The Queensland Government has proposed a draft master plan for a significant upgrade of South Bank to modernise the precinct ahead of the 2032 Olympics.
The draft master plan was produced after extensive community consultation which highlighted how residents and visitors want to evolve the parklands more than 30 years on its creation after World Expo ’88.
According to the draft plan the Master Plan will future proof South Bank by exploring improvements to meet the needs and challenges of a changing world.
If approved, South Bank Corporation will proceed with an extensive range of enhancements which include upgrades to the 1.2km long rivers edge promenade, prioritisation of people and active transport over cars on Grey Street, pedestrianising Little Stanley Street, expanding the core parkland including enlarging the lagoon experience, a new cultural corridor on Glenelg Street, cultural forecourt overall with new underground restaurants as well as a ‘world-class maritime precinct’ with new museum building on the southern side.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the time has come to plan for the 42-hectare precinct to be renewed and reinvigorated.
“South Bank is the People’s Park,” the Premier said.
“It’s fitting that the people have a say in its future.
“More than 10,000 pieces of feedback have shaped the Future South Bank Draft Master Plan, making it a plan by the people, for the ‘People’s Park’.”
“The Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games will again propel South Bank onto the world stage and this plan will make sure the precinct remains world-class.”
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Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said the Queensland Government is committed to ensuring South Bank remains a must-visit global destination.
“South Bank’s iconic beach, bougainvillea-lined arbour, rainforest and riverside greens, will be protected and celebrated,” he said.
“The plan proposes more of what the community told us they love.
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“It proposes more green space, places to enjoy by the river, people-friendly streets, improved active travel connections and more diverse dining opportunities.
“The vision is for South Bank to remain Brisbane’s most lively, green, and inclusive precinct for current and future generations to enjoy.”
South Bank Corporation Chief Executive Officer Bill Delves said through the master plan process we understand just how much the community, business and industry love and value South Bank.
We are proud of what this globally recognised precinct has provided to the community and economy of Queensland over the last three decades, and we look forward to making it even better for the future.
The master plan proposes a range of ideas and improvements to help guide the long-term evolution of the precinct.
“It provides us with a blueprint to guide the renewal of older spaces, to integrate this precinct with neighbouring projects and precincts, and to enhance South Bank’s appeal in line with state or city-wide initiatives.
“We encourage everyone to have their say on the draft master plan and help ensure South Bank’s legacy supports the future needs of our community,” he said.
Engagement on the draft master plan will be held over the next six weeks and will include a series of community pop-up information sessions and an online survey. Public consultation closes midnight 14 December 2022.
“Following public consultation, and extensive industry and stakeholder engagement, the feedback will be analysed to help determine the final master plan, which is expected to be completed by late 2023,” he said.
A detailed look at the plan’s ideas are below.
Little Stanley Street
As Brisbane continues to grow and prepare for the 2032 Olympics, when approved, this could be Brisbane’s fifth riverfront reinvigoration project after the following riverfront projects which are in varying stages of planning or construction.
- Queen’s Wharf Precinct (Under Construction)
- Brisbane Waterfront at Eagle Street (Construction Commencing)
- Northshore Hamilton Waterfront (Planning)
- Kurilpa Waterfront (Planning)
Other major non-riverfront Brisbane projects currently in development:
- Brisbane Live / Roma Street Cross River Rail (Station Under Construction, Arena in Planning)
- Woolloongabba Olympic Precinct / Cross River Rail (Station Under Construction, Stadium in Planning)
- Victoria Park Master Plan (Under Construction)
Future South Bank Master PlanFuture South Bank Draft Master Plan
For more information on the draft future South Bank Master Plan and to have your say go to www.futuresouthbank.com.au