The suburb is named after Francis and Catherine Shailer, who arrived with their children in the area in 1866. Like many farmers in the area, they first grew cotton and later sugar. The Shailers were probably best known for their fruit growing and operated the first citrus orchard in southern Queensland, situated in Slacks Creek. The land selected by Francis Shailer was situated to the north of the current Shailer Road. Francis was a teacher at the first and second Slacks Creek Provisional Schools. He was also the first Clerk of the Tingalpa Divisional Board in 1880. The Shailers intermarried with other pioneering families in the district including the Dennis family, who were related to the Markwells, as well as the Murrays, who had an adjoining property along the Logan River. The property still exists at the end of Murrays Road.
Francis’ son Alfred later farmed the area now known as Daisy Hill. At that time it was called Oakey Mountain and was owned by his grandfather, James Dennis. Alf's son Glen Shailer also farmed this property. Glen carried on the family's tradition of involvement in local government. He was elected to the Albert Shire Council in 1961 and served almost continuously until 1985. He was elected Mayor of Logan City in 1982 and served for one term.
Shailer Park was originally named as a district in 1971, then as a sub-district of Slacks Creek in 1977. It was officially named a suburb in 1991. The Kimberley Park estate was developed from 1973 and the Kimberley Park State School opened 29 January 1985. The Logan Hyperdome shopping centre opened in 1989 on the site of a former water park.
The Logan Hyperdome Library opened in 1998 with a major refurbishment in 2014.
Housing in the suburb is mix of aged care facilities, newer high density housing, average sized blocks with detached houses and houses on established, larger blocks. Like many central Logan suburbs Loganlea is experiencing significant population growth. Between 2006 and 2011 the population grew by 16.6%.
At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb had a population rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of 5.8%, more than double the national average of 2.5%. A greater proportion of families are composed of one parent at 28.1%, almost double the national rate of 15.9%. A clear majority of dwellings in Loganlea are detached or separated houses.
Part of the suburb was contained with a planning area in an October 2011 local government report. High density housing surrounding Logan railway station will be permitted though development applications up to six stories in height.
In the 2011 census, Loganlea recorded a population of 6,172 people, 51.4% female and 48.6% male. The median age of the Loganlea population was 30 years, 7 years below the national median of 37. 66.2% of people living in Loganlea were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 8.2%, England 3.1%, Philippines 1%, Fiji 1%, Kiribati 0.9%. 78.9% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.6% Samoan, 1.2% Khmer, 1.2% Hindi, 1% Gilbertese, 0.7% Spanish.
Loganlea railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane, Beenleigh and Gold Coast. Loganlea Road and Station Road are two arterial roads in Loganlea. Haig Road, Station Road and Monash Road are the suburb's main connecting roads. A road overpass for the Beenleigh rail line was built just south of the railway station. Street parking in some areas near the railway station is limited two hours.
The station is one two stops in the Logan City area serviced by the Gold Coast railway line. These partial express service trains arrive in the city in around 30 minutes in the off peak period. Logan Bus Service operates a number of services, including late at night, through more than a dozen bus stops throughout the suburb. They also operate a bus depot in Jutland Street.
The Slacks Creek Cycle Way passes adjacent to Loganlea Road across the suburb. The East West route cycleway to Kingston and Marsden winds around Scrubby Creek close to the suburb's northern boundary.
Top Loganlea Issues
- Public Transport
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- Community Services