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Jimboomba
Logan CityQueensland
Jimboomba.jpg
The post office and veterinary surgery, Jimboomba.
Population 11,387 (2011 census)
 • Density 2,588/km2 (6,700/sq mi)
Established 1845
Postcode(s) 4280
Area 4.4 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Location 41 km (25 mi) south of Brisbane CBD
LGA(s) Logan City
State electorate(s) Beaudesert
Federal Division(s) Wright
Localities around Jimboomba:
New Beith South MacLean
Stockleigh
Logan Village
Undullah Jimboomba Tamborine
Kagaru Cedar Grove
Cedar Vale
Mundoolun

Jimboomba is a growing town and locality in Logan City, Queensland, Australia. In the 2011 census, Jimboomba had a population of 11,387 people.

History

The original spelling was Gimboomba, named after a sheep and livestock station based where the township is today, stretching some distance north, east and south to neighbouring areas. Gimboomba is a Gugingin word (the First Australian peoples of the area, of Yugambeh country) meaning place of loud thunder and little rain. A culture trail celebrating First Australian culture is based at a local primary school bearing the name 'Loud Thunder' paying respect to its traditional owners.

Jimboomba Provisional School opened on 12 May 1890, becoming Jimboomba State School on 1 June 1900.

Jimboomba was serviced by the Beaudesert railway line that was established to service the abattoir in Beaudesert. The line was closed in 1995 and then reopened and operated as a tourist service as far as Logan Village by railway enthusiasts from 1999 until mid-2004. Funds were harder to raise and depleted quickly for the line so it was closed permanently.

Formerly in the Shire of Beaudesert, Jimboomba became part of Logan City following the local government amalgamations in March 2008.

Geography

Logan River and bridge 2
Payne Bridge over the Logan River, 2011
Old bridge Jimboomba Lions Park
Old low-level bridge across the Logan River, 2011

Jimboomba is situated on the Mount Lindesay Highway, 47 kilometres (29 mi) south of Brisbane central business district. The eastern and western parts of Jimboomba are divided by the Logan River; the only bridge within the locality is Payne Bridge on Cusack Lane (27°49′14″S 153°00′15″E / 27.82068°S 153.00428°E / -27.82068; 153.00428 (Payne Bridge)). There is a low-level older bridge immediately to the north of Payne Bridge but this cannot be used by vehicular traffic.

The Queensland government's current plan is that Jimboomba will become a major residential area. The Flagstone housing estate at Jimboomba sometimes gets confused with the townships of Flagstone Creek and Upper Flagstone which are decades-old towns in the Lockyer Valley Region.

Facilities

It has a large number of services, including an auxiliary/rural fire brigade and permanent ambulance service, a police station, a State Emergency Services depot, domestic shopping, hotel, and medical-dental services.

Urban development

Jimboomba's Flagstone housing estate is expected to expand west over the railway line into Undullah and north into South Maclean, New Beith and Greenbank. This is known as the Greater Flagstone development area. The total area encompassed by the project is 7,188 hectares. Final approval for the project was granted in October 2011.

The expected population for this housing area is to exceed 120,000 people. A new office and shopping precinct is planned to be built next to the railway line in Undullah next to the proposed Undullah railway station.

Demographics

In the 2011 census, Jimboomba recorded a population of 11,387 people, 49.6% female and 50.4% male.

The median age of the Jimboomba population was 33 years, 4 years below the national median of 37.

78.7% of people living in Jimboomba were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 5.6%, New Zealand 5.2%, Scotland 0.6%, South Africa 0.6%, Germany 0.5%.

93.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.4% German, 0.3% Hmong, 0.3% Cantonese, 0.2% Japanese, 0.2% Spanish.

Sport and recreation

A number of well-known sporting teams represent the local area, including the Jimboomba Thunder, the rugby league club that plays home games at Jimboomba Park.

There are large numbers of horses kept on or near residential properties for riding, for pleasure and for competition.

Jimboomba is home to the Jimboomba X Stadium, Jimboomba's own extreme sports outdoor venue. Holding events such events as 2014 QLD Supercross Championship, 2015 QLD Stadium X Series & two rounds of the 2015 Australian Supercross Championship, Jimboomba X Stadium is located at Hills International College grounds. The opening round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship is set to be held at the Jimboomba X Stadium on September 17th

In popular culture

In Civilization: Beyond Earth, "Jimboomba" is the default name for the second colony established by the Polystralian faction.

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