Frequently Asked Questions

Urban Land Development Authority becomes Economic Development Queensland 

On 1 February 2013, the Economic Development Act 2012 came into effect and Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) was established to support the Queensland Government’s commitment to growing a four pillar economy. 

EDQ will help drive the Government’s economic development agenda by facilitating and fast-tracking residential, urban and industrial development throughout Queensland. 

The land ownership, development role and resources of the ULDA have been transferred to EDQ and the Urban Development Team will continue to carry out the role of master developer, working with private developers and business to deliver the $5 billion Northshore Hamilton urban precinct. 

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What is the relationship of Economic Development Queensland and Northshore Hamilton? 

The Northshore Hamilton development was previously owned by the Port of Brisbane Authority until  the Queensland Government transferred ownership of the site to Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) (then the Urban Land Development Authority) in April 2010.

EDQ has planning and assessment responsibility for the 304 hectare Priority Development Area of Northshore and will work with local and state government, community and local landholders, and developers to deliver a waterfront community that is diverse, inclusive and utilises best-practise urban design.

EDQ is also the owner of approximately 60 hectares of land within the precinct that was transferred from the Port of Brisbane in 2010.

What is Northshore Hamilton?

Northshore Hamilton is the name for the 304 hectare Priority Development Area (PDA) being transformed into a vibrant mixed-use precinct. Economic Development Queensland is the planning authority of all 304 hectares and owns approximately 60 hectares of land in the Northshore Hamilton project area.

Where is Northshore Hamilton?

Northshore extends from Brett’s Wharf along Kingsford Smith Drive to the Gateway Bridge (east) and all land south to the Brisbane River. Northshore Hamilton totals 304 hectares and includes the Royal Queensland Golf Course and two kilometres of Brisbane River frontage. For an in-depth look at the site, refer to the Indicative masterplan.

How will the existing road network cope with the extra residents of Northshore Hamilton development?

Significant traffic modelling and traffic management planning has and will continue to be undertaken to ensure Northshore Hamilton’s internal road network caters to the increased population.

The development is close to an airport. Won't noise be a problem?

In undertaking the master planning for Northshore Hamilton, various information sources were accessed to determine the measures required to protect the area's amenity from noise sources. These included the Brisbane Airport Master Plan, published information from AirServices Australia, the planning guidelines in Brisbane City Council's City Plan, and the State Planning Policy for Development in the Vicinity of Certain Airports and Aviation Facilities.

The Australian Government approved Brisbane Airport Corporation’s (BAC) 2014 Master Plan on 13 January 2015, which incorporates new key developments, including terminal expansions, transport infrastructure and the new parallel runway, which has commenced construction. The BAC 2014 Master Plan are available from the BAC website:

Northshore Hamilton is located some 7 kilometres from the end of the proposed second runway - which is further than existing residential areas in Hamilton, and as far away from the existing runway as residential areas in Cannon Hill.

Very limited areas of the Northshore Hamilton site will be affected by noise from industry, traffic or aircraft. Buildings in these areas will require noise treatments such as double glazing, insulated walls and ceilings, and buffer zones or barriers near busy roads/industry.

The noise difference between a 10-15 storey building (already existing in the local area) and a 20 storey building is negligible. However, thick laminated glazing will be required. Many other buildings already use such glazing to control road traffic noise. External areas will still be subject to aircraft noise.

What sort of buffers are you talking about between industry/residential sites?

Northshore Hamilton is being developed in stages, specifically to maintain buffers between existing industries and new residential areas. Such buffers enable industrial operations to continue at full capacity, while allowing the residential population to enjoy an appropriate quality of life. Northshore Hamilton’s road infrastructure has also been designed to separate residential and industrial traffic.

The types of buffers envisaged for Northshore Hamilton include appropriate distance from industry, road reserves, parks and landscaping (trees, shrubbery, fencing, etc).

What type of environmentally friendly features will be incorporated in the development?

Every aspect of Northshore Hamilton has been planned to reduce impact on the environment.

The master plan provides for high standards of sustainability, including eco-sensitive water features (e.g. recycled water and an environmental park) and alternatives to traditional approaches for stormwater management. A comprehensive alternative transportation infrastructure system is provided (pedestrian, cyclist and public transport) to address one of the most significant modern environmental challenges: climate change / greenhouse gas emissions.

Biodiversity enhancement is planned through rehabilitation of the mangroves and the planting of native species.