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Moorooka
BrisbaneQueensland
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Hughes Centre and Toohey Forest, from Beaudesert Road
Moorooka is located in Queensland
Moorooka
Moorooka
Coordinates 27°32′09″S 153°01′28″E / 27.5358°S 153.0244°E / -27.5358; 153.0244 (Moorooka (locality centre))Coordinates: 27°32′09″S 153°01′28″E / 27.5358°S 153.0244°E / -27.5358; 153.0244 (Moorooka (locality centre))
Population 10,368 (2016 census)
 • Density 2,529/km2 (6,550/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4105
Area 4.1 km2 (1.6 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 9.0 km (6 mi) S of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Moorooka Ward)
State electorate(s)
  • Miller
  • Toohey
Federal Division(s) Moreton
Suburbs around Moorooka:
Yeerongpilly Annerley Tarragindi
Yeerongpilly Moorooka Tarragindi
Rocklea Rocklea Salisbury

Moorooka is a southern suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Moorooka had a population of 10,368 people.

History

The area was occupied by the Australian Aboriginal Jagera tribe before European settlement. The area was probably a hunting ground with plentiful food and water. There was also reportedly a Bora ring, which older residents of the area recall being shown. The word Moorooka is an indigenous word, either meaning 'iron bark', referring to the numerous iron bark trees in the area, or 'long nose', referring to Mt Toohey at the suburb's periphery. A collection of local historical records known as the Brisbane City Archives was established at Moorooka in 1859.

Demographics

Moorooka has traditionally hosted a working class population stemming from its history as a manufacturing hub during World War II. The southern part of Moorooka bordering Salisbury was the location of government built returned servicemen housing. Recently Moorooka has seen immigrants from various places of the world, including people from the ex-Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia), Middle East (Iraq and Iran) and recently people from Africa (Southern Sudan and Eritrea), which has brought an influx of new families into the area.

In the 2016 census the population of Moorooka was 10,368, 50.1% female and 49.9% male. The median age of the Moorooka population was 35 years of age, three years below the Australian median of 38. 67.7% of people living in Moorooka were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 66.7%. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand (3.0%), England (2.6%), India (2.5%), Vietnam (1.0%), Iran (0.8%). 74.2% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 1.4% Vietnamese, 1.1% Spanish, 1.1% Punjabi, 1.0% Mandarin, 0.9% Greek.

Zoning

The suburb has mixed uses - large areas, particularly in the elevated eastern side of the suburb are residential. The lower, western side of the suburb is dominated by retail, particularly motor vehicle dealerships along Ipswich Road, known popularly throughout Brisbane as the "Magic Mile", light industry and warehouses.

Transport

The rail line to Robina on the Gold Coast forms the western border of the suburb. Commuter trains on the Beenleigh line stop at Moorooka railway station.

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Moorooka entrance sign at Beaudesert Road shops

Between the 1930s and 1969, trams ran along Beaudesert Road, thence along Ipswich Road to the City. The suburb continues to be served by Brisbane Transport buses, namely the 110 Inala-City server, 116 Rocklea-Moorvale service, the 117 Acacia Ridge-City Valley Service, the 124 Sunnybank-City service, and the 125 Garden City-City Valley service. There is a zone border crossing at the Beaudesert Road shops, popularly known as Moorvale, for transport zones 2 and 3.

Religion

Moorooka has two principal churches, the St Brendan's Catholic Church at Hawtree Street (Roman Catholic), and the Church of Christ at Pampas Street and Beaudesert Road. Both feature Sunday services.

Architecture

Many of the houses are pre-war Queenslanders (on posts, with simple one floor, wooden construction), with small apartment blocks scattered through the suburb. As with many older suburbs of Brisbane, Moorooka is becoming gentrified, with many older homes now being either renovated and extended or replaced by more modern buildings. There are prime real estate areas on the top of hills, with views to the Great Dividing Range over Archerfield in the south, Seventeen Mile Rocks to the west, Mount Coot-tha, St. Lucia, Indooroopilly to the north-west and the city to the north.

Education

Moorooka is serviced by two kindergartens.

Moorooka State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Sherley Street (27°32′09″S 153°01′26″E / 27.5357°S 153.0239°E / -27.5357; 153.0239 (Moorooka State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 341 students with 34 teachers (25 full-time equivalent) and 24 non-teaching staff (17 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program. It has a strong multi-cultural community and hosts an annual Festival in July.

St Brendan's Primary School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Hawtree Street (27°32′15″S 153°01′09″E / 27.5374°S 153.0192°E / -27.5374; 153.0192 (St Brendan's Primary School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 80 students with 15 teachers (10 full-time equivalent) and 13 non-teaching staff (5 full-time equivalent).

There are no secondary schools in Moorooka. The nearest secondary school is Yeronga State High School in Yeronga.

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