The Commonwealth Government set a two-year limit on the development of the plan to ensure the project was not unduly delayed. I’m pleased to report to the community that we have achieved this important target in 16 months.

We wanted to get on with the job and this was reflected in community feedback. We have secured the funding and been advised that the development stage has the capacity to create some 205 new jobs in a time of economic downturn.

This, however, has not been a rushed process and we were committed from the outset to an open and transparent process of consultation. We carefully reviewed hundreds of submissions, ran community workshops and focus groups and also worked closely with stakeholders including the Traditional Owners Group, a Military Advisory Committee and the City Council.

Our aim was to include appropriate land uses on the precinct that would reflect community expectations for redevelopment of such a wonderful site on a very special part of our seafront.

The Trust is also confident that we have satisfied all our legal requirements in developing and formally adopting the Concept Plan. We worked closely with legal advisors and also obtained specialist advice to ensure the plan did not breach limitations for commercial uses on the historic site.

The Townsville City Council is about to inherit the site from the Commonwealth and as owners of the land will have final control of the redevelopment.

Mayor Les Tyrell and his administration have invited the Trust to join a Project Control Group which will oversee the project design and delivery.

This has been welcomed by the Trust as it will greatly facilitate our legal responsibilities to ensure that the $40 million we hold in trust is expended on appropriate facilities and in accordance with our Deeds of Trust.

John Bearne

Chairman of the Trust

Legend to above concept plan:

To be read in conjunction with Legend Explanation

A. Community Hall/ Restaurant/Cafe

B. Entry Plaza (B1 Information Kiosk)

C. Kissing Point Walk (C1 Kissing Point Fort)

D. Jezzine Way

E. Site for Military History Museum

F. P Type Huts

G. Coastal Walk

H. Australian Defence Force Military History Museum

I. Australian Defence Force Jezzine House

J. Contemplative Gardens (J1 Performance/Amphitheatre Space)

K. Parade Ground

L. Western Park

M. Western Entry

N. Ethno-botanical Park

O. Kiosk/ Cafe/ Interpretative Platform

P. Car Parking

Q. Amenities

R. Picnic Areas

S. BBQ Areas

T. Ceremony/ Wedding/ Function Sites

U. Public Art/ Display Point

V. Internal Road Network

W. Environmentally Sustainable Design Initiatives

X. Interpretative Points

Y. Interpretative Active Interaction/Play

Z. Bus Stop (Z1 – Bus Parking)

A. Community Hall

•Flexible Space with associated amenities and catering facilities

•Adjacent smaller community meeting spaces

•Raised podium with wide sheltered breakout spaces

•Restaurant/café at entry plaza edge

•Vehicle parking under

B. Entry Plaza

•Defining entry and introducing identity of Jezzine Barracks Precinct

•Urban space leading to garden/open space

•Major art/military memorabilia location

•TCC information kiosk/facilities management office

•Public Amenities located on edge of this area

C. Kissing Point Walk

•Coastal walk – accessing Kissing Point Fort

•Links with Coastal Walk

•Enhance existing access path from Rockpool (redefine path and vegetation incorporating existing access)

•A more active/physical scenic path as an alternative to Jezzine Way

•Incorporate new perimeter fencing and fencing to fort structure

•Establish major way finding and interpretative points at vantage points atop Kissing Point using static and active display and interpretation methods


◦Geographic Content

◦Historical Content (Military/Social/Cultural)

◦Traditional Owners Content (Bindal

and Wulgurukaba)

•Design incorporating safe environment principles (CPTDE) – lighting, landscape design, surveillance, activity and accessibility etc ) – applies to entire precinct

D. Jezzine Way

•Passes through centre of site providing direct linkage to Strand and Rowes Bay path networks

•Is an organising element skirting historical display points

◦International Standard Military

◦History Museum

◦Townsville Social History

◦Access to Kissing Point Fort

◦Australian Defence Force Military

◦Heritage Collection

◦Parade Ground

◦Historical Military Vehicles Display

•Defined by a distinct palette of materials, plantings and elements to signify main passage

•Linkages to all spaces and facilities within Jezzine Barracks Precinct

E. Site for Military History Museum

•Significant location adjacent historical entry point to Jezzine Barracks and Jezzine Way path

•Large area incorporating car parking space/vehicular access for future international standard museum/interpretation facility

