Collinson's house, Bruce Highway, Wrights Creek
|Population||156 (2016 census)|
|• Density||6.53/km2 (16.91/sq mi)|
|Area||23.9 km2 (9.2 sq mi)|
The locality is mostly low-lying flat land (approx 10 metres above sea level) with a small area of mountainous area in the south-west of the locality rising to an unnamed peak of 200 metres above sea level. The Trinity Inlet (aka Smith Creek) is the northern boundary of the locality while Wrights Creek (the watercourse from which the locality takes its name) and Mackey Creek form parts of the eastern and western boundaries of the locality. Warners Road is the southern boundary. The northert part of the locality is undeveloped wetlands and the mountainous region is also undeveloped. However, most of the locality is used for farming (predominantly sugarcane).
The Bruce Highway and North Coast railway line pass through the south-western part of the locality; Kamma railway station services the local area. There is also a network of cane tramways to transport the harvested sugarcane to the Mulgrave Sugar Mill.
Wright's Creek Provisional School opened on 8 October 1894, becoming Wright's Creek State School on 1 January 1909. It closed in 1953.
As part of the Wrights Creek development plan, a trade, enterprise, freight and industry zone has been proposed in the southern part of Wrights Creek nearby Gordonvale to diversify the economy of the Cairns region and to provide employment opportunities. The development plan utilises the location of the Bruce Highway and North Coast railway line transport corridors. Significant portions of land would be retained for the purpose of sugar cane farming in the area and environmental management purposes. The local council supported the state development area on the basis that existing private businesses in the region would not be impacted by competition.
As part of the Bruce Highway Southern Access Corridor development project, the construction of an off road cycling path and an upgrade of the Bruce Highway has been funded by the state and federal governments, with construction expected to be completed from 2021-2023.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wrights Creek". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
- "Wrights Creek - locality in Cairns Region (entry 48946)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
- "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
- "Kamma - railway station in Cairns Region (entry 17631)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
- Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
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