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1990-2009 Consumer Society and Beyond

  • 1990 Last stages of housing estates in Stafford Heights completed - Aspley Crest (RSC)  
  • 1991 Population of Chermside 6,329 (POP)
  • 1/8/1991 Estimated Resident Population from Census of 1991 - 6,184 (BCC Website)
  • 30/11/91 Access ramp for disabled swimmers opened at Chermside Aquatic Centre. (Plaque at pool)
  • 1992 Kedron-Wavell Services Club RSL was issued with a gaming machine licence and took delivery of 45 gaming machines soon after. (CDHS Archives - Chermside Clubs)
  • 1992 Aspley Crest Stage II estate opened, last Raven Street acreage subdivided for housing (RSC)  
  • 1/4/1992 ATO building on Cr Banfield Street and Gympie Road completed.  (CDHS Archives -  Chermside File)
  • 1993 Sewerage connected to Kenna St Acreages; Aspley Crest Stage Three built on last farms on Little Cabbage Tree Creek in Chermside (RSC)  
  • 1993 Leckie Road and Strathmore Street Congregational Churches combine (CKCC) 
  • 7/6/93 Current Post Office opened in Chermside Place Office Block. The previous Post Office which was opened on 30/7/1962 was closed and is now occupied by Ray White, Estate Agent.  
  • 1994 Kedron-Wavell Services Club RSL had its area extended by the Brisbane City Council (CDHS Archives - Chermside Clubs).
  • 6/10/95 Beneke's Bush, a patch of remnant bush land at The Prince Charles was preserved and restored by Greening Australia & Prince Charles Hospital (Beneke's Bush Report File)
  • 1/3/1996 The Hamilton Road Reserve, previously Sparkes' Paddock, was renamed 7th Brigade Park (Chermside Parklands Planning Study - p. 25)
  • 1996 Population of Chermside 6, 297 (POP)
  • 1/12/1996 Kidspace in 7th Brigade Park completed (minus roof) - 900 volunteers worked on the job. Roof went on in 1998 and toilets burnt by vandals in March 1999.
  • 1/12/1996 Westfield Trust purchased the Chermside Centre and named it Westfield Shoppingtown Chermside (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms)
  • 1997 Formation of the Chermside-Kedron Community Parish (Later Church) 
  • 15/1/97 Stormwater drainage around Cranbourne St (CDHS Archives - Chermside File)
  • 17/1/97 The third Municipal library opened on Cnr of Kittyhawk Drive & Hamilton Road by Lord Mayor Jim Soorley. (Plaque in foyer)
  • 1/2/1997 Flooding at Chermside Shopping Centre from the upper reaches of Somerset Creek which had been piped under the site - Byrne Ford on the other side of Hamilton Street was also flooded. (O'Shea Archives Photo)
  • 28/5/97 Northside Chronicle reported that the original Chermside State School building had been moved to the Historic Precinct on 28th May 1997. (CDHS Archives - Chermside Schools) Sale of the Chermside State School site in four sections: Section 1: Southern area bounded by Gympie Road, Rode Road and Henry Street bought by the Uniting Church for about $900,000 as it was for Community Purposes. Section 2: Central part facing Gympie Road bought by Aldi supermarket for Commercial Purposes - $3.7m (N C 2-5-2001 p.1) Section 3: Northern area facing Gympie Road bought by a family company for the Commercial Purpose of building several small shops - $2.4m (C M 12-2-99 p.40) Section 4: Western area facing Henry Street retained by the Government for public housing
  • 2/10/98 Chermside Fire Brigade moved from cnr Gympie and Hamilton Roads to new headquarters at 550 Hamilton Road. Officially opened 3/11/1998 - (CDHS - Chermside Services File)
  • 22/1/99 National Australia Bank Financial services centre opened (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms)
  • 1/2/99 Construction of a $6m, 62,100 sq m North Regional Business Centre at 960 Gympie Road to commence and be finished by Oct/Nov 1999. (NC 6/1/1999 p. 1) Officially opened 19/1/2000 by Lord Mayor Jim Soorley (Plaque in foyer)
  • 10/2/99 Maoris at home in Chermside establish a cultural club in the Voyager Centre (CDHS Archives - Chermside Clubs) 
  • 25/3/99 Kidspace Toilet Fire - $60,000 worth was burnt by vandals - (Northside Chronicle 31/3/1999). The vandals were subsequently 'dobbed' in by their community.
