State Schools in Durack, Jamboree Heights Scramble to Repair Storm Damage Ahead of School Opening Day

Durack State School and Jamboree Heights State School are among nearly 100 Queensland state schools that have been damaged in Queensland’s dual disasters recently, with authorities now racing to repair facilities in time for the first day of school.

With the new school term scheduled to begin on 22 Jan 2024, repair works are ongoing to ensure that every school is ready for the return of students.

Durack State School and Jamboree Heights State School were among the casualties as roofs were ripped off and trees crashed into classrooms. Helensvale State School was hit particularly hard, with a tree causing substantial damage.

In some cases where classrooms and facilities are out of commission, demountable classrooms will be brought in as temporary solutions.

Jamboree Heights State School
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The scope of the repairs varies, from simple flood clean-ups to long-term rebuilding efforts on sections of buildings.

One school in Far North Queensland is experiencing a particularly tight race against the clock to complete repairs.

While the cost of repairing the schools remains unknown, the state government has assured that no state school will suffer financially due to the storm damage.

Education officials confirmed that a total of 96 state schools had been damaged. About 35 schools were affected in South East Queensland, while the Far North bore the brunt with 61 schools in need of repairs. 

Although acknowledging the extent of the damage, Helensvale State School Principal James Forrest expressed gratitude that the situation was not worse, considering the fallen trees scattered throughout the school grounds. Despite the challenges, the damaged building at Helensvale State School is expected to be unavailable for approximately the first three weeks of the school year. 

Published 10-Jan-2024

Latest Land Valuations Show Centenary Suburbs’ Median Land Value Increased

Land values in the Brisbane City Council area increased by 6.8 percent overall since the last valuation in 2017. This overall land value increase is also reflected on Centenary suburbs, notably Jindalee and Sinnamon Park, according to the latest land valuation report published by the State of Queensland.

The latest land valuations report shows median land value in Jindalee increased 20.7 percent to $350,000 and Sinnamon Park’s climbed 20 percent to $420,000. Other Centenary suburbs also recorded moderate median land value increase: Mount Ommaney – $590,000 (9.3%), Middle Park – $365,000 (10.6%), Jamboree Heights –  $350,000 (9.4%), Westlake – $410,000 (5.1%), Riverhills – 305,000 (10.9%), Sumner – $255,000 (10.9%), and Seventeen Mile Rocks – $340,000 (9.7%).

Queensland property is showing continued signs of strength in some areas, according to the recently released Valuer-General’s 2019 Property Market Movement Report. Based on the economic indicators, Queensland Treasury advise “dwelling investment in Queensland is entering a ‘recovery phase.’” This follows a 4.8 percent decline in 2017-2018, Queensland’s Valuer-General Neil Bray said.

“While approvals and construction have declined, the substantial amount of work remaining in the pipeline indicates dwelling investment is headed for a ‘soft landing’ compared with previous housing cycles,” he said

A total of 18 local government areas, representing 1.03 million properties, received new valuations this year: Brisbane, Burdekin, Cairns, Etheridge, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Longreach, Moreton Bay, Noosa, North Burnett, Redland, Somerset, South Burnett, Sunshine Coast, Weipa, and Western Downs.

Of the 18 local government areas that have been valued, 16 recorded an overall increase ranging between 4.9 (South Burnett) and 42.5 percent (Etheridge). There were nine LGAs with increases of 0-10 percent, five areas with increases of 10-20 percent, and two areas with more than 20 percent increases. Burdekin and Longreach, on the other hand, recorded overall decreases of 2.9 percent and 14.8 percent, respectively.

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Majority of suburbs across Brisbane have recorded increase in residential land values, with most showing increases between five and 15 percent. Residential sector is the largest market sector in Brisbane, about 304,000 valuation. The median residential value has risen 7.1 percent as the overall median value increased to $455,000 from $425,000.

Thirty-seven residential suburbs remained unchanged, whilst 126 increased by up to 15 percent and 16 suburbs increased by more than 15 percent. Inner-city suburbs Woolloongabba (26.1%), Auchenflower (19.6%), Paddington (19.4%), and Milton (19.2%) have the largest median valuation increases.

