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    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Premier opens $38m Kelvin Grove Urban Village Infrastructure

    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Monday, November 24, 2003

    Premier opens $38m Kelvin Grove Urban Village Infrastructure

    Queensland Premier Peter Beattie today officially opened $38 million worth of completed infrastructure at Kelvin Grove Urban Village, including new roads, footpaths, parks and public open spaces.

    Mr Beattie said the infrastructure works, funded by the Department of Housing ($24 million) and Queensland University of Technology ($14 million), would significantly improve public access and amenity in the local area and pave the way for the exciting new urban development taking shape on the site.

    "Kelvin Grove Urban Village will be a world-class inner-urban development, incorporating a range of residential, educational, health, retail and recreational facilities into one high-tech, environmentally sustainable village," he said.

    "This is the beginning of an exciting new era not only for the nearby residents, but for the wider community who will be able to access housing, university facilities, theatres, shops, cafes and restaurants that will make up the Urban Village.

    "Situated just two kilometres from Brisbane's central business district, the master-planned mixed-use Kelvin Grove Urban Village is being developed by the Department of Housing in partnership with Queensland University of Technology over the next six years.

    "Now the infrastructure is completed, the people of Brisbane can walk, cycle and drive through the Village to see for themselves how this exciting new development is taking shape."

    Mr Beattie and the Minister for Public Works and Housing Robert Schwarten said work included extensive remediation to prepare the land for development, drainage works, underground services, the creation of new roads, parks and footpaths and the regrading and upgrading of existing roads.

    "The design and layout of the Village promotes walking, cycling and access to public transport, including the Inner Northern Busway, due to open in February 2004," they said.

    Mr Beattie said Kelvin Grove Urban Village exemplified his government's Smart State strategy.

    "This project is setting new benchmarks for urban design and ecologically sustainable development, with leading-edge features in the areas of energy efficiency, recycling, the environment and Information Technology," he said.

    "Kelvin Grove Urban Village has received numerous awards to date, including the Planning Institute of Australia's 2003 State Award for Environmental Planning, which is a significant achievement for an urban project and outstanding recognition from industry."

    Mr Schwarten said a key focus of the project was the development of around 800 residential units, featuring high-quality design across a variety of styles and catering to a range of budgets and lifestyle needs. "This is an opportunity to deliver a diverse mix of housing options on one unique site, close to the city," he said.

    "Kelvin Grove Urban Village will cater for students through to seniors with high-quality affordable accommodation as well as premium apartments.

    "Housing will be delivered primarily by the private sector and there has already been keen interest from developers, with Indigo working on a $120 million residential/retail Village Centre.

    "A further two residential sites are now subject to final negotiations and we are currently seeking expressions of interest for the development of student accommodation, managed seniors accommodation and a boutique hotel/tavern."

    QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake said the Urban Village represented a shift in the way universities interact with community.

    "We are moving away from the old notion of "town" separated from "gown" and will have a mix of new education and innovation facilities integrated with the residential, commercial, retail and community facilities in the Village," he said.

    "The first of these will be the new high-tech hub for students, businesses and the public in the $60 million Creative Industries Precinct that will open in February 2004.

    "The University will then focus its efforts on the next major facility, the $50 million Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, scheduled for completion in late 2005.

    "We have designed these buildings to encourage innovative thinking and collaboration between leading edge researchers and business, leading to new inventions and products."

    Professor Coaldrake said that the University would also be making the facilities open to the public and the Village community, with an innovative program of exhibitions and performances planned.

    Media Contacts: 3224 4500 Premier's Office, 3224 7471 Minister Schwarten's Office, 3864 2365 Professor Coaldrake's office.


    A vibrant, new urban environment that meets the lifestyle needs of the community, but does not compromise the environment for future generations, is the vision for the Kelvin Grove Urban Village.

    The Village has been planned using Ecological Sustainable Development (ESD) principles to balance environmental, social and economic considerations by providing a high quality of lifestyle, a 'green' way of living and generating economic benefits for Queensland.

    Master-planned for success

    The Village mimics a traditional village design with a town centre and shops on the main streets. The Village is also planned to connect to the existing neighbourhood, providing a new centre for the wider area.

    The Village master plan and design guidelines ensure that every development in the precinct will be complementary.

    In tune with the environment

    Every facet of the Village has been planned to reduce impacts on the environment.

