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Pialba
Queensland
Hervey Bay - Flickr - GregTheBusker.jpg
Aerial view over Pialba
Population 3,678 (2016 census)
 • Density 634/km2 (1,640/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4655
Area 5.8 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Fraser Coast Region
State electorate(s) Hervey Bay
Federal Division(s) Hinkler
Localities around Pialba:
Point Vernon Hervey Bay Hervey Bay
Eli Waters Pialba Scarness
Urraween Urraween Kawungan

Pialba is a coastal town and central business suburb of Hervey Bay in the Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Pialba had a population of 3,678 people.

Geography

Pialba is a located 294 kilometres (183 mi) north of Brisbane on the southern shore of Hervey Bay. It is the central business district of the town of Hervey Bay.

History

The area was originally known as Point Vernon, until a town was surveyed and named Polson. On 19 March 1931 the town name was changed to Pialba, reflecting the long existing use of that name.

The Hervey Bay railway line from Maryborough to Pialba opened on 18 December 1896. It was used to transport harvested sugarcane to the Maryborough Sugar Mill in addition to daily passenger trains. An extension to Urangan and the Urangan Pier opened in 19 December 1913. As the Pialba railway station was built so close to the beach, it was not possible to extend the line directly from the Pialba station. A junction was added before the Pialba station and the trains had to reverse out of the station in order to take the junction to Urangan. From 10 June 1929 a railmotor was used to operate the passenger services.

Pialba State School opened on 30 July 1884.

Urangan Road State School opened in 1915. In 1956 it was renamed Bingham Road State School (Bingham was the former name of River Heads). It closed in 1960.

Radio broadcasting commenced in the Wide Bay area on Wednesday 14 January 1948 from a transmitter in Piabla under the call sign 4QB which is now ABC Wide Bay.

Hervey Bay State High School opened on 28 January 1964.

The Hervey Bay Library opened in 1997 and had a major refurbishment in 2014.

In the 2016 census, Pialba had a population of 3,678 people.

Heritage listings

Pialba has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Education

Pialba State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Alice Street (25°16′45″S 152°50′00″E / 25.2793°S 152.8333°E / -25.2793; 152.8333 (Pialba State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 456 students with 42 teachers (38 full-time equivalent) and 37 non-teaching staff (26 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education and the Hervey Bay Positive Learning Centre.

Hervey Bay State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Beach Road (25°16′55″S 152°49′56″E / 25.2819°S 152.8322°E / -25.2819; 152.8322 (Hervey Bay State High School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1019 students with 88 teachers (83 full-time equivalent) and 43 non-teaching staff (34 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Amenities

The Fraser Coast Regional Council operate the Hervey Bay library at 161 Old Maryborough Road, Pialba.

The Point Vernon/Pialba branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the QCWA Rooms at 7 Torquay Road, Pialba.

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