Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve (the reserve) on the Brisbane River at Chuwar is a special place for the community and remains culturally significant for the Traditional Owners and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It has been popular for picnics, sport, tourism, water activities and for the continuation of cultural practices and connections for many years.

The reserve was significantly damaged in the flood events experienced in both February and May 2022. At present, the site is partially open with temporary fencing in place for all closed areas to ensure the safety of the community (see map below).

We are focused on making a reserve that is more flood resilient (which can be re-opened more quickly and at a lower cost after each flood event), while also ensuring our First Nations People and the wider community can continue to enjoy the reserve now and into the future.

Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve - Location of demolition works (indicative only)

Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve - Location of demolition works (indicative only)

Final Design

The below concept designs have been created for the rehabilitation of Colleges Crossing.

How you shared

​Proposed Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve redesign.

​Proposed Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve design concept

Community Pop-ups

We would like to hear from as many people as possible so will be sharing the project at pop-ups in Ipswich.

Saturday 25 March 2023
9am - 11am
Library Hub outside Coles

2, 5 and 6 April 2023
9am - 1pm
Tulmur Place

Thursday 13 April
6pm - 8pm
Community Booth near the food court

What you shared

Consultation complete.

80.43% support the proposed 'back-to-basics' Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve Concept Design.

This strong community support will allow council to proceed with final design work on the redesign.

CLICK HERE to read about the consultation results and next steps.

Project News

See all of the news about the re-opening of Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve

Visual history of the reserve


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