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Edmonton
CairnsQueensland
Dypsis decaryi interspecific hybrid at SugarWorld, Edmonton, north Queensland, 2008.jpg
Triangle palms at SugarWorld, Edmonton, 2008
Edmonton is located in Queensland
Edmonton
Edmonton
Coordinates 17°01′08″S 145°44′40″E / 17.0188°S 145.7444°E / -17.0188; 145.7444 (Edmonton (town centre))
Population 10,753 (2016 census)
 • Density 524.5/km2 (1,358/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4869
Elevation 16.8 m (55 ft)
Area 20.5 km2 (7.9 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) Cairns Region
State electorate(s) Mulgrave
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Suburbs around Edmonton:
Bentley Park White Rock Portsmith
Lamb Range Edmonton Wrights Creek
Lamb Range Mount Peter Wrights Creek

Edmonton is a town and suburb in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Edmonton had a population of 10,753 people.

Geography

Edmonton is located approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of the centre of Cairns. It is within the Cairns Region local government area. The Bruce Highway passes from south to north through the centre of the suburb and the North Coast railway line passes from south to north through Edmonton parallel and to the east of the highway. The suburb is served by two railway stations, Edmonton and Queerah (a former neighbourhood name).

History

In 1911 a railway station was built in the location and named Edmonton, probably after Edmonton, London, England. The town then took this name.

The primary industry in Edmonton was traditionally sugar cane harvesting, but as Edmonton has grown, it has become an outer suburb of Cairns. Edmonton has experienced rapid growth in new housing estates in recent years resulting in consequent population growth.

In March 2006, Tropical Cyclone Larry hit Edmonton causing minimal damage. The centre of the cyclone passed through the town of Innisfail, 75 kilometres (47 mi) south of the suburb.

At the 2006 census, Edmonton had a population of 8,035.

Education

Hambledon State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 77-83 Stokes Street (17°01′16″S 145°44′08″E / 17.0212°S 145.7356°E / -17.0212; 145.7356 (Hambledon State School)). In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 774 students with 66 teachers (57 full-time equivalent) and 38 non-teaching staff (24 full-time equivalent). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 694 students with 63 teachers (52 full-time equivalent) and 44 non-teaching staff (28 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Isabella State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Walker Road (17°00′56″S 145°43′23″E / 17.0156°S 145.7231°E / -17.0156; 145.7231 (Isabella State School)). In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 625 students with 45 teachers (40 full-time equivalent) and 37 non-teaching staff (21 full-time equivalent). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 600 students with 43 teachers (39 full-time equivalent) and 36 non-teaching staff (22 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

The Autism Queensland Education & Therapy Centre is an infants (Prep-2) special education school for boys and girls 15-17 Marr Street (17°01′24″S 145°44′14″E / 17.0233°S 145.7373°E / -17.0233; 145.7373 (Autism Queensland Education & Therapy Centre)). It provides 2 days per week of specialist autism programs and the children attend regular schools for the rest of the week.

There are no secondary schools in Edmonton. The nearest secondary school is Bentley Park State College in neighbouring Bentley Park to the north-west.

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