February 2018: Fitzgibbon Chase community green hub in good hands
The future management and maintenance of the popular green hub in the award-winning Fitzgibbon Chase residential community was today officially handed over to the operators of the community centre.
The successful community garden provides locals with a fantastic focal point to live, learn and thrive together in their community.
The Fitzgibbon Community Centre will be responsible for the nearly 4,500m2 parcel of land that encompasses the edible and sensory garden and surrounding green space.
Residents are encouraged to become members of the community garden and to plant their own vegetables, herbs and citrus trees.
In time, and with the excellent management of the centre and the greater community, the green space could lend itself to more garden beds with plenty of room for expansion.
The community garden was established in 2011 and has been a popular hub within the community with residents playing an integral role in its design and development.
Director of Fitzgibbon Community Centre Kevin Rouse said rather than going out with their own design Economic Development Queensland asked the residents to nominate what they wanted from a community garden.
"The garden began to take shape with Economic Development Queensland donating timber for the first garden beds and a volunteer group of several dedicated residents, known locally as the ‘green team’, was formed to tend the garden," Mr Rouse said.
"The team also works on a range of broader sustainability initiatives within the estate and the centre will continue to provide a place for residents with collective interests and goals to come together."
The Fitzgibbon Community Centre is made up of three local not-for-profit organisations, comprising of Burnie Brae, Jabiru and the Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group, who offer opportunities for residents to connect to a range of training and employment supports and social enterprise activities.
Fitzgibbon Chase has won several development awards including the 2017 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA Qld) award for Residential Subdivision.
November 2017: Fitzgibbon Chase wins for best Residential Subdivision in Queensland
Queensland’s development industry gathered at Brisbane City Hall for the industry’s premier awards event.
The 2017 Urban Development Insititute of Australia (UDIA) Qld Mitchell Brandtman Awards for Excellence celebrated innovation in the sector and honoured those projects that contributed to creating inspired communities for Queenslanders.
A total of 16 awards were presented at the event spanning categories from affordable housing to environmental excellence, seniors living, and urban renewal.
July 2016: Handing over the keys to the Fitzgibbon Community Centre
The Honourable Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment handed over the keys of the award-winning $4.5 million Fitzgibbon Community Centre to the newly formed Fitzgibbon Community Centre group.
The three very deserving not-for-profit organisations from the north side - Burnie Brae, Jabiru and the Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group (SANDBAG) will take over this multi-purpose community space to enhance the livability and well being for the benefit of the estimated 3,000 people who call this community home.
This is part of the Queensland Government’s ongoing commitment to providing sustainable social infrastructure.
The Centre was designed and built to cater for a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities activities including large community celebrations amongst the surrounding landscaped gardens and open grassy areas.
The new owners will bring some of their best community programs, including Burnie Brae’s exercise program with which will be broadened to include seniors and people over 18 and the centre will also host social enterprises.
For further details or for bookings visit Fitzgibbon Community Centre.
May 2016: Public art unveiling in Tasman Reserve
On Saturday 7 May the local member and Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe, MP unveiled Fitzgibbon Chase's newest public art.
The artwork is named “Gathering” a sculpture with wings based on images of moths in nature, the base has etched patterning repeating the wings. In this sculpture the shadows and the pattering will create a sense of light and movement.
The Gathering was sculptured by artist Marguerite Derricourt who is well known as a sculptor of mixed media works, where she has worked internationally and now settled in Sydney.
Ms Derricourt understood that the area where the sculpture is placed is a busy area, has a neighbourhood with a diverse community, and that there is a strong connection surrounding nature.
February 2016: Deputy Premier and Minister official launch of the Last Ever Land at Fitzgibbon Chase
Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad and the Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe recently launched the sale of the very last seven blocks of land in the master planned community at the Queensland Government’s award winning residential development, Fitzgibbon Chase.
