Opportunity: Moorooka

Moorooka is a multicultural hub with a bustling high street on Beaudesert Road established in the 1920s. 

Council is currently working with local businesses in Moorooka to develop a Local Business and Destination Plan. This collaborative work, known as a Local Business Partnership Initiative, identifies opportunities for improving local investment to support the local economy.

Council has recently delivered free Wi Fi to further enhance Beaudesert Road as a thriving local business precinct.

Connected and accessible

  • Less than ten kilometres from Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD)
  • Moorooka Station provides easy to access to the CBD on the Beenleigh line
  • Well served by buses, particularly along Beaudesert Road and Ipswich Road, including the high frequency BUZ service
  • Connections to M3 Pacific Motorway and M7 Ipswich Motorway
  • Convenient to Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane Markets and Archerfield Airport
  • Easy access to Griffith University and University of Queensland

Local trends

  • Multicultural community
  • Diverse retail mix
  • Renovated Queenslanders and worker’s cottage
  • Modern townhouses and units
  • Young professionals and families
  • Forest outlooks and city views
  • Car dealerships


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  1. Moorooka Central – Woolworths Centre with undercover parking and specialty stores, refurbished in 2012
  2. Moorvale shops – Beaudesert Road high street with laneways and shopping arcades including services, cafés and colourful African shops
  3. Magic Mile – commercial cluster along Ipswich Road, including car dealerships
  4. Commercial and industrial – area between Moolabin Creek and Ipswich Road, including Sanitarium Health Food Company manufacturing
  5. Tarragindi Road shops – small strip of suburban shops including the popular Todd and Pup Café
  6. Beaudesert Road – suburban strip shops including Side Street Kitchen

Driving opportunity

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Population growth

Generating additional demand for goods and services


  • 46% 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


  • 57 residential dwellings approved in 2017
  • $2.8 million of non-residential building approvals in 2017
  • Approved extensions to Kia Motors dealership at 1086 Ipswich Road, Moorooka
  • Proposed child care centre at Keats Street
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Infrastructure projects

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


  • New community hub, The Social Space, in Clifton Street  
  • Ipswich Motorway upgrade from Rocklea to Darra to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion through Moorooka

Strong employment

Increasing consumer spending and stimulating economic growth


  • Employment forecast to grow more than 1% per year

Who has taken the opportunity?

  • Ripe Express Bar & Café opened as part of the RAW Dance premises in Evesham Street (2017)
  • Arhibu Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant chose a location in Beaudesert Road (2017)
  • Botanicafe opened in the Woolworths Centre in Beaudesert Road (2017)
  • Salvos Hope Op Shop opened in premises on Beaudesert Road (2017)
  • No. 7 Coffee chose a quaint spot in Moorvale Laneway (2017)
  • Salon First beauty supply store opened in Muriel Avenue (2017)
  • Empire Specialty Coffee chose a warehouse on Lucy Street alongside a recording studio and guitar store (2016)

Planning frameworks

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Other local business areas for investment

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