Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today marked the start of works to transform the former Witton Barracks site into a destination park for Brisbane’s western suburbs.
Cr Quirk said the transformation of the 1.9 hectare derelict site would see the landmark site remain a valuable community asset for years to come.
“Witton Barracks served our nation as a vital Defence facility for more than 70 years and we are committed to preserving its historical significance while opening it up to the community for the first time as green space,” Cr Quirk said.
“This site will be more than a park, it will become a community hub that showcases our city’s past while enhancing the local area’s lifestyle and leisure opportunities with interactive play spaces, cycle facilities and wide open spaces.
“Brisbane has more than 2,000 parks and the Witton Barracks Park project is part of our $73 million commitment to deliver vibrant and liveable suburban spaces across the city this term.”
Local Councillor Julian Simmonds said he had worked hard on behalf of the local community to ensure the preservation of the prime riverfront site for the future of the Western suburbs.
“With the growth along transport corridors in Indooroopilly and Taringa, the delivery of nearly two hectares of community open space will ensure Walter Taylor Ward remains a great place to live and raise a family,” Cr Simmonds said.
“The commencement of works on this exciting project marks a significant milestone for the next generation of Westside residents.
“I look forward to it becoming a local gathering place for families and young children to connect and enjoy Brisbane’s outdoor lifestyle.”
Witton Barracks was requisitioned for use by the joint US and Australian Allied Translation and interpreter Section (ATIS) in 1942 and was the only centre of its kind to be built in Australia during World War II.
The three Prisoner of War interrogation cells at Witton Barracks are the only surviving examples of purpose-built wartime prison cells built after the commencement of the Pacific War.
For more information on the Witton Barracks Park project, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call 3403 8888.