Westcourt is a suburb of Cairns in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Westcourt had a population of 3,918 people.[1]

Geography

The suburb is bounded:[3]

  • to the south-east by Mulgrave Road (which is part of the Bruce Highway, which connects Brisbane to Cairns)
  • to the south-west by McCoombe Street, Givens Street, and Dillon Street
  • to the north-west by Lennon Street, Tills Street and Gatton Street
  • to the north-east by Fearnley Street and a drain

Westcourt is flat low-lying land, less than 10 metres (33 ft) above sea level. It is predominantly developed as residential housing.[3]

History

Mulgrave Road with Westcourt to the right and Mount Sheridan in the distance, 2006

Westcourt is situated in the Yidinji traditional Aboriginal country.[4]

The land of which Westcourt is situated was initially a dairy farm, which was subdivided in 1886.[5] Westcourt, located east of the suburb Mooroobool, was named as a locality on 1 September 1973 and designated as a suburb on 7 June 2002.[2][6]

Local sportsground, Jones Park, is named after two brothers Jack Jones and Henry Ernest (Harry) Jones. In 1966 the Jones brothers donated their land to the Cairns District Junior Rugby League.[7]

In the 2016 census, Westcourt had a population of 3,918 people.[1]



Amenities

Cazaly's Stadium

DFO Cairns is a large shopping centre at 274 Mulgrave Road (16°56′05″S 145°45′14″E / 16.9348°S 145.7538°E / -16.9348; 145.7538 (DFO Cairns shopping centre)).[8]

The Cazaly Stadium is at 344 Mulgrave Road (16°56′11″S 145°44′58″E / 16.9364°S 145.7495°E / -16.9364; 145.7495 (Cazaly's Stadium)). It is used for cricket, rugby league, soccer, and AFL matches.[9][10][11]

Jones Park at 18-40 Mann Street (16°55′30″S 145°45′32″E / 16.9251°S 145.7589°E / -16.9251; 145.7589 (Jones Park)) offers further sporting facilities.[12][13][14]

Education

There are no schools in Westcourt but primary and secondary schools are in neighbouring suburbs. The nearest primary schools are Parramatta State school in Parramatta Park to the north-east, Balaclava State School in Mooroobool to the south-west, and Cairns West State School in Manunda to the north-west. The nearest secondary school is Trinity Bay State High School in Manunda.[3]

Community groups

Established in 1989, the Cairns and District Family Society maintains a library of world-wide genealogy material at 271 Gatton Street. The society publishes new genealogical resources based on collecting and indexing family information relating to Far North Queeensland.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Westcourt (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Westcourt - suburb in Cairns Region (entry 48929)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Indigenous culture and history". Cairns Regional Council. Archived from the original on 9 April 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Cairns Heritage: W Suburbs" (PDF). Cairns Regional Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 April 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  6. ^ heritage Alliance (2011). "A Thematic History of the City of Cairns and its Regional Towns" (PDF). Cairns Regional Council. p. 66. Archived (PDF) from the original on 23 June 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  7. ^ "History". Jones Park. Archived from the original on 23 June 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  8. ^ "DFO Cairns". Direct Factory Outlets. Archived from the original on 23 June 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Elite sports facilities - Cazalys Stadium". Recreation, sport and arts. Queensland Government. 30 September 2014. Archived from the original on 23 June 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Cazaly's Stadium". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 23 June 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Cazalys Stadium". AFL Cairns. Archived from the original on 23 June 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Jones Park". Jones Park. Archived from the original on 23 June 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Google Maps: Westcourt". Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  14. ^ O’Neill, Rhys (7 April 2015). "Creating a park for the people". Cairns Post. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  15. ^ "About us". Cairns and District Family History Society Inc. Archived from the original on 12 June 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

External links

Media related to Westcourt, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons