Carrara, Queensland facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCarrara
Gold Coast, Queensland
Hickey Way, 2015
|Population||12,060 (2016 census)|
|• Density||868/km2 (2,250/sq mi)|
|Area||13.9 km2 (5.4 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10:00)|
|LGA(s)||Gold Coast City|
In the 2011 census, Carrara recorded a population of 11,569 people, 51.2% female and 48.8% male. The median age of the Carrara population was 38 years, 1 year above the national median of 37. 66% of people living in Carrara were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 9.5%, England 5.1%, South Africa 1.3%, Japan 0.9%, Scotland 0.8%. 85% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.3% Japanese, 0.8% Mandarin, 0.6% German, 0.5% French, 0.5% Italian.
Carrara was first used by the Manchester Cotton Company as a cotton plantation that began in the early 1860s.
Today the land is renowned for its golf courses and other sports facilities. No fewer than five golf courses are located in the area. In 1987 Japanese Daikyo Group worked on the $50 million Palm Meadows 18-hole golf course and country club.
The Carrara Sports Precinct will also be the main stadium of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Sport and recreation
The Carrara Sports Precinct consists of a number of sports facilities located on Nerang−Broadbeach Road, including Carrara Stadium and Carrara Indoor Stadium. Carrara Stadium is home to the Australian rules football club, Gold Coast Suns, competing in the AFL and the AFL Women's. The outdoor facility also serves as a secondary ground for the T20 cricket sides, the Brisbane Heat and women's team, both competing within the Big Bash and the Women's Big Bash respectively. The indoor stadium previously hosted the now defunct Gold Coast Rollers, where they competed in the National Basketball League.
Carrara is also home to the soccer team Magic United, as well as the Palm Meadows and Emerald Lakes golf courses.
Emmanuel College is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at Birmingham Road (). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 1,580 students with 128 teachers (112 full-time equivalent) and 94 non-teaching staff (65 full-time equivalent). The school describes itself as "unapologetically Christian", but is not affiliated with any specific denomination or church.
Josiah College is a private special primary and secondary (2-12) school for boys and girls on the autism spectrum. It is at 1 Emerald Lakes Drive (). It is operated by Emmanuel College.
There are no government schools in Carrara. The nearest government primary schools are Nerang State School in neighbouring Nerang to the north, Ashmore State School in neighbouring Ashmore to the north-east, Merrimac State School in neighbouring Merrimac to the south, Worongary State School in neighbouring Worongary to the west, and William Duncan State School in neighbouring Highland Park to the north-west. The nearest government secondary schools are Nerang State High School in neighouring Nerang to the north, Benowa State High School in neighbouring Benowa to the east, and Merrimac State High School in neighbouring Merrimac to the south.
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