Article by Grace Wang.
Greenbank is a semi-rural residential suburb located 33km south of the Brisbane CBD and 26km east of the Ipswich CBD. The suburb was first established by European settlers in the 1840s as farming and timber cutting became the area’s main industrial activity. Today, Greenbank is a large residential suburb with close proximity to natural reserves.
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7,694 people populate Greenbank, with the majority of this population composed of established families. The most common occupation types of working residents include technicians and trade workers (19.3%), clerical and administration workers (16.3%) and managers (15.3%). The suburb of Greenbank is continuing to grow as families seek quiet semi-rural residential living that is still within arm’s reach of the amenities of a bigger city.
Employment hubs for Greenbank residents are scattered throughout the surrounding areas and extend to Brisbane and Ipswich CBD areas. The main means of transport for residents is private transport as public transport while available is not readily accessible. However, regular bus services can be accessed from the neighbouring suburbs of Browns Plains, Hillcrest and Forestdale, whilst train services can be accessed from nearby Springfield. Public transport to both Brisbane and Ipswich takes around an hour.
The areas in and around Greenbank are littered with shops and shopping facilities. Some of the key shopping centres are Greenbank Shopping Centre, Springfield Central and Grand Plaza. Greenbank Shopping Centre is located in the suburb, whilst Springfield Central and Grand Plaza are a 10 minute drive away. All these shopping centres house a variety of supermarkets, health and beauty services, retail outlets and dining options.
Greenbank Shopping Centre. (Image: Project Strategies Australia).
Greenbank State School is a primary school located in Greenbank. Other primary schools in the surrounding areas include Springfield Lakes State School, Grand Avenue State School and Park Ridge Primary School. Secondary schools in the surrounding area are Forest Lake State High School and Park Ridge State High School. Some of the non-government schools in the area are Woodcrest State College and Parklands Christian College. The nearest tertiary institutions are Calamvale Community College and the Logan Campus of Griffith University, however more universities can be found near the Brisbane and Ipswich CBD areas.
Greenbank State School. (Image: Greenbank State School)
Greenbank is surrounded by an abundance of farmland and natural reserves with part of the Spring Mountain Forest Park located in the suburb. Greenbank is also home to a variety of sporting facilities, in addition to a community centre and a library, which plays host to a variety of local events.
Spring Mountain Forest Park. (Image: Australia247).
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