Yeppoon Heritage Railway Precinct

The Yeppoon heritage railway precinct has been identified as a priority site to be revitalised under the government's recently released Advancing our cities and regions strategy.

Advancing our cities and regions will see surplus and underutilised state property renewed and repurposed—breathing new life into communities across the state.

The Yeppoon railway line was officially closed in 2004 due to disuse. The 2.4 hectare Yeppoon railway station site is located in Yeppoon's central business district, approximately one kilometre from the beach, and features the heritage listed Yeppoon railway station building.

Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) continues to engage with the community to gain an understanding of their aspirations for the rejuvenation of the Yeppoon railway precinct.

The indicative concept plans were presented to the community for review and comment in February. Outcomes from the sessions will be integrated into a concept master plan for the heritage railway precinct.

The Yeppoon heritage railway precinct has been identified as a priority site to be revitalised under the government's recently released Advancing our cities and regions strategy.

Advancing our cities and regions will see surplus and underutilised state property renewed and repurposed—breathing new life into communities across the state.

The Yeppoon railway line was officially closed in 2004 due to disuse. The 2.4 hectare Yeppoon railway station site is located in Yeppoon's central business district, approximately one kilometre from the beach, and features the heritage listed Yeppoon railway station building.

Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) continues to engage with the community to gain an understanding of their aspirations for the rejuvenation of the Yeppoon railway precinct.

The indicative concept plans were presented to the community for review and comment in February. Outcomes from the sessions will be integrated into a concept master plan for the heritage railway precinct.

If you would like to ask us a question about the Yeppoon Heritage Railway Precinct, please do so here.

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  • Will the department seek feedback from other avenues other than community forums? And will the department base designs on feedback received in the past two years?

    RDean asked 8 months ago

    EDQ encourages people to use the Q&A section of this site to ask specific questions and provide feedback. The first consultation on this particular site by EDQ was in October 2016 and any feedback we have received will be from the last 6 months.

  • We wish to support the idea of setting aside land in the Yeppoon Railway Precinct so that in the future a rail link could be established between Yeppoon and Rockhampton. We think it is important that alternative means of travel be investigated statewide, not only in Yeppoon, as opposed to continual extension of the road system and believe ultimately rail links will play their part. Giving away an asset is always a mistake. Peter and Margaret Emmery

    P & M Emmery asked 7 months ago

    The former rail corridor between Yeppoon and Rockhampton is being preserved through the implementation of the Capricorn Coast pineapple rail trail. EDQ intends to deliver on the intent of the Livingstone Shire Council Planning Scheme for the former Yeppoon railyard site, which provides for a mix of uses including residential, retail and commercial. EDQ has also committed to rejuvenating the heritage listed railway station in a manner that will celebrate its history and allow community access to the building. 


  • I have recently read the article in the local Spectator magazine, issue No.307, pages 1&2 and have to agree full heatedly with their view on what should happen to the Yeppoon railway station and the rail corridor. As per this article we should be looking to build a new rail system and keep the railway station. If we lose this rail corridor then we then lose the light rail option between Rockhampton and Yeppoon forever OR at a much more significant expense in the future.

    Concerned Citizen asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Please see the response in the Q & A section  under the topic of 'lightrail', asked by Swatson on 14 March 2017.

  • We would like provision made for a future light rail station, perhaps a park could be designated and called Capricorn Coast Light Rail Park to be eventually used for that purpose. - John and Suzy Watson

    swatson asked 7 months ago

    The Livingstone Shire Council 2005 Planning Scheme guides the way land, buildings and structures are used and developed on the site. This planning scheme took effect on 17 October 2005, and has had six amendments since its adoption. The current version is the 2005 Planning Scheme - Reprint 6, effective as at 19 June 2009. Council has completed compiling a new draft plan, which will replace the current plan. The site is located within the Yeppoon Central zone (Planning Scheme 2005 Zoning Map Z26) which provides for a mix of uses including residential, retail and commercial to a maximum height of 15 metres (Planning Scheme Map PSM3B). EDQ intends to deliver on the intent of the Livingstone Shire Council Planning Scheme. An area of park the western end of the site has been incorporated into the master plan.

    In 2004 Queensland Rail announced the decommissioning of the Yeppoon railway line. The Capricorn Coast pineapple rail trail was officially opened in 2014 and will eventually run within and preserve the rail corridor between Yeppoon and Rockhampton. The first 4.5 km section from the centre of Yeppoon to Yeppoon-Rockhampton Rd has been asphalted. 

  • I would love to see a small cinema similar to the Blue Room Cinema at Rosalie built on this site. This would allow something different for people of ages to enjoy. Maybe not as big. Check out blueroomcinebar at Rosalie. Here is some info Established in 2005, Blue Room Cinebar is an independent, gold-class style cinema in the heart of Rosalie, Brisbane. Screening the latest mainstream releases, Blue Room offers an intimate and unparalleled experience for cinema-goers. We offer large menu of nibbles, handmade pizzas, share platters and desserts, all prepared in house and delivered straight to your seat. Our brand new bar features a broad wine, beer and cocktail list for you to enjoy before, during or after your screening. All five theatres boast the latest cinema technology, semi-reclining seats, cushions and foot rests for ultimate comfort. Blue Room Cinebar is the perfect place for friends, family, dates - either first or weekly, to come together and enjoy dinner and a movie all in one place.

