Brisbane City Council has committed $100 million over 20 years to transform Oxley Creek, from its mouth at the Brisbane River to Larapinta, into a world-class green lifestyle and leisure destination. Established in 2017, its role is to plan, develop and manage Brisbane’s newest recreational asset in partnership with government, businesses, industry and residents.
Oxley Creek Transformation is committed to:
Oxley Creek is one of the major tributaries of the Brisbane River. It is Brisbane’s longest creek and the only sand-based creek in the city.
Beginning in the forested mountain ranges of the Scenic Rim, south of Ipswich, it joins the Brisbane River approximately 70 kilometres downstream at Tennyson. Oxley Creek enjoys a natural drainage area of 270 square kilometres, spread across three local government areas, making it Brisbane’s largest creek catchment, but is also one of our most urbanised and polluted waterways.
The Oxley Creek Transformation Master Plan developed in consultation with key local stakeholder groups and, through an extensive consultation program, captures the enthusiasm and support from the community.
The Master Plan provides an understanding of the strategic context of the corridor, suggests ideas for the future parkland and establishes a framework for future projects, plans and strategies to revitalise the Oxley Creek corridor.
The Master Plan informs future initiatives and investment to establish new leisure and recreation facilities, economic hubs, cultural heritage interpretation, environmental education and connections for people and wildlife.
The Master Plan guides future initiatives and investment to create a green lifestyle and leisure destination and demonstrates Brisbane City Council’s dedication to a clean and green lifestyle and enthusiasm for embracing emerging trends in city sustainability.
Stage One of Warril Parkland in Larapinta now open
Launch of the Oxley Creek Junior Ranger Program
Planning for the delivery of Archerfield Wetlands commenced
Release of the Graceville Riverside Parklands draft Precinct Plan
Innovative partnerships established to deliver environmental and economic outcomes for the corridor.
Graceville Riverside Parklands
Oxley Creek Common Bird Sanctuary
Strategic Corridor Restoration plan
Sustainable Economic Development Strategy
1059 Paradise Road, Larapinta, Brisbane
Stage One of Warril Parkland (Nature-based Adventure Parkland) in Larapinta is now open. The new Parkland has plenty to fire the imagination, with an exciting nature-based playground, incorporating water-play, a lakeside boardwalk and pontoon, as well as birdwatching and picnic facilities, all set against the background of a picturesque lake.
Archerfield Wetlands, a priority project identified in the Oxley Creek Transformation Master Plan, will become a major new recreation, education and environmental parkland.
Development approval has now been secured to commence the delivery of a $22 million world-class parkland at Archerfield Wetlands by 2023, turning the formal industrial site into a unique signature destination within the Oxley Creek corridor for all Brisbane residents and visitors.
Located in the heart of the 20-kilometre Oxley Creek corridor, south of the Ipswich Motorway and adjacent to Archerfield Airport, the 150-hectare Archerfield Wetlands site will not only cater to the needs of the local community, but will become a unique signature destination with the Oxley Creek corridor for all Brisbane residents and visitors.
Oxley Creek Transformation is planning for parkland improvements associated with the Graceville Riverside Parklands Precinct located at Graceville Avenue and Nadine Street, Graceville. Situated at the northern end of the Oxley Creek Transformation corridor, just seven kilometres from the CBD, and adjoining both Oxley Creek and the Brisbane River, the Parklands Precinct has the potential to become a significant gateway entry into the 20-kilometre recreation and environmental corridor as well as an exciting destination hub for community and visitors alike.
The development of a draft Precinct Plan was informed by collaboration with external consultants as well as engagement with key stakeholder groups and the community via the Graceville Riverside Parklands Community Ideas Day that was held in November 2019. The draft Precinct Plan was released for community consultation in November 2020 for a 5 week period. We are now in the process of reviewing all feedback received to inform the finalisation of the Graceville Riverside Parklands Precinct Plan.
