New Priority Development Area established for Cross River Rail

Woolloongabba is the site of a new Priority Development Area (PDA) to support construction of the next inner-city train station for the Cross River Rail Project.

PDA’s are introduced across the state to identify land for development that offers significant economic and community benefits.

Once a PDA has been chosen by the State Development Minister the state government works with the local council and industry to plan, assess and deliver projects in the area.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Woolloongabba Cross River Rail PDA will replace and extend the area’s existing PDA, enabling the construction of a station-to-stadium precinct.

“The new PDA includes all land within the former Woolloongabba PDA as well as land east of Main Street, including the Gabba,” Mr Dick said.

Works in the area will include the construction of a dedicated pedestrian connection from the new Cross River Rail station to the stadium.

“The PDA precinct will be transformed into a vibrant mixed-use place, linking commercial, residential and retail development with world-class public transport,” Mr. Dick said.

An Interim Land Use Plan is now in effect which will regulate development within the the Woolloongabba PDA for up to 18 months while the development scheme is drafted.

“Over the next 18 months the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will work closely with the state government, Brisbane City Council and the community to prepare a development scheme for the site,” Mr. Dick said.

Minister for Cross River Rail Kate Jones said declaring the new Woolloongabba PDA would increase investor confidence and certainty, helping to attract more development and business to the city.

“Cross River Rail will create more than 7000 local jobs for workers. This is guaranteed employment and gives peace of mind to Queenslanders working on the project,” Ms. Jones said.

Construction of the major 10.2 kilometre Cross River Rail line is expected to be complete in 2024.

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