Pro Drive Driver Education at Runcorn

Driving Lessons Runcorn

Pro Drive driving school provides driving lessons in Runcorn 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.

Our driving lesson methods are tried and tested to reflect the importance of road safety and results in an above average pass rate. We ensure that you are getting the most out of your driving lessons. We want drivers to be happy and confident learning with us and we especially want you to be 100% satisfied with the result.

Pro Drive instructors tailor each driving lesson to your skill level and ability. They do not waste valuable time and they never drag out your learning. All our driving instructors are enthusiastic and passionate about helping you become the absolute best driver you can be.

Pro Drive offers a variety of driving lesson options and packages and can pick you up from home, school, work or meet you somewhere that is convenient. We pride ourselves on offering the most friendly and professional service available and are enormously proud of our growing reputation as Queensland’s finest driving school.

Empowering people with the knowledge and skills to not only pass their driving test, but to enable them to enjoy benefits and freedom through being a safe and courteous driver. 

Runcorn is an outer southern suburb in the City of BrisbaneQueensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Runcorn had a population of 14,592 people.

Runcorn is 18.6 kilometres (12 mi) by road from Brisbane’s central business district. Beenleigh and Warrigal Roads both run through the suburb, and are the primary links towards the Brisbane CBD and beyond. Much of the suburb is bordered by Bulimba Creek, with the secondary source for the creek rising within the suburb.

The Jagera Aboriginal people occupied most of the land south of the Brisbane River; Runcorn would have been in the territory of the Chepara clan of Eight Mile Plains, Queensland.

Originally a part of Coopers Plains, the area was designated the Brisbane Agricultural Reserve (later the Eight Mile Plains Agricultural Reserve) . In 1868, the Williams family were the first to settle in the suburb, followed by Reverend J. McLaren a decade later. Rev. McLaren named his farm Runcorn, reportedly after Runcorn, Cheshire, England. Other early settlers include Mrs. Hill and Mr. Story.

Cotton was grown in 1870 which led to the growth of various small crops. The population remained small consisting mainly of fruit and vegetable farmers, the bone mill as well as a couple of chicken and dairy farms.

In May 1880 there was a subdivision called the Runcorn Estate, offering a mix of farm lots and town lots.

The Beenleigh railway line opened in 1885 with Runcorn railway station servicing the area.

In 1886, the Runcorn Bone Mill was started by Messrs Main, Clazy and Smith, with the fertiliser being used by farmers from regions as far away as New Zealand. At this time the local land was primarily used for farming.

In 1890, a suburban estate called Runcorn Station Estate was sold, offering house lots close to the railway station.

In 1901, the first school was opened in the area - Runcorn Provisional School (which was renamed to Runcorn State School in 1909).

Runcorn Provisional School opened on 8 July 1901. On 1 January 1909 it became Runcorn State School. The school's story began when a building committee was formed and requested a school be built in the area. An Inspector from the Department of Public Instruction decided that the applicants had established their claim for a Provisional School on the site selected, and that a school was needed. In 1901, Runcorn Provisional School opened with 26 pupils but no supplies or furniture. Miss Maud Fraser was the first teacher. As the enrolments grew, classes were held on the verandahs until more classrooms could be provided under the original building. In 1909, the Department took over the running of the school and it became Runcorn State School. By 1929, there were nearly four hundred children enrolled. The numbers peaked in the mid 1970s to around 1100 students.

In May 1915 a subdivision of farm land was sold under the name of the Fruitgrove Estate.

Despite seeming development only six houses between Nathan and Warrigal roads existed in 1922.

The Progress Hall was constructed in 1926.

Electricity was connected in the suburb in 1933.

A second railway station was built in the area in 1935, and named "Fruitgrove" after the surrounding locality/housing estate.

During the Second World War the area was used by the United States Army and then by the (British) Royal Navy.

The 1960s saw widespread development of the area and the population boomed over the following two decades.

Runcorn Heights State School opened on 28 January 1975.

Runcorn State High School opened on 28 January 1986.

The 1990s saw town houses arrive in the area, and the population jumped once again - from 5,245 to 9,229 ten years later.

In the 2016 census, Runcorn had a population of 14,592 people.

