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Proposed Archerfield Wetlands Set to Transform Oxley Creek

Wednesday July 3, 2019 ● By Laura Sinclair // Place Graceville

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The Brisbane City Council has committed $100 million over 20 years to transform the Oxley Creek corridor into a world-class green, lifestyle and leisure destination.

The development will include 20 kilometres of bicycle pathways and it will see the construction of the new 'Archerfield Wetlands'.

Stretching 20 kilometres from Tennyson to Larapinta, the green space will follow Oxley Creek through the suburbs creating trails and boardwalks for walking and cycling. This trail, called The Greenway, will link parks and allow nature lovers to explore wetlands, grasslands and bushland.

The Oxley Creek parkland will run through the suburbs of Graceville, Sherwood, Rocklea, Corinda, Oxley, Archerfield, Durack, Willawong, Acacia Ridge and Pallara.

Rejuvenation of the corridor will see Brisbane’s largest creek catchment transformed into a world-class green, lifestyle and leisure destination, befitting our New World City. 

A network of boardwalks and trails through the corridor will link up with large green spaces.

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The Greenway is one of six priority projects which have been identified for completion within the next decade. 

Another priority project is the Archerfield Wetlands which will see 150 hectares of under-utilised low-lying land turned into green space. The Archerfield Wetlands are located 12 kilometres from the city located between the Ipswich Motorway in Oxley and Bowhill Road in Durack.

Currently, the Archerfield Wetlands are dominated by grassy paddocks where cattle once grazed and remnants of forests. The new parkland will transform this space to include a multitude of new recreational facilities making it a major new recreation, education and environmental parkland for the region.

According to the Brisbane City Council, the Archerfield Wetlands will include a network of boardwalks, cycling paths and walking trails, a large adventure play space and multi-use games court, a canoe and kayak launch facility, as well as a new community, educational and commercial hub, picnicking facilities and elevated walkways and outlooks with views across the wetlands.

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Unfortunately, the development of the Archerfield Wetlands is still in the early phase, so it will still be a while before locals can enjoy the 20 kilometre trek on The Greenway. The adventure playground will be completed by 2022 and The Greenway, outlook, green space and other paths will be finished by 2029.

The new projects will bring many benefits into the community. It will connect recreation, community and commercial hubs throughout the corridor and link broader walking and cycling networks to connect local destinations. The Greenway will make it convenient for pedestrians and cyclists to get around these suburbs.

Have some thoughts?

Between Monday, 17 June 2019 and Monday, 15 July 2019 Brisbane City Council is asking residents to provide feedback on the Draft Precinct Plan.

You can have your say by: 

  • Completing a short online survey here
  • Attending a community engagement event
  • Sending an email to info@oxleycreek.com.au
  • Writing to a letter to Oxley Creek Transformation, GPO BOX 1434, Brisbane Qld 4001

The final master plan for the area will be presented to the council chamber on October 16. The finalised Precinct Plan will be released in late 2019 and implementation, planning and delivery will commence from 2020.


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