Major Developments for Pine Rivers in 2019
Major developments in Pine Rivers to look out for in 2019 and beyond
David Alexander, Pine Rivers Press
December 27, 2018 6:00am
THE Moreton Bay region has been at the centre of some significant developments or development proposals over 2018, whether it be for housing, accommodation, business or education.
Current and projected population growth requires not only more housing, but more affordable housing — and adequate transport infrastructure.
One of the big challenges for local and state government has been to ensure new development is appropriate development for the immediate area.
Townhouses are becoming a common sight in Pine Rivers.
Destruction of wildlife habitat, traffic and heritage impacts and the amenity of existing residents are often contentious matters when new development threatens to change the landscape of an area.
Though development will usually follow development as regions grow and adapt to change.
We’ve listed some of the most significant projects to look out for that will shape 2019 and beyond, ordered by suburb.
To put it bluntly, Petrie is at the centre of an economic blueprint that will change the entire face of the region for decades to come.
USC Moreton Bay is a game-changer — and it is just the centrepiece of a much larger site at the Mill at Moreton Bay which has virtually unlimited investment potential.
An aerial view of what the university campus will look like at Petrie. For Moreton Life.
Already real estate prices in and around Petrie have increased as investors snap up larger lots that can be developed into student accommodation.
The challenge for the council now is to get the Mill site ready for further development and get new investors on board. Only then we will find out if the site can fulfil its potential.
Strathpine is another suburb set to ride the wave of new investment into Pine Rivers, with construction started on a $75 million “corporate mecca” on 3ha of green space at 7-13 Learmonth St.
A 3ha greenfield site on Learmonth Street, Strathpine is being $75 million "office park" boasting multiple office buildings, child care facilities, swimming pool, gym, hospitality outlets and more.
The three-storey complex will feature multiple office buildings, childcare facilities, a swimming pool, gym, hospitality outlets as well as space for future development.
Stage 1 is expected to be completed by next September and will be a support office for Super Retail Group, which owns BCF, Macpac, Rebel Sport and Supercheap Auto.
It is expected to cater for about 700 new jobs once completed.
It is no surprise that new development at North Lakes continues to dominate the headlines as the CBD takes shape and vacant land gets filled.
The big one of course is the $250 million Laguna development on North Lakes Drv which is one of those projects that sounds too good to be true.
It includes a public swimming lagoon, health and wellness facilities, a 3000sq m resort-style bar and restaurant, a 5000sq m retail precinct, a 138-room hotel, and 10,500sq m of office space.
Laguna North Lakes design concept.
Work on the project is expected to start next year.
Across the road, another medical centre and pharmacy have been proposed for vacant land next to the new Aldi.
On the other side of Aldi, Prime West has just completed the third stage of its homemaker project with Fantastic Furniture, Plush, Carpet Call and OMF already open.
Entertainment firm iPlay Australia is planning a warehouse-size mega centre on a 1.5ha site at 10 North Lakes Drv, with work expected to start next year.
A Mercedes Benz dealership, proposed for the 15,000sq m site on the corner of Discovery Drv and Anzac Ave has been approved but not yet built, while a private hospital proposed for 2 McLennan Court has been delayed.
Last but not least is the proposal to build a retirement village and aged care facility on the North Lakes Golf Course.
North Lakes Resort Golf Club will close in late 2019. Picture: David Alexander
This proposed development also includes a “North Lakes Common” with shared public space for the remainder of the site.
Though the proposal has not been met with open arms, to say the least.
The first suburb established in the North Lakes area, yet has often taken a back seat to its noisy neighbour, will get its fair share of development over the coming year too.
The much-needed Mango Hill State High School tops the list — though it comes at the expense of long-time residents Darryl and Mary Ebert, and their trees, who must vacate their land to make way for the school.
An artist's concept of what the Mango Hill High School may look like.
The new school will take 2000 students and have a strong focus on science, technology, engineering and maths.
A principal will be appointed next year to determine the catchment area, which will primarily be the Mango Hill area.
Also on the education front, YMCA has proposed to build a school run by Y-Care that caters to teenagers at risk of disengaging from mainstream schooling, at 22 Halpine Drv.
The application is for the school, indoor sport and recreation facility, shop, food and drink outlet and a place of worship.
Also worth a mention is the 12.8ha recreation lake at Capestone being built by developer Urbex.
MT Property Group director Michael Tsingolis surveys the view from the top floor of the first apartment block in the Capestone development at Mango Hill, The Georgia.
The lake will be open to recreation users and will be bordered by townhouses, a childcare centre, a shopping plaza, a 2.5km hike and bike trail, passive and active open spaces and parkland.
Work has already begun on the lake and it is due for completion late 2019.
There are so many new housing developments under way or proposed in Pine Rivers it is hard to keep track.
In places like Dakabin and Griffin, there seems to be a new housing estate every other week, while the population of Narangba is set to double under the The Narangba East Local Area Development Plan.
New estates already under way include Narangba Heights, Forest Ridge and Narangba Valley.
At Strathpine, Villa World estate The Meadows is taking shape and has proved popular with owner occupiers.
Villa World has seen significant buying activity in its newest development, The Meadows, within the flourishing Brisbane suburb of Strathpine.
At Warner, CSR and neighbouring Mordar Investments are close to submitting development applications for their properties on Kremzow Rd.
Both these properties are in the Warner Investigation Area, alongside property flagged by developer Ausbuild for future development, are have been the subject of fierce examination by nearby residents.
These are just a few of the many other new housing developments in the region that will all ultimately contribute to the changing face of the region