Oxley Creek Common is already one of Brisbane’s best birding spots, and it has the potential to become a world-renowned birdwatching destination, drawing birders, ornithologists and nature lovers from across the nation and globe. Despite the Common’s urban location just seven kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, one quarter of Australia’s native bird species have been spotted onsite, along with migratory birds from as far away as Japan and Russia. The large open space hosts significant wetlands and is bounded on two sides by Oxley and Stable Swamp Creeks, which together provide habitat for diverse bird species.
Future investment will focus on enhancing and expanding this habitat to attract more native fauna species, particularly birds, and support a richer array of flora. The Common will become a place where visitors and locals can learn about biodiversity, sustainability and ornithology and enjoy the natural world.
Bookings of The Red Shed
Oxley Creek Common, including The Red Shed, is managed by the Department of Housing and Public Works (Queensland Government). For all enquiries and feedback relating to Oxley Creek Common, including hire and bookings of The Red Shed, please contact (07) 3008 2761 or via email email@example.com
The Strategic Corridor Restoration Plan (Restoration Plan) will direct rehabilitation efforts within the Oxley Creek corridor to ensure a holistic approach that maximises environmental benefits across the whole corridor.
The Restoration Plan will draw together the Master Plan’s key environmental strategies into a single, ongoing and long-term major initiative. As a ‘living’ document, the Restoration Plan will set out prioritised upgrades and enhancements to waterways and key habitat areas, allowing for changes to priorities over time as initiatives are completed and new issues or opportunities arise.
Converting the corridor from a collection of grassy paddocks, quiet playgrounds, unkept green spaces, pocket parks, open wetlands and a string of former industrial sites into a vast multi-use parkland set to rival the world’s best urban spaces requires significant upfront construction funding and ongoing maintenance and management funds.
While Brisbane City Council has made a considerable investment in a strong parkland framework for Oxley Creek, additional funding streams will be required to grow and maintain the future parkland.
Economic hubs, known as ‘destination hubs’ or ‘parkland edges’, will leverage natural attractions that inject vitality and draw investment to the area. Up to five percent of the Oxley Creek corridor will host commercial activities and opportunities to generate revenue to fund park maintenance, new green infrastructure and regeneration projects.
A collective effort, undertaken by multiple stakeholders and the community, will be required to improve the health of both the Oxley Creek corridor and the catchment.
Building on Council’s commitment and support, a key focus to delivering the 20-kilometre transformation vision is the establishment of partnerships and collaboration opportunities to help restore the Oxley Creek corridor.
We are working with the landowner at 2105 Ipswich Road, Oxley, and an industry partner requiring a site for revegetation offset planting to deliver an innovative and collaborative environmental pilot project that will enhance and preserve land adjoining Oxley Creek.
It is proposed:
Rehabilitation efforts will benefit the environment and contribute to the transformation of Oxley Creek, as well as improve the amenity of the surrounding area.
Wander shady paths through eucalypt forests, stroll along boardwalks that cross wetlands brimming with birdlife, go frog spotting around still ponds or work up a sweat hiking bush circuits on The Greenway.
Stretching from the Brisbane River 20 kilometres to Larapinta, The Greenway is destined to become one of Brisbane’s most popular walking and recreational cycling trails and a tourism icon for the city.
Largely following Oxley Creek for its entire route, The Greenway’s mix of paved and gravel paths will take walkers and cyclists through many different landscapes from serene wetland parks to open grasslands, untouched bushland pockets and small recreational hubs hosting ecotourism activities and community events.
The Greenway will become the central spine for moving through the Oxley Creek corridor, acting as the unifying physical element for all destinations. It will also provide easy access to side trails for bushwalking, birdwatching and interpretive learning, while linking into broader local walking and cycling networks.
Embellished with public artwork and interpretive signage, The Greenway will contain the essential wayfinding tools and information that visitors need to navigate the entire parkland. Traversing it will become the defining experience of visiting Oxley Creek.
Oxley Creek Transformation’s Strategic Plan outlines the company’s medium-term priorities, linking annual planning and budgeting with Brisbane City Council’s long-term goals and vision for the city.