Brisbane City Council Adopts Bulimba Barracks Masterplan


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The Bulimba Barracks redevelopment took another step forward as the Brisbane City Council formally adopted the masterplan.

According to The Brisbane Times, the master plan was formally incorporated into the city plan on Tuesday afternoon and allowed for a maximum of five storeys on the site, with most unit blocks to be either two or three storeys.

There will also be public access to prime riverfront land and an oval with dimensions suitable for Australian Rules football.

The Brisbane Times 

reported that despite the adoption, there was was a lack of unanimous support from the community and local councillors due to an apparent lack of a park-and-ride facilities for the Apollo Road CityCat terminal.


Despite the lack of unanimous support, Brisbane City Council maintain the Bulimba Barracks Master Plan is the next step in providing more detailed planning on future development and ways it could enhance the local area. It will guide future development on matters such as preferred land use mix, building height and type, heritage, flooding, parkland, road network, pedestrian and bike connections, use of the riverfront and any necessary infrastructure upgrades.

Highlights include:

  • A mix of housing types, with houses and unit developments, with no ‘affordable housing provisions’.
  • Sensitive integration with surrounding residential, with two to three storey unit development increasing to five storeys in some locations to the centre of the site.
  • Retention of the historic barge workshop building repurposed for a range of retail, business, commercial and community uses.
  • Local streets that connect to the existing road network and river.
  • Riverfront parkland, including a Riverwalk with pedestrian and cycle connectivity.

The Bulimba District Neighbourhood Plan came into effect on 2 July 2012 and includes overall outcomes to guide redevelopment should the Australian Government Department of Defence cease operations. The outcomes were developed together with the local community following extensive feedback and input.

The Brisbane Times reported that the Liberal National Party administration's city planning chairman Julian Simmonds said a park-and-ride could yet be included if it was identified in the next state interest check.

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