Runcorn Heights State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 200 Nemies Road. In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 704 students with 48 teachers (44 full-time equivalent) and 33 non-teaching staff (21 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Runcorn State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at 132 Hill Road. In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 769 students with 75 teachers (73 full-time equivalent) and 46 non-teaching staff (32 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Despite its name, Runcorn State School is now within the suburb boundaries of Sunnybank. However Runcorn State School and also Warrigal Road State School in Eight Mile Plains provide schooling for children in the northern part of Runcorn.

Runcorn has several shopping centres. It is a very ethnically diverse area, and is also favoured by students due to its proximity to Sunnybank, and its low rental prices (compared to suburbs closer to the city). The suburb also has an electrical substation, operated by Energex, that provides power to approximately 11,000 properties in a variety of surrounding areas.

Warrigal Road Farm (established in 1911) is one of the oldest operating farms in the region with over 100 years of heritage. The Runcorn Horse and Pony Club continually plays an active role in the community offering a range of recreational opportunities.

The Brisbane City Council lists 33 parks maintained in the suburb. These include a range of facilities, varying from park to park and catering for picnics, barbecues, basketball, baseball, cricket and cycling. The city council also operates a public pool service within the suburb.

Runcorn is home to Souths United football club, who play in the Football Queensland Premier League.

Runcorn is also the location of the playing fields of St Laurence's College, which is located in South Brisbane. There are eight fields which are used for various sports including cricket, football and rugby. The Br Ryan Centre is a professional function centre that accompanies this site and offers professional kitchen facilities.

The main Brisbane – Gold Coast, Queensland/Beenleigh railway line runs through Runcorn. It is operated by Queensland Rail. Two stations, Runcorn and Fruitgrove, provide access to express and all stop services between Brisbane and Beenleigh. Brisbane–Gold Coast trains do not stop at Runcorn or Fruitgrove stations. These stations recently underwent extensive renovations, including line triplication.

The area is also serviced by TransLink's 150 bus route, which runs approximately every 15 minutes between 6:00 am and 11:00 pm. (Other variations of this main bus route - including the 152, 153, 156, and P157 services - also pass through Runcorn but run less frequently.)

Runcorn has a diverse range of nationalities and ages as with many of the surrounding suburb. In the 2011 census, the population of Runcorn was 14,075 (50.2% female and 49.8% male). The median age of the Runcorn population is 31 years, 6 years below the Australian median. 45.4% of people living in Runcorn were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were China 9.2%, India 4.7%, New Zealand 4%, Taiwan 3.8%, Korea, Republic of 3.8%. 50% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 13.5% Mandarin, 6.4% Cantonese, 4.2% Korean, 2.2% Punjabi, 2% Vietnamese.

The suburb had an unemployment rate of 7.8%. The median household income was $2,107 a week. The main occupations of the residents are vastly different and include Professionals (22.9%), Clerical and Administrative workers (16%) and Technicians and Trades Workers (13.5%).

According to the 2016 census, Runcorn has the largest Sikh community (911 people; 6.2%) and the largest Indian Australian community (1,395 people; 7.7%) of any suburb in Queensland.

Runcorn Progress Hall was built by Tom King in 1926. It was built of chamfer board with a galvanized iron roof and stumps provided by Mr Sirett. It has been a focus for the community for many years, with dances and euchre parties as well as many fund raising and social activities held there. The Methodist Church held services there until they acquired their own church. The hall is now owned by Pinelands Lions Club but is still used by a variety of groups.

Runcorn Bone Mill was started in 1886 by Messrs. Main, Clazy and Smith, and the fertilizer was used by farmers as far away as New Zealand. In 1888, a hundred pleasure seekers from Brisbane caught the train to Runcorn to explore and to visit the bonemill and Mr Williams' Greenhill Nursery. The roof of the mill was blown off by a violent storm in the 1890s. Australian Co-operative Fertilizers bought the mill for $500 in 1918. During the Second World War the area was used by the United States Army and then by the British Navy. After the war it was converted to a sawmill and it later became the big foundry for Bradford Kendall (Bradken).

The current Queensland State Archives building was built on Compton Road in 1992 and opened in 1993.

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