Opportunity: West End

Eclectic and culturally diverse, West End’s laid-back vibe attracts designers, musicians and families alike to enjoy its cafés, markets, ethnic grocery stores and colourful events.

Central and accessible

Local trends

  • Relaxed eclectic vibe
  • Artists, musicians and students
  • Culturally diverse with Indigenous, Greek, Italian and Chinese communities
  • Organic, hand-made and artisanal
  • Weekend markets, community gardens
  • Innovative and alternative commercial activity

Precincts

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  1. Boundary Street– café, restaurant and shopping scene
  2. Montague Road– mix of business, industry and apartments
  3. Davies Park – home of Souths Leagues Club, rowing clubs and weekend markets
  4. Thomas Dixon Centre – heritage listed former shoe factory and home of Queensland Ballet
  5. Hardgrave Road – restaurants clustered around the shell of the 1920s Rialto Theatre

Driving opportunity

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Population growth

Generating additional demand for goods and services

 

  • One of the fastest growing suburbs in Brisbane with population expected to grow more than 4% each year
  • More than 51% of the working-age population under the age of 35
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Development activity

Bringing more people to live and work in the area

  • 609 dwellings approved in the 12 months ending December 2019
  • West Village development to provide apartment buildings, Woolworths supermarket, galleries, retail and restaurants  
  • Breeze providing 110 luxury apartments over 12 levels at Ferry Road
  • Light and Co providing 229 apartments with street-level retail fronting Montague Road
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Infrastructure projects

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

  • Vulture Street and Montague Road intersection upgrade to be completed in 2018
  • $2.1 million funding in 2018-19 for Davies Park Improvement Project to improve recreation opportunities and publicly accessible areas
  • Proposed St Lucia to West End Uni River Link
  • One of the five new green bridges to be built across Brisbane will link West End to Toowong
  • Creative Hub at Montague Road
  • New park at Thomas Street, West End
  • Proposed West End State School expansion
  • Proposed redevelopment of Queensland Ballet Headquarters
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Talented people

Access to a skilled workforce

 

  • 45% with bachelor degree level of education (compared to 32% for Brisbane Local Government Area)

Who has already seen the opportunity?

  • Pie Town opened at Montague Road (2019)
  • The Garner, a new coffee and brunch spot opened at Browning Street (2019)
  • Alphabet Café opened at Boundary Street (2018)
  • Creative event space, Bromley Room #2 opened in West Village (2018)
  • Ballistic Beer Co. chose Montague Road for its second Brisbane outlet (2018)
  • Montague Hotel transformed an old office block at the corner of Montague and Kurilpa Streets to open a 400-capacity pub venue (2017)
  • La Marcella Gelateria opened in the Light & Co apartment building in Montague Road (2017)

Planning frameworks

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Last updated: 6 October 2020