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Arana Hills Statistics

Arana Hill is located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) north-west of  Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland and on the edge of the Bunyaville Forest Reserve. Informally it is part of the Hills District.
Arana Hills is almost entirely a residential suburb, with 20% of its area as parkland. It has a mixture of 1960s-style chamferboard timber houses and more contemporary brick housing built upon steep hills, some with lovely city views. Some of the newer housing has been built on land in the northern part of the suburb adjacent to the land previously held by the Railways as a timber reserve, and which is now Bunyaville State Forestry Park. In this Arlington chain of estates developed in the early 1990s, it is still common to see horse riders around the Collins Road area, ducks and their ducklings crossing busy roads and the occasional koala perched high up in the many trees in the district.
Camden Park, a small triangular area in the middle of the original housing estate, retains the name as a reminder of earlier years, as does Camden Court. Mr George Willmore, the real estate developer, named many of the streets in the central Arana Hills subdivision in memory of the area around Sydney where he had lived.
Pine Community School opened in Arana Hills on 24 January 1983

Sales & Growth Chart for ARANA HILLS
MedianNumber of Sales in Suburb1992199419961998200020022004200620082010201220142016201820202022$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000$250,000$300,000$350,000$400,000$450,000$500,000$550,000$600,000$650,000$700,000$750,000$800,000$850,000$900,000$950,000$1,000,000020406080100120140160180200220240260Median Sale PriceNumber of Sales
DateMedianNumber of Sales in Suburb
1993127,000133
1994128,000110
1995126,500100
1996128,000123
1997132,000139
1998135,000129
1999139,000153
2000138,000153
2001165,000246
2002210,000199
2003270,000186
2004321,500144
2005318,200144
2006339,250144
2007389,000162
2008435,00081
2009435,000128
2010450,00092
2011430,00094
2012432,50093
2013442,000117
2014480,000122
2015489,560109
2016524,250146
2017536,000139
2018554,000102
2019551,000119
2020585,000104
2021760,000154
2022917,75039
Year No. of Sales Median Growth Low High
1993 133 $127,000   $25,000 $230,000
1994 110 $128,000 0.8% $40,000 $206,000
1995 100 $126,500 -1.2% $50,000 $227,000
1996 123 $128,000 1.2% $1,800 $225,500
1997 139 $132,000 3.1% $55,000 $255,000
1998 129 $135,000 2.3% $15,000 $255,000
1999 153 $139,000 3.0% $64,000 $268,000
2000 153 $138,000 -0.7% $63,750 $285,000
2001 246 $165,000 19.6% $12,500 $338,000
2002 199 $210,000 27.3% $95,000 $357,000
2003 186 $270,000 28.6% $140,000 $475,000
2004 144 $321,500 19.1% $223,000 $485,000
2005 144 $318,200 -1.0% $149,386 $680,000
2006 144 $339,250 6.6% $242,000 $639,000
2007 162 $389,000 14.7% $120,000 $1,050,000
2008 81 $435,000 11.8% $245,000 $630,000
2009 128 $435,000 0.0% $213,322 $1,030,000
2010 92 $450,000 3.4% $330,000 $790,000
2011 94 $430,000 -4.4% $250,000 $630,000
2012 93 $432,500 0.6% $320,000 $800,000
2013 117 $442,000 2.2% $345,000 $1,075,000
2014 122 $480,000 8.6% $330,000 $799,500
2015 109 $489,560 2.0% $377,000 $790,000
2016 146 $524,250 7.1% $280,000 $806,000
2017 139 $536,000 2.2% $375,000 $5,350,000
2018 102 $554,000 3.4% $360,000 $1,100,000
2019 119 $551,000 -0.5% $371,000 $929,000
2020 104 $585,000 6.2% $48,000 $7,385,000
2021 154 $760,000 29.9% $455,000 $4,580,000
2022 39 $917,750 20.8% $730,000 $1,380,000
Household Income – Weekly (2016)
2011|2016
Under 800800 to 9991000 to 12491250 to 14991500 to 17491750 to 19992000 to 24992500 to 29993000 to 34993500 and over050100150200250300350Responses
ResponseCount
Under 800354
800 to 999126
1000 to 1249190
1250 to 1499151
1500 to 1749185
1750 to 1999161
2000 to 2499347
2500 to 2999243
3000 to 3499170
3500 and over273
Home Loan Repayments – Monthly (2016)
2011|2016
< $800$800-$999$1000-$1399$1400-$1799$1800-$2399$2400-$2999$3000-$3999$4000+050100150200250300350Responses
ResponseCount
< $800120
$800-$99947
$1000-$1399129
$1400-$1799182
$1800-$2399349
$2400-$2999172
$3000-$399980
$4000+32

The first land purchaser in the Hills District was Edward Owens, Portion 12 (Patricks Road to Kedron Brook), in 1863 (now part of the locality of Ferny Hills).