“Fitzgibbon Chase is a Queensland success story. It is a unique suburb where development, design and innovation are brought to life. We have proved that we can build ‘Fonzie’ flats, Shop-Top homes and SOHO’s – small office, home offices - and those that live here, love it,” Ms Trad said.
“Fitz’s innovations also include sustainable design homes that reduce energy use by 45 per cent and water use by 55 per cent and this translates into on-going cheaper utility bills.”
The diversity of home and lifestyle options available to home owners includes freehold homes from one bedroom to large family homes, on lots from 45m² to 600m².
“Fitzgibbon Chase land releases have a history of selling extremely quickly, with some releases selling out in less than 25 minutes,” Ms Trad said.
It is expected the demand for the last seven lots will be high as they are well priced from $245,000 and range in size from 253m² to 323m²”.
For more information on the last ever land lots contact us
January 2016: Mixed spaces for work and play
Andrew Winter's new project is located within 'The Nest at Fitzgibbon Chase'. Our two builders Urban Pure and Villa World have an exclusive opportunity to own your very own business and apartment co-located in one unique opportunity.
There are 22 freehold properties available and the design incorporates a downstairs floorplan with a dedicated workplace and street frontage, while upstairs you can choose from either a one-bedroom or two-bedroom open plan apartment design.
December 2015: New public art planned for Tasman Reserve precinct
New year will see work commence on the first of three public artworks to be located in the parkland area in the Tasman Reserve.
The artwork will draw inspiration from the natural environment and will be the work of international sculptor, Marquerite Derricourt. Ms Derricourt is best known as a sculptor of mixed media and styles. Her work attests to a career of experimentation and craftsmanship which sees her continue to experiment and innovate on subject matter drawn from nature.
Ms Derricourt studied art in South Africa, worked in Germany, lived in England and finally settled in Sydney, Australia. Her sculptures express a synthesis of movement and rest, turbulence and peace.
Watch this space for pictures as the public art progresses.
October 2015: New cafe and small supermarket proposed for Fitzgibbon Chase
A café, convenience store, childcare and medical centre are just some of the possibilities being considered for construction at the heart of the Fitzgibbon Chase residential community, at the corner of Roghan Road and Warrumbungle Parade.
28 July 2015: Norris Road extension - NOW OPEN
The much anticipated Norris road extension opened to the public on Monday 27th July 2015.
Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), the master developer of Fitzgibbon Chase estate, General Manager Greg Chemello said the $3.5 million link road between Telegraph and Roghan Roads will provide residents with a direct route to the Fitzgibbon Chase Community Centre and Carseldine Train Station. Economic Development Queensland funded the $1 million Norris road extension and contributed a further $1.6 million to Brisbane City Council for the construction of the intersection of Telegraph Road and Norris Road.
The Norris Road extension will eventually be used by up to 10,000 vehicles a day.
This road is a key infrastructure requirement for the Fitzgibbon Development Area and the Fitzgibbon Chase residential masterplan which was completed in 2009, which will be home to approximately 3,500 residents in 1,350 dwellings when completed in 2016.
21 July 2015: COLORBOND Award for Steel Architecture
Fitzgibbon Chase's Community Centre, designed by Richard Kirk Architect, was recently awarded the COLORBOND Award for Steel Architecture at the Queensland Architecture Awards.
19 July 2015: Fitzgibbon Chase Street Party
Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the Fitzgibbon Chase Street Party on the weekend. We had approximately 1,500 people attend this fantastic family day out event.
As announced, the opening of the Norris Road extension will be happening by the end of the business day on Tuesday 28th July, if there are no more major weather events. The project has already been delayed due to 20 weather days, making work on the site impossible. We are really looking forward to the quick access the extension road gives to Bracken Ridge Plaza and the northern highway, so fingers crossed for no more rain.
April 2015: Meet your Neighbours Morning Tea
Residents enjoyed a relaxing morning tea meeting their neighbours in the Cape Arid Park. They also had a chance to meet the development team to ask any questions they had.
