Secondary school the latest piece of Yarrabilba’s puzzle

New school the latest piece of Yarrabilba's puzzle

Yarrabilba State Secondary College building

Yarrabilba might seem like a new arrival when compared to Logan’s more well-established communities.

But the land on which it is situated has a rich history that predates the suburb we know today.

The Wangerriburra Clan of the Yugambeh language group occupied the land before European arrival.

Yarrabilba means ‘place of song’ in Wangerriburra/Bundjalung language and the area still contains many artefacts and evidence of the original occupants.

European settlement followed in the 1800s. Early transport infrastructure in the area included a station on a now defunct railway line between Logan Village and Canungra that opened in 1915.

The presence of Australian and American army camps in the area during World War Two led to the creation of Camp Cable Rd and the sealing of a road between Tamborine and Logan Village. 

Fast forward to 26 May 2010. It was on this date that then Premier Anna Bligh announced Yarrabilba, along with the nearby Greater Flagstone, would become master-planned cities overseen by the State Government.

Called Priority Development Areas (PDA), they were picked to relieve pressure on existing metropolitan areas and meet housing demand in South East Queensland.

By 2041, the Yarrabilba PDA will be home to about 45,000 people living in more than 17,000 homes.

Since construction started and the first residents moved in, Council has advocated to the State Government to ensure infrastructure in the area meets the pace of growth. 

Years of negotiations between Council, the State Government and developers at Yarrabilba and Flagstone culminated in the signing of a landmark infrastructure agreement in 2019. 

Under the 45-year deal, developers will contribute $1.2 billion to upgrade roads and deliver water and wastewater infrastructure to the two PDAs, with Council also contributing $1.2 billion.

St Clare’s Primary School was the first primary school in the community to open in 2017, with Yarrabilba State School opening the following year.

The suburb’s first state secondary school, Yarrabilba State Secondary College, will open its doors for the first time this year. It will be joined by a new co-educational Catholic secondary college in 2021. 

Health services will be also boosted with a $4.3 million ambulance station to start construction early this year.

Policing capabilities were recently improved with the nearby Logan Village Neighbourhood Police Beat being refurbished to become the Logan Village Yarrabilba Police Station in August 2019.

With Yarrabilba continuing to expand at a rapid rate, more infrastructure will be required to keep up demand in the coming years.

At Logan City Council, we’re committed to working with the State Government and developers to ensure such infrastructure is delivered in a timely manner.