Roma Street Parklands protected and expanded

More publicly accessible open space is just one of the many benefits arising out of the development scheme for the Roma Street Cross River Rail Priority Development Area (PDA), which has been finalised following extensive community feedback.

The existing 11 hectares of publicly accessible open space within the Roma St Parklands will not only be protected forever, but will be expanded even further by more than two hectares.

The development scheme also provides for new social and affordable housing as part of new residential buildings parallel to the rail corridor, adding to the existing apartment complexes along Parkland Boulevard.

Roma Street Parklands – Current day


Roma Street Parklands – Future


The scheme includes provisions for upgraded and new active cycling and walking connections, as well as over a hectare of new land for park and community facility uses in the northern area of the PDA.

It provides the planning framework to develop the PDA around the new Cross River Rail underground station and took into account the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics in Brisbane as well.

The new Cross River Rail underground station at Roma Street will become our state’s most significant transport interchange.

On top of that, this scheme is just one of the ways we’re getting Olympics ready already by including provisions for a new Brisbane indoor arena within the PDA.

This scheme is all about renewing one of Brisbane’s most underutilised inner-city locations while protecting and enhancing the beautiful natural features that already exist.

About 46,000 people each weekday were expected to use the new high-capacity underground station at Roma Street by 2036.

The Final Development Scheme and Final Development Charges Offset Plan can be viewed here.

The Development Scheme enables significant community benefits, including:

  • protecting the current 11 hectares of publicly accessible open space within the Roma Street Parklands;
  • expanding these 11 hectares by more than two additional hectares allowing for increased public open space;
  • improved active transport connections including an enhanced cycleway through the precinct;
  • the framework for potential new venues that will support the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including the proposed Brisbane indoor arena which is likely to host swimming and water polo at the CBD end of the site;
  • new affordable housing options; and
  • no net loss of public car parking.