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Wacol

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Wacol is 3,642, with a population density of 1.96 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Wacol is bounded by Wolston Creek, Wacol Station Road and Wolston Road in the north, Bullock Head Creek, Bukulla Street, Teraba Street, Progress Road, the Centenary Highway, Clendon Street and Sinclair Drive in the east, the Logan Motorway, Wilruna Street and Woogaroo Creek in the south, and the Brisbane River in the west.

Name origin

Wacol is named for the weighbridge in the area in the 1910s, which was used to weigh coal.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for grazing. Population was minimal until the late 1800s. Significant residential and industrial development took place from the 1960s. The population declined slightly from the mid 1990s.

Land use

Wacol is a residential, industrial and institutional area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Moreton Correctional Centre, Wolston & Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre, Brisbane Youth Detention Centre, Sir David Longland Correctional Centre, Arthur Gorrie Remand & Reception Centre, Wolston Park Hospital, John Oxley Hospital, The Park Mental Health Centre, Gailes Golf Club, Wolston Park Golf Club, Warren Ritchie Sports Park, Wolston (historic) House and one school.

Included areas

This small area includes the suburb of Wacol and part of the suburb of Carole Park.

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