Sunnybank Hills, Queensland facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsSunnybank Hills
Pinelands Road, 2018
|Population||18,085 (2016 census)|
|• Density||2,782/km2 (7,210/sq mi)|
|Area||6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10:00)|
|Location||17.9 km (11 mi) S of Brisbane GPO|
|LGA(s)||City of Brisbane
Sunnybank Hills was originally part of a much larger area known as Coopers Plains. In 1885, the railway line was extended from Yeerongpilly, and names had to be given to the railway stations built along the line. One of the stations was named after a local farm, Sunny Brae, when 2 acres (8,100 m2) of land were taken over for the railway. Brae is the Scottish word for the English word bank, so the area was given boundaries and named Sunnybank. The area of Sunnybank Hills was officially defined in 1971, although it had been unofficially called this for many years.
Sunnybank Hills has numerous ridges and hills, with lower wetter areas in the north and east. These form the marshes near Sunnybank and Runcorn railway stations. There are many parks and greenspaces in the area. The soil is fertile and watered by numerous small creeks, including a large one that flows north–south across the suburb, and the suburb borders on the small wildfowl habitat and wetlands of neighbouring Calamvale Creek.
In the 2011 census, Sunnybank Hills recorded a population of 16,830 people: 50.4% female and 49.6% male.
The median age of the Sunnybank Hills population was 34 years, 3 years below the Australian median. Children aged under 15 years made up 16.3% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.4% of the population.
Sunnybank Hills is a very multicultural suburb. 46.7% of people living in Sunnybank Hills were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were China 10.5%, Taiwan 6.6%, New Zealand 4.3%, India 2.5%, England 2.2%. Just under half (49.7%) of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 17.8% Mandarin, 6.5% Cantonese, 2.3% Vietnamese, 2.2% Korean, 1.2% Greek. According to the 2016 census, Sunnybank Hills includes the largest communities of both Chinese Australians (5,647 people; 25.4%) and Serbian Australians (178 people; 1.0%) of any suburb in Queensland.
Almost half (47%) of the family households in the suburb were couples with children, 35% were couples without children, 15% are single-parent households, and 3% are classified as "other family". The great majority (85%) of the dwellings in the suburb are stand-alone houses; townhouses account for another 12%. The houses are mainly modern brick and tile houses but there is a sprinkling of post-war weatherboard homes in the area.
The most common religious affiliation was "No Religion" (24.3%); the next most common responses were Catholic 20.1%, Anglican 9.6%, Buddhism 9.0% and Uniting Church 5.5%.
Sunnybank Hills State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 77 Symons Road (special education program.). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 1376 students with 94 teachers (84 full-time equivalent) and 59 non-teaching staff (38 full-time equivalent). It includes a
Autism Queensland Education & Therapy Centre is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 437 Hellawell Road (). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 144 students with 24 teachers (18 full-time equivalent) and 85 non-teaching staff (37 full-time equivalent).
There is no government secondary school in Sunnybank Hills. The nearest government secondary school is Sunnybank State High School in neighbouring Sunnybank to the north.
Many bus stops with buses running directly to the city every couple of minutes during peak times (does not require transfer). The suburb is also serviced by the train stations, Sunnybank and Altandi, which provide services to the Brisbane CBD and Beenleigh lines.
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