  • 2000 Kedron Congregation moves into old Chermside State School buildings. (CKCC) 
  • 1/3/00 Chermside Shopping Centre - Official Opening of Westfield upgrade & Expansion costing $235m (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms)
  • 1/3/2000 Kedron-Wavell Services Club RSL opened its new synthetic surface and grass surface hockey fields. Total cost was about $3m with $1.3m from a grant. (CDHS Archives - Chermside Clubs)
  • 7/9/00 Chermside Shopping Centre - Grand Opening of Westfield Chermside (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms)
  • 5/11/00 N - Chermside Veterinary Hospital officially opened after being extensively refurbished (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms) See also 24/1/2007
  • 11/11/00 Chermside Historic Precinct opened by Lord Mayor Jim Soorley (Foundation Plaque)
  • 2001 Population of Chermside 6,498 (POP)
  • 24/1/01 Duplex housing to be built by Government Housing Industry Trade Training Scheme at Corrie St - completion by March - (CDHS Archives - Chermside File)
  • 1/8/2001 Estimated Resident Population from Census of 2,001 - 6,213 (BCC Website)
  • 26/8/01 Sunday 2. 30pm - The Closing Service for the Chermside Uniting Church (Methodist Church) on the corner of Hamilton and Gympie Roads took place. (CDHS Archives - Program of Ceremony)
  • 23/9/01 Sunday 2. 30pm - The Opening and Dedication of Chermside-Kedron Community Church and the merger of the Chermside and Kedron Congregations took place. Rev Prof. James Haire presided at opening. (CKCC)
  • 1/2/02 Centro North opened (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms)
  • 1/8/02 Seven day trading in South East Queensland (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms)
  • 4/12/02 Dead Man's Gully Park, where Somerset Creek flows under Gympie Road, was officially named and a sign was unveiled. (CDHS Archives - Chermside File)
  • 2003 Annand Park renamed Burnie Brae Park as it was the site of the original Burnie Brae house. (CDHS Archives - Chermside File)
  • 23/7/03 Opening of the two footbridges over Somerset and Downfall Creeks to link the Chermside Historic Precinct with Kid Space in 7th Brigade Park - Cost $175,000 (N C 23/7/06 p. 9
  • 5/9/03 Millers Self Storage opened (Archives Chermside Firms)
  • 30/8/03 Rededication of World War I memorial gates at Marchant Park after being restored by the CDHS
  • 24/9/03 Amalgamation of Chermside Bowls and Kedron Bowls Clubs (CDHS Archives - Chermside Clubs)
  • 1/10/2003 Stockland Trust Group precinct to open at Carseldine. (Archives Chermside File)
  • 13/3/04 Opening of the $2m Chermside Hub incorporating the Municipal Library, Kedron-Wavell Services Club and the Chermside Aquatic Centre. (N C 28/1/2004 p. 3)
  • 1/4/2004 Critical Incident: A murder occurred in Hodgkinson Street, April 2004. A group of young people was walking through the park from Kedron-Wavell Services Club, on exiting the park at Hodgkinson Street, they met a group of young men and an altercation broke out. One man fell on the road/guttering and sustained fatal head wounds. The incident did not occur within the park boundaries. (Safety Audit Report)  Subsequently three youths were charged, found guilty and sentenced.  
  • 24/6/04 Aldi Supermarket opens on Gympie Road on the site of the old Chermside State School. (CM 25/6/2004 p. 3 & NC 30/6/2004 p. 15) A convenience centre with six tenants also opened about this time on the northern end of the old school site.
  • 11/8/04- Childcare Centre application by Andrew Parker of Parkross Developments at 5 Maundrell Terrace was disallowed by Brisbane City Council on air quality grounds as there was a service station over the road. It would have provided 74 places (10 for babies) and the Crèche and Kindergarten Association Northside Family Day Care Scheme has 44 children on its waiting lists, 31 of them babies. Similar numbers were reported over the northern suburbs by the N C survey. (N C p. 13)
  • 15/11/04 Chermside Building Centre opened on Rode Road (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms)
  • 2005 Rotary Club of Chermside closes due to lack of members, it was founded in 1957 (N C 10/5/06 p. 24)
  • 16/3/05 N p. 3 - There were 8 childcare centres in West Chermside and a ninth was being opposed on the grounds of traffic problems and the proximity of an existing centre next door. It was to be built at 697 Hamilton Road next door to Bright Beginnings Child Edu-Care Centre. The new development would have 95 children and 14 staff. (N C 16-3-05 P.3)
  • 16/3/05 BCC tabled draft Parkland Scheme covering 120ha of 7th Brigade, Marchant and Upper Downfall Creek Parks as "a metropolitan open space."(NC 16/3/2005 p. 5)
  • 6/7/05  Chermside set to dominate the north Brisbane landscape as the area's growth hub through the South-East Queensland Regional Plan - Chermside is recognised as a Primary Activity Centre in the plan. (N C 6-7-05 p.4)
  • 2006 Population of Chermside 6,348 (POP)
  • 26/4/06  Five fires lit by vandals in Chermside and Geebung on Monday night - Five youths were being interviewed - Marchant Park cricket curators compound was burnt destroying machinery -  Kid Space, a construction crane, a shade cloth at a retirement village and a large grass fire in 7th Brigade park. (26/4/06 NC P. 3)
  • 10/5/06 Lions Club of Chermside facing closure due to lack of members - it was founded in the late 1950s (N C 10/5/06 p. 24)
  • 28/9/06 Opening of the extension of Kittyhawk Drive in 2006 - bridging of Downfall Creek - Opened 11. 45am Thursday 28th September 2006 (Northern Chronicle 4/10/2006 p. 4)
  • 24/1/07 N - Green Cross Veterinary Hospital is 50 years old - opened in Gympie Road opposite the Shoppingtown and shifted to its present position on the Cnr Hamilton Road and Thomas Street.  
  • 7/2/07 NC p. 3 - Aust Affordable Housing Association plans to build 493 apartments on the site it bought from Westfield last month for $20m. The aim is to provide affordable units, not low cost which often become slum dwellings. At present the average family needs an income of $1150 weekly to afford suitable accommodation.
  • 25/4/07 The Prince Charles Hospital Emergency Dept has moved into the new building which is stage 1 of the $108.5m revamp. At present it is stabilising patients and sending them on to other hospitals but it should be operating at full capacity by mid 2008 (N C 25-4-07 p.3)