The Bremer Institute of TAFE, Inala
|Location||18 km (11 mi) from Brisbane CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Brisbane|
Following World War II there was a shortage of 250,000 houses across Australia. State and Commonwealth Governments responded by making housing a priority. In Queensland alone over 4,000 families were living in makeshift dwellings of tin, calico and canvas. Queensland's Premier, Frank Cooper, signed the Commonwealth and State Housing Agreement in 1945 creating the Queensland Housing Commission. One of the earliest and biggest projects undertaken by the Commission was the detached housing estate in Inala.
In 1949–1950 the Queensland Housing Commission purchased 'Serviceton', comprising approximately 850 acres (3.4 km²) of land, from the faltering Serviceton Housing Co-operative. The Housing Commission subsequently annexed another 200 acres (0.8 km²) to the suburb and changed its name to Inala to avoid postal confusion with another Serviceton.
Inala was planned as a satellite town set on a broad high, gently sloping ridge about 18 kilometres (11 mi) from the Brisbane General Post Office. The development of the housing designs for the estate coincided with the emergence of architectural modernism in Australia. The innovative designs of young southern architects such as Robin Boyd, Roy Grounds and Harry Seidler featured the efficient use of space with lack of ornamentation, utilisation of new materials and techniques, low pitched roofs and above all design simplicity.
The worldwide shortage of materials coupled with huge demands created the impetus for exploring and using new materials and techniques in Inala. Reinforced concrete was used in the construction of houses after the war and this choice was made because of its strength and flexibility rather than for its aesthetic potential. Houses were situated on concrete stumps, framed with hardwood timber and floored with brushbox hardwood. In general, casement, hopper and awning windows were framed with silky oak. The outer walls were generally constructed of reinforced poured concrete approximately 40 cm thick. Internal walls and ceilings were constructed with rendered wire lath. These robust construction techniques also served to minimise maintenance costs for the Housing Commission.
Located 18 kilometres to the south west of the Brisbane CBD, Inala is considered a gateway to the nearby Wacol and Heathwood industrial estates. Inala Avenue/Poinsettia Street is the main roadway east-west and Serviceston Avenue/Rosemary Street and Blunder Road are the main roads stretching north-south.
Newer estates such as Forest Lake, and industrial estate, Heathwood, can be found to the south; other surrounding suburbs include, Durack, Darra and Oxley to the north; Richlands, Ellen Grove and Wacol to the west; and Willawong, Acacia Ridge, Pallara and Doolandella to the East.
In the 2011 Census the population of Inala is 13,796, 51.3% female and 48.7% male.
The median/average age of the Inala population is 33 years of age, 4 years below the Australian average.
52.8% of people living in Inala were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were Vietnam 15.9%, New Zealand 4.2%, England 2.8%, Samoa 2%, Sudan 0.9%.
50.9% of people speak English as their first language 24.5% Vietnamese, 4% Samoan, 1.3% Arabic, 1.3% Spanish, 1% Tongan.
Suburb amenities, facilities and services
There are several shopping precincts within Inala. Inala Plaza — the “Civic Centre”, which is located on the corner of Kittyhawk and Inala Avenues, is the largest precinct in Inala and serves an ethnically diverse community by offering two major supermarkets, a large amount of various shops and many restaurants. Other shops exist in Biota Street, located to the north, and Skylark Street shops, located to the east. In 2010, “Richlands Plaza”, a new shopping centre with a large supermarket and adjacent small shops, opened on the border of Inala and Richlands.
There are a large number of Government funded community organisations and programs located in Inala, some of these include Inala Youth Service, Inala Community House, Skylarkers, Western Districts Out of Home Care, Western Districts Family Steps, Shared Family Care and The Childcare Access and Equity Resource Support Unit.
Various government services are located within the Inala Plaza precinct and surrounds. These include a Brisbane City Council Library, Department of Communities, Department of Corrective Services and a Centrelink office.
Sport and Recreation facilities include a Police Citizens Youth Club, a number of Brisbane City Council parks and recreation areas, and one of the best skate parks in Brisbane. Pedestrian walkways between residential houses facilitate residents′ access to bus stops, schools, shops and recreational areas. The parks and the large amounts of big native trees through the suburb contribute to the greenness and natural beauty of Inala.
Inala has a number of schools and educational institutions. Schools include Richlands East Primary School, Serviceton South Primary School, St Marks Primary School and Inala West Primary School (closed Dec 2009). Inala also has a campus of the Bremer TAFE. Other Schools nearby include Inala Primary School, Richlands Primary School (closed Dec 2010), Durack State School, Glenala High School and Western Suburbs Special School.
No rail services are in the immediate area, however buses conduct services from Inala Plaza Bus Station to the rail stations nearest to Inala and surrounding suburbs. The Richlands railway station is Inala's closest rail link, being approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from central Inala, and was opened in January 2011. The suburb is also linked to Salisbury railway station and the Brisbane CBD by bus route 110.
Milton Dick is the Brisbane City Councillor for the area. The state representative is Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, State Member for Inala and at the federal level is representative Bernie Ripoll. In 2012 Annastacia Palaszczuk was elected the Queensland Opposition leader for the ALP (Australian Labour Party)
Culture and ethnicity
Inala is a multicultural society boasting more than 20 different nationalities. Examples include; Tongan, Samoan, Cook Island, Maori, Vietnamese, Chinese, Sudanese, Lebanese, Greek etc.
Churches and religious buildings
- The Salvation Army
- Inala Church of the Nazarene
- St Mark's Catholic Church
- Anglican Church
- Uniting Church
- Gospel Hall
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)
- The Seventh Day Adventists
- Guru Nanak Sikh Temple - Gurdwara (Inala)
- Citipointe West Church
- Phap Quang Temple
- Phat Da Temple
- Blue Fin Fishing Club
- Brisbane Lions Soccer Club