] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1,007 students with 75 teachers (68 full-time equivalent) and 32 non-teaching staff (23 full-time equivalent).[13] It includes a special education program.[15]

Kirwan State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Hudson Street (19°18′32″S 146°44′02″E / 19.3089°S 146.7339°E / -19.3089; 146.7339 (Kirwan State High School)).[11][16] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1,997 students with 157 teachers (147 full-time equivalent) and 75 non-teaching staff (59 full-time equivalent).[13] It includes a special education program.[17]

Ryan Catholic College is a Catholic primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 59 Canterbury Road (19°18′58″S 146°43′08″E / 19.3161°S 146.7188°E / -19.3161; 146.7188 (Ryan Catholic College)).[11][18] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1,886 students with 143 teachers (131 full-time equivalent) and 84 non-teaching staff (69 full-time equivalent).[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kirwan (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Kirwan - suburb in City of Townsville (entry 44606)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Kirwan". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Archived from the original on 23 November 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Kirwan SS". Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Kirwan SHS". Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Ryan Catholic College - History". Archived from the original on 17 March 2018.
  9. ^ "History". thewillowsss.eq.edu.au. Archived from the original on 14 March 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Kirwan State School". Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  14. ^ "The Willows State School". Archived from the original on 29 April 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ "The Willows SS - Special Education Program". Archived from the original on 29 April 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Kirwan State High School". Archived from the original on 30 October 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Kirwan SHS - Special Education Program". Archived from the original on 30 October 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Ryan Catholic College". Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.

External links[edit]

  • "Kirwan". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.