The first land purchaser in the Arana Hills District was Henry St John Bridgeman in November 1863. This portion 9 parish of Bunya which covers a pocket of land bounded in part by Kedron Brook and Dawson Parade very soon became the property of William McCallum Park, who sold to the Patrick family at the turn of the century.

The first subdivision was in 1937, named Patricks Estate with central road named Grove Avenue. The lots were 1–2 acres (4,000–8,100 m2). Twenty-one years later, Camden Park Estate, being the 88 acres (36 ha) of other adjoining land formerly occupied by the Patrick family, was subdivided by Willmore and Randell. Prior to selling, from 1958 there were many problems of both access and water supply for which that firm agreed to provide some of the finance to the Pine Shire Council through this, the first of the small block housing estates in the shire. Other land estates to the north-west of the suburb were developed in the 1960s and 1970s.

The early residents started a Progress Association, whose effort brought to the attention of the relevant agencies, the needs of the growing community, e.g. postal services, specific road maintenance etc. On behalf of that association, Mrs Melva Welch commenced the special service of visiting each new family who moved to the area, giving them information on all local services, and, most importantly say “welcome”. For twenty-eight years, the Adviser Newspaper, which was completely compiled and distributed by local volunteers under the umbrella of the Progress Association, brought to every home in the Hills district, news items from clubs, organizations and the Pine Rivers Shire Council (the name of the local authority had changed in 1959). Local businesses were encouraged to advertise for a very moderate fee, and the people who had been visited were also welcomed in the Adviser. Information gathered from the welcoming service visits also provided an accurate census on demographics in the suburb relating to future provision of services.

Prior to December 1962 when the new name was gazetted, the Queensland Place Names Board decreed that there were too many Camdens and Camden Parks, and this was confirmed when some confusion did occur with the area’s mail being sent to Camden Park in South Australia.

There was consideration of many possible names before Mrs Pam Cory suggested that Arana, as an Aboriginal word for welcome, would be appropriate. Some years later, a newcomer claimed the word Orana was Welcome and that Arana was the word for Moon. Without anything more than an unsuccessful cursory check of available dictionaries of Aboriginal words, the substituted meaning was featured in the 1978 Arana Hills logo design. Aboriginal people never developed writing, so the naming words were written by Europeans in Roman script as they interpreted hearing the sounds. It has been suggested that vowels are not as important as consonants in the native languages, so Arana could just as well be transcribed as Orana or Urana.]

Camden Park, a small triangular area in the middle of the original housing estate, retains the name as a reminder of earlier years, as does Camden Court. Mr George Willmore, the real estate developer, named many of the streets in the central Arana Hills subdivision in memory of the area around Sydney where he had lived.

Arana Hills is almost entirely a residential suburb, with 20% of its area as parkland. It has a mixture of 1960s-style chamferboard timber houses and more contemporary brick housing built upon steep hills, some with lovely city views. Some of the newer housing has been built on land in the northern part of the suburb adjacent to the land previously held by the Railways as a timber reserve, and which is now Bunyaville State Forestry Park. In this Arlington chain of estates developed in the early 1990s, it is still common to see horse riders around the Collins Road area, ducks and their ducklings crossing busy roads and the occasional koala perched high up in the many trees in the district.

Pine Community School opened in Arana Hills on 24 January 1983.[3]

In 2008, Arana Hills was affected by severe thunderstorms that also affected many properties in northern Brisbane, causing millions of dollars of damage. Many volunteers and SES crews were needed to help clean up the damage. The area has now returned to its original state, but with the loss of some trees.[4][5]

In the 2011 census, Arana Hills recorded a population of 6,313 people, 51% female and 49% male. The median age of the Arana Hills population was 35 years, 2 years below the national median of 37. 82.5% of people living in Arana Hills were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 3.5%, New Zealand 3.3%, South Africa 0.9%, Scotland 0.5%, Papua New Guinea 0.5%. 92.7% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.4% Hindi, 0.4% Cantonese, 0.4% Italian, 0.3% Afrikaans, 0.3% German.

In the 2016 census Arana Hills had a population of 6,810 people.[1]