New Urban Village Proposed for Carseldine

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Artist's impression of Urban Village. Source: Supplied.

The Queensland Government has announced the first stage of a new $35 million urban village for Carseldine on Brisbane’s northern suburbs as part of the government’s Advancing our Cities and Regions strategy.

The future urban village would be built on the former Queensland University of Technology campus.

Urban Land Development Institute Queensland President Stephen Harrison said the project would deliver jobs and provide more infrastructure and diversity of housing.

Artist's impression of Urban Village
Artist’s impression of Urban Village. Source: Supplied.

“UDIA Queensland is supportive of initiatives that help build better communities through the delivery of jobs and growth for all Queenslanders,” Mr Harrison said.

“The project will provide employment and the opportunity for the provision of diverse
housing choice.”

Mr Harrison said the industry now has greater opportunities to meet the communities’ expectations in relation to the provision of diverse housing.

Once fully developed, the urban village will eventually accomodate around 900 residential dwellings and 3,500 new residents as well as new commercial and retail space.

The redevelopment is expected to be undertaken in four stages over four years.

The new urban village plan closely resembles the Fitzgibbon Urban Development Area Structure Plan which was proposed by the Labor government in 2011 under the control of the Urban Land Development Authority which was merged into Economic Development Queensland.

Artist’s impression of Urban Village from above. Source: Supplied.

According to the 2011 plan, there were three distinct areas envisaged.

  • Carseldine Urban Village – Carseldine’s “Centro”, an active, transit orientated mixed use urban village incorporating substantial bushland and open space.
  • Fitzgibbon Residential – A Queensland style, some of Brisbane’s most affordable and sustainable suburban residential neighbourhoods including substantial bushland and open space.
  • Bushland, Sport and Recreation – the sport and recreational centre of Fitzgibbon including substantial bushland and open space.
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  • It would be great to have a bit more information about the plans, including how much commercial, retail and office space will be included, and how much of the natural environment they’re keeping. But generally looks like a good use of a vastly under-utilised area.

  • Considering the advent of autonomous vehicles, I would have thought Mazdar or Mannheim models would have been better ideas.

  • What’s going to happen to the Powerful Owl, swamp wallabies, squirrel gliders, koalas & the 100 species of birds when these 100 year old trees are cut down??!!

    • Well Karen, there are no eucalyptus trees there that are they type that Koala’s eat, and we live next door and we have never heard a powerful owl, nor do we see swamp wallabies, or squirrel gliders. And Karen, most of the trees in there are just rubbish trees, I don’t know of any 100 year old trees. That is not saying that they are not there.. Perhaps you are not living in the area..
      And as for swamp wallabies, in all my years of being here, we have never seen any kangaroos or wallabies, not even on the playing fields that are there at the moment.. and yes there is the odd scrub turkeys but there is still plenty of green along the creek. IF there were Koalas, there would be signs warning people to be aware of them crossing roads etc..

  • Looks great. Taking Brisbane into the 21st century. I’m a huge supporter of this project. Hope to see many more urban villages like these in the near future.

  • Looks like Great project . Government should start it ASAP. 600 new Jobs plus more during the Devolpment phase . About time Carseldine needs urban village development after the construction boom in Chemside

  • There has to be a better design than preserves the vital habitat of this area. Brisbane is better served by the preservation of natural bushland, the inhabitants of which as Karen Condren points out, will have a future. The city is growing fast but preservation of bushland areas must continue and not be overlooked as I fear this Carseldine Urban Village development is doing. Let’s not forget the Powerful Owl, the swamp wallabies, the 100 species of birds, the koalas. They too have a place – habitats such as these disappearing.

  • I think it’s great, can’t wait! Much needed development for Carseldine. Should have been done years ago! It looks wonderful. I have family members who are now wanting to move into the area.

  • We don’t need this? Anyone who lives in the area can see the amount of housing already being built.
    There are a couple of areas in Handford Rd that will certainly have units built. Some has already been cleared and I won’t be surprised if the nearby car wreckers and golf driving range are redeveloped in a few years.
    We certainly don’t need more shops et al. Granted, the Clock shops could be spruced up.
    As for people wanting to move to the area, if they are moving because of the lifestyle then chopping down the bush to put in units would be self defeating.
    What about all the wildlife that use this area. It’s been surveyed and there is plenty.
    Anyway, I see in the media from time to time there will be a unit glut and those at Chermside are slow selling.
    I wonder how much of this is about the Sate Govt wanting money from the sale.
    It isn’t the urban village idea I’m against. It’s where it is. Last I heard there was no provision to upgrade Beams Rd.
    The State Govt should be encouraging people to move out of the SQ Corner before it become one big mess.

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