Urban Transformation: A New Chapter for Keperra Quarry

Did you know that the once-bustling Keperra Quarry is being transformed into a vibrant residential community?  Set approximately 9.5km from the CBD, this ambitious $500-million project is changing the landscape and setting a precedent for urban redevelopment. 

With the second phase of land release now in progress, this project combines historical significance with a futuristic vision for community living.

Phase Two: A Leap Towards Modern Living

The project’s second phase marks a significant step in the transformation of the 60-year-old gravel quarry. 

Scott Ullman, General Manager of Queensland Development at Frasers Property Australia, highlighted the uniqueness of the upcoming homesites. Nestled on the hillside, these sites offer expansive views of the D’Aguilar Range and beyond, presenting a rare opportunity for homeowners to immerse themselves in both the natural beauty and the historical essence of the area.

Community and Amenities at Heart

At the core of the Keperra Quarry project is a commitment to creating a community-centric environment. Upon completion, the development will feature approximately 500 homes surrounded by over 40% dedicated green spaces, including existing bushland and newly curated areas. More than 100,000 new plants and trees are set to be planted, emphasizing the project’s dedication to regeneration and sustainability.

Keperra Quarry
Photo Credit: FrasierProperty.com.au

Future residents can look forward to a life where nature meets modern convenience. The Quarry will introduce a range of communal amenities, including the already popular cliffside staircase lookout and the resort-style ClubQ. This hub will include a 25m lap pool, sunset lounges, and a variety of spaces designed for entertainment, work, and relaxation. Further enhancements will include additional pools, a wellness centre, and a meditation room, ensuring a lifestyle of comfort and well-being.

Keperra Quarry
Photo Credit: FrasierProperty.com.au

A Legacy of Transformation

The development’s innovative approach extends beyond residential spaces. With 20 lots in the second land release, including 15 ridgeline view homesites, the project is carefully designed to integrate the natural landscape with the built environment. Homes will line tree-filled streets and beautifully landscaped areas, promising a future where the quarry’s industrial past becomes a distant memory.

Scheduled for home construction to commence in mid-2024, the Keperra Quarry transformation is a testament to the power of vision and commitment to community and environmental regeneration. As this project moves into its next phase, it stands as a shining example of how urban redevelopment can harmonize with nature, offering a blueprint for future transformations around the globe.

Published 20-March-2024

Former Quarry in Keperra to Become Site of 500 Resort-Style Homes

In an innovative construction project, nearly 500 new homes are being built in a former quarry site in Keperra.

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The $500 million development, called The Quarry, will feature 8 stages of resort-style residential housing with the first residents expected to move in early next year.

The development features a 25m lap pool, an interactive kids rock pool area with two additional pools, a barbecue pavilion, a kickaround area, and a wellness gym. In the future, there is a possibility of incorporating a neighbourhood centre and childcare facility.

Photo credit: Rothelowman

Situated amidst an iconic hillside, The Quarry offers breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding D’Aguilar Ranges, Glasshouse Mountains, and beyond. The community is expected to house approximately 1,500-1,800 people. 

Photo credit: Rothelowman

Frasers Property Australia, the project’s developer, commenced sales in June 2023 for 29 lots, which form part of the initial phase of development. The first stage of the project, designed by  Rothelowman includes a state-of-the-art recreational centre, valued at $5 million.

Within the Quarry masterplanned community, there will be a range of retail services available in the future. These services will include places where you can grab a coffee, shop for everyday necessities, and access childcare and other useful amenities.

Photo credit: Rothelowman

Reports indicate that land lots for Stage 1 of the development come with a price of  $580,000 to $850,000. The old quarry near Brisbane, which is less than 10km away, has been made suitable for the housing project.

The land lots within the development, totaling around 237, will allow buyers to select their own builders. Additionally, Frasers Property intends to construct approximately 250 townhomes.

Photo credit: Rothelowman

Stage three landlots are already taking shape, designed with tiered levels to optimise views for each resident. Construction is also underway for the stage four landlots, which will be integrated into the hillside.

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To officially launch the new masterplanned community, Frasers Property will host The Quarry Open Day on Saturday, 8 July, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event will take place at 1004 Samford Rd, Keperra. Visit their website for event details & RSVP.

Published 22-August-2023

Crime Wave Prompts Keperra Sports Club to Divert Funds From Essential Services to Security

The West Arana Hills Rugby League Football Club in Keperra has made the difficult decision to divert a portion of its funding towards bolstering security measures in response to a surge in criminal activities in their area. 

The Club, which relies on grants from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, has decided that diverting funds away from essential services is necessary at this point time to protect their facilities from theft and vandalism.

