City of Brisbane, Queensland
Bulwer Island, 2010
|Population||350 (2011 census)|
|Location||9 km (6 mi) from Brisbane GPO|
|LGA(s)||Brisbane City Council|
|State electorate(s)||Electoral district of Clayfield|
Pinkenba is the name of a suburb in eastern Brisbane on the northern side of the Brisbane River, 10 kilometres from the Brisbane central business district. The area is spatially isolated from other residential suburbs and is surrounded by the Brisbane Airport to the north and west, and industrial land and the bank of the Brisbane River to the south. Pinkenba recorded a population of 350 people at the 2011 Australian Census.
Numerous development projects have been proposed for the area, including residential developments and an immigration detention centre, but nothing has progressed. The suburb contains a small number of detached houses (primarily of weatherboard construction), a primary school, local store, pub and industrial precincts.
In the 2011 Census the population of Pinkenba is 350, 42.9% female and 57.1% male.
The median/average age of the Pinkenba population is 42 years of age, 5 years above the Australian average.
62.5% of people living in Pinkenba were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 7%, Iran 6.8%, England 2.5%, Italy 1.4%, France 0.8%.
77.3% of people speak English as their first language 2% Italian, 1.7% Cantonese, 1.1% Tagalog, 0.9% Afrikaans, 0.9% Serbo-Croatian/Yugoslavian.
The suburb is accessed by road via Kingsford Smith Drive which passes an industrial area before reaching the suburb. Pinkenba is also the site of the now-abandoned Pinkenba railway station. The station opened in 1882 and closed in 1993. The branch line to Pinkenba was constructed so as to encourage port development downstream away from the Brisbane central business district.
Both BP's Bulwer Island Refinery and Shell's Pinkenba Terminal are located in Pinkenba. In 2011, Shells operations at Bulwer Island were expanded with the opening of a new bitumen and marine fuel import facility.
Shell facilities include their Queensland state office, a bitumen plant, a lubricants and grease manufacturing facility, several warehouses and fuel storage unit.
QANTAS selected Pinkenba for their flying boat base in the 1930s. Until the war, Hamilton Reach was too congested, however the base eventually moved upstream providing better access for passengers.
On 6 March 1963, Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a roadside memorial which commemorates the discovery of commercial quantities of oil in Australia. Although significant oil deposits had been found at Moonie the pipeline to Brisbane was not completed until the following year. The site was selected because it was close to a large oil refinery which was to process the oil.
Pinkenba now has a historical trail which was designed on behalf of the PCA (Pinkenba Community Association) and the Port of Brisbane with help from Brisbane City Council Neighborhood planning team; more work is still to be done over the next[when?] ten years with the beautification of Pinkenba with the start being the local park and historical path and local pub.
Pinkenba has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Eagle Farm Road: Pinkenba War Memorial
- Myrtletown Reserve: RAN Station 9, Pinkenba (Myrtletown)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Pinkenba (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- Laverty, John Robert (2009). The Making of a Metropolis: Brisbane 1823-1925. Boolarong Press. p. 73. ISBN 0975179357. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Major addition to BP's Queensland infrastructure officially opened by the Hon Craig Wallace". Press Release. BP. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Shell Pinkenba Terminal". Shell Australia. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- Jones, David (2007). Wings on the River. Boolarong Press. pp. 31, 42. ISBN 1921054271. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- Gregory, Helen; Dianne Mclay (2010). Building Brisbane's History: Structure, Sculptures, Stories and Secrets. Warriewood, New South Wales: Woodslane Press. p. 108. ISBN 9781921606199.
- "Pinkenba War Memorial (entry 19575)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
- "RAN Station 9, Pinkenba (Myrtletown) (entry 19569)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pinkenba, Queensland.|
- University of Queensland: Queensland Places:Pinkenba
- "Pinkenba". BRISbites. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008.
- "Pinkenba". Our Brisbane. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 14 September 2007.