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Connected Precincts Program

Brisbane is on a transformational journey to become a better connected, fully accessible city for everyone.

We all know connectivity, accessibility, and walkability will make Brisbane better for everyone, and cities around the world are reshaping their urban centres to be better connected. The Connected Precincts Program ( 8.3 MB) is aimed at better connecting the places and spaces you love in inner- Brisbane.

The initial focus on these inner-city precincts ( 10.4 MB) reflects the critical role of our capital city as an economic driver for the state. They reflect the level of state interest and investment in the area, as well as highlighting the significance of each precinct to the future of Queensland.

These precincts are located within three key corridors – the River Reach Corridor, the City Peninsula Corridor, and the Housing and Lifestyle Arc.

The initial focus of the strategy is the planning and design of the River Reach Corridor, which will facilitate a walkable, active travel corridor, a ‘Walkable Spine’, and precinct renewal from the Gabba Stadium, via South Bank and Roma Street Station and Suncorp Stadium.

    • The Albert Street precinct is at the heart of the CBD and plays a pivotal role in moving people around Brisbane city. It is a key walking corridor, connecting public transport stations and stops.
    • With the new Cross River Rail station underway, the precinct is being redeveloped to create a green spine from Elizabeth Street to Mary Street, activating part of Council’s Albert Street Precinct Renewal Strategy. This will mean better linking between new precincts. It will also mean better spaces, like subtropical boulevards, to enable more active transport to walk, ride, or roll to work, and encourage more engagement in the city for longer.
    • The Queensland Government is invested in revitalising our communities to maximise the economic and environmental benefits for locals and businesses alike. Albion is an iconic lifestyle and commercial centre in Brisbane’s inner-north that is vital in connecting our northern inner-city communities, through to the CBD and beyond.
    • We can create a mixed-use lifestyle and destination precinct, offering social and affordable housing, high-quality facilities, and plenty of green space. Surrounded by light industrial, residential and hospitality offerings, the precinct will be a key in the corridor linking Northshore right through to Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, into the CBD towards Albion. We need to better connect the area with active transport options to ferries, trains and buses while improving the way people move through and around the precinct.
    • Boggo Road is a major knowledge and technology precinct, including key health, science, and education institutions. The precinct includes some of Queensland’s most significant health and research institutions with a rich history in delivering world-class medical outcomes. It is an economic driver and workforce destination, contributing more than $1.3 billion in value and supporting more than 3,500 workers.
    • The new Cross River Rail station has started a significant redevelopment of the precinct to boost its transport offering and better connect this important area to inner-Brisbane. Its development as a transport hub will also include the new Brisbane Metro, the V1 Veloway nearby, and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking with the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the South East Busway.
    • By 2036, the Boggo Road Precinct is expected to be Brisbane’s second busiest transport interchange, meaning we currently have an opportunity to significantly improve the active transport connections, providing more convenience, accessibility, and options for workers, students, and residents.
    • Bowen Hills is a bustling lifestyle hub, made prominent by the RNA and Showgrounds events precinct, along with its prime inner-city location, offering homes, hotels, shops, entertainment, and dining spaces. Due to the location near the Herston Health Precinct, Victoria Park / Barrambin, and Albion, it’s also a key movement corridor into Fortitude Valley, the CBD and beyond. The popular King Street dining and entertainment channel has also boosted the popularity of the area, attracting new residential and commercial investment around it.
    • Currently serviced by the Northern Busway and event day train services, the new Cross River Rail station underway will resume regular train services from Exhibition Station. This means we will have more and better public transport options for workers, residents, and visitors, and gives us the opportunity to enhance active transport connections in and around the precinct.
    • Located between South Bank and the new Kurilpa Point Precinct is Brisbane’s booming Cultural Centre, home to Queensland’s heritage listed arts precinct. It’s the centre of Queensland’s art and culture scene, welcoming around 7 million visitors every year. Like South Bank, the precinct serves as a key movement corridor between other inner-Brisbane precincts like the CBD, Roma Street, and Woolloongabba. It is a highly valuable tourist destination for Brisbane and Queensland’s economy, as one of the leading examples of co-located cultural institutions in Australia, which is rare worldwide.
    • Major projects like the New Performing Arts Venue will continue to cement the precinct as the culture hub of Brisbane. We will be taking a holistic planning approach to the Cultural Centre and nearby precincts to ensure this space continues to grow economically, culturally, and socially.
    • The Herston Health Precinct is one of the country’s leading health, wellbeing, medical and research hubs. It is currently home to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland Institute for Medical Research Berghofer, the University of Queensland, and Queensland University of Technology, and supports significant skills, training, and education activities, as well as research and translation within the medical sector.
    • The precinct is currently undergoing a $1.1 billion, 10-year Herston Quarter redevelopment which commenced in 2017. Once redeveloped, Herston Quarter will provide a range of mixed uses including health, education and biomedical facilities, residential and student accommodation, carparking, businesses, childcare, retail, and food and beverage services. Better connecting this precinct to the northern and eastern city areas, the CBD, and onto other precincts will mean a better lifestyle for Herston’s workforce, residents and visitors.
