Coomera, Queensland

Coomera is a town and suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Coomera had a population of 13,305 people.[1]

Coomera
Gold CoastQueensland
Coomera Railway Station, Queensland, July 2012.JPG
Coomera Railway Station
Coomera is located in Queensland
Coomera
Coomera
Coordinates27°52′20″S 153°18′53″E / 27.8722°S 153.3147°E / -27.8722; 153.3147Coordinates: 27°52′20″S 153°18′53″E / 27.8722°S 153.3147°E / -27.8722; 153.3147
Population13,305 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density540.9/km2 (1,400.8/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4209
Area24.6 km2 (9.5 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s)Gold Coast City
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Fadden
Localities around Coomera:
Pimpama Pimpama Southern Moreton Bay Islands
Upper Coomera Coomera Hope Island
Oxenford Helensvale Hope Island
Map of the Coomera Division, March 1902

GeographyEdit

Located next to the Pacific Motorway, Coomera is close to Pimpama, Hope Island, Willow Vale, Wongawallan, Oxenford, and east of Upper Coomera. The southern boundary of Coomera is aligned with the Coomera River.

HistoryEdit

Yugembah (also known as Yugumbir, Jugambel, Jugambeir, Jugumbir, Jukam, Jukamba) is one of the Australian Aboriginal languages in areas that include the Beenleigh, Beaudesert, Gold Coast, Logan, Scenic Rim, Albert River, Coolangatta, Coomera, Logan River, Pimpama, Tamborine and Tweed River Valley, within the local government boundaries of the City of Gold Coast, City of Logan, Scenic Rim Regional Council and the Tweed River Valley.[4]

The town takes its name from the Coomera River, which in turn takes its name comes from the Yugambeh word kumera, a species of wattle. The bark of this tree was used by Aboriginal people to stupefy fish.[5][1]

Coomera Provisional School opened on 11 July 1873. On 20 June 1874 it became Coomera State School. From 1877 it was known as Coomera Lower State School (sometimes Lower Coomera State School) until 1899 when it returned to the name Coomera State School.[6]

Coomera Rivers State School opened on 1 January 2011; it was originally proposed to call it Coomera East State School.[7]

In the 2016 census, Coomera had a population of 13,305 people.[1]

Picnic Creek State School opened in 2018.[8]

St Joseph College was established in January 2019 by the Brisbane Catholic Education Office with 250 students enrolled in Years Prep-4 and Year 7.[9]

Urban growthEdit

 
Aerial view of Dreamworld, 2011

Coomera has long been earmarked as a new satellite growth suburb, similar in many ways to Robina. With Australia's biggest theme park, Dreamworld and location of the Big Brother Australia house, and plans for a TAFE, a university campus and Queensland's biggest shopping centre around the existing station, Coomera has been predicted to grow considerably beyond its present size.

Coomera has seen significant residential development including Coomera Waters which is a masterplanned community encompassing a 2,500 lot harbour, canal and dry land estate over 375 hectares of land located on the northern side of the north arm of the Coomera River, directly opposite Sanctuary Cove on Hope Island.

Other residential developments currently under construction include Beacon Heights, Big Sky, Coomera Downs, Coomera Parklands Stage II, Coomera Waters, Genesis, Lily Rise and Nautical Edge.[10]

Current real estate developments under construction or in the pipeline for the Coomera district at the beginning of 2011 have increased year on year by $400 million to total $5.9 billion.[11]

PopulationEdit

According to the 2016 Census of Population, there were 13,305 people in Coomera

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.5% of the population.
  • 63.3% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 12.0%, England 5.7%, South Africa 2.6% and Philippines 0.8%.
  • 83.9% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 0.8% and Afrikaans 0.8%.
  • The most common responses for religion were No Religion 36.2%, Catholic 18.8% and Anglican 15.2%.[1]

EducationEdit

Coomera State School is a government primary (Early Childhood-6) school for boys and girls at Dreamworld Parkway (27°52′07″S 153°18′55″E / 27.8686°S 153.3152°E / -27.8686; 153.3152 (Coomera State School)).[12][13] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 775 students with 65 teachers (58 full-time equivalent) and 31 non-teaching staff (22 full-time equivalent).[14] It includes a special education program.[15] The school has run the Australian Primary Schools Film Festival since 2001.[16]

Coomera Rivers State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 81-87 Finnegan Way (27°50′44″S 153°19′39″E / 27.8455°S 153.3276°E / -27.8455; 153.3276 (Coomera Rivers State School)).[12][17] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1372 students with 86 teachers (82 full-time equivalent) and 48 non-teaching staff (33 full-time equivalent).[14] It includes a special education program.[12]

