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Petrie Mill Development Project Stage 1 : Preliminary Design and Site Wide Planning

Project Background

In 2013, Regional Development Australia (RDA) and Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) commissioned a study to review the viability of a tertiary education facility within the Moreton Bay Region. The study highlighted a significant demand for a new tertiary education precinct north of Brisbane in an area that was well positioned to service the region.

In 2015 in response to this finding, MBRC announced that it has acquired the former Amcor Paper Mill site on Gympie Road, Petrie for the purpose of establishing a university.  The total site area is 200ha with 65ha of developable land and the balance conservation area. It is located 28km north-west of the Brisbane CBD adjacent to the redeveloped Petrie Rail Station.

In September 2016, the Queensland Government declared the region’s first Priority Development Area (PDA), ‘The Mill’ at Moreton Bay is predicted to bring untapped potential for jobs growth, economic prosperity and revitalisation of the Moreton Bay Region. 

Following this announcement the MBRC Major Projects team commenced work to develop the Preliminary Design and Site Establishment for Stage 1. Stage 1 was planned to deliver the following precincts and infrastructure and enable the commencement of the university at the beginning of 2020.

MBRC engaged a Design Consultant to provide the Stage 1 – Site Development and Preliminary Infrastructure Design, including initial planning, environmental requirements were understood for the whole development and that a Preliminary Design and Scope of Works and Technical Criteria (Preliminary Infrastructure Design) were developed to enable Stage 1 Detail Design and Construction contracts to proceed.

Precincts and Key Infrastructure delivered in Stage 1:

  • University Precinct Foundation Facilities
  • Key Employment Site
  • Recreation Urban Play
  • Civic Plaza / Village Green
  • Sport and Recreation West
  • Conservation Areas
  • Gympie Road Intersection
  • Trunk gas main relocation
  • Trunk sewer relocation
  • Whites Road drainage
Project Value


Contract Period

September 2016 to December 2017


Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC)


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