Manly Harbour Village Precinct Project

Brisbane City Council is working with the local community to revitalise the foreshore area adjacent to Cambridge Parade. This is part of the Village Precinct Projects (VPP) program and Council's commitment to create a city of vibrant neighbourhoods.

We're committing up to $890,000 to the improvement project, which aims to:

  • enhance the amenity, connection and safety for residents and visitors to the centre
  • contribute to and encourage local economic growth
  • increase the community's sense of place and pride in this neighbourhood centre.

Community consultation and engagement

The local community was encouraged to become involved in the planning for the improvement proposal. The second engagement phase for the project sought feedback on the concept design in February 2021. Council held an onsite information kiosk on Sunday 7 February 2021 and an online survey that closed on Friday 12 February 2021 to give the community the opportunity to provide feedback on the concept design proposal.

Thank you for having your say on the concept design proposal for the Manly Harbour neighbourhood centre. The feedback received has helped Council prepare the final improvement proposal for the precinct, which focuses on creating the new foreshore plaza.

Download a summary of the community feedback for the concept design proposal:

View the final improvement plan

Council has prepared the final improvement proposal in response to the community survey results and feedback. The project will focus on the creation of a new foreshore plaza that is designed to ensure the space is an attractive, comfortable, functional and flexible for both locals and visitors to enjoy. Improvements include:

  • sections of new pavement and improved footpaths along the waterfront
  • new plaza furniture including concrete seats, drinking fountain, bike racks and removable bollards
  • refresh of the existing plantings and new trees to provide shade
  • creative lighting projections at the new foreshore plaza designed by a local artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins to promote night-time presence and local identity
  • new wayfinding signage in the new foreshore plaza, Manly Village precinct and railway station
  • removal of ageing structures to declutter the space.

Download the final improvement proposal:

Creative lighting projection

The creative lighting projection proposal at the new foreshore plaza will provide a night-time presence and enhance the centre's identity and celebrate local character.

The community was invited to share their ideas for the proposed creative lighting projection at the artist-led workshop activity, which was held on Sunday 7 February 2021. At this workshop the community was able to share their stories with the project artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins and participate in twine-making activities. This valuable information will assist the artist in her process for creating the projection artworks at the new foreshore plaza.

Next steps

Next steps and milestones for the Manly Harbour Village Precinct Project
Final Improvement proposal In late May 2021, before the start of construction, the final improvement proposal plan in response to the community’s feedback for the Manly Harbour project will be released.


Construction is planned to start in late May 2021 and be complete by mid-2021, subject to weather and site conditions. Council will inform the businessowners and operators within the construction areas to ensure minimal disruption occurs during construction. Access to businesses will be maintained during business hours.

Opening event

An activation event to celebrate and promote the upgraded precinct is scheduled for mid-late 2021. More information will be available shortly.

Construction timing and impacts

Construction is anticipated to begin in late May 2021 and be completed by mid-2021, weather and site conditions permitting.

The majority of works will be undertaken at night when traffic volumes are lowest to ensure the safety of pedestrians, motorists and workers, and to minimise disruptions. Construction activities will generally be carried out between 7pm and 5am, Monday to Saturday, however, some day works will also be required, and will occur Monday to Friday between the hours of 7am and 5pm.

Due to workplace health and safety requirements reversing beepers cannot be turned off. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the local community during this work.

For the safety of workers onsite, partial lane closures may be required to complete the works. Council urges motorists to take care when passing the works and to follow the directions of traffic controllers during these works.

Properties in close proximity to the work may experience some construction noise, dust, and vibration, however, every effort will be made to minimise the impacts on the local community.

Access to local businesses will be maintained during business hours throughout the construction period.

Council is committed to keeping local residents and businesses informed of construction activities in their area and will provide advance notification of activities likely to cause disruption during the construction period.

The large fig tree on The Esplanade may require trimming as part of the project. All work will be carried out in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines, including an arborist on site during works, and Council will make every effort to minimise environmental impacts during construction.

More information

For more information on the Manly Harbour Village Precinct Project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 (during business hours)
  • phone Council's Contact Centre on 07 3403 8888 (after hours)
  • email the project team 
  • write to:
    Manly Harbour Village Precinct Project
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001
Last updated: 11 May 2021