Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced the appointment of a new managing authority to oversee the $100 million revitalisation over 20 years of the run-down Oxley Creek catchment into a world class corridor and leisure landmark.
The Oxley Creek Management Pty Ltd, similar in structure to that of South Bank Corporation, will be chaired by respected property and infrastructure identity Nigel Chamier AM and board members would include Council’s Urban Futures Brisbane board members Bevan Lynch and Guy Gibson and well-known local resident Anne Clarke.
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Cr Quirk said the company would be a wholly owned subsidiary of Council and set up the planning framework to guide the long term vision to create a master-planned precinct with a revitalised green corridor, new economic hubs and world-class recreation facilities.
“This project will create a major recreational space with improved lifestyle and leisure opportunities – including opportunities for kayaking trails, large green open space, Brisbane’s first public aviary and a new ‘Eat Street’ style market,” he said.
“There will be many challenges and there are many different stakeholders in this project including multiple property owners and that’s why I set a 20 year horizon for this vision.
“However there will be some aspects that will be able to be established in the short to medium term, including the sport and recreation opportunities and green corridor improvements.”
Cr Quirk said the 15 kilometre corridor, stretching from the Brisbane River to Larapinta will include four precincts along the 600 hectare corridor including urban farms, sport and recreation facilities and economic hubs, which will make up about 5 per cent of the site.
“The project will be delivered over a 20 year period through public and private partnerships and by harnessing infrastructure agreements for works such as drainage and creek access.” he said.
“Creating alternative land use outcomes and economic development opportunities is needed to help transform the once flood prone waterway into a space that will be a landmark community space. This will reduce the burden on ratepayers but produce a wonderful public asset.
“This project will be bigger than the Norman Creek Master Plan that is making a heavily urbanised area cleaner and greener and we are currently completing the new Coorparoo Creek Park that is supporting growth in the local area by providing more public space.”
Cr Quirk said the project would achieve some of the key objectives of the Lord Mayor’s Oxley Creek Catchment Taskforce that was established in 2006 and charged with rehabilitating Oxley Creek and invigorating the surrounding catchment.
- Oxley Creek Management Pty Ltd Chairman: Nigel Chamier AM has a background in property and infrastructure and sits on a range of boards including South Bank Corporation and Queensland Airports Limited.
- Board Members:
- Bevan Lynch is the Chair of Council’s Urban Futures Brisbane Board, responsible for significant urban planning projects.
- Guy Gibson is a founding member of Council’s Urban Futures Board and urban planner.
- Anne Clark has had a longstanding involvement in the rehabilitation of the Oxley Creek and highlighting the need to revitalise the surrounding catchment.