Woolloongabba Cross River Rail Priority Development Area (PDA)

Key details

  • The Woolloongabba Cross River Rail (CRR) Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared on 3 April 2020 and an Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP) given effect
  • The ILUP provides a planning framework for development within the PDA until the development scheme is finalised over the next 18 months
  • The former 10 hectare Woolloongabba PDA, declared on 23 April 2010, has been revoked and replaced with the 21 hectare Woolloongabba CRR PDA to assist with the delivery of the CRR Project. This boundary includes all land within the former Woolloongabba PDA as well as land east of Main Street, including the Brisbane Cricket Ground (the Gabba Stadium).
  • The inclusion of the Gabba stadium allows for the planning and delivery of the proposed dedicated pedestrian connection from the new CRR station to the Gabba stadium and proposed forecourt.
  • Cross River Rail is a 10.2 kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, which includes 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD.
  • The Minister for Economic Development Queensland has delegated certain functions and powers under the Economic Development Act 2012 to the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority including plan preparation and development assessment.


Woolloongabba CRR PDA boundary map


Woolloongabba CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan

The Economic Development Act 2012 provides for a streamlined planning and development framework for PDAs to facilitate economic development, and development for community purposes.

Once a PDA is declared under the Economic Development Act 2012, a development scheme for the PDA must be prepared.

The proposed development scheme will be publicly notified during the next 18 months. All interested parties, including the community, residents and business operators, will be invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission.

Until the development scheme is finalised, development within the PDA will be regulated under the Woolloongabba CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

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  • The Woolloongabba Cross River Rail PDA is required to provide for the coordinated, timely development of land and infrastructure, facilitating economic development and development for community purposes, within the precinct surrounding the new underground Woolloongabba Cross River Rail station.

    The PDA is approximately 21 hectares. The Woolloongabba CRR PDA contains the new Woolloongabba CRR station, the Woolloongabba busway station, parts of the Pacific Motorway and the Veloway, and is generally defined by Allen Street to the west, Stanley Street, Vulture Street, and the Gabba Stadium to the east.

    Yes. Development within the PDA will be designed to take advantage of Brisbane’s subtropical climate and contribute to Brisbane’s identity and outdoor lifestyle, by delivering high-quality, subtropical architecture of outstanding merit and buildings, public realm and landscaping that are open, engaging and green, with public art and shaded spaces.

    The PDA has been designed to deliver a net gain in publicly accessible open space and provide a well-connected and accessible public realm network that is permeable for pedestrians and cyclists, better connects the Gabba Stadium and surrounding neighbourhoods to major public passenger transport infrastructure and new open spaces.

    New open space will be established within the PDA and any development impact on the existing Woolloongabba Place Park will ensure there is no net loss of park within precinct 1 as identified by the interim land use plan. A new stadium forecourt public realm is proposed as well as a new Cross River Rail station plaza. The proposed stadium to station connection is a wide dedicated pedestrian connection designed to accommodate significant game day crowds linking the proposed stadium forecourt and the station plaza.

    Approximately 17,980 people will use the Woolloongabba underground station each typical weekday by 2036.

    Higher use is expected for a major event (such as a sport or entertainment event held at the Gabba Stadium)

    The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has worked closely with the Brisbane City Council (BCC), Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), relevant state agencies and specialist planning consultants to prepare the Woolloongabba CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan. The community will have the opportunity to comment during the preparation of the development scheme.

    Applications for development within the PDA will be assessed and decided by CRRDA as delegate of the Minister for Economic Development Queensland and be assessed against the Interim Land Use Plan rather than the Brisbane City Plan 2014.

    While the underground Woolloongabba station required the demolition of the GoPrint, Landcentre and Dental Hospital, the final tunnel alignment, station entrances and construction methodology is outlined here.

    The Woolloongabba CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan has adopted a range of development application notification triggers – refer section 3.4 of the ILUP. A development application will be publicly notified in accordance with these requirements, and submissions considered, during the assessment of the development application.

    The former Woolloongabba Police Station is listed on the state heritage register. The Morrison Hotel is listed on the local heritage register.

    The heritage sites within the PDA are protected.

    Any development within the PDA will have to provide for the conservation of heritage places whilst providing flexibility for sensitive adaptive reuse opportunities.

    Any development or adaptive reuse proposal will be assessed against the ILUP until the development scheme is finalised. The requirements in these documents mean proposals have to be done in a way which showcases the identified heritage value and preserves its cultural heritage significance including the historic built form character and structural integrity.

    The significant improvement in transport connectivity and revitalisation of Woolloongabba made possible by Cross River Rail will generate opportunities for urban renewal and enhancement of public spaces in the area. The exact form of the future development is subject to further work including development feasibility, market advice and ultimately development assessment as is the normal practice under a PDA.