Witton Barracks Park and Community Hub project

The Witton Barracks Park and Community Hub project is part of Council’s commitment to building infrastructure for the future while protecting our unique lifestyle, local greenspace and parks.

Since acquiring the site in 2016, Brisbane City Council has been remediating and upgrading the Witton Barracks site in stages over several years to celebrate Brisbane’s history and create more community spaces. 

The Witton Barracks played a vital role in military intelligence during World War II. The three cell block buildings on the site are of significant historical interest and are listed on the State Heritage Register.

Summary

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

This project will establish:

  • the site as a park
  • the site for community use.
Latest update

Upgrade of site services completed May 2022

About the project

The Witton Barracks Park and Community Hub project is being delivered in stages. Works completed to date include:

This table includes project milstones from 2016-2022.
Year Completed project works
2016 Site investigations and priority remediation works were undertaken to secure the buildings within the former military site and prevent them from falling into disrepair.
2017

An open green space was created for community access. This involved establishing approximately 5000 square metres at the front of the Witton Barracks site (bordering Lambert Road) as open space for enjoyment by the community.

Community consultation was also undertaken to help shape the long-term vision for the site.

2018 Council undertook maintenance works to the heritage buildings, including repair and repainting of joinery, gutters, fascias, soffits and roof sheeting; and building the first picnic shelter and benches in the open space.
2019 Council installed a new playground and a second picnic shelter in the open space at the front of the site.
2022 Council completed  service upgrades at the site. The service upgrade includes new connections to Energex and Urban Utilities’ networks, as well as the realignment of the services within the Barracks site to connect the buildings.

Project documents

You can download the project documents in your preferred format:

Witton Barracks services upgrade project

Council is pleased to advise that works to upgrade essential services at the Witton Barracks site are now complete. This work was undertaken in preparation for the future development of the Barracks.

The service upgrades included new connections to Energex and Urban Utilities’ networks, as well realigning the services within the Barracks site to connect the buildings to existing networks. The site services upgrade was funded by the Australian Government and Brisbane City Council.

This upgrade is the next step in achieving the long-term vision for the site which includes the restoration of the heritage buildings into a vibrant community hub.   

Development of the community hub will be delivered as a separate package of works. Council will notify the community when progress towards the development has been confirmed. 

Council would like to thank local residents and businesses for their patience during these works.

Future stages

Council welcomed community feedback on the future use of the Witton Barracks. Suggestions provided by residents through the consultation process helped Council refine the overall concept design for the Witton Barracks site.

Register for updates

To stay informed about the Witton Barracks Park and Community Hub project 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 and Community Hub project you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 (business hours)
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (outside of business hours)
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Witton Barracks Park project team
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 20 May 2022

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