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Declaration of Priority Development Area 

On 2 September 2016, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning, Jackie Trad declared Priority Development Area 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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Community consultation

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.

Aerial footage

View aerial footage of the of The Mill at Moreton Bay site

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 Lawnton
  • 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 alone 
  • More than 6,000 ongoing jobs by 2036, mostly in knowledge-based fields
  • New retail and commercial space and residential development
  • Encompassing Petrie and Kallangur train stations, to promote transit oriented development and public transport use 
  • Sporting facilities, parklands and shared pedestrian and cycle pathways
  • 110 hectares conservation land, including 16 hectares of lakes.

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