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Creating the future

Moreton Bay Regional Council is creating a thriving new major destination that will generate thousands of local higher education and employment opportunities for the region.

With a full-scale University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) campus at its core, this new destination will offer world-class study opportunities to residents in the Moreton Bay Region.

USC Moreton Bay is on track to welcome students in 2020, supported by additional work, study and community facilities, and will cater for up to 10,000 university students in its first 10 years.

The onsite train station will connect local residents from right along the Redcliffe Peninsula Rail Line, and the Caboolture Line to the new Petrie campus. Regular bus services and car parking infrastructure will also be a key feature to bring residents and business people from all over the region, reducing north and south traffic congestion.

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In addition to the commencement of building work, major sewer pipe relocation works are nearing completion with detailed planning being undertaken to ensure that there is no disruption to essential services during construction. The bulk earthworks and filling to Stage One of the precinct continues within the area known as Mill Central. These filling works will continue until the end of 2018.

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About The Mill at Moreton Bay

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The Mill at Moreton Bay is a multi-faceted destination. It currently comprises four main components:

The Mill at Moreton Bay Priority Development Area

On 2 September 2016, the Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Economic Development Queensland declared The Mill at Moreton Bay as a Priority Development Area (PDA).

The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA is approximately 460 hectares and is located within the suburbs of Petrie, Kallangur and Lawnton. The PDA takes in the Mill at Moreton Bay Redevelopment Project Area and is bordered by Lawnton Pocket Road to the south and the Redcliffe Peninsula Rail Line in the north and north-west. The PDA also includes the existing Petrie town centre to the west of Petrie station and land to the south of the new Kallangur station. The North Pine River and Yebri Creek traverse the PDA. To find out more about the The Mill at Moreton Bay Priority Development Area, visit the Priority Development Area section of this site.

Mill at Moreton Bay Redevelopment Project

In July 2015, Council purchased the former Petrie Paper Mill site as a key strategic land asset to secure this unique site in public ownership. Council purchased the 200-hectare parcel of land to drive economic, community and environmental outcomes in our region for the future. The site was expanded in October 2017 following the addition of surplus state land adjacent to the railway line. With this land all in public ownership, there is now the opportunity to help conserve more than 110 hectares of vital wildlife and environmental corridors, as well as deliver a new full-service university catering for the growing Moreton Bay Region population.

Given the size of the site and proximity to the rail line, opportunity exists to look at a range of other uses that may complement the university. The Mill at Moreton Bay Redevelopment Project Area will deliver a diverse range of education, health, retail, residential, recreation, commercial and environmental uses. The timing, approach and location of these uses will be subject to a detailed concept planning process that Council and the State Government will manage over the coming years. To find out more about the Mill at Moreton Bay Redevelopment Project, visit the Building a brighter future and Environment sections of this site.

University Precinct

Following an independent Expression of Interest process, Council appointed the University of the Sunshine Coast as the preferred provider for an exciting new university campus in the Moreton Bay Region. USC is a Queensland-based university and is ranked as one of Australia's top universities for teaching quality. To be known as "USC Moreton Bay", the campus will open in 2020. Over time it will be supported by additional work, study and community facilities, and will cater for up to 10,000 university students in its first 10 years. To find out more about the University Precinct, visit the Anchor Education Partner section of this site.

Foundation facilities

The university's foundation facilities will be an iconic building structure located at the entrance to the former Petrie Paper Mill site. Located on former State Government-owned land, the site for the buildings is perfectly positioned for transport, will be visually striking and will allow the remainder of the site to be developed over time in an integrated manner. Using this site will also complement strategic plans to enhance the environmental outcomes for the balance of the PDA. Early works for the foundation facilities will commence with approved clearing and earthworks, from November 2017. Construction of the buildings should commence early 2018 and will be complete in time to open for students in 2020. To find out more about the foundation facilities, visit the Foundation facilities section of this site.

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Location

The Mill at Moreton Bay is a destination which is located within the suburbs of Petrie, Kallangur and Lawnton.

It is located approximately 20km from Brisbane International Airport and approximately 22km from the Brisbane CBD with close proximity to key transport infrastructure including the Petrie railway station (at the junction of the existing Caboolture Rail Line and the Redcliffe Peninsula Line), Gympie Road and the Bruce Highway.


The Mill at Moreton Bay - Aerial photo circa 2016
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