    The Village builds on the natural attributes of the area, including native trees and green areas, minimises the use of fossil fuels and decreases energy demands and greenhouse gas emissions by providing low energy solutions for residents.

    Air pollution is reduced by providing a walkable urban precinct with easy access to public transport.

    Recycling has been a key focus of the project, from donating army huts and materials to community groups, using recycled timber for street furniture and park benches and using concrete removed from the site for road bases and other infrastructure.

    Buildings will feature energy efficient ventilation, appliances and water heating, with a focus on conservation of water, waste management and recycling.

    A socially sustainable society

    The Village's mix of housing densities, ownership patterns, price and building types will appeal to a broad cross-section of people and result in a vibrant and diverse community.

    Public spaces are available throughout the area for recreation, sport and theatrical displays.

    Community facilities will be open to all, including the university campus, theatre, exhibition space, small business and a health and recreation centre.

    People will enjoy browsing through a variety of retail facilities and dining at restaurants and cafes.

    The Village's design will ensure a safe community where balconies and windows overlook streets and the neighbourhood design encourages slower traffic and safer streets.

    Security is enhanced through open spaces, lighting and clear signage throughout the Village.

    Promoting economic growth

    A range of economic initiatives will contribute to the future viability of the Village. The Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation and an enterprise centre for creative industries will generate economic development and jobs in these growing industries.

    Kelvin Grove Urban Village - steeped in history

    The historical and cultural heritage of the Kelvin Grove Urban Village site has been woven into the fabric of this emerging new community. The area's rich and extensive Indigenous and European history has been honoured and revitalised by integrating aspects of the Turrbal people's culture into park names, landscaping and public art and reusing elements of the 100-year-old Gona Army Barracks buildings.

    The Turrbal people's affinity with and understanding of the land they once used as a meeting place has been captured through consultation with the Turrbal Association and reflects the significance of the site and the important relationship between Indigenous people and the land. Valuable input has also been provided on native vegetation chosen for the site.

    The site development also incorporates land formerly used by the Gona Army Barracks. In recognition of the unique military history of the site, some areas of cultural significance, including buildings and spaces on the parade ground area, have been preserved and recognised in various artwork and street names. The street and park names reflect the history of the area - the military, educational, Indigenous and local history of Kelvin Grove. Stories behind the street and park names at Kelvin Grove Urban Village are:

    Musk Avenue Dorothy Musk is thought to be the oldest living resident in the area and the oldest former pupil of Kelvin Grove Girls and Infants School. Ms Musk attended the school from 1909 until 1914.

    Carraway Street Mary Jane Carraway was headmistress at Kelvin Grove State School in the 1930s, during the Great Depression. Those challenging times saw many cutbacks in teacher numbers, salaries and provisions.

    Hartopp Lane Hartopp families have lived in the local area since the 1800's.

    Gona Parade Gona Parade is named after Gona Barracks, formerly located on the Kelvin Grove Urban Village site until the units were relocated to Enoggera in Brisbane. Gona is also the name of the famous battle against the Japanese in 1942 near the village of Gona in Papua New Guinea and has special significance for members of the 9th Battalion, which was based at Gona Barracks during World War Two.

    Robinson Place Principal of the Kelvin Grove Teachers' College in 1935, James Robinson administered the College during World War Two. Robinson was the first person to set up an arts collection at the College.

    - Blamey Street, Maidstone Street and Ramsgate Street are all existing streets.

    Parer Place Parer place was named after Damian Parer, an outstanding cinematographer famous for his dramatic footage of Australian soldiers in the Middle East and Papua New Guinea during World War Two.

    Chauvel Place The naming of Chauvel Place was inspired by Charles Chauvel, the famous Australian film maker who directed classics such as "40,000 Horsemen". Released in 1941, it proved to be a world wide and Australian success, breaking all box office records in Australia. His 1943 film about the Aussie diggers who had fought against Rommel's forces in North Africa, "The Rats of Tobruk", drew praise from returned soldiers for its accuracy in portraying their experiences.

    Kulgun Park Kulgun means path or road in Turrbal language. Kulgun Park links McCaskie Park on Kelvin Grove Road and Victoria Park.

    Grey Gum Park - Grey gums are native to the area and were the simple inspiration behind the naming of Grey Gum Park.

    Kundu Park - Kundu is Turrbal for Tallowood tree which are native to the area.