Pro Drive Driver Education at Inala

Driving Lessons Inala

Pro Drive driving school provides driving lessons in Inala and surrounding suburbs.

Our Highly Trained instructors will assist you to obtain a driving licence for either a car or truck.

Pro Drive Driving School have an extremely high pass rate for our students because we focus on teaching proper driving skills and developing the student’s confidence, almost every Pro Drive student passes their test the first time. Our instructors will advise you when they know you are a ready to take the test. When the time comes, we will organise your test for you.

Inala is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south-west of the Brisbane CBD.

Inala Avenue/Poinsettia Street is the main roadway east–west and Serviceston Avenue/Rosemary Street and Blunder Road are the main roads stretching north–south. Newer estate Forest Lake is situated to the south; other surrounding suburbs include Durack, Darra and Oxley to the north; Richlands, Ellen Grove and Wacol to the west; and Willawong, Acacia Ridge, Pallara and Doolandella to the East.

'Inala' is an indigenous word meaning 'resting place', as this area was a traditional stopping point for indigenous travellers on their way east to the Moreton Bay region. The traditional tribe is Jagera, but the name Inala in not of the local language.

Following World War II there was a shortage of 250,000 houses across Australia. In Queensland alone over 4,000 families were living in makeshift dwellings of tin, calico and canvas. The Queensland and Australian Governments responded by making housing a priority.

The history of Inala started as the suburb of Serviceton, established following a meeting held in a Brisbane RSL Hall in May 1946. A group of ex-servicemen, led by Harold (Hock) Davis, were seeking affordable accommodation for their families during the post-war housing shortage. The Serviceton Co-operative Society was formed and they purchased 480 hectares of flood-safe land, which was then divided amongst the shareholders, giving them 800 square metres each. At that stage, Inala was planned as a satellite town set on a broad, high, gently sloping ridge

In 1949–1950 the Queensland Housing Commission purchased Serviceton, comprising approximately 850 acres (3.4 km2) of land, from the faltering Serviceton Housing Co-operative. The Housing Commission subsequently annexed another 200 acres (0.8 km2) to the suburb and changed its name to Inala in 1953 to avoid postal confusion with another Serviceton in Victoria.

Inala State School opened on 1 July 1955. In September 1974 it was expanded to include a pre-school.[4]

Inala Special School opened on 26 August 1968. On 1 January 2007 it was renamed Western Suburbs State Special School.[4]

In the 2016 census, Inala recorded a population of 14,849 people, 48.5% male and 51.5% female. The median age of the Inala population was 34 years, 3 years below the Australian median. 45.9% of people living in Inala were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 66.7%; the next most common countries of birth were 19.4% Vietnam, 3.1% New Zealand, 2.0% Samoa and 1.9% England. 39.8% of people spoke only English at home.

According to the 2016 census, Inala has the largest Buddhist community (2,055 people; 13.8%) and the largest Vietnamese Australian community (4,446 people; 30.0%) of any suburb in Queensland.[5][6]

There are several shopping precincts within Inala. The joined Inala Plaza–Civic Centre complex located on the corner of Kittyhawk and Inala Avenues is the largest precinct in Inala. It offers two major supermarkets, Vietnamese markets, restaurants, and a wide variety of independent shops. Other shops and restaurants exist on Biota Street located to the north, on Skylark Street to the east, and on the junction of Lavender and Lilac Streets. Richlands Plaza shopping and business centre opened on the border of Inala and Richlands in 2010 and offers a major supermarket, adjacent shops, services, cafes and a gym.

Inala has two post offices, numerous medical centres and services, many of which are bulk billing, two community halls, a community art gallery, various churches, and a Buddhist temple and monastery.

There are a large number of government funded and non-government non-profit community organisations and programs located in Inala, some of these include Inala Community Centre, Hub Neighbourhood Centre, Inala Community House, Skylarkers Healthy Ageing, Western Districts Out of Home Care, Inala Youth Service, Western Districts Family Steps, Childcare Access, Equity Resource Support Unit. Most government services are located within the Inala Plaza precinct and its surrounds. These include a Brisbane City Council Library,[7] Department of Communities, Department of Corrective Services and a Medicare and Centrelink office. The Inala Library opened in 1963 with a major refurbishment in 1994 and a smaller renovation in 2011.[8]

Kev Hooper park, Inala

Sport and recreation facilities include a Police Citizens Youth Club gym and fitness centre, a number of Brisbane City Council parks and recreation areas, sport ovals and facilities, and one of the best skate parks in Brisbane – Inala Skate Park (D.J. Sherrington Park). Special pedestrian walkways between residential houses facilitate residents' access to bus stops, schools, shops and recreational areas. Inala has four dog parks with fenced off-leash areas, shelters, benches and water taps, located at Kev Hooper Park on Lavender Street, at Richlands Depot Park on Government Road, on the corner of Inala Avenue and Sycamore Street, and on Kimberley Street near C.J. Greenfield Park.

Inala has a high ratio of green areas and parks,[9] most of which are named after prominent people who helped establish the suburb or contributed to the community. The parks and the large numbers of grown native trees through the suburb maintain the ecosystem of Inala, quiet environment and clean air.[10]

Buses conduct services from Inala bus station near the Inala Plaza shopping centre through the Inala suburb, to railway stations nearest to Inala: RichlandsDarraOxley, to Forest Lake Village Shopping Centre, Mount Ommaney Shopping Centre, Garden City Shopping Centre, Princess Alexandra Hospital and QEII Hospital. Richlands railway station opened in 2011 and is now Inala's closest rail link, approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from central Inala. Paths for easy pedestrian and bike access from Inala to Richlands station are set in the area development plan.[16] Inala also has bus connections to SalisburyMoorooka and Coopers Plains railway stations, and to Woolloongabba busway stationSouth Bank and the Brisbane City via the frequent express bus route 100 that operates from early morning until late night.

Inala has a very good access to Ipswich MotorwayCentenary Motorway and Logan Motorway, and further to Warrego Highway and Cunningham Highway.

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