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Darra
BrisbaneQueensland
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Shops in Darra
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Population 4,343 (2016 census)
 • Density 790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Established 1864
Postcode(s) 4076
Area 5.5 km2 (2.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 17.6 km (11 mi) SW of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
State electorate(s)
  • Inala
  • Mount Ommaney
Federal Division(s) Oxley
Suburbs around Darra:
Jamboree Heights Sinnamon Park Seventeen Mile Rocks
Sumner Darra Oxley
Wacol Richlands Inala

Darra is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Darra had a population of 4,343 people.

History

In 1954, the Darra RSL Memorial Hall was opened. Sumner was known as Darra until 1969 when it became a separate suburb. Vietnamese refugees began to settle in the area in 1975. The origin of the word Darra came from the Aboriginal word for 'stones'.

Transport

Darra railway station platform 1 and 2
Darra railway station, 2012

Darra railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane CBD, Ipswich, Rosewood and Springfield. When the railway was completed in 1876 "with a stop at nine mile eighty four chain gate", halfway between the planned Oxley railway station and Wacol railway station, the site was set for the future Darra. The station was once the terminus for the first of Brisbane's electric rail lines, linked to Ferny Grove railway station in 1979.

The Centenary Freeway and the Ipswich Motorway provide access to the Brisbane CBD. Bus routes travel to surrounding suburbs of Inala, Mount Ommaney, Middle Park, Jamboree Heights, Riverhills and Sinnamon Park

Urban planning

Overall plans include the further redevelopment of the industrial park, which should provide an injection of capital into the community and further upgrade local infrastructure and community facilities. The Brisbane City Council has been active in rejuvenating the streetscapes of the Darra suburb as well as neighbouring recreational and parkland facilities in Jindalee and Sinnamon Park.

Demographics

In the 2016 census, Darra recorded a population of 4,343 people, 48.2% female and 51.8% male. The median age of the Darra population was 32 years of age, 5 years below the Australian median. 48.1% of people living in Darra were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were Vietnam 15.8%, New Zealand 3.4%, India 2.9%, Philippines 2%, Samoa 1.2%. 45.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 23.1% Vietnamese, 4.1% Arabic, 2.2% Samoan, 1.3% Tagalog, 1.3% Spanish.

Education

Darra State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Winslow Street (27°34′14″S 152°57′12″E / 27.5705°S 152.9534°E / -27.5705; 152.9534 (Darra State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 201 students with 22 teachers (16 full-time equivalent) and 17 non-teaching staff (12 full-time equivalent).

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 115 Darra Station Road (27°34′05″S 152°57′08″E / 27.5680°S 152.9522°E / -27.5680; 152.9522 (Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 531 students with 38 teachers (33 full-time equivalent) and 15 non-teaching staff (11 full-time equivalent).

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