Feb 02, 2016

Rail yard redevelopment scheme approved

Rail yard redevelopment scheme approved

The way has been opened for a Toowoomba railway precinct to be transformed into an urban village and parkland, after State Government approval of the development scheme.

The Toowoomba Railway Parklands Priority Development Area development scheme covers a total area of 51.3 ha.

In adopting the scheme, State Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Minister Jackie Trad said the project would reshape the city of Toowoomba and attract visitors and investment.

Toowoomba Regional Council estimates the development will provide up to 3300 jobs during construction and a further 1800 jobs in retail and service industries.

Mayor Paul Antonio said it would see the former rail yards site transformed into a regionally significant community asset.

“We are creating the blueprint for the biggest single transformation the city has seen in the last 100 years,” Cr Antonio said.

He said the transformation would include a combination of high-quality amenities, recreation and entertainment opportunities in close proximity to the CBD which would make the Railway Parklands PDA a real choice for future markets, motivating development and renewal.

“Once you start looking at the bigger picture and the connectivity to the existing CBD and Queens Park you realise the unique opportunity we have in front of us to create an unrivalled inner-city lifestyle in the most family-friendly city in Queensland,” Cr Antonio  said.

For further details about the Toowoomba Railway Parklands PDA visit www.edq.qld.gov.au/planning/priority-development-areas/toowoomba-railway-parklands.html