Anne-Maree Davis, the secretary of the West Arana Hills Rugby League Football Club, explained that the Club had recently installed four security cameras using the grant money. The decision was prompted by a series of break-ins and incidents of stolen vehicles in the local area. 

Ms. Davis lamented that the funds allocated to security could have been used for other beneficial purposes, but the club’s limited resources necessitated a balancing act between security and other critical needs, such as the development of a multimedia room.

According to reports, more than 20 not-for-profit groups, including Men’s Sheds and sports clubs, have also utilised some of their funds to cover security-related expenses. These funds are supposed to help promote health, well-being, and leisure activities for Queensland communities but the organisations are grappling with the pressing issue of escalating crime rates.

Similarly, the Atherton Men’s Shed, an organization supporting retired individuals and those struggling with mental health issues, had experienced multiple break-ins before applying for the grant. 

Glyn Mitchell, the president of the Men’s Shed, expressed sadness that the funds intended for power tools and equipment had to be redirected to enhance security measures. The safety of their valuable community assets compelled them to prioritise security despite the urgent need for other resources. The not-for-profit groups also acknowledged the need for security enhancements to protect their facilities from burglaries and vandalism. 

As community groups struggle to navigate the rising tide of crime, Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll assured the public of the Queensland Police Service’s commitment to safety. She emphasised the proactive efforts of police officers in conducting intelligence-driven patrols and maintaining a strong presence in communities.

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund, established in 1994, has provided over $1.1 billion in grants to support more than 66,000 organizations. The next round of funding applications will open next month, offering an opportunity for community and sporting groups to seek financial assistance for various projects.

Published 4-July-2023

​​Keperra Childcare Centre Overcomes Mystery Substance Incident

In a turn of events that initially caused concern, more than 10 children at a Keperra childcare centre experienced skin rashes and swelling after being exposed to an “unknown substance” at lunch. 

The incident prompted immediate action from the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), arriving at  Milestones Early Learning in Keperra around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, 25 May 2023.

Upon assessing the kids, paramedics discovered various reactions, including redness on the face and body. In response to the situation, Milestones Early Learning promptly issued a letter to parents, assuring them that all necessary measures were undertaken to address the issue. The letter described the reactions as minor and assured parents that medical advice was being strictly followed.

In a text message sent shortly before 2 p.m., the Keperra childcare centre asked the parents to pick up their children. Whilst some were tight-lipped about the incident, one mother confirmed that the minor rashes but was unaware of the cause. A father, who chose to remain anonymous, expressed confidence in the safety of the centre, noting that his child had not eaten lunch and remained unaffected.

The swift response from emergency services and adherence to safety protocols ensured that no child required transportation to the hospital by ambulance. All children were reported as stable and their symptoms subsided within a short period of time.

Throughout the ordeal, three ambulance vehicles and several Queensland Health vehicles arrived in Keperra to provide assistance. By 4:30 p.m., after the last children were collected and the staff began to leave, all emergency vehicles had departed. 

A Milestones Early Learning Keperra spokesperson confirmed that they diligently followed safety policies and medical advice. The cause of the rash was being thoroughly investigated.

Photo Credit: Susan Swallow/Milestones Early Learning Keperra/Facebook

Parents who observe any symptoms in their children were advised to follow the current advice of medical authorities and seek appropriate medical attention. Milestones Early Learning Keperra remained in close contact with families to address any concerns and offered guidance on further actions if necessary.

Reassuringly, the Department of Health approved the reopening of the facility. The spokesperson emphasised their commitment to the safety and well-being of all children under their care and assured parents that updates would be provided as new information became available.

Published 30-May-2023

Old Tyres for New Roads: Resurfacing Trial Rolls Out to Keperra, Cannon Hill, Eagle Farm Streets

Brisbane has rolled out a road resurfacing program using bitumen made with recycled old rubber tyres in a trial that includes Muir Street in Cannon Hill; Marble Street in Keperra; and Ferrett Street in Eagle Farm.

Cost-effective, longer-lasting roads

Council has commenced the three trials which involve the repurposing of old tyres to create a new bitumen. The benefits of using the modified bitumen are twofold: it is cost-effective and sustainable.

Council said that the experimental bitumen will help reduce the number of old tyres that end up in landfills by more than 10,000 tyres each year. Moreover, the modified bitumen helps make residential roads last longer compared to using ordinary bitumen.

Currently, Council is using a mixture of crushed recycled glass and recycled asphalt for its road resurfacing projects. That special glass mix alone has already helped the Council recover some 20,000 tonnes of glass from landfills and saved more than $3.6 million each year.

Road resurfacing on Brisbane roads
Photo credit: Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner / Facebook

However, adding ‘crumbed’ tyres in the resurfacing treatment mix can further help the city save more by extending the lifespan of residential pavements, which typically last for up to 30 years, to an additional ten years or more.

