Category: Area Info
Inala is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. During World War II Inala was near a 60 square kilometre ammunition dump (now part of Forest Lake). It was also a housing commission estate. Over the past five years an urban renewal scheme has improved the area to overcome the bad public image.
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 4000 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.
The Commission purchased approximately 850 acres (3.4 km²) from the Serviceton Co-operative, a housing society formed by returned ex-serviceman who called their development Serviceton. The Co-operative venture faltered and the housing commission purchased the land in 1949 to 1950. They subsequently added another 200 acres (0.8 km²) to the estate and its name changed 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 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.
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.
Suburb amenities, facilities and services
There are numerous shopping precincts within Inala, the major ones being Inala Plaza (locally called the "Civic Centre", located on the corner of Kittyhawk and Inala Avenues and the smaller shopping precincts located to the north on Biota Street, to the east at Skylark Street, and to the west at what is locally called "Coconut Grove".
Various government services are located within the Inala Plaza precinct and surrounds, including Library, Centrelink, Community Health, Corrective Services and Department of Housing. The Queensland Police Academy is located just to the north, in Oxley.
A large sporting complex can be found on Freeman Road, to the north of the suburb, along with Oxley Golf Course, on the corner of Freeman Road and Blunder Road and soccer fields located on Azalea Street. A roller skating rink was in operation until approximately ten years ago, and was up until then a popular venue for family entertainment. Parklands can be found throughout the area.
Community Renewal, L J Hooker and Brisbane City Council have built a skate park that is one of the best in Brisbane.
Inala has a number of schools and educational institutions.
Richlands East Primary School
Serviceton South Primary School
St Marks Primary School
Inala West Primary School
Inala also has a campus of the Bremer TAFE.
Other Schools nearby include:
Inala Primary School
Richlands Primary School
Durack State School
Glenala High School
Inala Special School for the Special