Wickham Park Precinct Plan

Located at the northern end of Albert Street, the Wickham Park precinct is an informal collection of parks that form a green gateway between the Central Business District (CBD) and Spring Hill. The 8.5 hectare area includes Wickham Park, Observatory Park and Emma Miller Place and contains some of Brisbane’s most treasured heritage sites including The Old Windmill and Spring Hill Reservoirs. 

Brisbane City Council's Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014 identifies the Wickham Park precinct and surrounding areas as a key inner-city space for future revitalisation. Council is developing a new precinct plan to: 

  • enhance the precinct for safer community use
  • revitalise the parks and key facilities to allow for increased use
  • deliver better accessibility and connectivity through the precinct
  • maintain and enhance the leafy and tranquil character of the precinct 
  • protect and showcase the rich heritage sites and values
  • champion and facilitate partnerships to activate key spaces.

The Wickham Park Precinct Plan will guide the improvement, maintenance and management of the parks, connecting spaces and heritage sites to meet the changing needs of the city, residents and visitors.

Wickham Park Precinct Plan area

View the Wickham Park Precinct Plan area in a larger map.

Have your say

Council held information stalls and guided heritage tours at the U.R{BNE} Festival on 17 and 18 April in Observatory Park, Spring Hill, for residents to share ideas on the future of the Wickham Park precinct.

Residents were also encouraged to provide feedback on the precinct plan by completing an online survey. This survey has now closed.

Timeline

Jan 2015 - March 2015 Background research
April 2015 Community consultation on the future of the precinct 
Mid - 2015 Prepare draft precinct plan
2016 Release final precinct plan

Register for updates

To stay up to date on City Centre Master Plan projects, including the Wickham Park Precinct Plan, register to receive updates.

History and heritage

Wickham Park was first gazetted as a park in 1887 and became a welcome green space for residents to enjoy in the city. More than 120 years on, the precinct continues to echo the past with a number of historic sites still remaining. Council is committed to respecting and preserving these important sites so that they can be enjoyed for years to come.

Some notable facts about the history of the Wickham Park precinct are listed below.

  • The Old Windmill in Observatory Park was built in 1828 and is the oldest surviving building in Brisbane. 
  • In 1934, Brisbane’s first television broadcast was transmitted from The Old Windmill tower.
  • In the early 20th century Wickham Park was a regular venue for concert performances. A stage and seating for 1000 people were added to the park between 1916-17 for Sunday performances by the Brisbane Municipal Concert Band.
  • The Spring Hill Reservoirs, which were built in 1871 and 1882, continued to supply water to Brisbane’s city centre until the 1960s.
  • There are two former WWII air raid shelters in Wickham Park which now function as park shelters. They are two of 235 air raid shelters that were constructed in Brisbane’s city centre during the war.

More information

For more information about the Wickham Park Precinct Plan, you can:
  • email the project team
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • write to:
    Wickham Park Precinct Plan
    City Planning and Sustainability
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001

 

26 February 2016