North Lakes, Queensland
Moreton Bay, Queensland
|Location||26 km (16 mi) from Brisbane GPO|
|LGA(s)||Moreton Bay Region|
North Lakes is a suburb of the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia. North Lakes is located approximately 26 km north of the Brisbane central business district. At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 15,046.
The origin of the suburb name is from the name given to the estate development.
The suburb is mostly made up of newly developed housing around the North Lakes Golf Course.
The suburb includes parklands, schools and shops and currently houses 17,000 people, with 25,000 projected by the end of the development. There are also many new facilities in the area, including the North Lakes Community Centre, Pathways Library, Interchange, industrial estate, and Westfield North Lakes. Major tenants of the shopping centre include Target, Coles, Big W, Woolworths, Myer, Kmart and other major franchises and boutique stores. A cinema complex is due for completion by mid 2016. A 28,000sq m IKEA superstore (the second in Queensland) has been approved for Westfield's stage three development, with an anticipated opening date for 2016. North Lakes is also the site of Queensland's first Costco.
North Lakes Business Park started construction in 2007 and is planned to take ten years to fully complete. It will ultimately create 10,000 jobs, cover 55 hectares and cost $130 million. Construction of a road bridge crossing the Bruce Highway and leading to Dakabin railway station opened on 12 December 2014; the distance is approximately 2.5 km. The Moreton Bay Rail Link from Petrie to Kippa Ring with closest station Mango Hill just south of Westfield is due for completion late 2016.
In the 2011 census, North Lakes recorded a population of 15,046 people, 51.6% female and 48.4% male. The median age of the North Lakes population was 31 years, 6 years below the national median of 37. 63% of people living in North Lakes were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 9.2%, New Zealand 8.7%, South Africa 3.9%, Philippines 1.3%, Scotland 1%. 86.6% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.5% Afrikaans, 0.8% Hindi, 0.7% Tagalog, 0.7% Spanish, 0.5% German.
The suburb has numerous state & private primary to senior schools & colleges including North Lakes State College, The Lakes College, Bounty Boulevard. North Lakes State College is made up of two large Campuses. The Main Campus accommodates Prep-Year 9, it is located at the front of the suburb with easy access. The ULC accommodates grades 10-12, and is located across from Westfield in the town centre. The $12 million project was completed December 2007. This is due to be extended to accommodate the unexpected large number of students, in the next 12 months.
With young families throughout the area, North Lakes now has 6 child care and early learning centres and numerous family daycare options.
The Queensland Health hub provides dialysis, family health and various other healthcare needs. Additionally, the North Lakes Day Hospital and North Lakes Haematology & Oncology Clinic provide various surgical facilities and medical disciplines. In September 2015, construction was underway on a radiation oncology facility and North Lakes Specialist Medical Centre expected to be completed in April 2016.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "North Lakes (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
- "North Lakes (entry 44009)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- "North Lakes Health Precinct: Community health services in one location" (PDF). Queensland Health. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
- Ltd, northlakes.com.au Pty. "Building Begins On Major Specialist Medical Centre | Community News on northlakes.com.au". northlakes.com.au. Retrieved 2015-09-07.