Mount Cotton, Queensland facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMount Cotton
Redland City, Queensland
Mount Cotton from Mount View Road, 2014
|Population||4,804 (2011 census)|
|Location||34 km (21 mi) from Brisbane GPO|
|State electorate(s)||Electoral district of Redlands|
|Federal Division(s)||Division of Bowman|
Mount Cotton is a suburb located south-east of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in the Redland City local government area. The area was settled by Germans in the late 1860s. In the 20th century, poultry farms were established and in recent years the number of residential sub-developments has expanded.
Mount Cotton is named for the mountain that is in the area. It was named by Robert Dixon, a surveyor in the colony of Queensland. He named it after the commandant of the penal settlement of Moreton Bay, Major Sydney Cotton. In 1933, the first chicken farm in the area was established. Until the Shire of Tingalpa was abolished in 1949, Mount Cotton hosted its council chambers.
To the east, a wildlife corridor goes from the mountain towards Eprapah scout environmental site and Victoria Point, along Eprapah Creek.
Several poultry farms are located in Mount Cotton. A Hillview Road chicken farm is developing a biomass power plant which is expected to provide renewable energy to the electrical grid. The project has faced opposition from local residents and delays as the plant was re-designed to encompass improvements in technology. Developers Cleveland Power claim the power plant will be able to supply electricity to 7500 homes annually.
In the 2011 census, Mount Cotton recorded a population of 4,804 people, 50.8% female and 49.2% male. The median age of the Mount Cotton population was 32 years, 5 years below the national median of 37. 76.8% of people living in Mount Cotton were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 7.8%, New Zealand 4.1%, South Africa 2.4%, Scotland 0.7%, Ireland 0.5%. 93.7% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.7% Afrikaans, 0.3% German, 0.3% Dutch, 0.2% Portuguese, 0.2% Japanese.
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