The new valuations will become effective 30 June, however, landowners who have additional or new evidence to justify the need to alter the new valuations should provide such information through the online objections process via or at the address shown at the top of their valuation notice, by 7 May 2019.

The Rich History of How Centenary was Formed

Centenary, as it is known today, consists of several suburbs namely, Jindalee, Mount Ommaney, Jamboree Heights, Middle Park, Westlake, Riverhills, Sumner, Sinnamon Park, and Seventeen Mile Rocks.

Do you know how and why Centenary was formed? Let’s take a look back at the historic past of Centenary and the origins of the names of its suburbs.

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In 1959, Queensland’s Centenary Year, a  land developer named Hooker Rex planned the Centenary project. The project was a suburban development proposal that included a number of neighbourhoods with their own services and facilities that are capable of providing for all the needs of its residents.

The development started with the purchase of farmland in 1960. The contract for 1,416 hectare-development was agreed upon by the Council in 1961.

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The Centenary Bridge and Highway were among the most important parts of the development as it provided access to and from the city and the northern suburbs. Officially opened on 14 October 1964, the Centenary Bridge was financed by the developers while the Centenary Highway was built by the Brisbane City Council still at the developers’ expense.

The suburbs and industrial estates that were planned to be a part of the Centenary project were Jindalee, Jamboree Heights, Mount Ommaney, Riverhills, Westlake, Middle Park, and Sumner. Meanwhile, Seventeen Mile Rocks and Sinnamon Park were developed separately.

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The development was under the management of a public company called the Centenary Estates Limited for six years. In October 1967, the private shareholders were bought out by the Hooker Corporation Limited and the entire project was once again owned by the corporation.

The Establishment of the Centenary Suburbs


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Jindalee is an Aboriginal word which means “bare hills”. The establishment of the suburb in September 1962 brought the first public transport in the area, a bus going to and from Oxley Station.

Among the earliest establishments in the district were the Jindalee Golf Course, Swimming Pool, Bowls Club and the Looranah St. shopping centre. With its well-established golf course, swimming pool, and sporting facilities, it wasn’t long before Jindalee became a centre for sporting activities.

Jamboree Heights

Jamboree Heights was initially a part of Jindalee. When the Boy Scout held it’s Eighth Australian Pan-Pacific Scout Jamboree in Brisbane, Hooker Centenary provided the site. Later on, the place came to be called Jamboree Heights.

The 50th Anniversary of that historic Jamboree was celebrated in Jamboree Heights in January 2018. During that time, the participants learned more about the first Queensland Jamboree in 1967-1968.

Read: Celebrate Jamboree’s 50th Anniversary in Jamboree Heights  

Mount Ommaney

Mount Ommaney is considerably larger than Jindalee and Jamboree Heights. Despite the sloping nature of the terrain in the area, Hooker Centenary was able to develop a number of “Private Courts” in Mount Ommaney in January 1970, a feat considered a first in Australia.

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Each private court contains approximately seven homes, each with their own private entrance and shared private ownership of internal roads and nature strips.

Mount Ommaney became a prestige homesite that offers excellent views of the mountains and the city.

The suburb is also home to the first women’s golf club in Australia, the McLeod Country Golf Club, which was completed in 1969. The original golf club was comprised of 9 holes and a clubhouse. It was later extended to a full complement of 18 holes in 1971.


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Riverhills is named for its ideal location offering sweeping panoramic views of the Brisbane River. In January 1973, it was mainly marketed by the developer as a suburb for young people with young families, designed with a cul-de-sac concept that focuses on having a quiet environment with lots of privacy. Many of its streets were named after rivers, lakes, and other waterways of the world.


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Westlake was named by the developers in June 1973 for its nine-hectare freshwater lake. The developers maximised the landscape to give most of its homesites a view of the vast lake.


Sumner was named after the Sumner family who had been farmers and landholders in the area. Though the name was originally given to a road, the suburb later adapted the name in 1969.

