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Ashmore
Gold CoastQueensland
Population 11,910 (2016 census)
 • Density 1,751/km2 (4,540/sq mi)
Established 1972
Postcode(s) 4214
Area 6.8 km2 (2.6 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s) Southport
Federal Division(s) Moncrieff
Suburbs around Ashmore:
Molendinar Southport Southport
Nerang Ashmore Southport
Carrara Benowa Bundall

Ashmore is an inner city suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Ashmore had a population of 11,910 people.

Demographics

In the 2011 census, Ashmore recorded a population of 11,586 people, 52.5% female and 47.5% male. The median age of the Ashmore population was 40 years, 3 years above the national median of 37. 65.7% of people living in Ashmore were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 9.2%, England 4.9%, Japan 1.1%, Scotland 0.7%, Korea, Republic of 0.7%. 82.9% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.5% Japanese, 0.9% Korean, 0.6% German, 0.6% Greek, 0.5% Mandarin.

Natural environment

Pre-clearing, the vegetation of Ashmore included substantial areas of blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis) tall open forest on lowland metamorphosed sediments. This ecosystem type is now listed as endangered with extinction in Queensland having been extensively cleared for agriculture and housing development.

The area now occupied by Royal Pines resort once supported established Eucalyptus tereticornis forests and wetlands with patches of rainforest. Jabiru, magpie geese and a variety of water birds used these wetlands which stretched from Nerang to near Burleigh Heads along the floodplain of the Nerang River Valley and Mudgeereebah and Bonogin Creeks. This ecosystem was akin to Kakadu with lagoons of lilypads, swamp rainforest and gnarled old paperbark forest filled with palms. In the 1980s prior to the development of Royal Pines resort, farmland with remnant degraded wetlands and some forest remained, and jabiru, spoonbills, magpie geese and a variety of other birds could be seen there. Development in recent decades has led to the loss of most remnant natural vegetation.

Transport

Public Transport in Ashmore consists of six different bus routes, though no more than two cover most areas of the suburb. The number 18 bus from Australia Fair to Pacific Fair runs through Ashmore on Cotlew Street, Freda Street and Heeb Street through other streets. It runs on weekdays and weekends and is often considered very unreliable and infrequent. The 738 is a half hourly bus service that runs between harbour Town and Pacific fair and follows the number 18 bus from Heeb Street until Freda Street where it turns onto Nerang-Southport Road and continues onto Ashmore City.

Major roads in Ashmore include Cotlew Street, Ashmore Road, Currumburra Road, Heeb Street, Wardoo Street, Benowa Road and Nerang-Southport Road.

Education

Ashmore State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Currumburra Road (27°59′21″S 153°22′53″E / 27.9891°S 153.3813°E / -27.9891; 153.3813 (Ashmore State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 894 students with 59 teachers (52 full-time equivalent) and 32 non-teaching staff (23 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Bellevue Park State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Sapium Road (27°59′44″S 153°23′46″E / 27.9956°S 153.3962°E / -27.9956; 153.3962 (Bellevue Park State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 636 students with 42 teachers (39 full-time equivalent) and 29 non-teaching staff (19 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Trinity Lutheran College is a private primary and secondary (6-12) school for boys and girls with two campuses, with the Prep-5 campus at 251 Cotlew Street (27°59′04″S 153°22′17″E / 27.9844°S 153.3714°E / -27.9844; 153.3714 (Trinity Lutheran College)) and the 6-12 campus at 641 Ashmore Road (27°58′45″S 153°21′48″E / 27.9791°S 153.3633°E / -27.9791; 153.3633 (Trinity Lutheran College)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 1,082 students with 86 teachers (78 full-time equivalent) and 61 non-teaching staff (33 full-time equivalent).

There is no government secondary school in Ashmore. The nearest government secondary schools are Keebra Park State High School in neighbouring Southport to the east, Benowa State High School in neighbouring Benowa to the south, and Nerang State High School in neighbouring Nerang to the west.

Gold Coast Institute of TAFE also has one campus located in Ashmore. It is on the corner of Heeb Street and Benowa Road.

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