Caboolture nursery changes face of $3.6 billion development

Published 4:00pm 22 September 2021

Caboolture nursery changes face of $3.6 billion development
Words by Nick Crockford

A family-owned Caboolture business is helping transform the concrete face of the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct into a lush, green space.

Greenstock Nursery, at Elimbah, is supplying the bulk of the greenery with the first of 70 trees - a mix of natives and palms, planted on The Landing.

The shrubs and trees will bring to life 6500sq m of the public space that extends over the Brisbane River transforming it to floating garden parks.

Caboolture nursery changes face of $3.6 billion development
Tree arrive from Elimbah to the $3.6 billion Queen's Wharf

Biggest in 30 years

The next batch of fully-grown trees are to be planted on Friday.

“This is no doubt one of the biggest if not the biggest project we’ve been involved with in our 30 years of business,” Nick Phillips, from Greenstock Nursery, said.

“This project is massive and we have been working on it for years with the trees earmarked for Queen’s Wharf potted-up for the past two.

“Some of the mature trees are up to 10 metres tall and well over a decade old so they will beautify the space immediately.”

Caboolture nursery changes face of $3.6 billion development
The trees from Elimbah on site and ready to be planted at Queen's Wharf

Local jobs

Geoff Hogg said The Star Entertainment Group is supporting local suppliers, businesses and jobs.

“We are building a world-class tourism destination that will attract international visitors and acclaim,” he said.

“But it’s just as important the precinct is a place Queenslanders have contributed to and will be proud of.

“There are currently 40 workers and five subcontractors dedicated to the construction of the two riverfront landings, which includes the landscaping.

“The beautiful plants from Caboolture’s Greenstock Nursery will be enjoyed by locals and families for generations to come.”

Caboolture nursery changes face of $3.6 billion development
The trees, some a decade old, planted and now part of the Queen's Wharf development

4000 plants

The tree planting and landscaping marks a construction milestone, Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director Simon Crooks said.

“The Riverline public space, including The Landing will see 340 native water gum, lilly-pilly and palm trees with around 4000 plantings across the entire 7.5ha of the project,” he said.

“People will be able to see it up close next month when we divert bikeway users onto The Landing while work starts under the Riverside Expressway.

“Once fully open, the trees will provide shade for cyclists and walkers and will be a great a place for families to enjoy and for events along the river.”

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