Imagine | Birkdale Community Precinct

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Ideas captured for a world-class precinct for Redlands Coast at Birkdale

Community consultation has now closed on the first phase of shaping the vision for Birkdale Community Precinct.

Read the community consultation report here.

Redland City Council launched the community engagement campaign on 16 March. It closed at midnight Tuesday, 4 May.

The comprehensive campaign included two Community Open Days where some 3,000 people visited the site; numerous pop-up engagement booths at shopping centres and markets; and a series of ideas forums involving school students, youth groups and interested stakeholders, including community groups and organisations.

Extensive facts about the site at 302 and 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East at Birkdale, as well as videos, detailed commissioned reports and a virtual tour are still available through this page. The survey portal however is now closed.

The response from the community was very strong as Redlands Coast residents and beyond took up the opportunity to help transform an important parcel of land into an exciting, world-class precinct of local, regional and national significance, for current and future generations.

The site, at 62 hectares (about 10 times the size of The Gabba precinct), is so large it could be home to many exciting projects that would enhance lifestyle, create jobs, boost the local economy and could bring forward important transport infrastructure.

Council has interest also in purchasing other nearby land, which could increase the precinct size to about 100 hectares.

The precinct includes areas of identified environmental, cultural and historical significance, which will be protected.

Five leading urban design teams were asked to each develop a theme as visual ideas based on what is possible on the land. The images are concepts only and do not represent final plans for the site. The themes are:

  • Education and discovery – How does the precinct enlighten us and provide innovation to better our lives? Is it a place for quiet, perhaps outdoor, learning?
  • Agriculture and rural tradition – The land had a productive past in farming. How could we use that to help shape a sustainable future?
  • Heritage and history – In what ways would you like to see the stories of place, from Traditional Owners to European settlers to the land’s role during World War II, acknowledged?
  • Environment and ecology – How do we preserve, showcase and be innovative with the precinct’s environmental resilience and qualities into the future?
  • Adventure and recreation – What exciting, compelling and family-friendly community facilities, assets and attractions would you like to see at Birkdale Community Precinct? Could it be the home for the highly anticipated Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct?

You can view the expert designers' ideas, watch the videos, take the virtual tour, read the fact sheets and other information here.

Council will now consider a report on all the submissions it has received which will inform the creation of a vision for the precinct. That, in turn, will inform a draft master plan.

Updates on the precinct will be available on this page.

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  • Thank you

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    Council thanks all those who contributed to the first phase of creating a shared vision for Birkdale Community Precinct.
    We are currently working with urban design consultants on a vision document that will translate your aspirations for the precinct.
    The vision will be based on the themes of education/discovery, agriculture/rural tradition, heritage/history, environment/ecology and adventure/recreation and future use ideas that you contributed.
    Some of your ideas included picnic facilities, cycling and walking paths, access to natural areas, dining areas, community markets, camping and overnight stays, an amphitheatre and performance spaces, education facilities, paddock to plate, wildlife tourism, night walks, new swimming pool, water play, Olympic standard whitewater and adventure sports/play.
    Protection of environmental conservation areas and the sites recognised heritage are non-negotiables for developing the vision.
  • Community feedback to inform vision for Birkdale Community Precinct

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    Redland City Council today voted to develop a vision for Birkdale Community Precinct, based on a huge response from the community.

    Mayor Karen Williams thanked the community for having its say on ideas for the 62ha site, including younger residents who Council heard from in greater proportion than it usually does for Council engagements.

    “We heard from all age groups, saw some 3,000 people visit the site for open days; had more than 25,000 interactions online; 1600 surveys completed; about 700 people attending pop-ups across the city; and held a series of ideas forums involving school students, youth groups and interested stakeholders, community groups and organisations,” Cr Williams said.

    “The community engagement has provided a clear, well-rounded picture of what the community wants and expects for the transformation of the site, which will be a project spanning 25 years.”

    The vision will incorporate five core themes into a future community-use precinct: environment/ecology; adventure/recreation; heritage/history; education/discovery; and agriculture/rural tradition.

    Cr Williams said the core themes would be the building blocks for a world-class precinct that would serve Redlands Coast for generations to come.

    “We received a strong response to our call for people to tell us what they wanted to see as part of what is one of the most exciting projects ever proposed on Redlands Coast,” she said.

