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Sunnybank
BrisbaneQueensland
Mains Rd 43 N Sunnybank sign.jpg
Mains Road, Sunnybank, 2018
Sunnybank is located in Queensland
Sunnybank
Sunnybank
Location in Queensland
Population 8,697 (2016 census)
 • Density 1,977/km2 (5,120/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4109
Area 4.4 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Location 16 km (10 mi) from Brisbane CBD
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Runcorn Ward)
State electorate(s)
  • Toohey
  • Stretton
Federal Division(s) Moreton
Suburbs around Sunnybank:
Coopers Plains Robertson MacGregor
Coopers Plains Sunnybank Eight Mile Plains
Acacia Ridge Sunnybank Hills Runcorn

Sunnybank is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Sunnybank had a population of 8,697 people, with 31.0% (the largest group) describing their ancestry as Chinese, with 19.0% of Sunnybank's people being born in China, 9.3% in Taiwan, and 2.6% in Hong Kong. It is known for its many Asian shops and restaurants.

History

The Jagera Indigenous people were the first to inhabit the area well over 20,000 years ago. Early settlers noticed that the Sunnybank district had good rainfall and a beautiful loamy soil, somewhat sandy in character, that produced beautiful displays of natural wild flowers. From the mid-19th century it developed into a farming area with prosperous fruit and poultry farms and gardens of every kind.

Opening in 1938, The Oasis, with lush gardens, swimming pools and a mini zoo became Brisbane’s most popular tourist attraction. The Oasis was located at 141 Station Road, Sunnybank.

The Town of Sunnybank in the 19th century was part of a much larger area known as the Parish of Yeerongpilly, but a distinct town outside of the area known as Brisbane. In 1885, the railway line was extended from Yeerongpilly, and names had to be given to the railway stations along the line. Sunnybank got its name from a local farm, Sunnybrae, owned by the Gillespies, when 2 acres (8,100 m2) of land were taken over for the railway. Brae is Scottish for the English word bank, so the area was given boundaries and named Sunnybank.

Development

StateLibQld 2 67444 Oasis complex in Sunnybank, Brisbane
Oasis gardens and pools

By the first part of the 20th century, farmland increasingly gave way to suburbia. General Motors Holden established a car manufacturing plant on Bradman Street at Acacia Ridge, creating a major source of employment for the entire city of Brisbane. With the Commonwealth games being held in 1982 at the Queen Elizabeth II sporting complex (QE II), now known as the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC), and Expo 88 years later, Brisbane and its suburbs like Sunnybank were shown to the world. With new land releases rare in the region, developers have turned to building higher density residential and commercial projects.

Asian influence on culture

In the early 1980s, an increasing number of Asian immigrants began to settle in Sunnybank and neighbouring suburbs. It is said that it was due to the fact that the layout of the suburbs of Brisbane at the time resembled a dragon, with the suburb Sunnybank said to be the 'heart' of the dragon, a symbol of fortune and luck in Chinese culture. The influx of Asian immigrants caused the look of the area to change, especially in the primary business district of Sunnybank at the intersection of Mains Road and McCullough Street, where Asian restaurants and businesses are numerous.

Sunnybank is today a thriving multicultural suburb, with strong Asian influences in design, food and culture. Many of the suburb's shops and businesses are owned and run by people of Asian descent who call Australia home, with many bilingual business signs written in Chinese and English.

Demographics

In the 2011 census, the population of Sunnybank was 8,091, 50.3% female and 49.7% male. The median age of the Sunnybank population was 34 years, 3 years below the Australian median. 44.1% of people living in Sunnybank were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were China 15.1%, Taiwan 7.1%, India 3.5%, New Zealand 2.8%, Vietnam 2.3%. 48% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 20.4% Mandarin, 7.4% Cantonese, 2% Vietnamese, 1.7% Korean, 1.6% Punjabi.

In the 2016 census, Sunnybank had a population of 8,697 people, with 31.0% (the largest group) describing their ancestry as Chinese, with 19.0% of Sunnybank's people being born in China, 9.3% in Taiwan, and 2.6% in Hong Kong.

Climate

Climate data for Sunnybank
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Precipitation mm (inches) 119.3
(4.697)
108.5
(4.272)
111.4
(4.386)
66.3
(2.61)
53.2
(2.094)
43.6
(1.717)
31.2
(1.228)
31.6
(1.244)
34.3
(1.35)
63.9
(2.516)
76.7
(3.02)
106.4
(4.189)
1,073.8
(42.276)
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
Climate data for Archerfield Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.3
(86.5)
29.7
(85.5)
28.6
(83.5)
26.4
(79.5)
23.8
(74.8)
21.3
(70.3)
21.1
(70)
22.5
(72.5)
25.1
(77.2)
26.9
(80.4)
28.3
(82.9)
29.4
(84.9)
26.1
(79)
Average low °C (°F) 20.2
(68.4)
20.1
(68.2)
18.3
(64.9)
15.1
(59.2)
11.8
(53.2)
9.2
(48.6)
7.5
(45.5)
8.0
(46.4)
11.0
(51.8)
14.3
(57.7)
17.1
(62.8)
19.0
(66.2)
14.3
(57.7)
Source #1: Bureau of Meteorology
Source #2: Bureau of Meteorology

Transport

Sunnybank is a busy area, and there have been ever-growing traffic problems in the area. Mains Road can become gridlocked around peak-hour, packed with cars and buses, as commuters make the slow ride home, although construction has widened and improved the Mains Road bridge which crosses the train line at Altandi. Sunnybank plaza has a small bus stop, which serves as one of the major stops on most bus routes in the area.

Banoon railway station, Sunnybank railway station and Altandi railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane and Beenleigh.

Society and education

Sunnybank Hall (6287955080)
Sunnybank Hall, 2011

Sunnybank neighbourhood has many spiritual sites, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Anglican, Assemblies of God, Baptist, Catholic, Chinese Methodists, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Churches of Christ, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Runcorn Christian, Southside International Church, The Great Commission and Uniting churches, Chung Tian Temple, Masjid Al Farooq (Kuraby Mosque), and The Brisbane Synagogue. Schools in the area include Sunnybank State School, Sunnybank State High School and St Thomas More College (Catholic).

Sport

Sunnybank is home of the Souths Sunnybank Rugby League Football Club, the second oldest rugby league club in Brisbane, and the Sunnybank Dragons Rugby Union Club.

Notable residents

  • Len Ardill, politician
  • Ben Cutting, Australian cricketer, born in Sunnybank
  • Ken Ham, President of Answers in Genesis
  • Samantha Reid, member of Australian Olympic team, synchronized swimmer.
  • Johnathan Thurston, Queensland Maroons, Australia and North Queensland Cowboys halfback.
  • Lote Tuqiri, dual code rugby international
  • Daniel Vidot, Samoan professional wrestler, and former rugby league player

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