Moreton Bay and foreshore reserve, 2014
|Population||3,255 (2011 census)|
|Location||17 km (11 mi) from Brisbane GPO|
|LGA(s)||City of Brisbane|
|State electorate(s)||Electoral district of Lytton|
|Federal Division(s)||Division of Bonner|
Lota is an outer suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It is 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) east of the CBD. The suburb is of primarily post-war residential make-up.
In the 2011 Census the population of Lota is 3,255, 50.6% female and 49.4% male. The median/average age of the Lota population is 38 years of age, 1 year above the Australian average. 74.9% of people living in Lota were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 7.8%, New Zealand 4.9%, South Africa 1.2%, Scotland 0.9%, Ireland 0.7%. 92.9% of people speak English as their first language 0.4% German, 0.3% French, 0.2% Punjabi, 0.2% Japanese, 0.2% Italian.
This part of Moreton Bay was originally occupied by the semi-nomadic Mipirimm people of Quandamooka.
Most of the land of Lota was acquired by squatter and Irish-born politician William Duckett White in 1862, following sub-division of the lands from Lytton to Fig Tree Point (Lota). The suburb is named after Duckett White's house 'Lota House', built in 1863, in itself named after the family home of his wife, Jane, on Cork Harbour, County Cork, Ireland.
Lota has one heritage-listed site.
Lota railway station provides access to regular Citytrain services to Brisbane and Cleveland. In 1960, the railway line between Lota and Cleveland was closed, leaving Lota as the terminal until re-opening of the line in stages between 1983 and 1987.
Lota is home to several key amenities, including the Wynnum Hospital, Bayside PCYC, Bayside United Soccer Club, Lota State School and Melaleuca Environmental Park. The Lota Foreshore Park (Lota Camping Reserve) is a large bay-front park that stretches along the eastern edge of the suburb, with playgrounds, barbecuing facilities, boat ramps and a sculpture park. A boardwalk crosses Lota Creek from Whites Road to Chelsea Road in Ransome.
At the local level, Lota is in the Wynnum-Manly ward of the Brisbane City Council, represented by Cr Peter Cumming since March 1994. At the state level, Lota is within the Lytton electorate, a traditionally safe Labor seat, held by Tom Burns and Paul Lucas until 2012. LNP Ross Vasta MP has held the Federal electorate of Bonner since 2011.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lota, Qld (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- Myrtle Beitz (2005) Mangroves to Moorings Revisited: A History of the Wynnum, Manly and Lota District
- "Lota House - Edwin Marsden Tooth Memorial Home (entry 600247)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.