Bells Creek is a mostly rural locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Bells Creek had a population of 94 people.[1]

Geography

Bells Creek is located 8 kilometres (5 mi) west of Caloundra. The Bruce Highway traverses the locality from the south-west to the north-west. Most of the land is freehold and used for farming. The Mooloolah River National Park is in the north-western corner of the locality. The south-western corner of the locality forms part of the Beerwah State Forest.[3]

History

The locality takes its name from the creek, which in turn was named after Mary Alice Bell (later Eglington) who bought Portion 29 south of the creek. She was the governess of the children of explorer and pioneer William Landsborough. The creek had previously been known as Kelaher Creek and by the Indigenous people as Tooringoor.[4]

In the 2011 census, Bells Creek had a population of 317 people.[5]

On 18 August 2017 the north-eastern part of Bells Creek was excised to create the locality of Baringa to accommodate future suburban growth in the Caloundra South Priority Development Area.[6][7]

On 14 June 2019 the localities of Bells Creek and Meridan Plains were again excised to the localities of Banya, Corbould Park, Gagalba and Nirimba to accommodate future suburban growth in the Caloundra South Priority Development Area.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Demographics

In the 2011 census, Bells Creek recorded a population of 317 people, 52.1% female and 47.9% male.

The median age of the Bells Creek population was 32 years, 5 years below the national median of 37.

79.6% of people living in Bells Creek were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 3.8%, England 3.5%, Scotland 1.9%, Samoa 1.9%, United States of America 1.6%.

89.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.9% Arabic, 1.3% Afrikaans.

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bells Creek (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Bells Creek - locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 48525)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  4. ^ "William Landsborough". Sunshine Coast Libraries. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bells Creek (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 June 2011. Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ "Baringa - locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 50031)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Recent place name decisions". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 17 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  8. ^ "Recent place name decisions". Queensland Government. 11 October 2019. Archived from the original on 22 October 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Proposed locality boundaries: Banya, Bells Creek, Corbould Park, Gagalba, Meridan Plains, Nirimba" (PDF). Queensland Government. 22 February 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 July 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Locality boundaries of Banya, Bells Creek, Corbould Park, Gagalba, Meridan Plains, Nirimba" (PDF). Queensland Government. 14 June 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 July 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Banya - locality in the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 50399)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Corbould Park - locality in the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 50400)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Gagalba - locality in the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 50401)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Nirimba - locality in the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 50402)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 October 2019.