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Tanah Merah means "red soil" in Malaysian language.
This type of soil is found across the local area.
The Pacific Motorway borders the suburb and the
Logan Motorway divides it. Besides Australia, Tanah
Merah is also referred to a territory and town in
the state of Kelantan in northeast Malaysia. South
of Malaysia, Singapore also has a place called Tanah
Family and lifestyle living
Originally this land was bought and named by the
McBride's, an English family who moved to Brisbane
from Penang, Malaysia. The land was the first
settlement for the McBride family in Australia and
subsequently named it Tenah Merah, translating to
'red soils' in Malaysian. The family were an
airforce family who left Malaysia following WWII.
The land was once owned by the Murray family who
sold it off in sections to developers. The Murray
farm still exists in Tanah Merah and is located at
the end of Murrays Road.
In the north west Slacks Creek joins the Logan
River. It was this area which was the first to be
settled by Europeans. On north east border is the
Logan Hyperdome. Part of the western boundary
follows lower Slacks Creek. The Pintu Drive off-ramp
is the designated exit from the M1 for Tanah Merah
and nearby is the Bryants Road overpass. The south
eastern pocket of the suburb is positioned close to
Loganholme State School. The central parts are
dominated by a ridge which remains partially
vegetated. This area provides habitat for wallabies
and koalas. Tansey Park on the river has a boat
ramp, playground, and two sports ovals. A small
caravan park is located on the Pacific Highway
opposite the Hyperdome.
Murrays Road is a heritage road located in the
suburb. Named after the Murray family who first
settled in the area in the 1870s, the road (in part)
is bordered by Slacks Creek and natural reserve. The
original Murray farm is still located at the end of
the road. It was farmed for 4 generations as a Dairy
Farm (originally suppling milk to the Kingston
Butter Factory. Robert (Jim) Murray was the last to
operate the dairy which is now not in use.
Murrays Road also provided access to timber
carriage. Logs were brought in by bullock cart from
the surrounding area and transported to sawmills up
the Logan River. This was done by a rafting system
(steamers) which would travel up Slacks Creek. Earth
cuttings can still be seen in the hill to the side
of the road where logs were rolled down for removal.
Rafting Court is a small a street off Murrays Road
which is named to remember the important role the
timber distribution point had in supplying timber to
the developing area. Murrays Road also holds the
largest single population of Austromyrtus gonoclada
trees. Less than 300 specimens are known to exist
and many are located along the road itself as well
on adjoining property.
small Logan Shire suburb of Tanah Merah is located just off
the Pacific Motorway and is characterised by homes on larger
than average blocks with established trees. Some have views
of the Logan River.
A mixture of young and older people live in Tanah Merah.
Older residents are attracted to the area's picturesque
setting, while younger families are settling in the suburb
because of its affordability.
Tanah Merah, being located close to the Pacific and Logan
motorways, is well positioned to access major infrastructure
in the Logan area. The Logan Hyperdome is nearby, as are a
number of public and private schools including John Paul
College and Griffith University's Logan Campus.
While most people work outside the area, the Logan Hyperdome
and other retail areas also provide employment for residents
living in the area. Most residents head to the Hyperdome for
their shopping needs however there are some small shops a
bit closer to home.Tanah Merah has a number of parks, while the Hyperdome
area also provides plenty of activities
for nearby residents