    • Kurilpa Point has a rich heritage and cultural history, making it an important part of Brisbane’s inner-city network of precincts. Part of the area is currently earmarked to be used as the International Broadcast Centre during the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and after the Games, the site will be redeveloped into a high-quality, mixed-use precinct with open space and community facilities.
    • The area is currently under-utilised and the opportunity to renew and better connect it to other precincts is enormous, ensuring people can move to, through, and from the precinct seamlessly. It’s an opportunity to create a mixed-use lifestyle precinct that provides more river-front active transport options, more housing, better connectivity, and continues to link the area with its original culture, art, and history.
    • Northshore is Queensland’s largest waterfront urban renewal project, with 2.5 kilometres of river frontage. The $12 billion mixed use, sustainable precinct is progressing as Brisbane’s most connected, sustainable and welcoming riverfront precinct, with this landmark urban renewal project set to contribute more than $14 billion to Queensland’s economy.
    • Its proximity to the CBD and Brisbane Airport makes Northshore a prime housing hub, set to have more than 14,000 diverse homes that will house around 24,500 people when the precinct is completed. It includes residential, office, retail, industrial, hospitality, parks and green space. It is known for its entertainment activities, with thriving art, culture, innovation, and tourism businesses already established. It will also be home to the main Brisbane 2032 Athlete Village, welcoming more than 16,000 athletes and officials in 2032.
    • The Roma Street Precinct is Brisbane’s busiest transport hub, supporting locals to get around, connecting travellers to areas throughout Queensland and interstate, and bringing workers into the CBD. The major transport projects of Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro will continue Roma Street's history as a public transport hub.
    • These projects, as well as upgrades to Suncorp Stadium and the proposed Brisbane Arena, gives us the opportunity to redevelop an under-utilised area of Brisbane into an entertainment precinct with open spaces and active transport connections to surrounding areas. Importantly, the precinct takes people from city towers and concrete into lush green space, and we can make that green space hub better and more accessible for more people.
    • For more than 30 years, South Bank Parklands has been Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination, visited by an estimated 14 million people every year. For locals, it has become the natural place to dine, be entertained, celebrate occasions, connect or simply relax. The precinct serves as a key walking, riding and rolling corridor between other inner-Brisbane precincts like the CBD, Roma Street, Woolloongabba and the Cultural Centre. It’s a major economic contributor to Queensland, with greater South Bank estimated to contribute $900 million annually to our economy and supporting an estimated 8,100 jobs.
    • The Future South Bank Master Plan complements the Walkable Spine, a green active travel corridor that will link the Brisbane Arena at Roma Street and Suncorp Stadium to the north with the Gabba in the south.
    • That’s set to get even better with the Neville Bonner Bridge to carry the increased foot traffic from Queens Wharf Brisbane, becoming a convenient way for some of the 8,000 workers estimated to be employed across the precinct and for other CBD workers coming to and from South Bank and West End. Other major projects like Brisbane Metro and the New Performing Arts Venue will continue to shape the precinct for the better. These projects will complement each other, improving liveability for the entire precinct and attracting more interstate and international visitors to Brisbane.
    • Woolloongabba is undergoing transformative urban renewal, fast becoming a modern inner-city lifestyle choice. Leveraging unprecedented public transport investment in Cross River Rail and the proposed Brisbane Metro, Woolloongabba is underpinned by strong transit-oriented development credentials, enabling quality higher-density living near transit hubs and existing services to manage Brisbane’s growth, facilitate more housing and revitalise the area, limiting urban sprawl and transforming this underutilised part of Brisbane’s inner south.
    • Woolloongabba’s improved transit solutions are reinforced by its central location and opportunities to enhance active travel network, connecting the area to South Bank and the CBD, as well as creating a web of subtropical connections linking new open space and better connecting existing open space, such as the South Bank Parklands, Raymond Park and Rotary Park.

How the Connected Precincts Program works

The Queensland Government is investing significantly in these precincts, and we want to ensure the legacy of these investments is felt for residents and visitors for decades to come. They are home to some of Queensland’s most transformational investments, including Cross River Rail, Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, and multiple projects in South Brisbane.

The Connected Precincts Program goes beyond individual project investments to coordinate stakeholders and developers for a broader precinct approach. Precincts perform best when they operate in a well-connected network to service local communities and the economy, and this program is centred on that notion.

Connecting precincts

A key priority for our community is the delivery of active transport, walkable connections, and engaging public spaces. The Connected Precincts Program is focused on better connecting our key inner-city precincts, for locals and visitors to enjoy.

The River Reach Corridor, for instance, is our initial focus area, aiming to facilitate movement between Woolloongabba and neighbouring precincts. Plans are underway to establish a walkable, active travel corridor, a ‘walkable spine’, linking Woolloongabba to Suncorp Stadium via South Bank, the Cultural Centre and Roma Street Station.

Last updated: 10 May 2024