Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre project
Brisbane City Council is investing $6.5 million to create a new environment centre at Boondall Wetlands.
|Project outcomes||The project aims to contribute to the education of visitors to the wetland about its environmental significance.|
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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 children, and their children to follow.
The new centre will:
- teach people 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.
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.
Construction will take place primarily from 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 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.
- 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
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.
- Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre final concept plan (PDF - 1.3Mb)
- Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre final concept plan (Word - 1.4Mb).
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.
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.