Kingfisher Creek corridor concept plan project

Brisbane City Council is committed to making Brisbane a clean, green and sustainable city now and for future generations.

Kingfisher Creek is the third of three large, integrated priority projects identified in the Norman Creek 2012-2031 Master Plan and will aim to build a series of ‘stepping-stone’ greenspaces in the heart of Woolloongabba to Kingfisher Creek.

Project summary

This table includes project summary information including address, ward, project outcomes and latest update.
AddressWatt Park, Lerna Street, Woolloongabba Rotary Park and Moorhen Flats  in Woolloongabba/East Brisbane
Project outcomesDevelop a concept plan for the Kingfisher Creek area
Latest updateCommunity consultation closed

About the project

Council is developing a concept plan for the Kingfisher Creek corridor that will propose works to create connected, vibrant and accessible open spaces that are liveable, resilient, sustainable and provide opportunities for activity, learning and relaxation in these rapidly growing inner-city suburbs.

Kingfisher Creek runs primarily underground through Woolloongabba and East Brisbane until it connects with Norman Creek at Moorhen Flats. The Kingfisher Creek corridor concept plan project will rejuvenate and revitalise this area and investigate how to make the area more accessible to everyone.

Project benefits

As outlined in the Norman Creek Master Plan, the Kingfisher Creek concept plan will propose works that aim to:

  • promote a healthy ecosystem for Kingfisher Creek and catchment
  • improve accessibility and diversity of open space areas
  • facilitate active recreation
  • design neighbourhoods that are resilient to Brisbane’s climate, including flooding and drought
  • strengthen community connections to history, place, activities and services within the catchment.

Project area

Woolloongabba and East Brisbane are two of Brisbane’s fastest growing suburbs and are well-known destinations for sporting events, healthcare, research and recreation.

Through investment in transformative projects like Brisbane Metro, the Woolloongabba/East Brisbane precinct will continue undergoing substantial change over the next decade, transforming into a significant transport and cultural hub leading into the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As a growing precinct for healthcare research, education, technology and innovation, Woolloongabba and East Brisbane will continue to attract businesses and workers seeking high-density housing and quality urban environments featuring liveable and inclusive communities, public spaces and lifestyle options.

Woolloongabba and East Brisbane’s strategic inner-city location, growth potential and evolving roles as cultural, transport and employment hubs will lead to further high-density housing and development.

Arterial roads, limited publicly available open space, and difficulty navigating through the precinct due to lack of signs and wayfinding systems characterise the Kingfisher Creek area and are issues the concept plan will aim to address.

The Kingfisher Creek Concept Plan will focus on Watt Park, Lerna Street, Woolloongabba Rotary Park, Moorhen Flats and the areas connecting these locations.

Protecting environmental values

Council is protecting and improving the city’s greenspaces to make it easier for you to enjoy Brisbane’s sub-tropical lifestyle.

Brisbane has the richest biodiversity of any city in Australia, with more than one-third natural habitat cover and over 2100 parks.

Brisbane’s wetlands, bushland reserves and natural habitats form an important part of our city’s outdoor lifestyle where residents relax, gather with family and friends and experience nature.

Council prioritises protecting natural habitats first then considers providing outdoor recreation opportunities, and the Kingfisher Creek Concept Plan will aim to provide residents and visitors with opportunities to get outside and enjoy Brisbane’s outdoor lifestyle while also protecting our natural environment for future generations.

The Kingfisher Creek Concept Plan will aim to help Council balance between supporting Woolloongabba and East Brisbane as they continue to transform into an inner-city hub while also protecting the natural environment of the creek and providing opportunities for residents and visitors to further appreciate the city’s biodiversity.

Community engagement

Stage 1 - May - June 2023

Council invited ideas and input from the community on the future of the Kingfisher Creek corridor between 22 May - 11 June 2023 which will help prepare the draft concept plan. The community told us that they value the well-used and loved greenspaces along the corridor and provided ideas to improve active travel safety and connectivity.

