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Lawnton is a suburb in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2]

Geography


Lawnton is bounded on the north by the North Pine River. Gympie Road passes through the centre of the suburb in a north-south direction.[3]

History


The origin of the suburb name is from an early property owner, the blacksmith Stephen Lawn. The property was acquired by Queensland Rail and was named Lawnton.[2][4]

St. Thomas’ Anglican church was dedicated circa 1889. It closed circa 1985.[5]

Heritage listings


Lawnton has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Economy


The Lawnton industrial estate as well as retail and commerce establishments along Gympie Road provide local services and employment. Alluvial gravel and sand mining also occur in Lawnton. There have been recent industrial and retail developments in Lawnton.

Lawnton is also the head office base for Super Retail Group.

Amenities


The Moreton Bay Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits Barclay Park on Nightingale Drive.[7]

Leis Park has electric barbecues and a boat ramp into the North Pine River. Wyllie Park on the Lawnton / Petrie border also has electric barbecues.

Lawnton Cemetery (also known as Mary Bray Park) is located on Norfolk Avenue (27°16′36″S 152°58′37″E [13] ).

Demographics


In the 2011 census, Lawnton recorded a population of 5,356 people, 50.9% female and 49.1% male.

The median age of the Lawnton population was 36 years, 1 year below the national median of 37.

78.3% of people living in Lawnton were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 5.1%, England 4%, Philippines 1%, India 0.9%, South Africa 0.6%.

90.7% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.8% Hindi, 0.5% Tagalog, 0.3% Dutch, 0.3% Italian, 0.3% Spanish.

Transport


Lawnton railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane, Cleveland, Ipswich, Beenleigh and Springfield Central, as well as Kippa-Ring.

Education


  • Lawnton State School opened in 1967 and caters for students from Prep to Year six.[8][9]
  • Pine Rivers Special School opened in April 1986.[9][10]
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