Opportunity: Fairfield-Dutton Park

Vibrant residential neighbourhood characterised by riverside living and heritage housing close to health and knowledge hubs.

Central and accessible

  • Less than five kilometres from Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD)
  • Serviced by South East Busway with stations at Boggo Road and Dutton Park
  • Well served by trains with stations at Park Road, Dutton Park and Fairfield
  • Connections to CLEM7 Tunnel providing river crossing to the northern suburbs
  • Direct pedestrian, cycle and bus access to University of Queensland

Local trends

  • Primarily residential
  • Pockets of retail and commercial
  • Students and share houses
  • Young professionals
  • Culturally diverse


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  1. Eco-Sciences Precinct – environmental sciences hub with over 1000 research staff from government, University of Queensland and CSIRO
  2. Boggo Road Village – redevelopment of the heritage gaol
  3. Fairfield Gardens – indoor shopping mall

Driving opportunity

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Population growth

Generating additional demand for goods and services


  • Expected to grow at more than 1.5% per annum 
  • More than 57% of working population under the age of 35
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Development activity

Bringing more people to live and work in the area


  • Boggo Road Village – mixed-use master planned development
  • Extension to Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre
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Infrastructure projects

New roads, transit, schools, hospitals and other major infrastructure projects create opportunities for business


  • $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project will provide new station at Boggo Road, including a new pedestrian bridge linking Boggo Road busway with Park Road station
  • $944 million Brisbane Metro to provide high frequency network with metro station at Boggo Road
  • New high school proposed for land next to Dutton Park State School, between the Ecosciences precinct and Park Road train station
  • River Leisure Hub at Dutton Park as part of Council’s River Access Network
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Talented people

Access to a skilled workforce


  • 43% with bachelor degree level of education (compared to 32% for Brisbane Local Government Area)

Who has taken the opportunity?

  • Soho Gardens eatery and bar opened in Fairfield Gardens shopping centre (2018)
  • Penny Coffee Co renovated a stand-alone shopfront which was a former Fujifilm development lab to open a new café at Annerley Road (2018)
  • Presents of Mind expanded operations to Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre (2017)
  • Little G transformed a former laundrette on Gladstone Road to a gourmet pizza shop (2016)

Planning frameworks

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Last updated: 6 October 2020

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