Queensland

Woolloongabba UDA released for public comment

The proposed development scheme for the Woolloongabba Urban Development Area (UDA) has been released for public comment, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe announced yesterday.

Mr Hinchliffe encouraged residents to have their say on the draft development scheme, which provides greater detail on proposed plans for the 10 hectare site.

Major redevelopment is proposed for the area, including retail, residential and commercial development, potentially providing 8,000 jobs and homes for between 4,000 and 5,000 people.

The plan also aims to encourage higher density development, due to the site's location and proximity to the CBD. There is the potential for buildings of up to 40 storeys above the public transport interchange, however, the predominant maximum building height proposed for the UDA is 20 storeys.

Mr Hinchliffe said the plan is a "once in a generation opportunity to turn an under-utilised inner urban site into a mixed-use hub, coupling commercial, residential and retail development with world class public transport."

Mr Hinchliffe said the co-location of a Busway station and a new cross river rail station will ensure the site is extremely well serviced by public transport, reducing the need for cars and improving sustainability in Brisbane.

There are also plans for pedestrian and cycling facilities throughout the UDA, including pedestrian connections along all major road frontages and links between the Gabba stadium and Mater Hospital precincts.

The release of the draft development scheme followed the July 19 circulation of the Woolloongabba UDA draft structure plan for public consultation.

Community and stakeholder feedback has been considered in the proposed development scheme which will be available for public comment until October 4.

The project will be overseen by the State Government's Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA). More information is available from the Urban Land Development Authority website at <http://www.ulda.qld.gov.au/>.

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