Progress booming at North Harbour

Published 9:00am 18 June 2024

Progress booming at North Harbour
Words by Jodie Powell

A new business park that is projected to generate 6416 jobs in a master-planned community at Burpengary East is starting to take shape.

North Harbour project director Bryan Finney says the first release of land, in Stage 1 of the business park, sold quickly and Stage 2 is expected to attract similar levels of interest.

Bryan says industrial land is in short supply and the 22 lots in Stage 1 attracted buyers from the light manufacturing, warehousing and logistics sectors, some of whom purchased multiple blocks.

“We had an overwhelming response to the first release of the business park,” he says.

“Stage 1 is sold out, which is fantastic news for getting the business park up and running and also for jobs.

“We’re hoping to have the subdivision work completed by September, which means building construction will start before the end of the year for some of those businesses.

“From there we are looking at ongoing jobs to come online starting some time in 2025.”

Prime location

Bryan says while preparations to release Stage 2 are taking place, North Harbour is now taking expressions of interest from businesses looking to expand.

He says while levelled, vacant land with a short lead time to delivery is an attractive proposition, so too is the development’s location close to the Bruce Highway.

Work on North Harbour Boulevard, which will connect the business and residential community with an improved Bruce Highway entry point – Exit 150 – includes significant infrastructure to support future development in the precinct.

“When we started building that road it was simply a connection from the residential area to the highway, but now it’s going to cater for the business park, planned retail precinct and new residential village,” Bryan says.

“We’ve had over 140 wet days, which has delayed construction but allowed detailed engineering design and approvals for additional infrastructure to be completed.

“As a result, there’s now a 2000m long water main going into that corridor to support the project’s growth, as well as new electrical connections, optic fibre, gas mains and signalised intersections.

“Constructing all this now means construction jobs in the local area, but it will also avoid lane closures and traffic delays once North Harbour Boulevard is open to traffic.

Boost for phone coverage

“Other advances at North Harbour include progress with Amplitel (on behalf of Telstra) for installation of new mobile telecommunications infrastructure," Bryan says.

“It will improve mobile phone coverage within North Harbour – the community has grown quickly and with that comes additional demand on the network.

“This new tower will ensure the mobile phone network caters for current requirements, with capacity for future demand from businesses and residents as well.

“North Harbour is thriving and all of this new infrastructure will accommodate the growing community’s needs.”

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