Woongoolba, Queensland

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Woongoolba
Gold CoastQueensland
Queensland State Archives 1868 Cattle grazing Woongoolba Gold Coast January 1956.png
Cattle grazing, Woongoolba, 1956
Woongoolba is located in Queensland
Woongoolba
Woongoolba
Coordinates27°43′40″S 153°18′53″E / 27.7277°S 153.3147°E / -27.7277; 153.3147 (Woongoolba (centre of locality))Coordinates: 27°43′40″S 153°18′53″E / 27.7277°S 153.3147°E / -27.7277; 153.3147 (Woongoolba (centre of locality))
Population280 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density8.62/km2 (22.3/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4207
Area32.5 km2 (12.5 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)Coomera
Federal Division(s)Fadden
Suburbs around Woongoolba:
Alberton Carbrook Redland Bay
Gilberton Woongoolba Steiglitz
Norwell Norwell Jacobs Well

Woongoolba is a coastal rural locality in the northern part of City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census Woongoolba had a population of 280 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

The locality is bounded to the north by the Logan River and to the north-east by Moreton Bay.[3]

History[edit]

Bethlehem Lutheran Church gathering, Pimpama Island (Carl Heinrich Heck is centre of the middle row)
Woongoolba state school, 2014

In the late 1800s, the farming district located between the Pimpama River and the Logan River called Pimpama Island and encompasses the modern localities of Jacobs Well, Norwell, Steiglitz and Woongoolba. It was referred to as an island because there were a number of lagoons and swamps that isolated the area during the wet season; however, this disadvantage made it good land for growing sugar cane.[4]

The name Woongoolba is believed to be an Aboriginal word for the geebung tree.[2]

The district was predominantly settled by German immigrants who arrived in the period 1864–1900.[5]

The Pimpama Island Provisional School opened on 17 April 1876 under the direction of teacher Joseph Schindler with 13 pupils (of German parentage). It became Pimpama Island State School on 7 September 1898. It was renamed Woongoolba State School in 1930. Additional classrooms and a library were built in 1941, with further expansions in 1991, 1997 and 2010.[5][6][7]

Rocky Point Sugar Mill, Woongoolba and Steiglitz, 2014

The Rocky Point Sugar Mill was established by Carl Heinrich Heck in 1878 on Mill Road (and crosses the boundary between Woongoolba and Steiglitz). Despite being one of the oldest sugar mills in Australia, it is still privately owned by the Heck Group. There were once other sugar mills in the area, but they have now closed and Rocky Point has expanded to replace their lost capacity.[8]

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Woongoolba, 2014

The first Bethlehem Lutheran church was built in 1882. It was replaced by the current building in 1908, which was renovated in 1930.[9]

In the 2011 census, Woongoolba had a population of 460 people.[10]

In the 2016 census Woongoolba had a population of 280 people.[1]

Education[edit]

Woongoolba State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 1219 Jacobs Well Road (27°44′42″S 153°19′09″E / 27.7451°S 153.3193°E / -27.7451; 153.3193 (Woongoolba State School)).[11][12] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 224 students with 20 teachers (13 full-time equivalent) and 11 non-teaching staff (8 full-time equivalent).[13]

There are no secondary schools in Woongoolba. The nearest government secondary schools are Ormeau Woods State High School in Ormeau to the south-west and Beenleigh State High School in Beenleigh to the west.[3]

Amenities[edit]

The Gold Coast City Council operates a fortnightly mobile library service which visits Woongoolba State School on Jacobs Well Road.[14]

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is at 1281 Stapylton Jacobs Well Road (27°44′45″S 153°19′33″E / 27.7459°S 153.3258°E / -27.7459; 153.3258 (Bethlehem Lutheran Church)).[15]

Cecil Zipf Park, 2014

Accessed via a causeway through the mangroves, the Cecil Zipf Park at Little Rocky Point (27°43′00″S 153°21′13″E / 27.7166°S 153.3537°E / -27.7166; 153.3537 (Cecil Zipf Park)) offers views of Moreton Bay, off-leash dog area, BBQ and toilets. The beach below the park is a good place for fishing, especially for bream.[16][17][18]

There are a number of other parks in the locality, including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Woongoolba (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Woongoolba – locality in City of Gold Coast (entry 46102)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Woongoolba History". City of Gold Coast Council. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Agency ID 5847, Woongoolba State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  7. ^ "History of Woongoolba State School". Woongoolba State School. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  8. ^ "A brief history – Carl Heinrich Heck". Heck Group. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  9. ^ "History". Alberton Lutheran Parish. Archived from the original on 2 March 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Woongoolba". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 April 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Woongoolba State School". Archived from the original on 21 March 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Mobile Library 2018 timetable" (PDF). Gold Coast City Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Bethlehem Lutheran Church". Alberton Lutheran Parish. Archived from the original on 2 March 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h "Land for public recreation - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 20 November 2020. Archived from the original on 22 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  17. ^ "Cecil Zipf Park, Woongoolba" (PDF). City of Gold Coast Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  18. ^ Downie, Dave 'Nugget' (27 April 2012). "Fishing: Any bait will do for bream". Courier-Mail. Retrieved 14 April 2014.

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