Middle Park, Queensland
Middle Park is a predominantly residential suburb in the affluent Centenary Suburbs located 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) south-west of the CBD of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 4,026. Many properties on Sumners Road have an address in Middle Park but are not in Middle Park and are disregarded in this article.
Middle Park is bounded to the north by the McLeod Country Golf Club, to the West by Baronga Street and Horizon Drive, Lalina Street and Macfarlane Street, to the south by Sumners Road and to the east by Estate Road and Beanland Street. Middle Park is 1.5 square kilometres in area, which is .000019% of the area of Australia. The centre point of the suburb (the shopping centre) is at Latitude -27.555 Longitude 152.922.
Middle Park is one of the six "Centenary Suburbs" into which Jindalee was split in 1970. The land was developed by L.J. Hooker Real Estate who released Middle Park for development in July 1976, the last of the 6 suburbs to be developed.
The western part of the original land holdings that became the Centenary Suburbs were part of the Wolston Estate, consisting of 54 farms on an area of 3000 acres, offered for auction at Centennial Hall, Brisbane, on 16 October 1901. Wolston Estate is the property of M. B. Goggs, whose father obtained the land forty years previously in the 1860s and after whom Goggs Road is named. Only three of the farms sold at the original auction.
The people of Middle Park are represented by government at three levels. In the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Australia by Milton Dick, the Australian Labor Party Member for the electorate of Oxley. In the Queensland Parliament by Tarnya Smith, the Liberal National Party Member for Mount Ommaney. On Brisbane City Council by Councillor Matthew Bourke, the Liberal National Party Member for the Jamboree Ward.
There is one school in Middle Park. Middle Park State School is run by the Government of Queensland. It was officially opened in November 1987 and has classes from Prep to Year 6. The School's motto is "Each to Succeed".
In the 2011 census the population of Middle Park was 4,026, 51.2% female and 48.8% male. The median age of the Middle Park population was 38 years of age, 1 year above the Australian median. 61.2% of people living in Middle Park were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 5.6%, New Zealand 3.7%, Vietnam 2.6%, China 2.3%, Sri Lanka 1.8%. 72.5% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 3.7% Cantonese, 3.7% Vietnamese, 3.4% Mandarin, 2% Tamil, 0.9% Hindi.
Most housing was constructed between 1980 and 1990 in the style of that era, which many would suggest is rather inappropriate for the climate of Brisbane. All but 73 of the houses in Middle Park are stand-alone, with townhouses accounting for most of the remainder. Townhouses are commonly two-storey buildings on a small plot of land in a gated community.
The typical Middle Park house is 220 m2 in area on a block of land of 600 m2. It has a large open-plan living area, four bedrooms, two bathrooms (one ensuite) and a double garage. It is single-storey "brick and tile", built on a concrete slab, with a brick outer skin and plasterboard inner skin on wooden framing, and a tile roof on wooden framing. It has a pool in the back yard.
According to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, the median house price during 2009 was AU$525,500, and the median weekly rent paid for a three-bedroom house in the December 2005 quarter was AU$460. In 2001, 78% of homes were owner-occupied, 19% were rented.
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- REIQ Suburb profile - Middle Park