|Population||1,834 (2016 census)|
|• Density||221.0/km2 (572/sq mi)|
|Area||8.3 km2 (3.2 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10:00)|
|LGA(s)||City of Ipswich|
The suburb is bounded to the west by Six Mile Creek, to the north-west, north, and north-east by the Brisbane River, to the east by Goodna Creek, and to the south-west by another segment of Goodna Creek.
The Ipswich Motorway enters the locality from the east (Goodna) and exits to the west (Riverview). The Main Line railway runs parallel but north of the motorway with two railway stations in the suburb:
- Redbank railway station, providing passengers services ()
- Redbank Workshops railway station, on a spur line serving the Redbank Railway Workshops ()
The land use north of the railway line through to the river is a mix of industrial, commercial and agricultural use. The Redbank Railway Workshops being a major industry in the suburb. The land between the railway line and the motorway is predominantly residential. The land south of the motorway is a large tract of undeveloped bushland with further residential development in the far south of the suburb.
While the Redbank area is known for its agricultural and pastoral origins, it has a more varied history.
In the late 1850s, the first farmers in the area settled on the river flats situated to the north of the current railway station. This settlement featured a brickworks, sawmill, stores, cottages, a school and nondenominational church, though due to severe flooding, it was relocated south of the railway station some years later.
In the early years, the rich black loamy soil of the plains supported crops of maize, potatoes and fodder, while cotton became a significant crop in the 1860s and 1870s. By the beginning of the 20th century, dairying became more important with the establishment of several creameries in the area.
The late 1850s saw the establishment of the first secondary industry in the area, with a boiling down works and fellmongery owned by Mr John Campbell and Mr Town.
Redbank's school was originally opened on July 1865 by the Roman Catholic Church on a 2-acre (0.81 ha) land parcel with an initial enrolment of 31 students. The building was used as both a school and a church. In 1881, it became Redbank State School. It closed on 30 September 1895, but reopened on 6 September 1897. In 1951, a further 5.5 acres (2.2 ha) of land was acquired to expand the school site.
Redbank Rifle Range operated from 1912 to 1980 south of the Redbank railway station. It was the home of a number rifle clubs over the years including Ipswich Railway Rifle Club, Ipswich City Rifle Club, Ipswich and District Rifle Club, which were involved in competitive target shooting. The 700-yard (640 m) firing mound was about 35 metres (38 yd) from the railway station with the targets 700 yards (640 m) away (approx ). During World War II, there was a large military camp and training area at the range with up to 6,000 Australian and American troops. The development of the Ipswich Motorway reduced the length of the rifle range which led to the relocation of the Ipswich and District Rifle Club to South Ripley in 1972.
The current Redbank Plaza Library was opened in 1998 and had a major refurbishment in 2010.
Redbank State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 9 Brisbane Road (). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 184 students with 16 teachers (13 full-time equivalent) and 19 non-teaching staff (11 full-time equivalent).
Ipswich City Council operates a public library in Redbank at Level 3 Redbank Plaza Shopping Centre.
There are a number of other parks in the area:
- Goupong Park ()
- Hillier Street Transmission Easement ()
- Pan Pacific Peace Gardens, McAuliffe Street ()
Redbank railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane CBD, Ipswich and Rosewood. The Redbank train station has a Queensland Police Service Rail Squad stationed on platform 2 near the ticket office.
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