24 November 2017
Moreton Bay Regional Council has awarded a $1.78 million early works package contract to Allroads Pty Ltd as part of Stage 1 of the Petrie Mill redevelopment project.
Mayor Allan Sutherland said this was an exciting first step towards delivering the region’s thriving new education and employment hub, with a major new University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) campus at its heart.
“This project will transform our entire region, especially in driving local jobs and economic growth in our area just like what happened when the Petrie Mill opened back in 1957,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“Initial pre-construction activity will commence next week around Petrie train station in the area bounded by Gympie Road and Paper Avenue while the final detailed designs are completed on the project.”
Preliminary site works will include relocation of sewer rising mains, gas main relocation, controlled vegetation removal and bulk earthworks.
“These civil works will enable USC to start construction on their foundation buildings which is expected to begin mid next year.”
USC Moreton Bay is expected to cater for up to 10,000 university students in its first 10 years and offer a full complement of associate degrees, bachelor degrees, diploma qualifications and postgraduate study.
Division 7 Councillor Denise Sims said Council is working closely with koala monitoring experts and local koala and environment groups to deliver a comprehensive environment plan for the site.
“Real time monitoring for koalas is underway on the site, helping track and undertake vital health checks on the local koala population,” she said.
“A number of native trees will be planted including offset plantings under a comprehensive vegetation and koala management plan required and approved by the Federal Department of Environment and Energy.”
The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA is approximately 460 hectares and is located within the suburbs of Petrie, Kallangur and Lawnton.
The final Development Scheme for The Mill at Moreton Bay was approved by the Queensland Government in August 2017 following two rounds of public consultation.
Over 90 percent of respondents supported the Development Scheme for a major new USC campus on the site and revitalisation of Petrie town centre.
Many respondents during the public consultation period said in addition to the new university campus they would like to see the priority development area deliver parkland, retail opportunities and community events.
For more information see The Mill at Moreton Bay.