By Juliano Oliveira
A 150 hectares area of underutilised green space is closer to become a recreational destination at Archerfield Wetlands. This week, Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner affirmed that the parkland was a priority project within the $100 million Oxley Creek Transformation Project.
The area, which used to serve as an industrial precinct, a site for wastewater treatment and waste disposal, is now expected to house boardwalks, walking trails, canoe and kayak facilities and a lookout point. A community, educational and commercial hub are also on the scope.
The Archerfield Wetlands Precinct Plan, according to the Brisbane Council, was developed in consultation with the local community and key stakeholder groups and publicly released on the 17 June 2019 for a four-week community engagement program until 15 July 2019.
“More than 150 feedback responses were received that reflected a 90.3% level of agreement with the draft Precinct Plan. This feedback was considered in the process of finalising the Precinct Plan”, says the city board.
Mr Schrinner informed that the council contacted households across 16 suburbs near the Oxley Creek Transformation area and also held several pop-up sessions for residents and meetings with interested stakeholder groups.
“Residents have told me how excited they are about this project and we have incorporated a lot of feedback from the consultation process into our final Precinct Plan, including a one-kilometre Discovery Trail”, he says.
Oxley Creek Transformation will now progress with detailed planning for Stage 1 of the Precinct with construction of the first stage expected to commence in 2022.