    Jules asked 8 months ago

    The desire for a cinema in Yeppoon was clearly identified through the community consultation sessions held in October 2016 and February 2017. Such an outcome would be suitable on the site and would contribute to attracting visitors to Yeppoon CBD through the provision of day and night entertainment for all ages. While EDQ cannot guarantee this outcome, we will undertake a process to attract and facilitate a boutique cinema outcome on the site. It is anticipated that EDQ's development approach for the site will be to act as the master developer and to develop the site with the private sector. EDQ will call for expressions of interest on certain lots which will include overarching vision and principles, specific selection criteria relating to community and sustainability outcomes, design guidelines and innovation requirements and could include specific requirements, such as the delivery of a boutique cinema. This approach enables EDQ to facilitate and maintain control of desired development outcomes on the site.

  • I wish to object to the plans as displayed at the recent information session at the Yeppoon Town Hall. we need open spaces, not more shops, and houses etc. they are not suitable for an area that is lacking in open spaces suitable for parks and recreation pursuits.

    Deirdre asked 8 months ago

    The railway site is located within the Yeppoon Central zone (Planning Scheme 2005 Zoning Map Z26) which provides for a mix of uses including residential, retail and commercial to a maximum height of 15 metres (Planning Scheme Map PSM3B). EDQ intends to deliver on the intent of the Livingstone Shire Council Planning Scheme and will provide open space within the site.

    Scenario 1 includes a pocket park at the western end of the site of approximately 2,000m2 and a civic plaza located around the existing railway station of approximately 2,000m2. Scenario 2 provides a pocket park at the western end of the site of approximately 2,000m2 and includes a shaded boulevard extension of Arthur Street through the site.

  • Can the railway station be shifted to a better site and achieve its potential for the community.

    mckonep asked 8 months ago

    EDQ has committed to retaining and rejuvenating the railway station on the site, either in its current location or in a new location at the western end of the site. The process of confirming if the station can/cannot be relocated to an alternative location on site is underway and expected to be determined by mid-2017. In either case, the railway station will be rejuvenated in a manner that will celebrate its history and allow community access to the building. EDQ will engage a specialist heritage architect to assist with the rejuvenation of the building.

  • The council has previously stated that tourism should be paramount in the future development of yeppoon. At the presentation it was made clear that housing for the elderly was going to be a big part of the site. Can you explain how this will bring visitors and tourists to yeppoon? And how young families will be attracted to the town given that shops, recreation etc will be catering for an older demographic?

    Julieestewart asked 8 months ago

    The current Livingstone Shire Council Planning Scheme 2005 shows the site wholly contained within the business precinct in the Yeppoon Structure Plan (Planning Scheme Map PSM3A). The tourist precinct and business/tourist precinct is identified as being closer to the waterfront and Anzac Parade within the Yeppoon Structure Plan. Nonetheless, EDQ will endeavour to facilitate the delivery of uses that could promote visitors to Yeppoon, such as a boutique cinema along with associated retail opportunities. The concept also includes the revitalisation of the heritage railway station in a manner that celebrates its history and allows for community access to the building. The heritage railway station and surrounding civic plaza in scenario 1 could provide a venue for farmers markets.

    The mixed use residential precinct will include innovative and diverse housing designs for the wider community, including a mix of housing types and price points such as townhouse/terrace development, low to medium rise apartments, live/work solutions, disability and seniors living through the provision of accessible homes that promote 'ageing in place'.

  • Could you provide some detail on the square metres being allocated for 'Green Space' on both concepts? It seems that although there was a large deal of support for 'Green Space' usage at the first community feedback session this has been disregarded in some aspects.

    jfitzgerald asked 8 months ago

    The Livingstone Shire Council 2005 Planning Scheme guides the way land, buildings and structures are used and developed on the site. This planning scheme took effect on 17 October 2005, and has had six amendments since its adoption. The current version is the 2005 Planning Scheme - Reprint 6, effective as at 19 June 2009. Council has completed compiling a new draft plan, which will replace the current plan. The site is located within the Yeppoon Central zone (Planning Scheme 2005 Zoning Map Z26) which provides for a mix of uses including residential, retail and commercial to a maximum height of 15 metres (Planning Scheme Map PSM3B). EDQ intends to deliver on the intent of the Livingstone Shire Council Planning Scheme and will provide open space within the site. Scenario 1 includes a pocket park at the western end of the site of approximately 2,000m2 and a civic plaza located around the existing railway station of approximately 2,000m2. Scenario 2 provides a pocket park at the western end of the site of approximately 2,000m2 and includes a shaded boulevard extension of Arthur Street through the site.

  • Is this the best place to recommend one of the scenarios? I like the concept of leaving the heritage building in it's original location. This is closer to the main town and historically better located. More likely a better location for a market place and community meeting focus point. Better parking too. Also can there be a connecting bikeway to the existing bike rail trail? Thank you

    PaulBuchanan asked 8 months ago

    Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) has committed to retaining and rejuvenating the railway station on the site, either in its current location or in a new location at the western end of the site. The process of confirming if the station can/cannot be relocated to an alternative location on site is underway and expected to be determined by mid-2017. In either case, the railway station will be rejuvenated in a manner that will celebrate its history and allow community access to the building. EDQ also intends to provide a connection to the existing rail trail via a shared pathway connection along the James Street frontage of the site.