Riverhills, Queensland

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Riverhills
BrisbaneQueensland
Wolston Creek bridge - panoramio.jpg
Wolston Station Road heading to Wacol
Riverhills is located in Queensland
Riverhills
Riverhills
Coordinates27°33′41″S 152°54′33″E / 27.5614°S 152.9093°E / -27.5614; 152.9093 (Riverhills (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°33′41″S 152°54′33″E / 27.5614°S 152.9093°E / -27.5614; 152.9093 (Riverhills (centre of suburb))
Population4,042 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,760/km2 (4,550/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4074
Area2.3 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location19.5 km (12 mi) SW of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Jamboree Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Mount Ommaney
Federal Division(s)Oxley
Suburbs around Riverhills:
Bellbowrie Westlake Middle Park
Bellbowrie Riverhills Sumner
Moggill Wacol Wacol

Riverhills is a south-western suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] It is one of the Centenary suburbs. In the 2016 census, Riverhills had a population of 4,042 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

Riverhills is 19.5 kilometres (12.1 mi) by road south-west of the Brisbane CBD.

Riverhills is bounded to the west by the Brisbane River, to the south by Wolston Creek, and to the south-east by Wacol Station Road.[4]

The land use is predominantly residential.[4] The terrain is hilly rising from below 10 metres (33 ft) above sea level beside the river to over 40 metres (130 ft) on the northern bank of Wolston Creek.[4]

History[edit]

Flooding on Sumner Road, 13 January 2011

The western part of the original land holdings that became the Centenary Suburbs were part of the Wolston Estate, consisting of 54 farms on an area of 3000 acres, offered for auction at Centennial Hall, Brisbane, on 16 October 1901.[5] Wolston Estate is the property of M. B. Goggs, whose father obtained the land forty years previously in the 1860s and after whom Goggs Road is named.[6] Only three of the farms sold at the original auction.[7]

In 1879, the local government area of Yeerongpilly Division was created. In 1891, parts of Yeerongpilly Division were excised to create Sherwood Division becoming a Shire in 1903 which contained the area of the Wolston Estate. In 1925, the Shire of Sherwood was amalgamated into the City of Brisbane. [8]

Riverhills, along with surrounding suburbs, was developed in 1959 as part of the Hooker Centenary Project in 1959.[9] The ‘Centenary Project’ and the area is now more commonly referred to as the Centenary Suburbs.

On 8 January 1973 the suburb was officially named by Queensland Place Names Board using the name suggested in 1972 by the developer based on the geographic characteristics of the area.[3]

In the 2011 Brisbane floods there was flooding in the lower-lying areas around the creeks.[4][10]

In the 2016 census, Riverhills had a population of 4,042 people.[1]

Education[edit]

There are no schools in Riverhills. The nearest primary school is Middle Park State School in Middle Park to the west. The nearest secondary school is Centenary State High School in Jindalee to the north.[4]

Amenities[edit]

The Riverhills Plaza is a shopping centre on Bogong Street (27°33′32″S 152°54′43″E / 27.5589°S 152.9119°E / -27.5589; 152.9119 (Riverhills Plaza)). In 2011 one of its stores, Just Poppy's, was named Brisbane's Best Burgers in a contest run by the Brisbane Times.[11][12]

There are a number of parks in the suburb with various sporting and recreational facilities. There are also less developed areas around a number of creeks and gullies flowing down to the river for those wishing to enjoy nature.[4][13]

There is a boat launching area into the river for non-motorised craft at Newcomb Park at 529 Sumners Road (27°33′47″S 152°53′56″E / 27.5630°S 152.8989°E / -27.5630; 152.8989 (Newcomb Park (boat launching))).[13] The Centenary Rowing Club and Lakers Dragon Boat Club operate from that park.[14][15] A floating pontoon to assist getting in and out of watercraft will be constructed in 2020.[16]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2016 census, the population of Riverhills was 4,042, 50.6% female and 49.4% male. The median age of the Riverhills population was 34 years, 4 years below the Australian median.

66.7% of people living in Riverhills were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 66.7%; the next most common countries of birth were England 4.6%, New Zealand 4.4%, South Africa 1.7%, Vietnam 1.6%, Scotland 1.0%.

80.6% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 2.0% Vietnamese, 1.6% Mandarin, 1.1% Persian, 1.0% Arabic, 0.8% Spanish.

Transport[edit]

Riverhills is accessible via the Centenary Highway. Some bus routes service the suburb, namely:[17]

  • 450 - CityXpress via Cultural Centre, Toowong, Indooroopilly, Jindalee, Mount Ommaney, Middle Park and Westlake (weekends) (BT)
  • 454 - CityXpress via Cultural Centre, Toowong, Indooroopilly and Riverhills (weekdays) (BT)
  • 455 - Rocket via Milton, and the Western Freeway (Weekdays - peak hours only) (BT)
  • 457 - City Precincts via Milton, Coronation Drive, Western Freeway, Jindalee, Mount Ommaney, Middle Park and Westlake (weekdays - peak hours only) (BT)
  • 459 - City Precincts via Milton, Coronation Drive, Western Freeway and Mount Ommaney. (weekdays - peak hours only) (BT)

Riverhills is a short distance from Darra train station.

Politics[edit]

The people of Riverhills are represented by Sarah Hutton, LNP Councillor for the Jamboree Ward,[18] in the local council, by Jess Pugh, the Labor Member for Mount Ommaney in the Queensland Parliament and by Milton Dick in the federal division of Oxley.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Riverhills (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Jamboree Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Riverhills - suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 41944)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Plan of the Wolston Estate". 1901. hdl:10462/deriv/252490. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "SALE OF WOLSTON ESTATE". The Brisbane Courier. LVIII (13, 651). Queensland, Australia. 12 October 1901. p. 4. Retrieved 21 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "LATEST NEWS IN BRIEF". The Queenslander. LXI (1353). Queensland, Australia. 26 October 1901. p. 780. Retrieved 21 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ Fones, Ralph (1 January 1993). "Suburban conservatism in the Sherwood Shire 1891-1920". UQ eSpace. Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  9. ^ “Town To Be Built”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 November 1961. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Brisbane floods: Before and after". ABC News. 1 August 2011. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  11. ^ Waters, Georgia (20 September 2011). "Brisbane's best burgers". Brisbane Times. Archived from the original on 22 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  12. ^ Waters, Georgia (7 October 2011). "Burger shop bowled over at being Brisbane's best". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 22 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Riverhills parks". Brisbane City Council. 28 January 2020. Archived from the original on 22 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Centenary Rowing Club". revolutioniseSPORT. Archived from the original on 22 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Lakers Dragon Boat Club, 552 Sumners Rd, Riverhills". The Lakers. Archived from the original on 22 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Riverhills public pontoon project". Brisbane City Council. 28 January 2020. Archived from the original on 22 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  17. ^ "Route-450,453,454,455,456,457,458,459" (PDF). Brisbane Transport. 29 May 2006. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 September 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  18. ^ "Brisbane City Jamboree Councillor". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 19 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.

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