Picnic Creek State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school at 25 Edwardson Drive (27°50′24″S 153°20′19″E / 27.8399°S 153.3387°E / -27.8399; 153.3387 (Picnic Creek State School)).[12][18] It includes a special education program.[12]

St Joseph's College is a Catholic primary and secondary school (Prep to Year 12).[19]

AmenitiesEdit

The Gold Coast City Council operates a fortnightly mobile library service which visits Ragamuffin Drive near Sandy Bay.[20]

The Coomera branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the 161 Maudsland Road in Oxenford.[21]

Sport and recreationEdit

A number of well-known sporting teams represent the local area, including the Coomera Cutters is the local rugby league club who play home games at Coomera Sports Park and the Coomera Colts Soccer Club and Coomera Magpies Australian Football Club.

The Coomera Sport and Leisure Centre will be one of the Venues of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

ClimateEdit

Coomera has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) with hot, humid summers and mild to cool dry winters. Due to its inland location, it is slightly cooler than the coastal area of Gold Coast.

Climate data for Logan City (23 km north)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 41.9
(107.4)
41.0
(105.8)
38.9
(102.0)
33.4
(92.1)
31.1
(88.0)
29.3
(84.7)
29.3
(84.7)
34.3
(93.7)
38.4
(101.1)
37.7
(99.9)
40.7
(105.3)
40.1
(104.2)
41.9
(107.4)
Average high °C (°F) 29.9
(85.8)
29.5
(85.1)
28.5
(83.3)
26.4
(79.5)
24.1
(75.4)
21.6
(70.9)
21.5
(70.7)
22.8
(73.0)
25.1
(77.2)
26.5
(79.7)
27.9
(82.2)
29.1
(84.4)
26.1
(79.0)
Average low °C (°F) 20.6
(69.1)
20.5
(68.9)
19.2
(66.6)
16.1
(61.0)
12.6
(54.7)
10.2
(50.4)
8.8
(47.8)
9.4
(48.9)
12.5
(54.5)
15.0
(59.0)
17.4
(63.3)
19.3
(66.7)
15.1
(59.2)
Record low °C (°F) 13.4
(56.1)
15.0
(59.0)
12.4
(54.3)
7.8
(46.0)
2.5
(36.5)
2.0
(35.6)
−0.5
(31.1)
0.8
(33.4)
4.4
(39.9)
7.8
(46.0)
8.5
(47.3)
11.8
(53.2)
−0.5
(31.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 126.4
(4.98)
153.1
(6.03)
134.3
(5.29)
80.2
(3.16)
99.3
(3.91)
74.8
(2.94)
34.0
(1.34)
44.8
(1.76)
40.1
(1.58)
69.3
(2.73)
102.3
(4.03)
122.1
(4.81)
1,086.5
(42.78)
Average precipitation days 13.1 14.5 15.2 11.9 10.7 9.6 8.2 7.3 8.2 9.2 11.8 12.0 131.7
Average relative humidity (%) 64 65 63 61 59 57 53 52 52 57 61 61 59
Source: [22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Coomera (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ "Coomera - town in City of Gold Coast (entry 8178)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Coomera - suburb in City of Gold Coast (entry 46042)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  4. ^   This Wikipedia article incorporates CC-BY-4.0 licensed text from: "Yugembah". Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages map. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Indigenous Language Resources: South-East Qld Placenames" (PDF). State Library of Queensland. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 August 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  6. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  7. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Four new state schools to open their doors in 2018". Government of Queensland. 22 January 2018. Archived from the original on 22 January 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Opening Mass". St Joseph's College, Coomera. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  10. ^ Current Coomera and Upper Coomera Developments Archived 11 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Coomera Real Estate Developments Under Construction and in the Pipeline February 2011". Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  12. ^ a b c d e "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Coomera State School". Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Coomera SS - Special Education Program". Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Coomera State School". Department of Education, Training and the Arts. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  17. ^ "Coomera Rivers State School". Archived from the original on 23 January 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Picnic Creek State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  19. ^ "New Schools". Brisbane Catholic Education. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  20. ^ "Mobile Library 2018 timetable" (PDF). Gold Coast City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Climate statistics for LOGAN CITY WATER TREATMENT PLANT". Bureau of Meteorology. Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Coghill, Gloria A; Coomera State School (1998). 125 Years of schooling on the Coomera 1873-1998. G. Coghill. ISBN 978-0-646-35838-3.

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