The electorate of Mansfield lies between 8km and 22km southeast of Brisbane City. The name “Mansfield” was first announced in the Queensland Government Gazette on April 15, 1967.

queensland1The name was allocated after the then Governor of Queensland, Sir Alan Mansfield, consented to having one of the new suburbs named after him. Sir Alan once lived in the Mt Gravatt area.

The 1996 census showed that Mansfield had a population of 39,828 people, slightly more than half of them female.

Just over 10,000 people were born overseas, about one-third of those from Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and USA. A total of 6676 people spoke a language other than English at home, the largest group (2072) speaking a Chinese language.

In religious preferences, a huge 29,885 described themselves as Christians (of some denomination), 1534 following non-Christian religions and about 8000 who indicated no religion (or did not answer that question).

The census showed that there were 14,329 private dwellings in Mansfield, of which 10,006 were fully owned or were being purchased, while 614 private dwellings were unoccupied.

Of the 18,566 people who work, the huge majority (11,151) drove themselves in a car, while 332 walked, only 75 travelled by bicycle and 949 worked at home. Two cars were owned in 4931 households, while a further 1580 had three vehicles.

The median age in Mansfield is 34 (Queensland is 33); median weekly individual income $300-$399 ($286); median weekly household income $700-$999 ($614) and average household size 2.9 (2).
queensland2Mansfield is a southside suburb of Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, which is midway up the East Coast of Australia 27.5 degrees south, 153 degrees east. With the Gold Coast to the south and the Sunshine Coast to the north, Brisbane is served by both domestic and international airports. The Brisbane River meanders through the suburbs and eventually flows into Moreton Bay. Moreton Bay is a popular boating and fishing leisure area and a number of islands are located within the Bay.
Brisbane enjoys a sub-tropical climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers. Most rain falls in the summer months with tropical thunderstorms being prevalent.

queensland3Brisbane operates on Eastern Standard Time, which is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

In Australia as in Britain we drive on the left side of the road. Brisbane is well served with public transport, for example, trains, buses, ferries and taxis and has a modern road system.

Mansfield is a suburb of Brisbane, we have firm contact wiith State Representative Phil Reeves with whom I have spoken and now have e-mail contact. His e-mail address is phil.reeves@parliament.qld.gov.au. Phil has been very helpful and as a result I have broadcast on their local radio station

Overview 

Mansfield is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia, situated approximately 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) south-east of the Central Business District. It is located in the region of the city which is now colloquially known as the “Bible Belt” due to the large number of people who have settled there to be close to Christian schools and churches. It was named in 1967, after the Queensland governor of the time Sir Alan Mansfield. The suburb recorded a population of 8,473 at the 2011 Australian Census. There is a moderate Greek presence with under 3% of the population speaking Greek as a first language.

Arguably the greatest asset of the Mansfield area is its remaining pockets of bushland and parklands. The largest public park in Mansfield, Broadwater Park, is a reasonably large open space with barbecue areas and children’s play equipment. Adjoining this parkland is a large bushland reserve which follows the course of Bulimba Creek (a tributary of the Brisbane River).

Schools: There are four schools within Mansfield;

Mansfield State Primary School, the first to open in 1970 – Principal Kym Amor info@mansfielss.eq.edu.au

Mansfield State High School, opened in 1974 – website http://mansfieldshs.eq.edu.au/ Principal Karen Tanks

Christian Outreach College founded 1978,  www.brisbane.coc.edu.au  Headmaster Pastor Ron Woolley

Brisbane Adventist College, opened in current format 1999, enquiries@bac.qld.edu.au Principal Leanne Entermann

Rotary: District 9630, Wishart, Mansfield Tavern, 181 Wecker Rd, Mansfield, Qld. 4122 Australia, meets Mon, 6:30PM. (No website info for contact details).

Community: M.P. Ian Walker mansfield@parliament.qld.gov.au Scouts and Guides are active in the state (contact specific groups through the national websites).

Sports: Mansfield District Racing Club , 6165 Midland Highway, Mansfield, Australia; Australian Dancing Society Ltd; South Gold Coast Cycling Group;

Art: Warehouse Studios 2/98 Wecker Rd , Mansfield QLD 4122, Mansfield, Australia

Event venue – Mansfield Tavern (also home of the Rotary Club)

Tourism links – numerous dedicated websites for Queensland and the Brisbane area