Meridan Plains is a locality on the north-western edge of the Caloundra urban area in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] Traditionally a rural area, the locality is attracting residential development from the expansion of Caloundra. In the 2016 census, Meridan Plains had a population of 3,675 people.[1]

Geography

Meridan Plains is 8 kilometres (5 mi) west-northwest of Caloundra.

History

Westaways cattle property " Meridan Plains"

Meridan Plains is named after an early pastoral property established by William and Richard Westaway circa 1870, which in turn was named using a corruption of a Kabi language word meaning place of kangaroos or dingoes.[2][3]

Pacific Lutheran College opened on 26 September 2001.[4]

Meridan State College opened on 2006.[4]On 14 June 2019 the boundaries of the localities of Bells Creek and Meridan Plains were reduce to create the new localities of Banya, Corbould Park, Gagalba and Nirimba to accommodate future suburban growth in the Caloundra South Priority Development Area.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Education

Meridan State College is a government primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 214 Parklands Boulevard (26°46′25″S 153°06′10″E / 26.7737°S 153.1028°E / -26.7737; 153.1028 (Meridan State College)).[12][13] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 2,711 students with 194 teachers (182 full-time equivalent) and 94 non-teaching staff (64 full-time equivalent).[14] It includes a special education program.[12]

Pacific Lutheran College is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at Woodlands Boulevard (26°45′23″S 153°06′19″E / 26.7565°S 153.1053°E / -26.7565; 153.1053 (Pacific Lutheran College)).[12][15] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 948 students with 75 teachers (69 full-time equivalent) and 60 non-teaching staff (45 full-time equivalent).[14]

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Meridan Plains (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Meridan Plains - locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 50398)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Little Mountain - Caloundra West - Meridan Plains - Bells Creek". 2010. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  4. ^ a b Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  5. ^ "Recent place name decisions". Queensland Government. 11 October 2019. Archived from the original on 22 October 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Banya - locality in the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 50399)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Corbould Park - locality in the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 50400)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Gagalba - locality in the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 50401)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Nirimba - locality in the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 50402)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  12. ^ a b c "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Meridan State College". Archived from the original on 24 April 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Pacific Lutheran College". Archived from the original on 22 January 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2018.

External links

  • "Meridan Plains". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.