Controversy Surrounds Childcare Centre Development on Brookfield Road

A proposed development for a childcare centre in Kenmore has become a bone of contention and debates among residents, environmentalists, and city planners.

The development application (A004808456) for a two-storey childcare facility, designed by Alto Architects, received approval from Brisbane City Council in 2019. A few more applications involving minor changes were filed that were also approved.

A subsequent development application (A006367166), filed in September 2023, seeks a minor change to add an outdoor play area with a bridge and acoustic fencing. This change is argued to be minor and compliant with relevant planning schemes and acts. 

The centre for 120 kids, planned within a rural zone, proposes the removal of three existing dwellings to make way for the development. With operational hours between 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday, the centre aims to cater to the growing needs of the Kenmore community.

Brookfield Road
Photo Credit: DA A006367166

Residents of Jessamine Court, a cul-de-sac near the childcare centre, also raised issues against the subdivision of the nearby property and the potential introduction of a new access point to their street. They fear that this could disrupt the quiet, safe nature of the cul-de-sac, impacting the community and local environment, including increasing traffic and affecting the safety of children playing in the area.

Brookfield Road
Photo Credit: DA A006367166

The opposition also mentions the potential environmental impact, including the removal of trees and effects on local wildlife and koala habitat.

Planners have assured that the proposed childcare centre’s footprint will not encroach on the mapped biodiversity area at the rear of the site, thus preserving environmental values.

Prior to the release of koala habitat maps in February 2020, development approvals were granted without referral to SARA. These approvals predate the regulatory maps and don’t interfere with koala habitat.

As of press time, the current DA is still under assessment with Council. 

Published 24-Nov-2023

Speed Limit on Brookfield Road Reduced

The Council will finally cut the speed limit on Brookfield Road to 50km/h, nine years after the community petitioned for its reduction. The new speed limit, down from 60kmh, will take effect by the year-end as pavement markings and other signs and safety measures have yet to be set in place.

Pullenvale Councillor Kate Richards confirmed the speed limit reduction on Brookfield Road in a press statement. It comes after a hearing with the community, which also involved parents of the students attending the Brookfield State School.

Apart from enforcing the new 50km/h speed limit, the Council plans to install the following features along Brookfield Road and the stretch of Boscombe Road, where the school is located:

  • Speed Awareness Monitors (SAM), before school term one in 2020
  • Two flashing Horse Crossing Ahead signs, projected for early 2020
  • Pedestrian crossing near bus stops and between Brookfield and Boscombe Roads, subject to consultations and availability of funds

Unfortunately, Cr Richards said that Brookfield State School “did not the criteria for a school zone,” which commonly has a 40km/h speed limit. 

Photo Credit: chuttersnap/Unsplash

Brookfield Road is a downhill slope, which makes it easier for motorists to speed. During the summer season, the cast of the western sun makes the road stretch quite difficult to see. Council is making these changes in the interest of public safety. 

“We are committed to actions that improve safety for all road users and will continue to deliver projects to make Brisbane an even better place to live,” said Cr Richards. 

New Kenmore Development Application Courts Controversy

A seven-storey development, including a cinema, has been proposed for 22-24 Brookfield Road in Kenmore.  

A recent development application has put the cat amongst the pigeons by proposing a mixed-use development on a site bounded by Brookfield Road, Princeton Street and Bingham Street in Kenmore, just across the road from Kenmore Village Shopping Centre.

Location of the proposed multi-use development in Kenmore. (Photo credit:

A five-screen boutique cinema is part of the proposal as well as 150 car parking spaces, 35 serviced apartments, offices and retail in over seven storeys. Restaurant, café and wine bar tenancies are envisioned to occupy the ground floor fronting Brookfield Road.

View from Brookfield Road (Photo credit:

Centre view from Bingham Street (Photo credit:

Centre activities could include serviced offices, strata-titled offices, educational facilities, which may be a private college, a dance studio or a yoga/Pilates studio. The centre may also be home to a medical facility and community facilities such as meeting rooms.

All in all, a gross floor area of 3,3044 square metres will be dedicated to centre activities.

Controversial Development

The DA submitted in March 2019 is already courting controversy for its size and potential traffic flow impact.

Brookfield Road Kenmore Development Application
Conceptual pedestrian and vehicular flow going to and coming from the proposed centre. (Photo credit:

“Brookfield Road has become one of the worst rush hour bottle necks in the Western Suburbs, which then feeds into Moggill Road at the Kenmore Village roundabout, causing huge morning tail-backs for commuters and school drop off,” says Ken Ryan, a local town planner.

“The scale of this proposal greatly exceeds its need and has not included an Economic Needs Analysis.

“To me it’s grossly overdeveloped because of the excessive height, the bulk of the building, and the potential for impact of the 150 additional car parking spaces. This is on congested Brookfield Road and the side streets in Princeton Street are often parked on either side, and it’s my view that it’ll be a major adverse effect on the efficiency of that local area.”

The town planner says that locals interested in the future developments in the area can lodge objections. He also thinks that the council should advise the developer to limit the scale of the project to two or three stories.

It should also be proven that there is an economic need for such a centre development.

Ken has published a podcast episode about this development application. Listen to the discussion here.

Learn more about the Development Application (A005160079).