See below emerging themes from input and some comments from the initial stage of engagement:

Moorhen Flats

What would make visiting Moorhen Flats more enjoyable?
  • Lighting and improved sightlines on the bike path. 
  • Leave it be – celebrate the bushland setting so close to the city.
  • Improvements to the interface with the industrial units to make them more presentable.
  • Interpretative signage and more information about the site/plants. 
  • More revegetation and conservation, planting of rare and threatened species.
  • Places to stop, socialise, sit and enjoy Moorhen Flats.
  • Improved links to Aboriginal history.
  • Finding the balance of ecological considerations with amenity and recreation.
What do you value most about Moorhen Flats? 
  • “It is bushland as opposed to cleared open space so is unique in the urban environment”
  • “Moorhen Flats is delightful keep as is”
  • “Slice of bushland in the inner city; green space, birds, fresh air.”
  • “The natural bushland environment.”
  • “Natural aesthetics. One of few parks without stuff (concrete and playgrounds)”
  • “Feel like you are in the bush away from a city”

Woolloongabba Rotary Park

What you value most about Woolloongabba Rotary Park?
  • Green space in proximity to the city.
  • The openness of the park – a place where friends and family can meet.
  • The dog off leash area and its social aspect.
  • Combination of different activities close together.
  • The bike path connection through the park.
  • The basketball half-court.
Key comments from the community
  • “Huge community spot. Coincidentally see friends. Used for so many activities”
  • “A beautiful park with lots of different areas and a good way to sit in nature”
  • “The basketball court is well loved by myself and a large group of regulars”
  • “This playground equipment requires updating”
  • “Wider paths so pedestrians do not have to get off when scooters and bikes use path”

Watt Park

What would make travelling through Watt Park more enjoyable?
  • Many more shade trees and better connection or crossing over Wellington Road.
  • Improve road crossings at each end.
  • Connecting to other parks walking and cycling without going along the road.
  • Make connections at both ends better – make it more obvious that it is connected.
  • Some better landscaping or street art to make it look better.

Connections throughout the corridor

What is the main active travel challenge when travelling between Watt Park, Woolloongabba Rotary Park and Moorhen Flats?
  • Safety (lights), and safe connectivity between Rotary Park and Logan Road.
  • Being visible and safe crossings; feeling safe and seen.
  • Crossing roads, dangerous corners, illegally parked cars blocking thoroughfares.
  • Lack of pedestrian/cyclists priority over motorists, unsafe road crossings.
  • Linkage – finding the next part of the path.
What would you like Council to consider to improve active travel connectivity between these areas?
  • Safer and continuous connections
  • Wider smoother pathways
  • Separate pathways
  • Lighting
  • Signage
  • Landscaping
Is there anything else you think Council should consider in developing the draft concept plan?
  • “Have space dedicated to First Nations education”
  • “We need more large trees and open space. We don’t need BBQs, gyms and other gadgets.”
  • “Small dog park”
  • “Water based entertainment for dogs, for example small water bays for dogs to enjoy and cool off in”
  • “Strengthen link between 3 parks, visually through landscaping, wayfinding and placemaking interventions”
  • “Ensuring that there is plenty of tree coverage - shade. Lots of plants/gardens/even sculpture”
  • “The basketball court is very well liked and should not be removed or diminished in any way”
  • “Stop vehicles parking informally on grassed area along Lerna Street.”

Input and ideas from the community and stakeholders will be considered along with technical studies and Council requirements in preparing a draft concept plan.

Stage 2 engagement - September - October 2023

Council invited the community to provide feedback on the Kingfisher Creek corridor draft concept plan. This stage of community engagement is now closed. Council would like to thank everyone who participated and provided their input into the project.

Council will consider feedback received during the community engagement. Council officers will now undertake additional technical investigations to help prepare the Kingfisher Creek corridor final concept plan which will be released mid-2024.

Project timing

The table below includes the project timeline for the Kingfisher Creek corridor concept planning project including date column and details column.
April-May 2023Community engagement to seek input and ideas from community about the project area
Mid-23Release draft concept plan for community engagement
Mid-2024Release final concept plan

More information

If you would like to find out more about the project, you can:

  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak with the Kingfisher Creek corridor concept plan project team
  • email the project team.
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