Booval Suburb Profile

Booval Suburb Profile

29 December 2021

HISTORY OF BOOVAL

Three kilometres east of the centre of Ipswich, Booval is a thriving suburb in Queensland that dates back to the 19th Century.

It’s believed that the first residence in the area was Booval House which was constructed in 1859. The suburb was also a centre for large-scale cotton farming in the 1860s, with a railway platform constructed in 1876 and a post office was added in 1884. The suburb was historically home to miners and farmers and grew larger during the 20th Century.

BOOVAL’S NOTABLE LANDMARKS

One of the most notable landmarks in Booval is the original first house on 14 Cothill Road, which was designed by architect William Wakeling and built by William Hancock for the Manager of the Bank of Australasia in Ipswich, Mr George Faircloth.

The house was lovingly restored in 2002 and received awards for the exceptional conservation work of this traditional and long-established home. The suburb also has a distinctive war memorial that commemorates the residents of Booval who served.

Booval House in Cothill Road. Source: REA

The suburb also has a stunning sculpture at Booval Fair which depicts the coal miners the area has been home to for many years. There have also been mining operations underground around the area so the links to coal mining remain strong.

IMPORTANT INFRASTRUCTURE IN BOOVAL

The town was originally located on the railway line between Ipswich and Brisbane and the town has grown around the railway as it has expanded, with regular transport services from the Queensland Rail City network.

It is a well established suburban residential area which has a variety of good transport links to Ipswich and Brisbane so workers can commute easily by car or rail. There is also access to a strategic principle cycle network with high quality, safe cycling facilities across the suburb.

Booval also has access to a number of dedicated recreational walking trails in Bundamba Creek and the Bremer River. There is also a new all transit modes crossing for the Bremer River.

Booval railway station ca 2012. Source: Wikipedia.org

THE LOCAL SCHOOLS IN BOOVAL

Sacred Heart School is the main school in the area and is a catholic primary school with over 500 students, located centrally on Cothill Road. The school dates way back to 1930 when the foundation stone was laid for the building and it was opened by Archbishop Duhig in 1931.

Starting with just 83 students, the school has had classrooms added and a new primary school building was founded in 1959. In 2013, the school opened its Amare Centre, which has been used as a centre for the community as well as extra school activities.

There is also Claremont special school and many students also attend Silkstone and East Ipswich state primary schools.

DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR A GROWING BOOVAL

There are a number of plans in the pipeline for Booval, with development focused around the railway station and Booval Fair.

There is a plan to increase building heights up to five storeys on Station Toad and potentially to 10 storeys by the station. The plan to create a ‘main street’ style area include alfresco dining areas, new retail units and entertainment facilities.

Because of flooding, there has been a reduction in the amount of land available and an increased demand for higher density residential development. There are also plans to develop a Special Flood Resilient Flood Precinct to increase floor heights and further protect residents from flooding.

THE CURRENT POPULATION OF BOOVAL

The population of Booval was 2,622 people in 2016, the most recent census, with an average age of 42. Due to its convenient transport links, many of the residents of Booval work in the city, but there are also a large number of retired and elderly households.

Booval has a population with an average weekly household income of $890 and an average of two people living in every household. The population is relatively equally split at 48% male and 53% female and nearly 80% of inhabitants were born in Australia.

Booval Fair Shopping Centre on the corner of Brisbane and South Station Roads. Image source: Courier Mail

MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE AND GROWTH IN BOOVAL

The median house price in Booval is around $340,000, which has grown slowly but steadily over the last two years. For a 2 bedroom house, you can expect to pay around $295,000, while for a three-bedroom property, you can expect to pay $334,000. For a four-bedroom house, the average cost is $355,000.

The median 5 year growth in the suburb is 8.66% and properties spent an average of 56 days on the market. Residential properties in the area are mainly detached houses, with 65.8% of the dwellings classed as separate houses. However, there are plans to increase the number of flats and apartments available.

*Median prices accurate as of November, 2021.

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