The easternmost point of mainland Brisbane City, Chandler is a semi-rural suburb consisting largely of bushland and residential properties on acreage, close to the major commercial precincts of Carindale and Capalaba.
It remained sparsely populated for decades, retaining much of its natural bushland. This lack of population motivated the construction of multiple buildings of the Sleeman Centre for the 1982 Commonwealth Games.
The Sleeman Centre housed the suburb’s only significant structures until 2010, when the former suburb of Capalaba West became incorporated into Chandler. This extended Chandler’s eastern border to Tingalpa Creek, separating Brisbane from Redland City, and added a small commercial area along Old Cleveland Road to the suburb, including the erroneously named Capalaba Produce Village.
In the 2011 census, the population of Chandler was 1,422, of which 50.4% were female and 49.6% were male. The median age of the Chandler population was 42 years of age, 5 years above the Australian median.
78.9% of people living in Chandler were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England (3.4%), New Zealand (2.3%), Italy (1%), Fiji (0.9%), and India (0.8%). 85.2% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were Italian (2%), Greek (1.5%), Vietnamese (0.9%), Hindi (0.5%), and Dutch (0.4%).
The Sleeman Sports Complex is located at the corner of Old Cleveland & Tilley Roads, and has brought Chandler to prominence during events such as the 1982 Commonwealth Games, the 2001 Goodwill Games, and the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Alongside an auditorium, accommodation, and gardens, it provides facilities for a wide range of sports, including:
- BMX Supercross Track
- Brisbane Aquatic Centre
- Chandler Arena (used for indoor soccer, basketball, badminton, volleyball, martial arts, and ballroom dancing)
- Chandler Velodrome
- Dry Diving Training Hall
- Gymnastics Training Hall
- State Weightlifting Centre
- A fitness centre for cardio, weight training, aerobics and spinning
Situated on Old Cleveland Road, the Complex also features a large TransLink public “Park ‘n’ ride” facility, to travel by bus to nearby Carindale bus station or Capalaba bus station, and beyond. Once completed, TransLink’s Eastern Busway is expected to travel through Chandler, near the Sleeman Centre.
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