Long term residents of Brisbane may fondly remember the relaxed low-key lifestyle of the 1980s. Kids running around barefoot from dawn to dusk. Long evenings on the back veranda making the most of the cooling breeze. Houses were smaller in those days, and blocks of land were large.
In fact, as capital cities went, Brisbane was regarded almost as a large country town. Neighbours trusted each other and property crime was relatively low-key.
Fast forward to 2019 and how things have changed! The population has skyrocketed to over two million, largely due to migration from the Southern states. Cheap housing was still available in Queensland in the nineties, and many families sold up their expensive real estate in Sydney and Melbourne and cashed in on bargain affordable housing in and around the surrounding suburbs of Brisbane. This sudden growth in population resulted in a building boom for Queensland and many new suburbs were created.
One such suburb in the south east is Forest Lake. A multi award winning residential suburb, Forest Lake was a ‘master planned’ community, and was considered the start of affordable housing within Australia. The community was one of the first to adopt the ‘small-lot’ housing blocks, now common across new estates surrounding Brisbane.
Forest Lake was constructed over a forest by a company called Delphin. Trees were bulldozed, a man-made lake was created in a natural hollow and a network of roads and roundabouts were built. Forest Lake attracted young families, due to the well-planned streets and bike paths, schools, shops and parks, not to mention its close proximity to the city. Houses mushroomed out from the lake and pushed against the borders of existing suburbs such as Inala and Richlands.
Due to the rapid increase in population, crime in the Forest Lake area is now fourth according to the Police Services online crime map data, and has risen again over the last 12 months. Read More