Seventeen Mile Rocks

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The Seventeen Mile Rocks suburb used to include Sinnamon Park in 1975 as it extended farther west. With the development of Sinnamon Park, the boundaries of the suburb changed and currently, part of the Edenbrooke Estate is in Seventeen Mile Rocks and part in Sinnamon Park.

Seventeen Mile Rocks have gone through several developments under different estate developers namely ECOSSE Investments Pty Ltd, BMD Constructions, Baldwin-Riverlands, and Verandah.

Middle Park

Middle Park was strategically named by the developers in July 1976 to reflect its location in the middle of the Centenary Suburbs. The area offers northerly views of the McLeod Country Golf Club.

Sinnamon Park

In 1989, Sinnamon Park was developed originating from the suburb Seventeen Mile Rocks. The new suburb was named after the family of James Sinnamon and Margaret, who were the pioneer European settlers in the area.

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Today, Sinnamon Park houses a memorial dedicated to Thomas Macleod to celebrate his historic flights on 22 December 1910.

Read: Thomas Macleod and the Birth of Queensland Aviation in Sinnamon Park  

These are the historical origins of the names of the Centenary Suburbs. To have a deeper grasp on the history of Centenary, visit Centenary Suburbs Historical Society Inc.

Celebrate Jamboree’s 50th Anniversary in Jamboree Heights

On 13 January, the first Queensland Jamboree will celebrate its 50th anniversary at Wood Park, Jamboree Heights at 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Between 1967-68, the Centenary suburbs was awash with 16,000 boy scouts from 19 countries to participate in the 8th Australia Scout Jamboree. In light of such event, the suburb was named in its honour as well as some of its street names such as Guide, Emblem, Patrol, Troop, Flag, and Pack streets.

A Jamboree is the “peak” of Scouting where the boys are taken away from their homes and meet with other scouts from around the world. This usually run for ten days.

On its 50th anniversary, participants will learn more about the Jamboree. At the same time, the event will also showcase local businesses. The restored memorial stone pot commemorating Queensland’s first Jamboree will also be unveiled.

A time capsule will also be planted for future generations.

There will be market stalls, food trucks as well as demonstration of skills by scouts and performances by community groups.

Admission to the event is free.

There’s Magic at the End of Beanland Street in Jamboree Heights

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At the end of Beanland Street in Jamboree Heights lies the suburb’s best-kept secret. It may look like a dead end for visitors, but locals know exactly that a beautiful piece of nature can be unraveled if one is curious enough to push ahead.

Phil Denman Park is a new park that boasts of modern equipment. The playground has some pretty cool features that you won’t see in most playgrounds today. It has four forts on different levels with bridges, a fireman pole, enclosed and double slides act as the entry and exit points to the forts. It also has monkey bars and some climbing frames.

For younger children who still can’t operate the monkey bars and climbing frames, there are smaller slides, swings and other sensory play equipment on the ground level that they can play with.

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The fun for kids doesn’t stop when you walk away from these awesome equipment. Beyond that area lies sports heaven. There are cricket nets, a half court basketball court as well as a rebound wall. Your kids can ride their bikes on the shared pathway from Loffs Road through to Beanland Street.

There is also an open, grassy area where kids can run wild whilst parents sit down and enjoy a good book. The park is also a perfect spot for Sunday picnics with the whole family.

Jamboree Heights’ Madders Brothers Offers Edible Art

Tucked away in a back street in Jamboree Heights lies a bakery straight out of the streets of Paris. The Madders Brothers Patisserie at Guide Street bakes delectable little morsels that are worth every scrumptious bite.

Brothers and co-owners Luke and Paul’s shared vision is to make edible art and that’s exactly what they did. Paul, a qualified pastry chef, has trained in five-star hotels abroad and in Australia. He then mentored his brother. The brothers wanted to offer something different, something that isn’t easily found in Brisbane and that’s how they come up with this concept. Today, aside from running their business, they are also doing pastry consulting to high-end customers.

Their pastry displays are enticing treats to the senses that make their delighted customers think twice about taking a bite because their creations just seem too beautiful to eat! The pretty colors and the clever designs make it very hard for customers to have a go and give them a taste.

