Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre project

Brisbane City Council is investing $6.5 million to create a new environment centre at Boondall Wetlands.

Summary

This table provides summary information about the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre project including address, ward, project outcomes, latest update and previous information.
Address Boondall
Ward Deagon
Project outcomes The project aims to contribute to the education of visitors to the wetland about its environmental significance.
Latest update

Download the final concept plan.

Previous update

Download the previous newsletter:

Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre opening event

The Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre is currently closed until 8 December 2019.

This closure is due to construction of the new Environment Centre, and to accommodate the refurbishment of the existing centre to provide a functional office for staff.

Brisbane City Council would like to invite the community to visit the new centre when it opens to the public on Sunday 8 December 2019, with activities from 8am until 1pm. Find out more.

For safety reasons, if the Bureau of Meteorolgy Queensland Fire Rating for the Southeast Coast is 'severe' or greater on Sunday 8 December, the opening events will be cancelled. In these circumstances the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre will also be closed to the public.

The public toilets will be replaced by temporary toilets until the new environment centre opens on 8 December 2019.

The Billai dhagun track will be closed periodically as required for safety during construction of the new Environment Centre. Signage will be installed on site during track closures.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

About the project

The new Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre aims to showcase the ecological significance and values of Brisbane’s northern wetlands and its connection with Moreton Bay. 

The new environment centre will be developed at the site of the existing Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre. This project is part of Council’s commitment to keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable for our future generations.

The new centre will:

  • Educate about the area's environmental significance
  • highlight the ecological significance of the Boondall and surrounding wetlands
  • be a showpiece environment education centre for Brisbane's northside
  • establish a creative, learning and play space where visitors can explore, discover and be inspired by the area's diverse wildlife and landscapes.

Project details

Construction onsite will include:

  • construction of a new environment centre building
  • new toilet facilities, within the new building
  • upgrades to entrance road and car park
  • establishment of activity spaces and educational displays.

The existing access road and car park will be upgraded to improve safety and access to the centre. This will include a small increase in car parking spaces and the addition of a dedicated bus drop-off zone and turnaround area.

To ensure the least possible impact on vegetation, the new building will be located in the existing cleared area to the north of the existing building.

As bushfire is a risk in the area, a key focus of the project has been to design the centre to ensure public safety and reduce the risk of damage from bushfire. To achieve this, the density of the vegetation surrounding the new building will need to be reduced with a clearing required to provide a physical barrier.

Careful consideration has been given to the tree removals, ensuring the minimum number of removals in order to meet bushfire risk requirements. Council's preference is always to retain trees where possible.

Construction timings and impacts

Construction commenced April 2019 and is expected to be complete late 2019, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Ongoing works will occur from 7am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

To deliver this project efficiently and minimise construction timeframes, works may be undertaken on Saturdays, until project completion.

For the safety of workers and pedestrians, the work area will be fenced off for the duration of works.

Council is committed to minimising the impact of the works on the community as much as possible. We would like to thank the community in advance for their patience and understanding during these works.

Project timings

  • Site investigation and concept design - early to mid 2017 
  • Community feedback - mid 2017
  • Finalise design and procure contractors - mid 2017 to late 2018
  • Construction started - April 2019
  • Project complete - late 2019

Community consultation

In September 2017, Council released a draft concept plan via newsletter and sought feedback on the preliminary design of the new Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre.

The newsletter and community information sessions encouraged residents and businesses to provide feedback on a range of topics to help guide how the new centre is developed to ensure the new facility reflect the values of the community.

Community support for the new Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre was overwhelmingly positive, with a number of specific suggestions submitted which Council endeavoured to incorporate into the final design, including:

  • a water fountain for visitors to refill water bottles
  • mosquito-conscious building design
  • externally-accessible toilet facilities
  • temporary passenger set-down area with seating
  • flexible activity space
  • educational displays to explain the area's history, local ecosystem and seasonal changes.

Funding for the new centre includes delivery of a new building and internal education space, as well as an access road and car park. Upgrades and additions to the surrounding boardwalks and tracks will be considered as part of the planning for future funding allocations.

The new centre has been designed with environmental principles in mind, including a bushfire-safe design, minimised building footprint and vegetation impact and sustainable features.

The improvements are expected to address feedback from the community that the new centre showcase the ecological significance and values of Brisbane's Boondall Wetlands and help support keeping Brisbane clean, green and sustainable. 

Download a copy of the final concept plan in your preferred format:

Council would like to thank the community for taking the time to provide their suggestions and feedback on the project. Council is committed to providing the local community informed and will provide further information as the project progresses.

More information

To find out more about the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 (during business hours)
  • email the project team 
  • write to:
    Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre project
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001
Last updated:6 December 2019