The team at Fitzgibbon Chase are offering a regular social event for residents to catch up with their neighbours every two months. Look at for an event near you.
31 March 2015: Summer Smart garden competition winner announced
Local residents Sharon Dennis and Jose Bostre have won the Fitzgibbon Chase Summer Smart garden competition, for best front garden and best balcony/container garden respectively.
With $1,600 in prizes up for grabs this year, the annual garden competition attracted 21 entries from around the estate.
Garden competition winner for the category of Best Front Garden Sharon Dennis was thrilled to take home the first prize of a $500 Bunnings voucher for her hard work.
"The garden competition does instigate a bit of friendly rivalry between residents – but it is all in good fun. I did find myself looking at neighbouring entries to see what they were doing," she said.
"It encourages residents to take pride in their gardens, and I think the result is reflected across the estate. We are lucky to live in an area with such lovely, landscaped streets, and all residents need to take care of their gardens to maintain this high standard."
Jose Bostre won a $500 Bunnings voucher for best balcony/container garden.
Summer can be a difficult time of year for gardens, with plants trying to survive either pouring rain or searing heat. The judging criteria for this year’s competition encouraged the use of smart gardening practices, such as mulching and other environmental practices, incorporating recycled or re-purposed material and good use of space.
7 March 2015: Public Art brainstorm
Fitzgibbon Chase has many pieces of public art scattered throughout the estate. The bridge on Carselgrove Avenue plays A Little Night Music by Mozart if you tap a wooden spoon across the railings; and small stylised termite mounds around the Community Centre hold coloured local motifs in wood and constructed fantasies of moulded clay.
Resident input in the development of the artworks is essential and the conversation has started on two new pieces. An enthusiastic group of residents discussed the next project for installation in Stage 17, to the North of the estate, with another planned for the park area near the upcoming Neighbourhood Retail Centre. The first step in the process has drawn out lots of ideas and will influence the final design. A big thank you to everyone involved!
26 February 2015: Fitzgibbon Chase at the Courier-Mail Home Show
The Fitzgibbon Chase team had a fantastic four days at the Courier-Mail Home Show. We talked to quite a number of people interested in knowing more about the estate, as well as to past and present residents who told us how much they loved living at Fitzgibbon Chase.
24 February 2015: School excursion
School excursions to Fitzgibbon Chase occur on a regular basis. We encourage young minds to learn about the sustainable, environmental approach to planning and construction as well as the community building initiatives already making the neighbourhood a great place to live.
The most recent tour was by year 12 students from Northside Christian College and their Home Economics teacher, Leonie Purcell. This is the fourth visit from the college and each year has a similar outcome.
The students came with pages of compulsory questions they were determined to answer and left with a new understanding of the innovative designs and sensitive community planning that is possible in development. Some students event started to think about how they can buy their first home.
16 January 2015: Summer Smart Garden Competition Launch
An enthusiastic group of residents celebrated the launch of the 2015 Summer Smart Garden competition on Friday 16th January. Chris Leonard, the guest speaker, had many gems of information and tips for the entrants to give them the added advantage in the upcoming competition.
23 November 2014: End of year celebration in the park
An end of year celebration was held for residents to enjoy an afternoon of fun in the Kuringgai Park. Kids enjoyed an inflatable soccer field, face painting, oversized games and much more. There was also a BBQ, frozen yoghurt and entertainment offering a social event for residents to catch up with their neighbours.
20 July 2014: New Builder Village opening
Over 2,000 people turned out for their chance to meet Peppa Pig and tour through the new builder village on Sunday.
The festivities onsite at Roghan Road were to mark the opening of the new site within Fitzgibbon Chase.
The weekend's event was a success, and we hope that many people who registered their interest in Fitzgibbon Chase on the day will go on to become a part of the growing Fitzgibbon Chase community.