Additional Car Parks Proposed for Ferny Grove Station

A development application proposing to redevelop the existing commuter parking areas on the grounds of the Ferny Grove Station has been submitted to the Council. The proposal aims to increase the number of commuter car parks at the station to approximately 1,732.

The development application submitted by Honeycombes Property Group involves the development of a new parking station and apartment residential building as well as a new retail centre.

Ferny Grove Transit Oriented Development  (TOD)

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Honeycombes Property Group’s Transit Oriented Development in Ferny Grove Station envisions to provide a vibrant mixed-use precinct that maximises its connection with the Ferny Grove  Station. The TOD also anticipates promoting a variety of uses and employment opportunities within the Ferny Grove area.

Apart from increasing the commuter car parks, plans for the TOD include the development of the following:

  • 384 retail car parks and 85 residential car parks which include 10 residential visitor spaces;
  • a  64 -apartment  residential building  arranged in 1,2 and 3 bedroom formats;
  • a major shopping centre tenant of approximately 3,400  sqm;
  • a  mini-major of approximately 1,100 sqm, and 2,619 sqm of speciality retail;
  • a gymnasium, cinema  complex, and child care centre; and
  • 600 sqm of commercial  (medical centre).

According to the TOD plans, the project will be delivered across three stages so that ongoing operation of the rail, train station, and bus interchange will be allowed.

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Community Feedback

The local community isn’t supportive of the proposed TOD. In fact, Council already received several submissions opposing the said development.

Locals are concerned that the development will have a negative impact on the environment, traffic conditions, value of properties, as well as the privacy and safety of residents.

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Despite the developer’s goal of providing employment opportunities to local residents through the TOD, one submission cited that having a new retail precinct will also affect small local businesses.

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Council is still assessing the application.

For further information about the proposed TOD, you may check the Application Details for A005002931.

Travel Back in Time at Ferny Grove’s Brisbane Tramway Museum

Take a journey through history and experience old-school commute at the Brisbane Tramway Museum in Ferny Grove.

Brisbane Tramway Museum offers guests a chance to ride restored trams that once dominated the streets of Brisbane. Open on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., visitors can fully enjoy riding the historic trams and learn about their history.

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Located near the Ferny Grove Station, the outdoor museum is set in a country-like surrounding where six working trams dating from 1901 to 1961 can be found running every Sunday. However, there will be times where not all six of them are guaranteed to run due to maintenance services or needs for further restoration.

The museum is run by knowledgeable and passionate volunteers who are happy to don caps and uniforms to play the role of driver and conductor taking you on a ride in the iconic trams.

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History of Brisbane Tramway Museum

The tramways seized operation in June 1968 when the Brisbane City Council decided to switch from the tramways to an all bus transport system.

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A public meeting was soon arranged with the intention of preserving a representative collection of the city’s tramcars. The meeting resulted in the birth of the Brisbane Tramway Museum Society which is a voluntary organisation that is currently the custodian of some 24 tramcars and two trolleybuses.

The newly formed society then prioritised to secure a suitable site for the Museum and in 1972, they have chosen to establish the museum in Ferny Grove.

The Brisbane Tramway Museum officially opened to the public in June 1980 and had continued to expand and develop ever since.

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Major improvements to the museum were made possible through the funding it received from the Queensland Government in 2001. Upgrades to the museum included the construction of a new engineering workshop; the renovation of an existing workshop; the construction of another new building for maintaining and restoring trams; and the repositioning of tram tracks.

The society currently operates six tramcars with two more under restoration. Planning is underway for the construction of an extension to the tramway which will allow visitors to experience a longer ride on the historic trams.

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For those who are planning to visit the museum, it is recommended that you allow at least an hour and a half to two hours for you to fully enjoy all that the museum has to offer.

Take note that the museum remains closed in wet conditions for operational reasons. You may call the museum on 07 3351 1776 after 12 noon on Sundays to make sure that they are open prior to your visit. For more information, you may visit the Brisbane Tramway Museum’s official website or check out their Facebook page for updates.