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Parkhurst, Queensland

GeographyEdit

Parkhurst is bounded to the north by Ramsay Creek and to the west by Ramsay Creek and then the Fitzroy River. To the south it is bounded by Limestone Creek (the creek, not the suburb) and by Yeppoon Road.[3]

A section of the Bruce Highway passes through the centre of the suburb from south to north, while the North Coast railway line also passes through the suburb from south to north, to the west of the highway.[3]

The Parkhurst Industrial Estate is in the south-west of the suburb,[4] while the residential land is in the west near the river and in the north-east of the suburb. Most of Parkhurst remains farmland, but Rockhampton's urban sprawl has led to further residential developments being established throughout Parkhurst including the Northridge, Rosedale, Paramount Park, Riverside and Edenbrook estates.

The increasing population at Parkhurst and in areas further north such as Rockyview and Glendale has led to the construction of the Parkhurst Town Centre, a new shopping centre anchored by a Woolworths supermarket. Construction of the centre commenced in August 2015. Woolworths was the first store in open in the centre on 15 November 2016.[3][5][6] [7]

The land near the river is prone to flooding. Rockhampton's water treatment facility is located near the river.[8]

HistoryEdit

The Glenmore Homestead is one of the earliest in the Rockhampon area, being established in the late 1850s. Land was opened up for settlement and small farms were established.[9]

Parkhurst Provisional School accepted its first enrolments on 11 June 1900. In 1909 it became Parkhurst State School.[10][11]

Heritage listingsEdit

 
Glenmore Homestead, 2009

Parkhurst has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

AttractionsEdit

Parkhurst is home to the Rockhampton Heritage Village. Located at 296 Boundary Road, this open air museum showcases a range of historic buildings with exhibitions of artefacts from Rockhampton's history. The museum is a venue for local markets and has a large function venue built in the style of a traditional woolshed.[13]

Limestone Creek Environmental Park offers a range of walking tracks in and around Limestone Creek through an open eucalypt forest where wildlife can be seen. It is popular with bird watchers and photographers.[14][15]

EducationEdit

Parkhurst Early Learning Centre is a child care and early childhood education centre which has been operating in the suburb since 1995. The centre in Bean Avenue currently has a capacity to cater for 99 children per day which was increased after a purpose-built kindergarten building was added to the original centre.[16] Along with providing care for infants and toddlers, the centre offers an approved 24-space kindergarten program. The centre also provides daily before-school and after-school care for primary school aged children, and vacation care during school holidays. [17]

Parkhurst State School [18] is a state primary school (P-6) located on Mason Avenue.[19] In 2014, the school had an enrolment of 308 students with 25 teachers (21 full-time equivalent). The school motto is 'Every Parkhurst learner is literate, numerate, safe, happy and learning every day.' [20] Approximately half the children live outside the suburb and come from the more rural areas to the north via a school bus.[21]

While there is no high school located at Parkhurst, Heights College[22] and Glenmore State High School[23] at Kawana are located to the south and are the nearest schools to Parkhurst which offer secondary education.

The grounds of the North Rockhampton campus of Central Queensland University are located adjacent to Parkhurst, and the university suggests Parkhurst as one of the conveniently located suburbs for students looking for accommodation near the campus.[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Parkhurst (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 July 2013.   
  2. ^ "Parkhurst (entry 48829)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Parkhurst Industrial Estate | EDQ Industrial". industrial.edq.com.au. Retrieved 2015-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Parkhurst Town Centre | AHC - Gold Coast Property Developers". www.ahc.com.au. Retrieved 2015-08-05. 
  6. ^ "August start for construction of Parkhurst Town Centre". Retrieved 2015-08-05. 
  7. ^ Parkhurst residents rejoice, it's finally here, Matty Holdsworth, The Morning Bulletin, 15 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Rockhampton City Plan: Parkhurst Rural Area" (PDF). Rockhampton Regional Council. 30 August 2005. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Parkhurst". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  10. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland schools (N)". education.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 2015-08-05. 
  11. ^ "Agency ID5610, Parkhurst State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Glenmore Homestead (entry 600823)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Rockhampton Heritage Village". www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 2015-08-05. 
  14. ^ "Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast: parks and forests" (PDF). Queensland Government. 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  15. ^ Plant, Paul. "Limestone Creek Environmental Park" (PDF). Subtropical Gardening. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  16. ^ Parkhurst Early Learning Centre celebrates 20 years, The Morning Bulletin, 28 October 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2017
  17. ^ PELC: About Us, Parkhurst Early Learning Centre website. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Parkhurst SS". Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  19. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0 
  20. ^ "Parkhurst State School". Education Queensland. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "2014 School Annual Report" (PDF). Parkhurst State School. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  22. ^ Heights College: About, Heights College website. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  23. ^ Glenmore State High School: Our History, Glenmore State High School website. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  24. ^ Finding Accommodation While Studying at CQUniversity Rockhampton, CQUniversity website. Retrieved 17 February 2017.

Further readingEdit

  • Parkhurst State School P & C Association (2000), Parkhurst State School : the first 100 years, Parkhurst State School P & C Association, ISBN 978-0-646-39813-6 

External linksEdit

  Media related to Parkhurst, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons