Rochedale South is 19 km from Brisbane City, or 15 minutes drive, 56 km or 35 minutes drive from Surfers Paradise in the Gold Coast and 28 km or 21 minutes drive from Brisbane Airport. Its Northern boundaries of Priestdale and Underwood Road form the Logan/Brisbane local council boundary. Part of the suburb's western boundary follows the Pacific Motorway. In the past Rochedale was known for its rich, red soil that is good for crops. Yet due to recent years of drought in the area, much of the farming has been abandoned and are now commercialised.
In 1952, the Gill family ran a poultry farm and piggery and in 1967 developed the land into the first sewered estate in the region. They named some of the streets after the towns and streets in England from where they originated in 1951. Some of the streets were Ridgeway Street, Green Way, Edgeware Drive and Gills Close.
In 1979, the suburb was split off from the larger Rochedale.
The Strathlands shopping centre opened in 1970 but was later renamed Rochedale Shopping Village. A number of churches and school were established in the following decades as the population of the suburb expanded with estate developments.
In the 2011 census, Rochedale South recorded a population of 14,996 people, 51.3% female and 48.7% male. The median age of the Rochedale South population was 35 years, 2 years below the national median of 37. 71.9% of people living in Rochedale South were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 6.5%, England 4.3%, South Africa 1.1%, India 0.6%, Fiji 0.6%. 86.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.9% Cantonese, 0.9% Mandarin, 0.6% Arabic, 0.5% Hindi, 0.4% Greek.
The projected population from 2016 census is as follows:
2021 16,740 (4.5% increase from 2016)
2026 16,896 (0.9% increase from 2021)
2031 16,977 (0.5% increase from 2026)
2036 17,129 (0.9% increase from 2031)
2041 17,259 (0.8% increase from 2036)
Ref: Queensland Government Statistician's Office
Nearby high schools include Springwood State High School, Rochedale State High School and Redeemer Lutheran College. Rochedale South State School, Springwood Road State School are within the suburb whereas Eight Mile Plains State School, St Peters Catholic Primary School and Rochedale State School are all marginally outside the suburb's boundary.
Rochedale is home to the 2010 Brisbane Premier League champions, Rochedale Rovers Football Club. They play out of Underwood Park, Priestdale.
Top Rochedale South Issues
- Affordable Housing
- Good Neighbours