On Sunday, October 9 2016 the Queensland Government announced a $35 million urban village development to be constructed on the site of the former Queensland University of Technology campus.
The urban village is expected to bring a new and vibrant look to the old campus, with construction scheduled to be completed in four stages over four years.
The first stage will include a dramatic tree-lined boulevard entrance after a community consultation process later this year.
The project is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing our Cities and Regions strategy, according to Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad.
“The Carseldine Urban Village site is a prime parcel of underutilised state land in the Fitzgibbon Priority Development Area,” Ms Trad said.
“Through our Advancing our Cities and Regions strategy, announced this week, we are creating an exciting transport-oriented community with a world-class urban design outcome.
“This initiative will breathe new life into the Carseldine area while delivering jobs, including 70 during construction, to North Brisbane.
“The community will remain connected to the natural environment with the Kedron Wavell Ballpark and approximately 18 hectares of protected vegetation to be retained and a further 3.5 hectares of open space to be created.”
The Urban Development Industry of Australia (Queensland) issued a release over the weekend welcoming the announcement of the new urban village in CarseldineThe UDIA (Qld) President Stephen Harrison agreed with the government release stating that the project will deliver more jobs and provide greater infrastructure and diversity of housing choice as well as a boost to the economy.
He said the industry now has greater opportunities to meet the communities’ expectations in relation to the provision of diverse housing.
Minister for Transport and Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe said that the new urban village was an extension of the very successful Fitzgibbon Chase community.
“The site, which is convenient to Carseldine train station, will expand on the model we established at Fitzgibbon and include some 900 homes for approximately 3,500 residents plus commercial and retail space,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“The whole Fitzgibbon Priority Development Area demonstrates how smart thinking from governments can deliver affordable, sustainable housing and build a real sense of community.”
Images courtesy Queensland Government.