Redland City Council pushes for Capalaba town centre revitalisation

DEMARCATION: A site map showing the area demarcation for the Redland City Counci's Capalaba Town Centre Revitalisation Project.
DEMARCATION: A site map showing the area demarcation for the Redland City Counci's Capalaba Town Centre Revitalisation Project.

REDLAND City Council is looking for a developer to help revitalise Capalaba’s town centre.

The Capalaba Town Centre Revitalisation project is intended to improve public transport access, provide new library and community facilities, and transform the precinct into a safe, innovative and environmentally sustainable town square.

Council and its subsidiary company Redland Investment Corporation have launched an expression of interest campaign to find a development partner to develop a landmark development to support the revitalisation.

Redland City mayor Karen Williams said the project provided a significant revitalisation opportunity and, due to its central location and cultural and economic significance, was an ideal canvas to deliver a world class, active, urban heart for Capalaba.

“We know Capalaba holds tremendous potential as the entry into the Redlands Coast and this project will help open up the area’s untapped potential to deliver a high quality, innovative and creative outcome,” Cr Williams said.

“As the former councillor for the area, I know Capalaba is home to a growing number of families and so we want to ensure the project protects the local community feel of the area while at the same time delivering on the infrastructure and transport improvements needed.

“The vision for the project includes the delivery of a new Capalaba library, council customer service centre, arts centre and hall.”

Cr Williams said council and RIC would work with the the developer to implement a contingency plan for the library and other community facilities to allow services to continue during construction.

“The project will also include the Capalaba bus interchange – a key transport node providing connectivity to the inner and eastern suburbs of Brisbane,” she said.

“As part of our vision to provide growth opportunities for the area, Council and RIC will be looking at improving public transport access and, through the expression of interest campaign, will be considering options that will allow Capalaba to be metro ready.”

Cr Williams said plans should take into account the eastern busway project and Brisbane City Council’s metro project.

She said Capalaba was recognised as one of 15 principle regional activity centres under the 2017 Shaping SEQ South East Queensland Regional Plan.

Division 9 councillor Paul Gleeson said he was supportive of plans for the revitalisation of the area. 

“With the right development partner, this project will breathe new life into Capalaba, boosting the local economy and enhancing connectivity between the two existing major shopping centres,” Cr Gleeson said.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by 4pm on February 15.

For more details, visit redland.qld.gov.au/capalabaproject.