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There is a wide variety of pastries that come in small sizes which virtually guarantees that customers will be more than willing to have more than one.

Give their Tim Tam Cheesecake a try. Their salted caramel tart is just sinfully delicious! Of course, what could be more Parisienne than to sample their mini macarons.

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For those whose palates lean towards the traditional, their lamingtons in “original chocolate” should not be missed.

Worried about allergies? They have gluten-free options so don’t worry!

And if that’s not enough. they also have coffee, hot chocolate, and cold beverages to pair with all their delightful baked goodies.

Now that the secret is out, people are beating a path to the back streets of Jamboree Heights to get to know this hidden treasure that offers edible art like no other.

Let Your Dogs Run Free at Off-Leash Dog Parks in Centenary

Every dog lover knows how much their dog wants to have some freedom to run carefree without the restraint of the leash. Brisbane dogs are lucky as there is a host of parks where they can roam and play freely off the leash.

Brisbane has over a hundred dog off-leash parks. (Photo credit: (Forest Lake Off-Leash Dog Park / Facebook)

In the Centenary area, there are several parks that allow dog owners to let their dogs loose. These dog parks are fenced areas where dogs can run around and socialise with other dogs and park visitors.

The use of the dog parks comes with some responsibility on the part of the owner. Brisbane City Council reminds dog owners of their obligations when releasing their dogs in the park.

Before they can use any Centenary designated dog park, the dog must be registered with the City Council, wormed regularly and should have updated vaccinations. The dog owner must also have full control of his or her dog.

The Dog owner should make sure that the dog does not have behaviour issues and can socialise well with other dogs and humans in the park. Dog owners should also take care of any dog droppings and dispose of them properly in poo bins provided inside the dog park.

Here is a list of dog parks in the Centenary area where you can go and set your dogs loose and give them an enjoyable time.

Thomas Macleod Park, Sinnamon Park

Thomas Macleod Park in Sinnamon Park provides the largest dog off-leash area in the Centenary area. The park is located at 40 Sinnamon Road and allocates 6,512 sqm of dedicated off-leash area for dogs.

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Visitors can feel relaxed and comfortable as there is a picnic shelter, benches, table with benches, tap, dog water, trash bin and poo bin to help them clean up after their furry friends.

Jindalee Boat Ramp Park, Jindalee

In Jindalee, locals can bring their pets to the Jindalee Boat Ramp Park at 99 Mt Ommaney Drive. This park has good facilities for its 912-sq-m dog off lease area, with bench seat, dog water, bubbler, poo bin and regular trash bin.

Phil Denman Park, Jamboree Heights

The Jamboree Heights dog park is at Phil Denman Park located at 56 Loffs Road. The park, which has a basketball/netball court, provides 2,298 square metres of dog off-leash area. The Phil Denman Park has a picnic shelter, bench and table, bubbler, dog water and poo bin. The park also includes a dog agility and exercise equipment.

Wolston Creek Bushland Reserve, Riverhills

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Located in Riverhills, Wolston Creek Bushland Reserve has an off-leash dog area of 2,621 sqm. The dog park is off Sumners Road and has regular park amenities such as benches and tables, picnic area and tap.

The dogs are provided with dog water and there is a poo bin for dog droppings.

Tigris Street Park, Riverhills

There is also a dog off-leash park at 22 Tigris St in Riverhills. Dogs can run and play around the dog park of 1,516 square metres. Aside from benches, picnic shelter and tables, there is a bubbler, tap and poo bin at the dog park.

Barcoorah Street Park, Westlake

Dog owners can opt to bring their dogs to the Barcoorah Street Park, located at 88 Barcoorah St in Westlake. The area is a bushland with a dog off-leash park on Loffs Road.

Delapine Place Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks

Delapine Place Park at 6 Delapine Place provides an off-lease dog park with an area of 3,399 square metres. There are bench seats in this dog park.

Locations of off-leash dog parks in the Centenary area. (credit: Brisbane City Council)