This experimental bitumen blend allows the crumbed rubber to act as an agent that retards the aging and oxidation, and improves the quality of the resurfaced pavement.

Similar trials were also launched on several major roads across Brisbane which has been made possible by a special grant from the Tyre Stewardship Australia. 

The state of tyre recovery in Australia

In April 2020, Tyre Stewardship Australia reported that 69 per cent of the 466,000 tonnes of end-of-life tyres generated in Australia in 2018-19 have been recovered for further use. 

That means that approximately 323,000 tonnes of tyres have been recovered for productive outcomes while the rest are either stockpiled or disposed of to landfill. Also, in 2018-19, there has been a marked decline in the number of used tyres that were stockpiled owing to stricter EPA regulations across Australia.

Property Market Experts Recommend Buying a Unit in Keperra

Amidst Brisbane’s sizzling property market, experts said that investors should consider buying a unit in Keperra, where locals are more likely to list their property within the next five years.

In Brisbane, Keperra landed on the sixth spot of suburbs where homeowners will likely unload their units, alongside Banyo, Mackenzie/Burbank, Northgate, Goodna/Springfield, Rochedale, Redcliffe/Scarborough, Redland Bay, Bulimba and Carina/Carindale.

Photo Credit: Westpac 

With house hunters growing competitive in the hot market where supply is tighter, a survey commissioned by Westpac revealed that listings will increase in Australia by 39 percent as sellers are “driven by confidence in getting a good return on their home.”

“While the report found houses are most in demand, units and apartments still remain a popular option – particularly among younger buyers who are more likely to seek the convenience and access to local cafes, restaurants, and bars, as well as downsizers who might be seeking a coastal lifestyle,” Westpac’s Managing Director of Mortgages Anthony Hughes said.  

Buyer agency Metropole director Brett Warren also recommended investing in a property in Keperra now, when the rates are still affordable but the suburb is still charging for growth in the coming years. 

Mr Warren nixes investing in hotspots as he believes these areas will quickly become the “not-spots.” He said a low-key suburb like Keperra is one of 15 noteworthy suburbs with strong potential for growth in the coming years and should be on the buyer’s demand watch.  

A budget of $650,000 is more than enough for investors to own a nice home in a cosy, homely and neighbourly community within 10 kilometres of the central business district which has all the amenities.

18-Year-Old Two-Time Keperra Bowl Winner Begins Professional Debut

Elvis Smylie, the 18-year-old Queensland golfer who won the Keperra Bowl not just once, but twice, has officially joined the professional golfing scene.

At his professional debut at The Players Series Sydney at Bonnie Doon Golf Club earlier in March 2021, Elvis Smylie managed to tie for third place. His first tournament as a professional was not just a highly-anticipated event for golf enthusiasts across the country; it was also a lucrative success for the young golfer. He managed to bring home a grand total of $7,350. 

As it stands, the future looks promising for Smylie. Before his professional debut, Smylie managed to win the Keperra Bowl twice, defending his title by closing with a 10-under-62 to finish the 72 holes at 25-under par, winning by 13 strokes. 

The Keperra Bowl, a 72-hole stroke play championship open to male players of all ages, is hosted and conducted by the Keperra Country Golf Club and Golf Queensland. The club serves as a hub where amateur golfers such as Elvis prior to his big debut game would train and practise before moving on to more professional levels of play. 

To learn more about the Keperra Golf Country Club, visit their website here. Follow their social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates and announcements. 

4 Interesting Facts About Aboriginal History In Keperra

Did you know that Keperra takes its name from the word “kipper” used by early aboriginal settlers from the Torres Strait Islands?
Did you know that Keperra takes its name from the word “kipper” used by early aboriginal settlers from the Torres Strait Islands?Keperra is one of the suburbs in Brisbane with a rich indigenous history. In fact, the story behind its name stemmed from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island language. 

Aboriginal Australians are divided into two groups: people who were related to those who already inhabited Australia before Britain began colonizing it in 1788; and those who descended from residents of the Torres Strait Islands, also known as the Torres Strait Islander people. 

Read on to discover some interesting facts about the aboriginal history in Keperra. 

Keperra is an Aboriginal word referring to a young man

The word ‘keperra’ was derived from the Aboriginal word “kipper” which means an Aboriginal male who has been initiated into manhood. The name was given by the local Yuggera people, one of the traditional custodians of the land over which much of Brisbane is built.

The suburb was once home to the Aboriginal Camp and axe-grinding site

The Keperra Aboriginal Camp and Ax-Grinding Site is a former camp site for the Keperra region. The site was known for its significant views and axe-grinding area which are no longer around these days.

An example of Aboriginal axe-grinding grooves on Tuggeranong hill in Theodore, Canberra. (Photo credit: davesact.com

It’s believed that the Camp was associated with Keperra Bora Ground, and was still used as a sleep-over spot into the 20th Century by Aboriginal families.

