Queensland Targets Moreton Bay as Next Priority Development Area

07/09/2016 12:53 pm

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The Queensland Government declared Moreton Bay as the next priority development area.  The area will be transformed into a world class into a world-class knowledge precinct, which will support more than 6,000 jobs.

Over the next 20 years, this prime piece of land will be transformed into a vibrant urban community, with Petrie town centre and the new University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) campus at its core. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said.

By granting The Mill PDA status, we will partner with Council to accelerate the development of the whole site, ensuring the university campus will be open to students by semester one 2020, Ms Trad said.

The government expects the Moreton Bay Region’s population to grow by 40 percent over the next 2 decades, particularly in the 18-24 year old range.  Consequently, they intend to allocate resources toward building the necessary infrastructure to support such a grow with a workforce and education opportunities.

Key features of ‘The Mill at Moreton Bay’ PDA include:

  • 460 hectares, spanning Petrie, Kallangur and Lawnton
  • New University of the Sunshine Coast Petrie campus, providing tertiary opportunities for more than 400,000 residents
  • The university is estimated to generate $950 million for the Queensland economy
  • Over 6,000 ongoing jobs by 2036 generated by the PDA
  • New retail and commercial spaces, residential development, sporting facilities, shared pedestrian and cycle pathways, entertainment and dining areas and parklands
  • Encompassing Petrie and Kallangur train stations, promoting transit oriented development and public transport use