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Karana Downs - Lake Manchester

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Karana Downs - Lake Manchester is 6,301, with a population density of 0.34 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Karana Downs - Lake Manchester is bounded by the Somerset and Moreton Bay Regional Council areas, Mount Glorious Road, Mount Nebo Road and Forestry Road in the north, the localities of Enoggera Reservoir, Upper Brookfield, Pullenvale and Anstead in the east, the Brisbane River, Allawah Road, Blackwall Road, Kholo Road and the City of Ipswich in the south, and the Brisbane River and the Somerset Regional Council area in the west.

Name origin

Karana Downs is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "a quiet place". Lake Manchester is named after E J T Manchester, President of the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Board, 1909-1928.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for timber-getting and farming. Population was minimal until the 1880s. In 1892 a waterworks pumping station opened. The Lake Manchester Weir was completed in 1916. Substantial development took place in Karana Downs in the 1970s. The population has increased since the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Karana Downs - Lake Manchester is a rural and rural-residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Lake Manchester, Brisbane Forest Park, Brisbane International Golf Course, Mount Crosby Sports Ground, Tyamolum Scout Camp, Karana Downs Shopping Village, Kookaburra Park, Camerons Hills Reservoirs, Eastbank Water Treatment Plant, Holts Hill Water Treatment Plant, Mount Crosby Water Treatment Plant, Westbank Water Treatment Plant, Mount Crosby Water Supply Pump Station and one school.

Included areas

This small area includes the localities of Banks Creek, Chuwar (part), England Creek, Karana Downs, Kholo, Lake Manchester and Mount Crosby.