Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has unveiled the master plan for the urban renewal of the Bulimba Barracks.

The low-rise development includes 850 new dwellings and more than five hectares of green space.

Toby Crockford reports.


There were smiles all round at City Hall today, with the Lord Mayor hailing the plan as a win-win for both council and the community.

The aim, build up to 850 new dwellings on the 20-hectare site.

Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor: “We’ve got things like cafes, some opportunity for shops in that precinct as well as an on-land river walk and parkland frontage to the river.”

The draft plan was devised with the help of more than 800 locals, with popular demands including low-rise buildings and plenty of parkland.

The community cries were heard loud and clear, with restrictions placed on building heights and plenty of areas set aside as green space.

Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor: “It’s important that we get this site right and I think we’ve done that with the master plan. We’ve certainly listened to what locals have had to say and they’ve shaped essentially the outcome that we present today.”

Council taking the time to talk to the community has certainly had an effect.

Vox 1: “I don’t think five storeys is over the top and providing they’re giving parkland and other amenities to help, I think it’s good.”

Vox 2: “It gives us more space to kick the footy around and play with our mates.”

Local information kiosks will also be held here at Memorial Park on Oxford Street, from this Thursday until next Tuesday, for those people who want to find out more.

Toby Crockford, QUT News.