About 17 kilometres south of central Brisbane, Algester is a suburb that was detached from Acacia Ridge and was given its name in 1972. Its name is a corruption of ‘Alcester’ which was an English Town dating back as far as 1910. For a brief period before this though, about 1970, its name was ‘Ridgewood’ which was taken from Ridgewood Heights estate.
Heavy development came about in this suburb during the Second World War. At present, Algester is still with quite a considerable amount of development which is probably why many residents opt to stay and live here for long periods of time.
Population: The population of Algester as reflected by the 2011 census has the percentage breakdown of 51.3% females and 48.7% males which has a total number of 8,262. The median age of its residents is 34 years where it was 3 years below the median age of an average Australian back then which was 37.
Lifestyles and People (Top 5):
Older Couples & Families – 19.2%
Established Couples & Families – 13.9%
Maturing Couples & Families – 12.5%
Independent Youth – 12.1%
Older Independence – 11.5%
Income ($/weekly): Per week, an individual resident of Algester has a median income of $653. The median household income, on the other hand, is about $1,437 weekly. Employment Profile: Algester has a recorded unemployment rate of 5.2% as per 2011 census. Of the populace who qualify as part of the labour force, 62.0% hold full time employment and the 26.7% have part-time employment.
Bus – Residents in Algester couldn’t complain about the transportation service bus routes here as the 130 and 135 bus gets them directly connected to the CBD and garden city. Every 10 minutes you can get on a bus when going to the City. Getting access to the Gold coast or the airport is really quick when you are in this suburb.
Private Vehicle – Convenience is at your side when you are here in Algester. Driving your own vehicle allows you to be in the city in just a matter of 20 minutes. If you are thinking about going to the Gold Coast, you can bet that you will be there after a 40 minute drive in your car.
Educational institutions in this suburb include St. Stephen’s School which opened in 2004. It caters students from Prep up to Year 7. This co-educational primary school is administered by the Brisbane Catholic Education. Another great option would be the Algester Primary School. A differentiated learning method is observed in this particular school which caters to interested students from Prep to Year 6. Clubs and Sports
Apart from the fact that there are accessible shops around, Algester has its main recreation area being the Col Bennett Park. This is named after barrister who was a local sports patron and also long-serving ALP Member in the area of South Brisbane.