Browns Plains Suburb Profile
Browns Plains is a suburb of Logan City, Queensland, Australia - it got its name in 1840. The original area was home to tobacco farming. It was also used for grazing cattle which provided meat to the convict settlement of Moreton Bay. Land began to be taken up in the area from the mid 1870’s.
George Stretton operated a post office from his accommodation house in 1872. The 1876 Balliere’s Gazette
listed Browns plains as ‘a postal Centre of an extensive agricultural and pastoral district with a population of 30’.
1878 saw Browns Plains School open on the site of Waller Park, only to close because of the major drought in 1902. In 1966, the old Browns Plains school site was changed to a waste treatment plant and refuse depot (Now known as Waller Park). The Browns Plains Tavern opened in 1967, a century after the first hotel had opened.
1983 saw the primary school opened, followed by the high school in 1985. WestPoint shopping Centre was opened in 1984 and Waller Park was established as a park and today is where circuses and water parks are held throughout the year. A library was located adjacent to the Greenbank RSL in 1993, and a major shopping Centre, Grand Plaza, opened in 1994, the Centre was then extended 13 years later. Grand Plaza boasts 170 specialty stores, Big W, Target, Kmart, Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and an Event Cinema complex.
One of the largest parks in Browns Plains is the Forest glen Park. Surrounded by trees and landscaped gardens, one of the main features of Forestglen Park is its gazebo and water feature where many photo shoots and weddings have taken place. The playground is set on sand and features two separate play structures with slides, swings and rockers. There are lots of shady spots to play or picnic in this park, however the play equipment itself is not covered. Apart from the gazebo, there are two single tables undercover and one large shelter with two tables. There are also barbeques- one double electric and one wood fueled.
Today the size of Browns Plains is approximately 4.5 square kilometers. The population in 2016 was 6,303 showing a population growth of 13.1% in the area from 2011.
With the Mount Lindesay Highway forming the western boundary of the suburb, Logan motorway only a stone’s throw away and employment hubs at Berrinba and Crestmead nearby it is an ideally located for employment and easy accessibility to all points of the compass. With free standing houses as well as town house accommodation and a considerable amount of infill taking place on larger allotments – it is a vibrant suburb with both home purchasers and tenants who have an eye on affordability and convenience.