Opportunity: Woolloongabba | Brisbane City Council

Trendy bistros, historic facades and professional services provide a backdrop to bright lights and sporting events at The Gabba.

Central and accessible

  • Two kilometres from Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD)
  • Serviced by South East Busway, with Bus Stations at Woolloongabba and Buranda
  • Buranda Train Station within Woolloongabba as well as Park Road and Dutton Park stations at the perimetre
  • Convenient access to neighbouring South Bank
  • Easy busway access to Griffith University
  • Access to University of Queensland via the Eleanor Schonell Bridge (pedestrian, cycle and bus bridge) at Dutton Park
  • Connections to Story Bridge and CLEM7 Tunnel river crossings to the northern suburbs
  • Direct access to M3 Pacific Motorway

Local trends

  • Sporting events
  • Cafés, restaurants and bars
  • Heritage buildings, including the Princess Theatre
  • High rise developments
  • Young professionals and students

Precincts

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  1. The Gabba – the Brisbane Cricket Ground, commonly known as ‘The Gabba’, home of the Queensland Bulls and the Brisbane Lions
  2. Gabba Village – dining and retail in heritage buildings
  3. Ipswich Road – a main commercial thoroughfare
  4. Logan Road – a main commercial thoroughfare with industry extending out to Denson Street
  5. Locality of Buranda – transport hub with busway, train stations and shopping at Buranda Village
  6. Medical – Princess Alexandra HospitalTranslational Research Institute Australia and the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence

Driving opportunity

Population growth

Generating additional demand for goods and services

  • One of the fastest growing suburbs in Brisbane, with population projected to grow at 5% each year
  • More than 54% of the working age population under the age of 35

Development activity

Bringing more people to live and work in the area

  • 311 dwellings approved in the 12 months ending December 2017
  • Trafalgar Lane - $86 million mixed-use development including 147 apartments, laneway retail and commercial offices in Stanley Street
  • South City Square mixed-use development in Logan Road plans to provide more than 1000 residential apartments, hotel, supermarket gym, daycare centre, boutique cafés, restaurants and a cinema
  • Park Central - a $1 billion master planned transit oriented development in Buranda proposed to include student accommodation and luxury apartments

Infrastructure projects

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

  • Cross River Rail project providing a new station at Woolloongabba at the site of the former Go Print building.  A new pedestrian bridge will provide a seamless connection from the new station to the existing busway and Stanley Street
  • Brisbane Metro to provide high frequency network with metro station at Buranda

Talented people

Access to a skilled workforce

  • 37% with bachelor degree level of education (compared to 32% for Brisbane Local Government Area)

 

Who has taken the opportunity?

  • Pincadia chose the heritage listed Moreton Rubber Works Building on Logan Road for an arcade game bar (2017)
  • Detour opened a 140 seat restaurant in Woolloongabba’s Logan Road precinct (2017)
  • Bly Sky Coffee relocated from Newstead to a newly constructed warehouse space on Lerna Street (2017)
  • Electric Avenue opened a bistro-bar in a heritage building in Logan Road (2017)
  • Guzman y Gomez opened a new store at Buranda Village (2016)

Planning frameworks

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