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Defence Infrastructure Division

Defence Estate Divestment

Divestment of the majority of the Bulimba Barracks site in Brisbane, QLD

Defence has identified around 20 hectares of the Bulimba Barracks site in Brisbane as surplus to Defence requirements. Defence no longer requires the land to support future Defence capability.

For more information regarding this site please refer to the below fact sheet.

If you have any questions regarding this divestment please refer to the contact us page.


Following a competitive open market sale process, Defence has entered into a contract with Shayher Group for the sale of Bulimba Barracks, in Brisbane, Queensland.

The sale represents a significant milestone in delivering the Australian Government’s commitment to unlock surplus Commonwealth land for alternative uses, including increased supply of housing.

The open market sale campaign received significant market interest from purchasers with experience in delivering high quality developments that provide community amenity, heritage and environmental outcomes.

Shayher Group is a highly experienced Australian developer with a proven record of delivering comparable redevelopments in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney metropolitan areas.

Shayher Group is well positioned to deliver Brisbane City Council objectives for the site through the Bulimba District Neighbourhood Plan and Bulimba Barracks Master Plan. Delivery of these plans will transform the site into a vibrant inner city community that provides:

  • increased housing choices and community benefits such as improved cycle ways and riverside public open space;
  • a redevelopment that honours and celebrates the heritage values of the site; and
  • environmental requirements that support biodiversity in the local area.

Defence will retain a 2.5 hectare portion of the former Bulimba Barracks site and has commissioned this area as HMAS Moreton.

Defence anticipates settlement of the property in early 2020 with all proceeds from the sale of the site being reinvested to support Defence capability.

Further information regarding the open market sale process can be found in the fact sheet link below.

Environmental Assessment

Defence has now completed the Bulimba Barracks Stage 2 Environmental Investigation (Detailed Site Investigation), including additional supplementary sampling to the DSI. The outcomes of the report and the supplementary sampling have confirmed there are no immediate or significant risks posed to the community and have not identified any immediate action required to address contamination.

Defence is compliant with its obligations under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Bulimba Barracks - Stage 2 Environmental Investigation Report - Executive Summary and outcomes of Supplementary Sampling