Keperra Golf Club was the location of a Bora Ground

Aerial photo of the location of Keperra Bora Rings (Photo credit: www.armchairhistories.org/)

Did you know that before Keperra Golf Club was built in 1931, the place was once an Aboriginal Bora or ceremonial ground? Back then, Keperra Bora was considered one of the best scenic examples in the Brisbane region. 

Keperra Golf Club (Photo credit: keperragolf.com.au) 

The Bora Rings are associated with initiations pertaining to the surrounding area, Mt Keperra and tomahawks (stone axes). Although it was no longer in use by the 1870s or 1880s, the site remained popular with tourists.

“The large ring was located close to the clubhouse, and despite an apparent commitment to the Historical Society to protect it, we find that the ring has been destroyed together with the path and the smaller ring which was close to Samford Road. This is truly a “lost” bora ground,” Armchair Histories stated. 

Scarred trees were once found in Keperra

Before the axe-grinding site totally disappeared to make way for new development around the suburb, among the things to see there were scarred trees. The Aboriginal people carved them for various purposes, such as creating tools for everyday life and as markers for sites with special significance. 

Example of Aboriginal carved tree (Photo credit: Australian National Botanic Gardens) Example of Aboriginal carved tree (Photo credit: Australian National Botanic Gardens)

You can find scarred trees in Brisbane until today, but they are very few. These trees usually have fault regular-shaped scars and the exposed sapwood is free of tree knots. The scars also begin above ground level. 

Stuart McFarlane, Manager of RMIT Ngarara Willim Indigenous Centre in Melbourne said scarred trees are our history books, but are also a manual for sustainable use of resources suited to the present day.

To view more photographs of Keperra and Grovely back in the early days, browse from Frank and Eunice Corley’s database. They owned a photography business from the 1960s until the ‘70s. Riding their pink Cadillac, the Corleys drove the suburban streets of Queensland and took photographs of houses and sold them to homeowners. The database contains 61,000 photographs that can be viewed online. 

Enoggera and Keperra Locals Have 2nd Highest Average Life Expectancy at 86

An Australian’s average life expectancy has been higher than ever before but where you live influences your life expectancy. A new study showed that locals in Enoggera and Keperra have the second-highest life expectancy in Brisbane at 86 years old. 

But Enoggera and Keperra come second only to Centenary and Chermside, which has an average life expectancy of 87 years old, according to a study from the Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) at Torrens University.  

PHIDU Professor John Glover highlighted that residents in leafy suburbs across Australia are likely to have more birthdays than those who live in CBD because of factors like traffic accidents common among the youth, socioeconomic disadvantage, unemployment and housing. 

Photo Credit: Pixabay 

Mr Glover said that a lot of homeless shelters and similar services are also concentrated in the CBD, where many deaths are reported every year. 

Places with aged-care facilities, on the other hand, raise the average life expectancy of a suburb.

Meanwhile, the Brisbane suburb with the shortest average life expectancy is Springfield Lakes at 57 years old. Socio-economic data from the research, however, did not reveal any obvious discrepancies between the highest and the lowest life expectancy age, except that Springfield Lakes has had a high infant death rate from the period of 2014 to 2018. 

Greater Brisbane Highest Median Age 

Centenary and Chermside87 years old
Enoggera/Keperra/Mitchelton86 years old

Greater Brisbane Lowest Median Age 

Springfield Lakes57 years old
New Chum/Redbank Plains63 years old
Bellbird Park/Brookwater/Springfield64 years old

Woolworths in Keperra to Undergo a $6 Million Upgrade

Woolworths is all set to undergo a massive $6-million upgrade beginning January 2021 in its site in Keperra, inside the Great Western Super Centre.

Work on the upgrades is expected to be completed by mid-2021, which will introduce new and exciting state-of-the-art features at the supermarket. 

It comes as Woolworths will be celebrating its 20th year at Great Western Super Centre. The chain store is one of the remaining principal tenants since the shopping site’s debut in 2000. 

Woolworths has recently renewed its lease with the Consolidated Properties Group, the manager of the shopping centre, for another 10 years thus requiring the much-needed refurbishments to meet the demands of the growing population in this part of Brisbane’s north western suburbs. 

Photo Credit: Google Maps

According to Craig O’Donnell, the group’s executive director of retail, Woolworths’ facelift is a welcome development as new retailers are expected to move into the shopping centre in 2021, along with the renewed leases of stores like EG Fuel, Hungry Jacks, Noodle Box and Subway. 

Next year, shoppers should see more retailers at the Great Western Super Centre, including a salon and barbershop. Currently, the site has 44 specialty stores and at least six major retailers.