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    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Monday, August 07, 2000

    Cabinet Endorses Key City West Project

    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Monday, August 07, 2000

    Cabinet Endorses Key City West Project

    State Cabinet today endorsed plans to transform the historic Gona Barracks site at Kelvin Grove into an inner-urban village as a key part of the government's City West and Smart State strategies.

    Minister for Public Works and Housing, Robert Schwarten, today presented a submission to Cabinet outlining the planned redevelopment of the Gona Barracks site and its role in development of a wider Kelvin Grove Urban Village

    Premier Peter Beattie said the Gona Barracks project would be at the heart of a world-class residential and educational precinct.

    "Redevelopment of the site will anchor a wider high-tech education and creative industries precinct being developed in partnership with the nearby Queensland University of Technology as part of our Smart State strategy," Mr Beattie said.

    "I have committed $15million to this project to develop new industries including internet and broadcast media, computer games and animation, digital and interactive production and e-commerce services.

    "The creative industries component of the overall Kelvin Grove project has the potential to deliver new industries and new jobs to Queensland."

    Mr Schwarten said the seven-hectare Gona Barracks site had been purchased for $6million by the Department of Housing from the Federal Government.

    "The Gona Barracks redevelopment is a golden opportunity to demonstrate innovative approaches to the provision of much needed affordable housing in the near-city area," Mr Schwarten said.

    "It will be a showcase development combining private and public housing, commercial and community facilities and open spaces.

    "It also offers the opportunity to include educational and research facilities - such as the creative industries proposal - on land on the barracks site and adjacent government or university holdings, taking the whole Kelvin Grove Urban Village area to around 15 hectares."

    Mr Schwarten said private developers would provide the majority of housing on the site with the funds generated from land sales being used to provide public or community housing.

    "Development will be undertaken to fit in with the style and character of the surrounding area while recognising the heritage values of the site," he said.

    "A conservation architect has been appointed to prepare a conservation plan and to be an integral part of the overall project team."

    Mr Schwarten said master planning of the site was underway and a draft master plan was expected to be completed by the end of September.

    The draft plan - illustrating various options for development - would be put on public display on the Gona Barracks site for four weeks from early October.

    It was also planned to hold an open day on the site in mid-October.

    The Premier said consultations with residents and business operators in the local area would also be undertaken and comments and suggestions used to develop the final master plan before the end of the year.

    "We will then be in a position to call expressions of interest to see who wants to be involved in the development of this exciting and innovative project," Mr Beattie said.

    Gona Barracks was established as an army barracks in 1910 and was used for almost 90 years as a defence recruitment and training facility. It officially closed in October 1998.

    The barracks site contains about 70 individual buildings.

    Further information: Lorann Downer 0408 744 417 Lindsay Marshall 3237 1832