F. P Type Huts

•Social/cultural heritage display

•Opportunity to display linkages of broader community with military context

•Recognise Historical Significance through adaptive reuse of existing building fabric and context

G. Coastal Walk

•Links to Kissing Point and Fort walk

•Informal path around perimeter of site hugging land form, integrating with rock formations and remnant landscape/flora

•Incorporating boardwalk – engaging with waters edge/tidal areas

•Sitting nodes along boardwalk – information/rest/view areas

•Link to kiosk and Ethno-botanical Trail

H. Australian Defence Force Military History Museum

•ADF retained facility and compound

•Controlled access for community

I. Australian Defence Force Jezzine House

•Lavarack Barracks Commanding Officer’s Official Residence

•ADF retained facility – private use by ADF

J. Contemplative Gardens

•Reflective garden spaces utilising existing natural landforms and mature vegetation (supplemented with new landscaping)

•2/3 distinct garden rooms

•Upper garden with amphitheatre terraces utilising natural contours and form of Kissing Point

•Potential for larger space to be utilised for occasional ceremonial/community/theatre group activities, functions etc

•Potential link as breakout/reflective space associated with future adjacent military history museum

•Proximate to amenities, access and vehicle parking areas

•Recognition of areas use by indigenous inhabitants of area

K. Parade Ground

•Formalise and define edges

•Maintain open character of space and visual linkages with other areas with precinct

•Utilise slight fall in site to make low sitting terraces on upper edge of parade ground

•Provide discrete services to site perimeter (primarily electricity and water) for various activities/events to make use of

•Space used for periodic and occasional activities:

◦Marshalling for Anzac Day and other military parades

◦Military Parades and re-enactments/displays (vehicles, equipment, activities)

◦Markets and other community events (Tattoos, concerts etc)

L. Western Park

•Open Park

◦Playground facility

◦Open landscape, grass mounds

◦Informal play field

◦Provision of shade vegetation and

◦shade structures

◦Provision of BBQ’s, tables etc in specific discrete locations

•Indigenous Landscape

◦Incorporate indigenous vegetation of varying scales

◦Encourage retention and incorporation of indigenous native flora and fauna

◦Potential stormwater capture, retention and re-use (treatment through natural filter systems) – reliant on seasonal fluctuations

•Informal landscaping linking along Cook St to Ethno-botanical Park (also acting as a buffer to established residences) – contextual continuity

•Site sensitive design reflecting dry tropics environment(coastal, seasonal lagoon landscapes) and exemplifying sustainable and contextual landscape

M. Western Entry

•Utilise podium created by Belman Hanger (Hanger removed – structural safety issue)

•Create a small plaza with flanking shade structures, community facilities and building

•Shelters and Building – multi-use facility for community and heritage group use and public access

◦Military Heritage Vehicle Groups

◦Traditional Owner Groups (Bindal and Wulgurukaba) (potentially in association

◦with adjacent Ethno-botanical Trail)

◦Community Groups

◦Small events/functions/activities

•Eastern edge defined by TCC Building and

•Public amenities (maintenance depot facility located behind)

•Major Public Art to identify and establish character of precinct and plaza area

•Occasional authorised vehicle access from Cook Street (shared with Jezzine Way)

•Primary depot access from internal road network (off one-way loop)

N. Ethno-botanical Park

•Indigenous Flora/’Bush-tucker’/Traditional Owner (Bindal and Wulgurukaba) Cultural History Trail

•Trail integrated with natural land forms – low impact

•Encourage retention and incorporation of native flora and fauna

•Enhance existing remnant vegetation and establish areas of new indigenous vegetation

•Several access points to trail from Jezzine Way, Coastal Path/boardwalk

•At pinnacle of path (and land form) establish major way finding and interpretative points using static and active display and interpretation methods


◦Geographic Content

◦Historical Content (Military/Social/Cultural)

◦Traditional Owner Content

•Link with shared community facility at Western Entry (Cook Street)

O. Kiosk

•Broad partially covered decks/terrace taking advantage of location – view, waters edge, Magnetic Island/Cape Palleranda/Many Peaks Range etc)

•Small Kiosk (permanent/temporary facility – service points provided)

•Grass picnic terrace beside waters edge/boardwalk (potential small outdoor function/wedding location)

•Lane for access and service with parking adjacent

•Connection with Coastal Walk – pathway around southern side and boardwalk on northern side (boardwalk constructed slightly lower than adjacent terrace/deck to maintain access to view