    “The community told us they wanted picnic facilities, cycling and walking paths and circuits, access to Tingalpa Creek and natural areas, café and dining areas, community markets, camping and overnight stays, an amphitheatre and performance spaces, education and training facilities, paddock to plate, wildlife tourism and night walks.

    “They supported the concept of a Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct – including an Olympic-standard pool, Olympic-standard canoe slalom whitewater facility that could serve as a venue should Brisbane be selected as host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, water play and adventure sports facilities.

    “They also saw preserving the natural environment and our heritage as priorities.

    “I thank the thousands of people who participated in the consultation for their invaluable submissions. This feedback has, and will continue to be, of enormous assistance in guiding us during the planning stages.”

    Cr Williams said Council would continue to consult the community in the development of the precinct, including significant community engagement on a draft master plan.

    An analysis of feedback data from the first round of consultation showed 17 per cent (approximately one in six) Redlands Coast households indicated an interest in the project by visiting the Birkdale Community Precinct Your Say page.

    Eighty-eight per cent of respondents to the engagement were Redlands Coast residents, approximately three in four Birkdale households visited Council’s Your Say web page to seek information about the proposed development of the site and, importantly, all suburbs were represented in survey responses and submissions.

    Cr Williams said Birkdale Community Precinct provided a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Council to develop a community-use area catering to the diverse tastes of the community and the uses they envisaged for the site.

    “It presents the opportunity to create a world-class precinct that could drive employment, boost local and regional economies, become a significant drawcard for tourism and shine an even brighter light on the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast,” she said.

    “The site has identified environmental, cultural and historical significance, which will be protected.

    “This is a large precinct that has space for many exciting projects that would enhance lifestyle and benefit communities and economies, as well as bring forward important transport infrastructure.”

    A dedicated Redlands Coast Your Say page was at the centre of the campaign.

    It featured extensive facts about the site along Old Cleveland Road East at Birkdale, as well as videos, detailed commissioned reports, a virtual tour and the survey portal.

    “It is evident the five themes that formed the basis of the engagement have all resonated with the community,” Cr Williams said.

    “The huge response was staggering.

    “It shows that the community really has a sense of ownership over this land and are genuinely interested in what it could become, not only for themselves, but for generations to come.”

    For the agenda from today’s Council meeting, go to: 27 May 2021 Agenda

  • Tour the Birkdale Community Precinct and help shape its future

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    Redland City Council is offering a rare opportunity to tour the Birkdale Community Precinct and help shape the future for this important Redlands Coast land.

    The precinct will be open to the community on two days in April – Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th from 10am-4pm.

    Mayor Karen Williams said the community was invited to the Family Fun Days that will include guided tours on a trackless train, animal petting zoo for children, music, interpretive signage and displays about the history of the site including two heritage listed area – Willards Farm and the fascinating US Army-built World War II radio receiving station.

    “At the Family Fun Days you will be able to not only get a look at this land that has never been open to the public since European settlement, but you will be able to give Council your feedback on ideas for the site,” Cr Williams said.

    “We have a once-in-a generation opportunity to transform more than 62 hectares of community land here at Birkdale into a world-class precinct of local, regional and national significance.

    “Council worked hard over many years to secure this land for the community, and now we want the community to help shape the vision for its future.

    “It will be exciting to visit the precinct on the open days as this land has been off-limits so we want to let the community start to discover its outstanding features. In the 1940s most of this site came under Commonwealth Government control, and continued to be until Council purchased it in 2019.”

    Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said the open days would allow community members and those from further afield to walk the land, learn about its rich history and imagine what it could become.

    “There are just so many stories from the site’s past that can inspire future uses,” Cr Bishop said. “I would also love to hear any other stories about the site from the community. You can also add your stories on Council’s Your Say page.”

    “Redland Museum will also be at the Family Fun Days providing information, displays and their famous Devonshire teas.”

    The precinct is made up of more than 61 hectares of former Commonwealth Land and the 8164-square-metre Willards Farm site which council bought in 2016 to save it from residential subdivision. The entire site is almost 10 times the size of The Gabba and its surrounding facilities in Brisbane.

