About Deagon Ward
Deagon Ward is the most north-eastern electorate in the Brisbane City Council area.
There are two Traditional Owner groups in Deagon Ward. On the mainland, the Turrbul people are generally recognised as the Traditional Owners on land to the north of the Brisbane River. The Nugui people (part of the Quandamooka) are acknowledged as the Traditional Owners on Moreton Island (known as Moorgumpin).
The Jagera and Turrbal groups occupied land in the Brisbane and Ipswich areas. The exact boundaries are not known, however, the Turrbal generally occupied the area north of the Brisbane River. Both groups had closely related languages which are classified as belonging to the larger Yaggera language group. In nearby Shorncliffe the Ningy-Ningy clan had displaced the Turrbal by the 1850s . The area has a rich indigenous history. Evidence of Aboriginal occupation can be found; in sites of special importance at Dinah Island and by Aboriginal camps on the banks of the Cabbage Tree Creek.
The Ward is named after the suburb of Deagon (which was named after William Deagon). William Deagon was an old identity of the area, and his name was used for the locality when the railway line went through in 1887. He owned the Sandgate Hotel, a stopping place for the Cobb & Co. coaches. William Deagon was the Mayor of Sandgate in 1882, 1883 and 1884. Deagon Street, the racecourse, the railway station and the Deagon Wetlands now bear his name.
The area is bordered by significant natural features (Pine River to the north, Bramble Bay to the east and Downfall Creek at the southern end) as well as major roads (Gateway Arterial and Deagon Deviation) and the railway line (which divides Zillmere, Virginia and Geebung).
These natural features, including the internationally significant Boondall Wetlands, the Deagon and Brighton Wetlands as well as the various lagoons (Einbunpin and Dowse) and waterways (Cabbage Tree and Downfall Creek and Zillman waterholes) shape the local area.
The vibrant, active local community is evidenced by the hundreds of community organisations that run on the energy of their volunteers. From sporting clubs to environmental groups, from seniors organisations to the community sector, Deagon Ward is blessed with residents who have a strong sense of community.
Deagon Ward comprises the suburbs of Boondall, Brighton, Deagon, Geebung (part), Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Taigum, Virginia (part) and Zillmere (part), as well as the communities on Moreton Island (including the townships at Bulwer, Cowan Cowan and Kooringal).