New Farm Park improvement works - New Farm

New Farm Park, created in 1914, currently covers approximately 15 hectares of land, and is bounded by Brunswick Street and Sydney Street, New Farm. It adjoins the Brisbane Powerhouse arts precinct and the Brisbane River.

The park is heritage listed with a full citation in the Queensland State Heritage Register.

Council is proposing additional works to improve accessibility and safety in New Farm Park.

Project summary

This table includes summary information about the New Farm Park improvement works.
Address New Farm Park, 1042 Brunswick Street, New Farm
Ward Central
Project outcomes Improved accessibility and safety in New Farm Park.
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About the project

New Farm Park improvement works include:

  • improving active travel access to New Farm Park by reopening the original Brunswick Street park entrance for active travel and pedestrian access only, along with the installation of bollards to replace the existing lock rail and improved lighting and signage.
  • improving access to and within a section of the internal ring road including:
    • an upgrade to the existing dedicated pick-up/drop-off area
    • two new pedestrian crossing points, including lighting for safety
    • new angled car parks, including accessible disability parking bays
    • path improvement works to improve accessibility and safety.
  • additional landscaping that complements the precinct's heritage.

Council would like to advise there will be minimal changes to the current footprint of the New Farm Park ring road as a result of these works.

Project approval and funding

This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Brisbane City Council.

The project received approval for a Heritage Exemption Certificate from the Queensland Government in April 2021, with works anticipated to commence in September 2021 until December 2021, weather and site conditions permitting. 

Construction impacts

For the safety of workers and pedestrians, work areas will be fenced off during construction works. If access is disrupted by the works, Council will liaise with those affected and keep them up-to-date with the project works.

Park users, residents, and businesses may experience increased noise, dust, and truck movements during construction. Due to workplace health and safety requirements, reversing beepers cannot be switched off.

Some night works may be required to undertake activities that cannot be completed during the day.

New Farm Park vision

Council is growing your Brisbane lifestyle by creating a shared vision for New Farm Park. Council will engage with residents and park users to reflect the unique identity of the park and identify potential park improvements through the development of a community vision to inform a concept plan in the 2021/2022 financial year.

Council will provide further information on the development of a shared vision closer to the commencement of the project.

Frequently asked questions

Why is Council proposing to undertake improvement works at New Farm Park?

The New Farm Park precinct is an increasingly popular recreational destination, hosting a number of significant entertainment and community events each year. Council is proposing accessibility and safety improvement works to enhance the function of New Farm Park.

What are the benefits of this project?

The proposed works will provide improved accessibility and safety for the precinct through:

  • improved active travel access to New Farm Park, by reopening the original Brunswick Street entrance for active travel and pedestrian access only, along with the installation of bollards to replace the existing lock rail and improved lighting and signage
  • improved accessibility to and within a section of the internal ring road through:
    • an upgrade to the existing dedicated pick-up/drop-off area
    • two new pedestrian crossing points, including lighting for safety
    • new angled parking, including accessible disability parking bays
    • path improvement works to improve accessibility and safety
  • additional landscaping that complements the precinct's heritage.

Won’t a dedicated pick up/drop off area increase traffic in New Farm Park?

A dedicated pick up/drop off area currently exists in the park. The proposed works will improve the operation and safety of this area and provide better access for people with disabilities.

Can Council undertake works in a Queensland heritage-listed park such as New Farm Park?

Council can undertake works within a Queensland heritage-listed park once appropriate heritage approvals/exemptions have been applied for, approved and complied with. The application for a Heritage Exemption Certificate will be assessed by the Queensland Government.

What is a Heritage Exemption Certificate?

A Heritage Exemption Certificate is issued by the Queensland Government after it is satisfied the works proposed are low impact and only affect the heritage values of a place in a minor way.  A heritage exemption certificate is generally issued with conditions of approval required to be complied with.

The approval to proceed with the proposed works will be sought via a Heritage Exemption Certificate application to the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science (DES). Please refer to the State Government’s website for further information about Heritage Exemption Certificates.

The legislated assessment pathway for a Heritage Exemption Certificate does not include a formal submission avenue. 

Will there be community consultation for the development of a vision for New Farm Park?

Council is committed to creating a shared vision for New Farm Park. We will engage with residents and park users to identify potential park improvements through the development of a community vision that will shape and inform key features of a concept plan which will help guide future upgrades to the park.

Further information will be shared closer to the commencement of the exercise scheduled for the 2021/2022 financial year.

It is important to note that the development of a community vision is not about planning for the facilities in the current environment but how they will serve the community into the medium to long-term future.

More information

If you would like more information about the project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside of business hours
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    New Farm Park improvement works
    City Projects Office
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 18 August 2021
Topics: new farm