Brisbane City Council has released the draft Bulimba Barracks Master Plan and is urging residents to provide their feedback, to help guide the final plan which will determine how the 20 hectare prime riverfront site is used in the future.
Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Committee Chairman Council Amanda Cooper said the Bulimba Barracks site was an important part of the local community’s heritage and Council believed it was critical to give the community a voice on how the site was used after it ceased defence operations.
“Following extensive discussions with the local residents, businesses and community groups, Council has developed a draft Master Plan for the Bulimba Barracks, which incorporates the feedback of more than 800 people,” Ms Cooper said.
“The draft plan proposes preservation of large areas of riverfront parkland and open space including a land-based riverwalk with pedestrian and cycle connectivity along the entire frontage of the site.
“Additionally, the draft plan proposes a range of housing types including houses, duplexes and townhouses, to allow for the site to fit in with the character of the surrounding Bulimba neighbourhood. Under the Master Plan, the site will accommodate approximately an additional 850 dwellings.”
“The Master Plan limits most buildings to three storeys or less, with a few small areas in the centre of the site allowable for up to five storeys.
“An approximate 6000 square metre mixed neighbourhood centre and retail area will be created in a repurposed heritage military fabrication workshop on the Western boundary of the site, retaining important heritage.
“Council’s priority is to ensure that the plan supports the development of essential infrastructure, provides excellent green space, maintains character and most importantly encompasses feedback from the local community.”
A number of traffic and road upgrades are proposed as part of the Master Plan, including new road connections of Hood Street, Carbeen Street, Bolan Street and Baldwin Street as well as an intersection upgrade for Lytton and Apollo Roads.
Ms Cooper said the community had been very clear about its expectations for the site in feedback provided during consultation.
“The majority of residents have called for local shops and cafes within the site as well as riverfront parkland and a riverwalk.”
Cr Cooper said Council had a long history of engagement with the local community throughout the development of the Bulimba District Neighbourhood Plan and appreciated the importance of the Bulimba Barracks site.
“During consultation for the Bulimba District Neighbourhood Plan, adopted in 2012, the Bulimba Barracks site was identified as an important landmark to the local community and once again we are calling for residents to contribute to the future of their community by providing feedback about this proposed plan,” Ms Cooper said.