The Queensland Government has begun community consultation on the proposed plan for the Woolloongabba Priority Development Area (PDA), which is set to deliver more housing, jobs and public spaces. 

The PDA is forecast to deliver more than 14,000 much-needed additional dwellings, accommodating an estimated population of around 24,000 people and more than 36,000 workers over the next 40 years. 

The Woolloongabba Plan includes requirements for 20 per cent affordable or social housing and will promote urban renewal around the new Woolloongabba Cross River Rail station while creating greater connectivity with other parts of Brisbane.

The plan includes the Queensland Government’s commitment to 50 per cent open space in the Cross River Rail precinct through a planned new Central Park.

Walkways and bikeways are also planned to link Woolloongabba to South Bank and the CBD, with increased shade and safer routes around major roads. The proposed plan also includes new open spaces and connections linking Kingfisher Creek with the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the new green bridge.

The Woolloongabba Plan aims to increase housing supply in a sustainable manner, limiting urban sprawl and transforming an underutilised part of Brisbane’s inner south.

The State Government has said that public consultation will be essential to the progress of the proposed development plan and public submissions are encouraged.

Community members are invited to have their say about the Woolloongabba Plan by making a submission. Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) is inviting feedback on both the proposed development scheme and a supporting draft public realm guideline. Consultation will remain open until 14 June 2024. 

Following consultation, EDQ will review all feedback and refine the proposed development scheme, with an anticipated finalisation date around September 2024.

Queensland Minister for State Development and Infrastructure, Grace Grace, said that housing is a top priority for the Queensland Government with a particular emphasis on boosting overall supply while limiting urban sprawl.

“We have an unparalleled opportunity to build on the new public transport services and elevate Woolloongabba into a vibrant inner-city community,” Minister Grace said. 

“This is an opportunity for everyone to have their say about the future of Brisbane’s inner south and we encourage people to get involved. 

“We want to unlock the potential of underutilised inner-city urban land through state-led urban renewal – serving as a southern gateway to Brisbane’s city centre, while supporting job creation, housing growth and new open space.

“At the heart of this is access to high frequency underground train stations, better access to high frequency bus services, and the freedom for residents to travel to the city or South Bank without the need for a car.

“As part of this process, I urge all interested community members to view the proposed development scheme and provide feedback by 14 June.”

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