Moreton Bay Regional Council is leading the development of a world class innovation and knowledge precinct which will bridge significant social gaps in the region as well as drive diversification and the long-term sustainability of the regional economy. The Mill at Moreton Bay, the region's first Priority Development Area (PDA) is being transformed into a destination for learning, employment and innovation.
Located at Petrie on two train lines with a university campus at its core, The Mill PDA is set to provide pathways to higher education at an accessible full-service university, create job opportunities to support the region's explosive population growth and maximise the potential of vacant land connected by key transport links including the Brice Highway and Lawnton and Kallangur train stations on the new Redcliffe Peninsula rail line.
Australia's first greenfield university in twenty years, USC Moreton Bay, opened in March 2020 and incorporates a number of Smart City initiatives including an open pit and pipe network for telecommunications and smart lighting nodes with wifi, CCTV and electric car charging capability. The university campus will be supported by a range of uses and activities, including regional sporting facilities and health related opportunities.
The Mill's redevelopment into an education, innovation and employment hub will create more than 6,000 local jobs, 10,000 university placements and inject around $1 billion into the local economy each year. The project will create 12 hectares of sport and recreation space and 110 hectares of conservation and koala habitat for one of Australia's only increasing urban koala populations.