The area of Herston includes the Herston Health Precinct on its eastern side. This includes the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and the Herston Quarter which is a development site to replace the former Royal Children’s Hospital which moved to another site in 2014. Herston also includes the Ballymore Stadium Rugby Union venue in the northwest and Victoria Park on the southern side of Herston Road. The park includes the Victoria Park golf course and the heritage-listed former Victoria Park Golf Clubhouse built in 1931.
The rest of Herston is mostly a residential suburb, with some areas of light industry near the main roads. Many of Herston’s residents are employed by the hospital or nearby at the Queensland University of Technology in Kelvin Grove. There is also a significant student population that studies at the university.
In the 2011 census, Herston recorded a population of 1,831 people, 50.2% female and 49.8% male.
The median age of the Herston population was 29 years of age, 8 years below the Australian median.
67.4% of people living in Herston were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were China 4.2%, England 3.3%, India 2.3%, New Zealand 2.2%, Vietnam 1%.
75.5% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 4.6% Mandarin, 1.2% Spanish, 1.1% Malayalam, 1.1% Cantonese, 1% French.
Prior to December 1968 the eastern side of the suburb was served by frequent tram services along Bowen Bridge Road, with routes converging from Chermside, Kalinga (until 1962), Stafford, and Grange. These services combined to provide the suburb with an off-peak service of a tram every 2½ minutes along Bowen Bridge Road in the late 1950s. The western side of the suburb was served by trams which ran along Kelvin Grove Road. This service also ceased in December 1968.
Between 1953 and November 1968, the suburb was also served by Brisbane City Council trolley-buses which connected the suburb with Fortitude Valley and ran through to Stanley Bridge in East Brisbane. The trolley-buses ran along Herston Road and Butterfield Street, past Ballymore football ground, terminating near the intersection of Prospect Terrace and Kelvin Grove Road.
Brisbane City Council diesel buses continue to serve the suburb. The Inner-Northern Busway runs through the south of the suburb, having been built to divert buses off congested major roads.
Herston was first settled by Europeans in the 1850s. Sir Robert Herbert, Queensland’s first premier, built a farm in the area, and lived in the farmhouse with his then Attorney-General, John Bramston. The pair named their house Herston, a combination of their surnames, which eventually became the name of the suburb.
Many of Herston’s streets were named after local identities of the time. Bowen Bridge Road and Bowen Park were named after Sir George Bowen, Queensland’s first governor. Butterfield Street was named after local schoolmaster William Butterfield. Hetherington Street was named after coal industry identity John William Hetherington, and Garrick Terrace got its name from James Francis Garrick, the man who purchased Herston from Herbert and Bramston.
Herston has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 40 Bowen Bridge Road: Brisbane General Hospital Precinct
- Herston Road: Royal Brisbane Hospital Nurses’ Homes
- 288 Herston Road: University of Queensland Mayne Medical School
- 309 Herston Road: former Victoria Park Golf Clubhouse
The Herston Quarter is a five hectare development site in Herston adjacent to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital on the site of the former Royal Children’s Hospital which was merged into the Queensland Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane. The site includes the restoration of the historic Royal Brisbane Hospital Nurses’ Homes.
The Queensland Government sought applications from developers to develop the site into a mixed-use precinct which would complement the adjacent health and educational facilities in November 2014, before the Royal Children’s Hospital had moved out. Three lead developers were short-listed in July 2015.
On 1 October 2015, the government issued a call for detailed proposals from the two remaining shortlisted parties to develop the site. Stockland had withdrawn. The remaining proponents were Frasers Property Australia with Australian Unity and Lend Lease with Trinity Health. On 9 December 2015, the government announced that part of the development would include a government-funded (SRACC) with 100 rehabilitation beds and 32 day surgery beds with seven operating theatres and three endoscopy rooms.
The project to redevelop the Herston Quarter site is expected to cost the Queensland Government A$1.1 billion over ten years to develop a mixed health, aged care, residential and retail precinct. On 14 August 2016, premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Australian Unity had won the tender for the redevelopment, and there were expected to be 700 construction jobs and 1000 ongoing jobs on the site. It was announced to include a 132-bed specialist rehabilitation and ambulatory care centre for burns, stroke and other recovering patients. Further stages will have a private hospital for day-surgery, a residential aged-care home for over 100 people, research facilities, accommodation for 250 medical students, nurses scientists and visiting experts. The development will be overseen by the .
The Herston Quarter was declared a “Priority Development Area” (PDA) on 18 November 2016 by the Queensland Government under the Economic Development Act 2012. The declaration of a PDA removes the affected land from the planning and development processes of both the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and Brisbane City Plan 2014. The PDA is managed by within the . In addition, an Interim Land Use Plan was prepared to fast-track the development of a Specialist Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Care Centre. On 6 July 2017 the PDS (Proposed Development Scheme) was released for consultation.
On 6 August 2017, the State Government released development plans for the Herston Quarter project.
- LRC (Local Representative Committee) – may be established for a PDA to help the MEDQ (or delegates) perform the MEDQ’s functions in the area.
- MEDQ (Minister for Economic Development Queensland) – as a corporation sole which has responsibility for EDQ.
- PDA (Priority Development Areas) are parcels of land within Queensland, identified for specific accelerated development, with a focus on economic growth .
- ILUP (Interim Land Use Plan) is prepared to coincide with the declaration of a PDA to control development within the area while a development scheme is being prepared.
- EDA (Economic Development Act 2012) the main purpose is to facilitate economic development, and development for community purposes, in the state. The PDA is an instrument of this act and overrides the SPA.
- SPA (Sustainable Planning Act 2009) is the overarching framework for Queensland Planning and Development
- Herston Quarter Booklet 2014
- Herston Quarter PDA
- Herston Quarter ILUP – which applies to SRACC
- Herston Quarter Redevelopment Plan – these are [Australian Unity] plans.
- Proposed Development Scheme
- Introduction to PDA’s
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