Wavell Heights, Queensland

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Wavell Heights
Brisbane,  Queensland
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Wavell Heights
Coordinates 27°23′34″S153°02′49″E / 27.3927°S 153.0469°E / -27.3927; 153.0469 Coordinates: 27°23′34″S153°02′49″E / 27.3927°S 153.0469°E / -27.3927; 153.0469
Population9,684 (2016 census) [1]
 • Density2,105/km2 (5,450/sq mi)
Established1940s
Postcode(s) 4012
Area4.6 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
Location11.9 km (7 mi) N of Brisbane CBD
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Northgate Ward) [2]
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Lilley
Suburbs around Wavell Heights:
Chermside Geebung Virginia
Chermside Wavell Heights Nundah
Kedron Kalinga Nundah

Wavell Heights is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. [3] In the 2016 census, Wavell Heights had a population of 9,684 people. [1]

Suburbs and localities are the names of geographic subdivisions in Australia, used mainly for address purposes. The term locality is used in rural areas, while the term suburb is used in urban areas. Australian postcodes closely align with the boundaries of localities and suburbs.

City of Brisbane Local government area in Queensland, Australia

The City of Brisbane is a local government area that has jurisdiction over the inner portion of the metropolitan area of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia. Brisbane is located in the county of Stanley and is the largest city followed by Ipswich with bounds in part of the county. Unlike LGAs in the other mainland state capitals, which are generally responsible only for the central business districts and inner neighbourhoods of those cities, the City of Brisbane administers a significant portion of the Brisbane metropolitan area, serving almost half of the population of the Brisbane Greater Capital City Statistical Area. As such, it has a larger population than any other local government area in Australia. The City of Brisbane was the first Australian LGA to reach a population of more than one million. Its population is roughly equivalent to the populations of Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory combined. In 2016–2017, the council administers a budget of over $3 billion, by far the largest budget of any LGA in Australia.

Queensland North-east state of Australia

Queensland is the second-largest and third-most populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. To its north is the Torres Strait, with Papua New Guinea located less than 200 km across it from the mainland. The state is the world's sixth-largest sub-national entity, with an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres (715,309 sq mi).

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Geography

Wavell Heights is located 11.9 kilometres (7.4 mi) north of the Brisbane central business district. The land use is almost entirely residential, apart from Mercer Park and Shaw Park in the southern-most part of the suburb. [4]

Brisbane central business district Suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The Brisbane central business district (CBD), officially gazetted as the suburb of Brisbane City and colloquially referred to as 'the city', is the heart of the state capital of Queensland, Australia. It is located on a point on the northern bank of the Brisbane River. The triangular shaped area is bounded by the Brisbane River to the east, south and west. The point, known at its tip as Gardens Point, slopes upward to the north-west where the city is bounded by parkland and the inner city suburb of Spring Hill to the north. The CBD is bounded to the north-east by the suburb of Fortitude Valley. To the west the CBD is bounded by Petrie Terrace, which in 2010 was reinstated as a suburb.

History

It is named after Field Marshal Lord Wavell who was the Commander-In-Chief of the Allied Forces in the Middle East during the Second World War.

Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell senior officer of the British Army

Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, was a senior officer of the British Army. He served in the Second Boer War, the Bazar Valley Campaign and World War I, during which he was wounded in the Second Battle of Ypres. He served in the Second World War, initially as Commander-in-Chief Middle East, in which role he led British forces to victory over the Italians in western Egypt and eastern Libya during Operation Compass in December 1940, only to be defeated by the German Army in the Western Desert in April 1941. He served as Commander-in-Chief, India, from July 1941 until June 1943 and then served as Viceroy of India until his retirement in February 1947.

In 1941 the Brisbane City Council requested that the area commonly known as West Nundah be recognised as Wavell Heights.

In the 2011 census, Wavell Heights had a population of 9,435 people. [5]

Demographics

In the 2011 census, Wavell Heights recorded a population of 9,435 people; 51.7% female and 48.3% male.

The median age of the Wavell Heights population was 36 years, 1 year below the Australian median. Children aged under 15 years made up 20.9% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 13.1% of the population.

78.5% of people living in Wavell Heights were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 3.7%, England 3.2%, Philippines 0.8%, India 0.8%, Italy 0.6%.

87.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 1.3% Italian, 0.5% Tagalog, 0.5% Cantonese, 0.5% Mandarin, 0.4% French. [5]

Facilities

Community

Wavell Heights is serviced by the Wavell Heights Neighbourhood Society Inc. which manages the Murray Duus park on Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights, including the subleasing of areas to a kindergarten, Karate club, girl guides, scouts and a lapidary club. The Society also manages a public tennis court and a community centre, consisting of a hall with two floors, stages and kitchen facilities. Major roads include Hamilton Road and Bilsen Road.

The Wavell Heights Neighbourhood Society Inc. is unique in that it is the only organisation within Brisbane to manage a park precinct on behalf of the Brisbane City Council.

Schools

Wavell Heights includes one public primary school, Wavell Heights State School, which opened in 1948 following a post-war expansion in Brisbane's northern suburbs. Through the 1950s and 1960s, the school grew to be a large primary school with over 900 enrolments, but during the 1970s, this number began to decline dramatically. By the 1990s, enrolments were as low as 210, but this number has since increased to over 300. In April 2011, one of the school's main classroom buildings was destroyed in an arson attack, one of several of which that have happened in public schools across Queensland.

Wavell State High School, is a public secondary school located in Wavell Heights. It has a population of around 1300 students, making it among the largest of public secondary schools in Brisbane's northern suburbs.

Wavell Heights also includes one catholic primary school, Our Lady of the Angels, which opened in 1950.

Notable residents

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References

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