Declaration of Priority Development Area
On 2 September 2016, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning, Jackie Trad declared Priority Development Area (PDA) activation over the former Petrie Paper Mill site and surrounding areas.
A PDA is a parcel of land that is identified for specific accelerated development with a focus on economic growth. Giving a site PDA status recognises its potential to drive economic growth, and streamlines the planning, approval and development process to fast-track development for community benefit. More information about PDAs is available from the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.
The former Petrie Paper Mill site and its surrounds will be transformed into a new world-class innovation and knowledge precinct supporting more than 6,000 jobs, called The Mill at Moreton Bay.
The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA Development Scheme
The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA Development Scheme commenced on 18 August 2017, replacing The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA Interim Land Use Plan. The Development Scheme is applicable to all development on land within the boundary of the PDA.
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Public notification of the proposed Development Scheme for The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA was held from Wednesday 12 April to Tuesday 30 May 2017. During this time all interested parties - including the community, residents, and business operators-were invited to view the proposed Development Scheme and make a written submission for consideration by Council.
The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA Development Scheme Submissions Report [PDF 1.5MB] summarises the submissions received during public notification of The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA Development Scheme.
All submissions were considered by Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) and where appropriate and meeting the intent of the PDA amendments were incorporated into the final development scheme.
As Council looks towards the opening of the University in 2020, further opportunities will be provided to the community to continue to have your say.
Indicative renders of The Mill at Moreton Bay
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The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA is approximately 460 hectares and is located within the suburbs of Petrie, Kallangur and Lawnton. The PDA is bordered by Lawnton Pocket Road to the south and the Redcliffe Peninsula 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.
The Mill at Moreton Bay is a destination which 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. View a map of The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA [PDF 605KB]
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.
The Mill at Moreton Bay - Aerial photo circa 2016
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Not only does the surrounding established population provide a readily accessible market, but is also strategically located in 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 location provides students in the region with an alternative higher-education option that does not require travelling outside of the region.
The precinct is located approximately 20km from Brisbane International Airport and approximately 22km from the Brisbane CBD.
The USC Moreton Bay campus foundation facilities will form part of the first stage of the development of The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA and plays a key role in the overall project. The high levels of environmental amenity and native wildlife in the precinct have the potential to create a campus that merges with nature. The image to the right is an aerial photo of the precinct illustrating the proximity to key transport infrastructure and levels of environmental amenity.
View aerial footage of the of The Mill at Moreton Bay circa 2016.
It will be a place where people can work, live and play around education, with a range of commercial, residential and recreational facilities, and easy access to the South East Queensland rail network via the Caboolture and Redcliffe Peninsula lines, Bruce Highway and Gympie Road.
The PDA will also deliver strong environmental outcomes, conserving more than 110 hectares of bushland and lakes for the region’s future.
Key features of The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA include:
- 460 hectares of land spanning Petrie, Kallangur and
- Revitalised Petrie town centre
- University of the Sunshine Coast Petrie campus at its core
- 10,000 students by 2030 growing to 20,000 at full
- More than 100 courses by 2030 including law, business, science,
engineering and speciality courses such as mechatronics
- 100 direct jobs per year through university construction
- More than 6,000 ongoing jobs by 2036, mostly in knowledge-based
- New retail and commercial space and residential
- Encompassing Petrie and Kallangur train stations, to promote
transit oriented development and public transport use
- Sporting facilities, parklands and shared pedestrian and cycle
- 110 hectares conservation land, including 16 hectares of