Postcode: 4155 | Distance to CBD: 14 km
Welcome to Chandler
Chandler is probably best known for the Sleeman Sports Complex which has evolved from the site of the 1982 Commonwealth Games, an event which marked a big step in Brisbane's modern history. The Sleeman Sports Complex named after former Brisbane Lord Mayor Frank Northey Sleeman is home to a number of sporting organisations and among its facilities are the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, the Cycling Velodrome and even a theatre! Being less developed than most Brisbane suburbs, Chandler has large areas of bushland. Most of the houses are on large acreage blocks and residents rely mainly on the services and facilities of neighbouring Carindale and Capalaba.
Chandler is about 14km from the Brisbane CBD. 60% of households in this area are made up of couples with children, and a further 32% are couples without children.
Local shopping is limited, but it doesn’t take long to drive to Carina Shopping Centre on Old Cleveland Road, where you’ll find everything you need. You can also head to Capalaba where you’ll find a wide range of stores.
14 km south-east of the Brisbane CBD
Sleeman Sports Complex, close to Carindale and Capalaba Shopping Centres
Within the 14km radius of the Brisbane CBD and approximately 20 minutes by car along Old Cleveland Road, Chandler is mainly home to acreage properties with few smaller residential lots available. Catering to young and established families Chandler is made up predominantly of 2.5 acres lots providing homeowners with an acreage lifestyle, close to modern facilities. Located in the Koala Corridor buyers will find that much of the land not used for housing is listed as conservation parkland and reserves. For this reason there is a limited number of bike and walkways in the parklands. The spread-out nature of the suburb means that public transport in the area is difficult and local amenities are accessed primarily by car. Although Chandler has no rail station and buses are limited to the major arterial roads, more frequent bus services to and from the city are available at nearby Carindale and Capalaba Shopping Centres.
As well as being the closest source of major supermarkets and retailers, Carindale Shopping Centre and Capalaba Central also offer, cinema complexes for residents looking for more modern entertainment. The Sleeman Sports Complex is complemented by recreational facilities like the Belmont and Cannon Hill Rifle Ranges, and the Grass Dale Country Club in neighbouring Belmont. Although there are no schools in Chandler, families are well catered for with schools in neighbouring Gumdale, Capalaba and Carindale.
The creek and hills of the Belmont region were important hunting and camping grounds for the Aborigines, both before and after white settlement. The mineral springs near Mount Petrie were a popular camping spot and there was a corroboree ground on Bulimba Creek near the wool scour. Presumably this settlement also applied to the Chandler area. Mount Gravatt–Capalaba Road was reputed to be an Aboriginal track.
Chandler is best known as one of the sites for the 1982 Commonwealth Games. Suburban development outside the ten-mile [16.1-kilometre] limit was mainly the result of efforts by Lord Mayor Clem Jones and did not take place till the 1970s. Chandler is still primarily rural with a population of just 950 in 1996, although this is a significant increase from 853 in 1981. It has neither a school nor a major shopping precinct. Activity is primarily market gardening, horses, and poultry. Acreage residential developments are also apparent.
Chandler was named after Sir John Beale Chandler who was born in England in 1887. He migrated from England and established the Chandlers electrical business that still flourishes. In 1930 he started the first commercial radio station in Brisbane. He was Lord Mayor from 1940 to 1952 and was also in State Parliament as the MLA for Hamilton. He was knighted in 1952 and died in 1962.
The Sleeman Sports Centre was named for Frank Northey Sleeman. He was born in 1915 and went to school at Canterbury Boys High School. In the Second World War he was in the First Commando Company, and after the war he began a newsagency in Brisbane. He was elected the member for Banyo Ward of the Brisbane City Council in 1961 and from 1976 to 1980 he was Lord Mayor of Brisbane.
Colonel McKenzie was one of Belmont's earliest settlers. He built a large house, grew sugar, and established the first sugar mill on Scrub Road. He was responsible for planting a stand of trees: silky oak and bunya pines, as well as kauri and pear, mangos and guavas. The grave of his son, who had died in a horse accident in 1867, stood within the trees, along with several old wells to store the water from the springs, giving the area the name of 'Springdale' or 'Springfield'. Baynes Brothers and Redbank Meatworks used the paddock as a resting paddock. During the 1920s, the Belmont Cricket Club erected their pitch there. A plane crashed in the area during World War II. In the 1970s petitions and protests were organised to save the trees from the Carindale developments, and the National Trust listed 2.5 hectares, but the developers had already planned to build in the paddock, although they aimed to save 90% of the trees.
In 1982 Brisbane hosted the twelfth Commonwealth Games. Chandler was a major venue for this event, with the theatre/sports hall (seating 15 000), aquatic centre, and velodrome all occupying the forty-hectare site; which became the Sleeman Sports Complex. A ring road, picnic areas, and large parking areas were also needed, but the site was developed to preserve and recreate the natural environment. Topsoil was removed and preserved for replanting, seed was collected, and the site was divided into four ecological systems based on the existing conditions. A series of artificial lakes were constructed along a natural depression and aquatic and bird life was maintained.
The first proposal to build a dam on Tingalpa Creek was made in 1960, and in 1966 dam construction commenced. In 1967 the Leslie Harrison Dam was completed, thus creating Tingalpa Reservoir. It took until 1970 before the dam was full and water flowed over the spillway. The catchment for this dam is home to one of the largest koala populations in the state. Lota Creek flows into Moreton Bay/Tingalpa Creek at Lota and has developed on the alluvial plain