•Kiosk could be operated in conjunction with organised tours of Ethno-botanical Trail

P. Car Parking

•Perimeter on-street parking – 101 vehicle spaces (plus motorcycles)

◦Proximate to specific areas

◦Assists in defining Jezzine Barracks site edge and formalise/soften edges with landscaping

•Maintain significance of parade ground with no parking in heritage cartilage area

•Internal Parking – 171 vehicle spaces (plus motorcycles and bicycles)

◦Landscaped ‘grove’ shade plantings

◦Capture stormwater in under-parking are tanks for treatment/re-use in irrigation of parking area landscaping

◦Numbers include 20 covered secure parking spaces for community hall

◦3 Bus parking spaces

•Define parking areas with distinct materials palette – reduce asphalt look through use of pavement material/finish, colour and landscaping

•Provide approximately 12 PWD parking spaces spread across precinct and located proximate to major elements

Q. Amenities

•Male/Female/PWD facilities

•Safety through the built environment principals applied – clear surveillance, lighting etc.

•Potential for use of electricity generated from sustainable methods eg. Solar/wind in association with provision of these services and recycled water use/collection and use of alternative water supplies eg. Stormwater for toilet/urinal flushing

R. Picnic Areas

•Grassed Areas

•Small grassed mounds to define some areas

•Shaded Area (natural shade)

•Waste Bins provided (Potentially custom

•designed – identifiable as part of elements used throughout precinct)

S. BBQ Areas

•Discrete Areas provided with BBQ facilities

•Shaded Area (natural and shade structures)

•Furniture – tables, benches BBQ shrouds, waste bins provided (Potentially custom designed – identifiable as part of elements used throughout precinct)

T. Ceremony/Wedding/Function Sites

•- Areas for outdoor ceremony/weddings/functions taking advantage of location and view

•- Areas able to have degree of control over access

•- Provision of discrete services to areas (primarily electricity and water) for various activities/events

U. Public Art/Display Point

•Assist in establishing identity and understanding of precinct and distinct areas within precinct

•Located at pathway nodes, with building settings and garden spaces

•Built–in and freestanding works

•Military Objects (Vehicles, Artillery etc)

V. Internal Road Network

•One-way loop around Parade Ground

•Secondary access to various areas off main loop

◦Western Entry (and TCC maintenance depot)

◦Jezzine House

◦ADF Military Heritage Facility

•Kissing Point Fort access shared with pedestrians – intermittent use by service/maintenance vehicles and to provide equitable access to the Fort for older persons/personswith a disability

•Parking and service lane to Restaurant/Café

•Pockets of internal car parking spread within site for amenity and direct access to facilities

W. Environmentally Sustainable Design Initiatives

•Potential for use of alternative supplies for


◦Stormwater, Grey Water collection, treatment and re-use


◦Solar and Wind electricity generation

•Efficient fittings and fixtures – water use, light provision

•Provision of discrete service through the site (associated with main paths and likely activities to occur with areas) – secure access points

•Durable low maintenance selections

•Systems and materials selections made on reduced on-going operation/life-cycle costs , recycled/renewable resource content and future recycling ability

•Opportunity for community education through interaction and interpretative use of ESD initiatives and understanding of relevant eco-systems (coastal and suburban environments)

•Use of indigenous flora (and encouragement/ retention of fauna) – suited to context

X. Interpretative Points

•Establish major way finding and interpretative points at vantage points atop Kissing Point using static and active display and interpretation methods


◦Geographic Content

◦Historical Content (Military/Social/Cultural)

◦Traditional Owner Content


•Locate at vantage points on Jezzine Way, Kissing Point Walk, Kissing Point Fort, Parade Ground, Cook St and Esplanade intersection

•Establish other points at locations, items of interest

•- Unified approach across precinct – assist in establishing Jezzine Barracks identity.

Y. Interpretative Active Interaction/Play

•Establish interactive low key way finding and interpretative points through barracks precinct which allow younger members of the community the opportunity to access and interpret information related to military, cultural and Traditional Owners (Bindal and Wulgurukaba) history of the site through activity

•Design incorporated with other precinct elements to help establish, project and reinforce Jezzine Barracks and Kissing Point identity

Z. Bus Stop

•Bus drop off and pick up area

•Part of Public Transport network

•Area for tour/school bus use

•Shade (natural and low key integrated structure) and seating

•Parking for 3 large buses on site associated with internal road loop