Witton Barracks Park project

The Witton Barracks Park project at Lambert Road in Indooroopilly is being undertaken in stages. Upon completion, the project will establish the site for parkland and community use whilst preserving a corridor for the provision of future road infrastructure.

Summary

Address Witton Barracks, 9 Lambert Road, Indooroopilly
Ward Walter Taylor Ward
Project outcomes

Project outcomes include to establish:

  • the site as a park
  • the site for community use.
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About the project

The Witton Barracks Park project is being delivered in stages. The first stage was completed in late 2016 and involved site investigations and priority remediation works to secure the buildings within the former military site and prevent them falling into disrepair.

In 2017, Council provided an interim green open space on the site for community access. This involved establishing approximately 5000m² at the front of the Witton Barracks site, bordering Lambert Road, as  green open space for enjoyment by the community.

In July 2017, Council sought the views of the community on a long-term vision for Witton Barracks. Council is giving careful consideration to the comments received from the public before finalising the overall concept plan for the Witton Barracks site.

Interim improvement works

While the use and function of the heritage buildings, as well the future of the mess/accommodation building, on the site continues to be developed, Council will be undertaking further interim improvement works at the site to preserve its historic significance and provide increased amenity in the open space for visitors.

Interim works at the site will include:

  • installation of a picnic shelter within the open space
  • refurbishment works to five historic buildings including installing new eaves, gutters, joinery and verandas
  • replacement of roofs on the HQ building and Transport shed
  • removal of graffiti from all heritage buildings
  • removal of timber fencing, garage, disused BBQ and an underground storage tank
  • removal of one tree, tree trimming and shrub removal.

All work will be carried out in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines and Council will make every effort to minimise environmental impacts during construction.

The open space will remain accessible during these works. Access to the remainder of the site will continue to be restricted.

Works are anticipated to start early May 2018 and be complete late June 2018, weather permitting.

Construction will generally take place between 6.30am and 6.30pm Monday to Saturday. Advance notice of any out-of-hours activities will be provided.

Park visitors, residents and businesses in close proximity to the worksite may experience some construction noise, dust and increased vehicle movements associated with the works.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience during this time. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the local community during this work. 

Future stages

Council would like to thank the community for their feedback on Witton Barracks. The comments and suggestions that people have provided through this consultation process will help Council refine the overall concept design for the Witton Barracks site and help Council provide park facilities that meet your needs.

There will be other opportunities in the future to have your say on the Witton Barracks site.

It is intended that the various elements of the overall concept design will be delivered in stages over a timeframe of up to twenty years, starting with the provision of park facilities and embellishments in the open space precinct.

It is anticipated that further consultation will be undertaken in the future regarding the preservation and proposed use of the Barracks buildings by the community. It is likely that the overall concept design may need to be further refined at this stage.

The Barracks buildings are an important part of Brisbane’s heritage and are listed on the State Heritage Register. Any proposed uses of the Barracks buildings will need to be guided by suitably qualified professional heritage architects and subject to detailed assessment under the appropriate legislation. This means that a firm timeframe for the use of the Barracks buildings by the community cannot be given at this stage, although it is estimated that this process may take up to five years.

A timeframe for embellishing the Lambert Road precinct has not been set.

Register for updates

To stay informed about Witton Barracks Park and receive regular email updates, including future consultation, you can register your interest.

More information

If you would like to ask questions or find out more about the Witton Barracks Park project you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • email cityprojects@brisbane.qld.gov.au
  • write to:
    Witton Barracks Park project team
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
30 April 2018