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About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Edmonton is 11,084, with a population density of 5.41 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Edmonton is bounded by the Bruce Highway and Skeleton Creek in the north, the localities of Portsmith and Wrights Creek, Wright Creek and Deppeler Road in the east, the Bruce Highway, the locality of Mount Peter, Mount Peter Road and Dinden State Forest in the south, and the suburb of Bentley Park and Blackfellows Creek in the west.

Name origin

Edmonton is named after a place in Birmingham, England. It was originally known as Hambledon and Hambledon Junction.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1880s, with land used mainly for sugar cane growing. Significant development did not occur until the late 1970s. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population almost trebling between 1991 and 2011 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area. The population is expected to continue growing, spurred by the development of the Edmonton Town Centre and the urban growth corridor of Mount Peter.

Land use

Edmonton is a rapidly developing residential area, with industrial land use in the north-east, conservation areas in the south-west, and undeveloped areas in the east.

Major features

Major features of the area include Sugarworld Waterpark, Sugarworld Parkland, Arthur Strike Park Raceway, Cairns International Speedway, Edmonton Leisure Centre, Allen-Phillips Park, Carne Park, Down Park, Fuller Park, John Walker Park, Petersen Park, Pregno Park, Ravizza Park, Syd Wheelan Park, Wienert Park, Wilmot Park, Edmonton Down Park Community Hall, Hambledon House Community Centre, Edmonton & District Pony Club and two schools.