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Eagleby: “The River Hills Suburb” Eagleby is a suburb located in the ever-growing South-East Queensland (SEQ) corridor. It covers an area of approximately 13.8km2 and is bounded by the Logan River to the north, the Albert River to the east/south and the Pacific Motorway to the west. Eagleby is situated to the North-east of Beenleigh and in the past, was considered a suburb of Beenleigh. Eagleby is located approximately 30Km from the Brisbane CBD and located approximately 45Km from the Gold Coast. The major theme parks (Dreamworld, Wet ‘N’ Wild and Movie World) are also within 25Km of Eagleby. It is also home to the Eagleby Wetlands which is a natural waterbird habitat. Demographics Eagleby has a population of 14,164 people, with a split of approximately 51% women and 49% men, this was measured at the 2016 Census. The median age of residents living in Eagleby is 35.8 years, which is below the national average of 37.4 years. Statistically, around 70% of Eagleby’s residents were born in Australia, around 9% were born in New Zealand and around 5% were born in the United Kingdom. An important factor in choosing which suburb to live in is based on the proportion of families/couples’ present and in Eagleby around 41% of residents are married, 38% of residents have never married, with the remainder either divorced or separated. The median household income of residents in Eagleby is approximately $877 per week, which is below the national average. There are several main areas of employment which Eagleby residents are employed in, the major industries being Manufacturing (16%), Retail (13%) and Construction (11%). The main occupations of residents are Labourers (18%), Technical and Trade Workers (15%) and Machinery operators (14%). The unemployment rate in Eagleby is approximately 12% (according to the 2016 Census) which is well above the national unemployment rate, being 5.6%. However, there are several large projects either being constructed or planned, this should generate additional employment opportunities and hopefully lower unemployment rates. Education There are two major primary schools servicing Eagleby. Eagleby State School is located in the northern part of Eagleby and caters for Prep to Year 6 students, the catchment area for Eagleby State School is essentially the area north of Herses Road bounded by the Albert and Logan Rivers. Eagleby South State School is located in the southern part of Eagleby and caters for Prep to Year 6 students, the catchment for Eagleby South State School is the area south of Herses Road bounded by the Albert river to the east/south and the Pacific Motorway to the west. The major secondary school servicing the Eagleby area is the Beenleigh State High School, which caters for students in Grade 7-12. The catchment of Beenleigh State High School encompasses the entire Eagleby suburb. There are also several private schools in Beenleigh and the surrounding areas. There are several early education centres established in Eagleby for younger children. Real Estate A major factor when considering the pros and cons of moving to a new suburb is how the property market is placed within that area. The median house price has increased steadily since 2013, from $246,000 in 2013 to $301,000 in 2016, however, the median unit price has decreased steadily since 2013 from $300,500 in 2013 to $230,000 in 2016. The median prices within Eagleby are significantly lower than the state average median house price, which is $470,000. Statistically a large proportion of homes in Eagleby are owned or rented by couples/families aged between 35-64, with the greatest percentage (13.9%) being couples/families aged between 55-64. Interestingly, data indicates there is a relatively small number of elderly couples (aged over 65) and younger couples (aged under 35). The current trend indicates that established couples/families are settling in Eagleby and younger/elderly couples/families are more interested in other areas. There is an equal split between home owners/purchasers and rental tenants. Around 24% of homes in Eagleby are fully owned, 25% are mortgaged and around 47% of homes are being rented. Transport There are a range of public transport options available to the residents of Eagleby. Logan City Bus Service operate bus services on weekdays, with limited services available on the weekend. Train services are also available at the Beenleigh train station and operates extensively throughout the week and weekend. Trains are available travelling towards the Brisbane CBD and the Gold Coast and surrounding areas. Health Services There are a range of medical facilities located within Eagleby or nearby. There is a Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and Queensland Fire Service (QFS) depot located on Brigade Drive which is situated on the western boundary of Eagleby. There are several bulk billing doctor services available including Eagleby Family Practice, Eagleby Medical centre (including skin cancer clinic) and Main Street Medical and Dental Centre (which is located nearby in Beenleigh). There is also a QML pathology branch situated within the Eagleby Shopping Plaza. Should emergencies arise, the Logan Hospital is located approximately 12Km from Eagleby. Main Street Medical and Dental Centre also offers bulk billing services for Skin Cancer, Physiotherapy and dietician services. Shopping Eagleby Shopping Plaza is the major shopping centre located in Eagleby, there are several tenants including a large supermarket (IGA), a post office, a chemist, a butcher, several takeaway stores, a bottle shop and other specialty stores. Beenleigh Marketplace is also located close to Eagleby and features Woolworths, Big W and other specialty stores. The most prominent shopping centre in the Logan corridor, the Logan Hyperdome, is approximately a 10-minute drive from Eagleby and features Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Kmart, Big W and other specialty stores Eagleby, for the most part, is a family friendly place to live, with several options available for schooling and childcare. A n area to avoid would be the park adjacent to the Eagle Tavern. Due to the size of the suburb, the majority of services are within walking or cycling distance, so a vehicle is not 100% necessary and there are numerous public transport options available within walking distance. The majority of areas within Eagleby are filled with established families/couples aged between 35-64. Overall, Eagleby is a good choice for established couples and families as well as low income households.