    To help get the community thinking and imagining what could be possible at the precinct, five top urban design and landscape architecture teams were asked to each develop a theme as visual ideas. Their themes were: Education and Discovery; Agriculture and Rural Tradition; Heritage and History; Environment and Ecology; Adventure and Recreation.

    Their ideas will be on display at the Birkdale Community Precinct Family Fun Days and also can be viewed on at yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au where you also will find more details on the open days and the tours of the site.

    The main meeting area onsite will centre around Willards Farm, 302 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale. Look out for signage for parking. If you can’t make it to the site in person, you can take a virtual tour of the site at yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au.

    Community consultation will close on Tuesday 4 May, 2021 after which Council will prepare a draft vision for adoption then proceed to master planning.

    DIARY NOTE:

    Birkdale Community Precinct Family Fun Days, 302 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale, Friday, April 16 & Saturday, April 17, 10am to 4pm. More details: yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

  • Help shape the vision for a world-class precinct for Redlands Coast

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    Imagine a place on Redlands Coast where families can enjoy a water park, adventure sports, walking and cycling trails, picnic areas, educational and heritage activities, or even paddock-to-plate experiences all in one location.

    Mayor Karen Williams said Redlands Coast had a once-in-a generation opportunity to transform more than 62 hectares of community land at Birkdale into a world-class precinct of local, regional and national significance; and was encouraging the community to have their say.

    “The Birkdale Community Precinct includes two properties Council saved from housing – the former Commonwealth land at Birkdale and Willards Farm,” Cr Williams said.

    “At almost 10 times the size of The Gabba and its surrounding facilities, the precinct has plenty of space for many exciting projects that would enhance lifestyle, create jobs, boost the local economy and bring forward important transport infrastructure.

    “Council is also investigating purchasing other nearby land, which could increase the precinct to almost 100 hectares.

    “Council worked hard over many years to secure this land for the community, and now we want the community to help shape the vision for its future.”

    Cr Williams said the precinct, which had a 25-year horizon, had significant potential to bring forward important transport infrastructure, as well as an adventure sports and aquatic facility including new pool, water park and Olympic standard whitewater course.

    “This is a really exciting opportunity to deliver a precinct that rivals anything currently on Redlands Coast or arguably South East Queensland. Think of Brisbane’s South Bank or the Strand at Townsville – it’s time for Redlands Coast to have somewhere like these well-known recreation areas,” she said.

    “Much of the land is former farming land, so there are large cleared areas where we can build some really exciting projects for local families.

    “But this is about so much more than a new pool and water park, this precinct also has some really important environmental, cultural and historical significance, which will be protected and celebrated.”

    Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said one of the many interesting historical aspects of the property is the World War II radio receiving station.

    “This heritage-listed receiving station is one of south-east Queensland’s most significant World War II sites that still remains largely intact,” Cr Bishop said.

    “Constructed by elite US Army radio signalmen and Australian Post Master General (PMG) officers as the Japanese advanced toward Australia in 1942 and then used for top-secret High Frequency radio telecommunications until 2017, its story has been locked away for years.

    “Now this project will give the community the chance to learn about this exciting history and decide how it can be celebrated in the future.

    “Council has undertaken extensive environmental and cultural studies of the site and is committed to best practice management of environmental and heritage matters of significance.

    “We have management plans in place to protect the precinct’s unique values; and now we have an opportunity to help shape a shared vision for the future of this precinct.”

    Cr Williams said that to help get the community thinking and imagining what could be possible at the precinct, five top urban design teams were asked to each develop a theme as visual ideas.

    “The themes are Education and Discovery; Agriculture and Rural Tradition; Heritage and History; Environment and Ecology; Adventure and Recreation,” she said.

    “The designs these experts came up with are not intended to portray what will ultimately be at the precinct, but to help people imagine what its future uses could be and what is actually possible on the land.

    “They are intended as springboards into people’s ideas and imaginings.”

    To see the expert designers’ ideas plus videos and other information, and to take a virtual tour of the precinct and have your say.

    The community also can visit the precinct during two community open days on Friday and Saturday, 16-17 April.

    Also keep watch for other opportunities to have your say at pop-up stalls across Redlands Coast.

    Details for the community open days and pop-ups will be advertised ahead of time and published on the Your Say page.

    Community consultation will close on Tuesday 4 May, 2021 after which Council will prepare a draft vision for adoption then proceed to master planning.