Advancing our cities and regions inclusion
The Oxley site is included as an urban renewal precinct under the Advancing our cities and regions strategy and presents a unique opportunity to revitalise the site to address local needs.
Although the Oxley site is a focus for urban renewal opportunities this does not mean that EDQ has now determined to proceed with redevelopment; that remains undecided. EDQ is still working towards potential and viable options.
The inclusion of the site within the Advancing our cities and regions strategy is merely acknowledgement of this work and the fact that the site is surplus to state government operating needs and will be managed either through EDQ’s renewal program or disposal to the market.
Community engagement report
Since April 2016, Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) has been engaging with the Oxley community to gain an understanding of local issues and priorities through different opportunities and options including:
- an initial newsletter in April 2016 about community engagement opportunities which was distributed to 9500 local households and businesses
- an online survey from 26 April to 27 May
- two community information sessions held on 12 and 17 May 2016
- a second newsletter outlining the results of engagement activities distributed in the week commencing 29 August 2016.
Download the community engagement report ( 791 KB).
Members of the community have expressed broad and varied views relating to the future use of the site. EDQ respects and values all of the community’s comments and suggestions and greatly appreciates the input.
As outlined in the engagement report, the key themes the community would like considered in any planning for the site are:
- the protection of bushland, open space and recreation values
- understanding and appropriately dealing with the impact of flooding and landslip
- avoiding exacerbation of traffic and car parking issues
- recognising the potential for community uses
- providing for a diversity of housing product (but no high-rise)
- ensuring urban design is appropriate to the site and complementary to the suburb’s character.
A series of posters were displayed at the sessions to provide some background information and generate discussion.
Download the information posters ( 3.91 MB) from the community information sessions held in May 2016.
What is the role of the community panel?
As part of EDQ's ongoing commitment to engage with the community in relation to the potential reinvigoration of the former Oxley Secondary College site, the community was invited to nominate to be part of a panel to provide local knowledge, input and feedback about the site.
The primary task of the panel was to coordinate a community-led engagement process, capturing the local knowledge and aspirations, and then to present its findings to the EDQ team at a Community Knowledge Session on 18 July 2016.
The community panel provided local knowledge, input and feedback. The panel, drawn from the local residential community, community groups, key landowners and business organisations acted as an advisory group representing the community and a conduit between the community and EDQ team.
The aim of the panel was to ensure:
- local knowledge and experience is communicated
- a diversity of interests is represented (e.g. renters, owners, local business people, community organisations)
- there is a genuine commitment to working towards the longer term interests of the Oxley area.
Where to from here?
The information, advice and suggestions gathered and shared from all of the engagement activities undertaken to date has been reviewed to ensure the interests, concerns and preferences of the community around any reinvigoration of the site are understood and considered.
Based on these contributions, EDQ met with community representatives and interested community organisations in September and October 2016to discuss renewal and revitalisation options. Following these discussions, it is yet to be determined whether or not EDQ has an ongoing role in the future of the site.
Under the Brisbane City Council's City Plan, the former Oxley Secondary College site is currently included within the community facilities (education purpose) zone.
Download a copy of the Oxley Secondary College site map ( 631 KB)
Other than temporary use as government offices during the fire ant eradication program, the school buildings have remained dormant since the college closed in 2000.
The former Oxley Secondary College occupies 19.28 hectares and was declared surplus to government needs in 2001.
EDQ, on behalf of the Queensland Government, has engaged with the local Oxley residents and business owners regarding future land use options for the former secondary college site.
EDQ is committed to working with the Oxley community to explore and consider the best land use options for the unused site and to provide the neighbourhood with a functional and vibrant space.