Strathpine - Brendale

Located in the Pine Rivers District north of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Its Local Government Area is the Moreton Bay Region. It is home to the Pine Rivers District offices of the Moreton Bay Region as well as many businesses. The area contains a medium-sized Westfield shopping centre. Strathpine - Brendale is an urban, commercial, industrial and rural area. The urban areas are located in the north, commercial areas along Gympie Road and substantial industrial areas in Brendale. Strathpine - Brendale is bounded by Four Mile Creek in the north, the South Pine River in the east and south and South Pine Road, Warner Road and Old North Road in the west. Strathpine is named from the Scottish word “strath” meaning valley, hence the valley of the Pine Rivers.

History
The area now known as Strathpine was originally developed in the 1860s during the Gympie gold rush as an addition to the North Pine settlement with land used mainly for farming. Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s, with land used mainly for farming. Expansion took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s, spurred by the construction of the railway line. The area was first named Strathpine by the Queensland Government Railways in the 1880s. The area became known for sugar and rum production, with several sugar mills and distilleries in the area. The first school opened in Strathpine in the 1910s. The population of the area boomed in the 1940s after the opening of a large army camp and airfield which helped both Australian and American forces during World War II. Development slowly increased until the 1960s when Brisbane’s rapidly growing population expanded into the area. Most of the farms were sold off and the area quickly grew into a residential and commercial hub. Rapid development took place during the 1960s and early 1970s, continuing into the 1980s. The population has been relatively stable since the early 1990s, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling. Growth continued into the 1980s and Westfield Strathpine opened on 22 August 1983. In recent years, the main road which passes through Strathpine (Gympie Road) has undergone gentrification or urban renewal.

Major features of the area include Westfield Strathpine Shopping Centre, Riverview Private Hospital, Pine Rivers Park, Brendale Farmers Market Shopping Centre, Act 1 Theatre, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Albany Links Golf Course, Wantima Country Club, Rob Akers Sporting Reserve, South Pine Sporting Complex and a number of schools. Gympie Road is tree-lined with trees of Pine species.

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