Redbank is a suburb of the City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. It is approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) south-west of Brisbane CBD, the capital of Queensland. At the 2016 Australian Census, the suburb recorded a population of 1,834. At the 2016 Australia Census, Redbank had an unemployment rate of 14.5%, more than double the Australian unemployment rate of 6.9%.
While the Redbank area is known for its agricultural and pastoral origins, it has a more varied history.
In the late 1850s, the first farmers in the area settled on the river flats situated to the north of the current railway station. This settlement featured a brickworks, sawmill, stores, cottages, a school and nondenominational church, though due to severe flooding, it was relocated south of the railway station some years later.
In the early years, the rich black loamy soil of the plains supported crops of maize, potatoes and fodder, while cotton became a significant crop in the 1860s and 1870s. By the beginning of the 20th century, dairying became more important with the establishment of several creameries in the area.
The late 1850s saw the establishment of the first secondary industry in the area, with a boiling down works and fellmongery owned by Mr John Campbell and Mr Town.
The current Redbank Plaza Library was opened in 1998 and had a major refurbishment in 2010.
Redbank railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane CBD, Ipswich and Rosewood. The Redbank train station has a Queensland Police Service Rail Squad stationed on platform 2. Near the ticket office.
The Redbank Railway Workshops has been operating in the suburb since 1958.
Ipswich City Council operates a public library in Redbank at Level 3 Redbank Plaza Shopping Centre.
The Redbank-Collingwood Park Sport complex, accessed from Collingwood Drive, has a soccer field, netball, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts
Parks and Reserves
- Pan Pacific Peace Gardens: McAuliffe Street
- Redbank Memorial Reserve: Bridge Street
- Redbank Rifle Range
- Tofa Mamao A Samoa Park: Kruger Parade
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