Middle Ridge, Queensland
|Population||6,561 (2011 census)|
|• Density||979/km2 (2,536/sq mi)|
|Area||6.7 km2 (2.6 sq mi)|
|Location||6 km (4 mi) SSE of Toowoomba|
|State electorate(s)||Toowoomba South|
Middle Ridge was named in the 1860s, as the area between East and West Creeks where the teamsters who camped at Toowoomba turned their teams loose to graze.
The suburb contains a primary school, Middle Ridge State School. Several sporting facilities are also located in Middle Ridge: the Echo Valley Motor Sport Complex (home to the Toowoomba Auto Club and Toowoomba Motocross Club), the Valleys rugby league club, and Toowoomba Golf Club.
Middle Ridge is home to the heritage-listed Gabbinbar homestead.
Motor racing circuit
Between 1958 and 1961 three motor racing events took place at Middle Ridge, to coincide with the 'Carnival of the Flowers' in September. A rectangular circuit using Stenner Street-Mackenzie Street-Alderley Street-Rowbotham Street was run in an anti-clockwise direction. There have been several reasons given why racing stopped after 1961 - local farmers claimed that the races stopped their chickens laying eggs; the carnival organisers believed that loud racing engines were incompatible with flowers; or that the races were pulling spectators away from other Carnival events.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Middle Ridge (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Middle Ridge (entry 41695)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- Brisway Publishing (2008). Brisway: Greater Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Toowoomba. p. Map T261. ISBN 978-0-909439-30-9.
- Walker, Terry (1995). Fast Tracks - Australia's Motor Racing Circuits 1904-1995. Sydney: Turton & Armstrong. p. 98. ISBN 0908031556.
- Galpin, Darren. "Middle Ridge". GEL Motorsport Information Page. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
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