University Precinct awarded Queensland’s ‘Best Planning Idea’

University Precinct awarded Queensland’s ‘Best Planning Idea’

Moreton Bay Region’s University Precinct, set to transform the old Petrie Paper Mill site, has been awarded Queensland’s Best Planning Idea at the 2016 Awards for Planning Excellence.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said it was a huge honour to win the state-wide award and also go into the running for the national awards later this year.

“Moreton Bay Regional Council is transforming the old Petrie Paper Mill into a bustling new precinct that will generate thousands of local jobs and study opportunities for the people of our region,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“Known as The Mill at Moreton Bay, this state-of-the-art project will feature a major new university, a train station, and host community, sporting and commercial activities onsite.”

The Mill at Moreton Bay was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) in September 2016 by Queensland Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad MP.

The PDA is approximately 460 hectares in total and encompasses the suburbs of Petrie, Kallangur and Lawnton, including:

  • Revitalised Petrie town centre
  • New retail and commercial space and residential development
  • University of the Sunshine Coast Petrie campus with 10,000 students by 2030
  • More than 6,000 ongoing jobs
  • Sporting facilities, parklands and shared pedestrian and cycle pathways
  • 110 hectares of conservation land, including 16 hectares of lakes

Moreton Bay also received impressive commendation awards for Bee Gees Way and for Cutting Edge Design.

“Bee Gees Way has been a huge hit with people from all over the world, securing the number one spot for things to do in Redcliffe on TripAdvisor,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“Since completing Stage One and Two of the now internationally famous walkway, the number of tour bus visitations has tripled from 20 per year to over 70 per year,” he said.

“We are extremely proud of Bee Gees Way which has become one of our region’s most iconic tourism products.”

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Manager of Strategic Planning and Economic Development, Kate Isles was also recognised as Queensland’s Planner of the Year at the 2016 Awards for Planning Excellence.

Moreton Bay Study Options

For those looking for universities near Brisbane, the new Petrie campus is set to provide the region’s growing population with an alternative, locally-based higher education option.

Offering more than one hundred degrees, courses include: law, science, business, engineering, and specialty offerings such as mechatronics.

More information about Petrie’s University of the Sunshine Coast campus is available online.

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