Wakerley, a suburb of Brisbane, is 15 km east of Brisbane City. The name was in honour of J W Wakerley, an early landowner in the area.

The area was first settled in the 1850s, with the land primarily used for farming, fruits and vegetables in particular. The area stayed mostly rural until the mid-1990s. Rapid development occurred from 1996, with the population exploding by 500% between 1996 and 2006, due to the large number of new homes being built in the suburb.

Key Demographic Data

Population – The local population was 7,804 as of the 2011 Census. The population density is 15.83 persons per hectare.

Age Profile – The median age of the Wakerley residents is 33 years old, 4 years below the Australian average. 29.3% of the population are under 15 years of age; 660% are between 15-65 years of age; and 4.7% are over the age of 65.

Social Marital Status – 62.7% of the Wakerley population are married; 26.2% have never been married; 6.4% are divorced; and 2.8% are separated. The average household size is 3.1.

Income Profile – The median household income per week is $2,280. The average individual income per week is $440.

Employment – 67.0% of the population over the age of 15 and who identify as being in the labour force are working full time; and 24.3% are working part time. The unemployment rate is 3.5%.

The primary jobs in Wakerley are 26.0% professionals; 17.7% clerical and administrative employees; 16.9% managers; 11.6% technicians and trades workers; 9.9% sales workers; 7.2% community and personal service workers; 5.6% labourers; 3.4% machinery operators and drivers; and others.

The primary industries are 11.1% health care and social assistance; 10.2% professional, scientific and technical services; 9.9% manufacturing; 9.1% construction; 8.8% retail trade; 7.0% education and training; 6.9% public administration and safety; 5.9% transport, postal and warehousing; and 5.6% wholesale trade.

Living in Wakerley

The suburb is a fast growing residential area, with an industrial zone located in the west. It has well maintained properties and is close to the city and the bayside area.

Wakerley is just minutes to Redlands via New Cleveland Road. The cost of homes in the suburb is cheaper. If you want bigger lots for keeping horses, Chandler is just nearby.

For leisure activities such as shopping and parks, you will find Eastside Village Shopping Centre and Bayside Parkland in Wakerley. It is just a short drive to the shopping hub of Westfield Carindale and you can also go to the suburb next to it – Gumdale – for more local shops. Another shopping alternative is the Mayfair Village.

For boat enthusiasts, Wakerley is close to the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and the Manly and Lota foreshore. It only takes 45 minutes to drive to the Gold Coast and there is no hassle connecting to the Gateway Motorway. This is very convenient to locals who work in the central business district (CBD).

This quiet, green leafy suburb is highly recommended for families and couples as it features excellent walking and cycling tracks, as well as great private schools and highly regarded state schools. In has koala corridors everywhere and it is a safe place to raise kids and teens.

Consider living and working in Wakerley and experience fabulous, family friendly estate style living!

PJS Accountants has more than 30 years experience with local Wakerley businesses. The team at PJS Accountants has a fantastic connection with local residents, investors, business owners and in depth local knowledge and track record of helping local Wakerley businesses giving them the confidence and expertise to offer additional value and service. For more information about how PJS Accountants can assist with your accounting needs in Wakerley please contact PJS Accountants today.

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