The Schrinner Council’s transformation of parks across Brisbane has taken another significant step forward with plans to create a $22 million world-class parkland at Archerfield Wetlands formally approved.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the approval marked a major milestone in the evolution of Archerfield Wetlands from industrial land to an environmental and recreational wonderland.

“The 150-hectare Archerfield Wetlands will be one of Brisbane’s best parklands when completed in 2023,” Cr Schrinner said.

“It is an important part of the significant investment we’re making into greenspace in Brisbane, which includes our conversion of Victoria Park from a golf course into a world-class parkland and our one-of-a-kind playground in Kedron’s Bradbury Park.

“The approval of Archerfield Wetland will be welcomed by residents because it means we’re another step closer to bringing this vision for the 150-hectare Archerfield Wetlands to life.

“As part of the transformation, we will create a place for people of all ages to connect with nature, featuring a huge adventure play space, exciting water play area, a youth hub and basketball court, an event lawn and, importantly, a catchment centre focused on the environmental rehabilitation of the Oxley Creek catchment.”

Cr Schrinner said residents and visitors would also be able to stroll through the wetlands on a new walking trail, which is due to be completed a year before the parkland is fully transformed.

“To complement the parkland development, construction of a nearly three-kilometre Archerfield Wetlands Discovery Trail has already commenced and will open in 2022,” he said.

“Soon residents will be able to wander through the diverse landscape and wetlands at Archerfield Wetlands, and watch the space transform into a must-visit destination.”

Archerfield Wetlands is located in the heart of the 20-kilometre Oxley Creek corridor, south of the Ipswich Motorway and adjacent to Archerfield Airport. The 20-kilometre Oxley Creek corridor stretches from the Brisbane River at Tennyson to Larapinta.

The transformation of Archerfield Wetlands is a priority project identified within the $100 million Oxley Creek Transformation Master Plan 2018.

The Master Plan outlines projects and initiatives to revitalise the area, with Oxley Creek to be reinvented as a lifestyle precinct as well as a much-improved environmental asset.

This initiative will be delivered by Brisbane Sustainability Agency Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brisbane City Council.