> I imagine that most of the people that live in Quinns, THEEEYYY LOOOOOVE IIIIIITT!!!!!!!! [say this in a drawn out Oprah-esque yell]. It’s mega peaceful + oozes a stress-free lifestyle. They’d probably feel like it was far enough away from the city rat race but not too far. Seems like it’d be a nice friendly community > with a mix of people, oldies, young families, professional people, tradies… I thought there’d be a high concentration of old people but interestingly, the median age is 33 years. Those aged 0-19 years make up just over a third of the population + only 6% of Quinns residents are aged 65 years and over. Technicians, tradies + labourers make up about 30% [high for Perth] whilst professionals, clerical + admin workers about the same. Almost 100% of dwellings are stand alone houses – no flats or units out here! About 68% have 4 or more bedrooms + 26% have 3 or more > this is huge! 30% of houses are rented. There are 184 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – highest suburb I’ve done so far. Quinns seems like a bit of a hidden treasure actually. The beach is beautiful + activity centres on the Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club + Portofino’s Restaurant + Cafe [very nice]. You can see a shot of Salty’s a great little cafe right across from the beach.
Quinns was established in ’62 as a rural townsite focused around Quinns Beach. I reckon some of the houses are legit originals too, which appeals to me very much, that’s why I did this suburb quite early on in the piece. I’ve read about the history + it is very interesting. Google tells me… In 1930, the whole beachfront came under the control of the Wanneroo Road Board. They issued “boatshed and campsite permits” to holidaymakers for $4.20 per year [wow] – but they couldn’t stay for more than two days without permission. In 1942, Quinns got its first permanent residents + the caravan park was built in 1946. During the ‘50s more shacks were built along the ocean front but leasing was phased out in the late ‘50s + people were told they had to remove their shacks! They were given first right of refusal for blocks on the ocean front at about $800 [wow]. Blocks were partitioned + in the early ‘60s Quinns Rocks was declared a town.
Most of the photos below are of ‘Old Quinns’ > an area made up of rolling hills and roads, overhead power lines + as I said, a myriad of unique houses with distinct architectural designs from the ’60s + ’70s. Much of this area still relies on septic tanks for waste management rather than a linked sewerage system, although infill sewerage works are scheduled in future. When I come back, I will do the newer sections like Norfolk Estate [built in the early ‘90s + is east of Tapping Way]. It’s almost the opposite of Old Quinns with its underground power, cul-de-sac street systems + modern bungalow housing. This is where a lot of the public housing is. Some are concerned about the community housing in the area, but there is community housing in some of Perth’s most glitziest suburbs, I don’t think it’s an issue here at all [not that I spend much time here]. I also have to get to the part that borders Jindalee in the north as that’s new too. Be good to see the contrast. I’m always visiting friends + family up north so I’ll do it soon.
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