Residents in the rapidly growing Bellbowrie area have been frustrated by the lack of public services, and have been neglected by public funding.
The Bellbowrie Shopping Plaza site has been partly vacant for years, which has been especially apparent since the opening of the new shopping centre in Moggill. This would be a perfect location to fill a need for public services in the area.
Some options for a repurposed site include:
- A public high school, taking pressure off Kenmore and Indooroopilly State High Schools
- A transit hub with a light rail or busway across the river via Riverhills to Darra, giving commuters a reliable and traffic-free route into the city
- Public specialist medical services, functioning as a satellite hospital for the western suburbs
- A library with meeting rooms, or other community facilities
While a combination of these options would provide badly needed services to the local community, it could also be a significant congestion-buster for Moggill Road. Secondary school traffic is the real issue for Moggill Road, as it was recently named by RACQ as Brisbane's slowest corridor in the afternoon and fourth-slowest in the morning.