Kurilpa Draft Plan To Rejuvenate Brisbane City



draft master plan for the

Kurilpa Riverfront Renewal project was unveiled at a lunch held by the 

Brisbane Development Association on Thursday 21st August.

The urban regeneration project will see more than 25 hectares along the Brisbane River redeveloped into a new riverside community.

Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government are working together to facilitate the renewal of Kurilpa, located across the river from Brisbane's CBD.

Kurilpa’s one kilometre stretch of north-facing river frontage will form an extension to Brisbane's Cultural precinct.
The Kurilpa Renewal project will see the area become a community with a mix of apartments, offices and cultural venues and a place to shop, dine and visit.

It is the city’s most significant opportunity to deliver on Brisbane City Council’s River’s Edge Strategy and its "vision to improve access and amenity along the inner-city reaches of the Brisbane River".

The large flexible redevelopment sites facilitate the opportunity to create a new city-defining neighbourhood supporting 11,000 new residents and 8,000 employees.

As the largest urban regeneration opportunity in Brisbane’s inner city, Kurilpa will contribute to and benefit from the expected doubling of Brisbane’s GDP to $270 billion in the next 20 years.

The Kurilpa Master Plan has set the framework to deliver the project over the next 20 years. The vision will be delivered through a range of projects, including seven priority projects to be delivered over the next five to 10 years.

The seven priority projects include:

  • Close and reclaim Riverside Drive for parkland
  • Investigate the delivery of a major new cultural facility
  • Deliver a 10,000 square metre riverfront park at Hope Street and investigate the delivery of a new riverfront amphitheatre
  • Implement a high-frequency bus service
  • Deliver an urban playground under the Merivale Bridge viaducts
  • Investigate the delivery of a river-based transport stop

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

told The Australian that the plan proposed will double the amount of public space in Kurilpa.

“Kurilpa is council’s next step in building a vibrant riverside culture in Brisbane and follows on from successful redevelopments of industrial waterfront land at Newstead and Teneriffe,” Cr Quirk said.

Community feedback will be sought during the next six weeks until Friday, October 3.


The Masterplan was a ‘team effort’ between the following:

  • BCC
  • BVN Architects
  • JLL
  • Three Plus
  • Robson Consulting
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