Rochedale South, Queensland
Logan City, Queensland
|Population||14,996 (2011 census)|
|Location||20 km (12 mi) from Brisbane GPO|
In the 2011 census, Rochedale South recorded a population of 14,996 people, 51.3% female and 48.7% male. The median age of the Rochedale South population was 35 years, 2 years below the national median of 37. 71.9% of people living in Rochedale South were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 6.5%, England 4.3%, South Africa 1.1%, India 0.6%, Fiji 0.6%. 86.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.9% Cantonese, 0.9% Mandarin, 0.6% Arabic, 0.5% Hindi, 0.4% Greek.
Rochedale is known for its rich, red soil that is good for crops. Yet due to recent years of drought in the area, much of the farming has been abandoned and are now commercialised. Part of the suburb's western boundary follows the Pacific Motorway.
In 1952, the Gill family ran a poultry farm and piggery and in 1967 developed the land into the first sewered estate in the region. They named some of the streets after the towns[where?] and streets in England from where they originated in 1951. Some of the streets were Ridgeway Street, Green Way, Edgeware Drive and Gills Close.
In 1979, the suburb was split off from the larger Rochedale.
The Strathlands shopping centre opened in 1970. A number of churches and school were established in the following decades as the population of the suburb expanded with estate developments.