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Work at Ekibin Quarry, one of Brisbane’s earliest extractive sites, in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of The Courier Mail.
Work at Ekibin Quarry, one of Brisbane’s earliest extractive sites, in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of The Courier Mail.

Development plans for former site

The area around Stephens Mountain, Brisbane, which includes the former Ekibin quarry, has been approved for future development.

The Brisbane City Council recently approved the Coorparoo Neighbourhood Plan and published a draft of its key outcomes for the project. It is focused on “achieving a balance between growth in and around existing centres and the maintenance of character and low density residential development through the majority of the area”.

The site also has 13 pre-1911 buildings and the council has assured the community they will be protected from demolition. This is in addition to 10 places that are already on the council’s heritage register.

Prior to the plan’s release, a community bushcare group had called on the Queensland Government to scrutinise Brisbane City Council’s planning strategy.

In the draft plan, the council has committed to “protecting environmental values and increasing the community's access to bushland by rezoning 4.8ha of Stephens Mountain to conservation zone”.

Ekibin Quarry was one of Brisbane’s earliest quarries. In the 1880s the site was quarried for road surface material.

In the 1940s and 1950s, the quarry works were extended and a hot asphalt plant was added to its operations.

In the late 1960s, Brisbane City Council stopped quarrying operations after the quartzite reserve was exhausted and the site has remained vacant since.


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The Coorparoo Neighbourhood Plan, devised by the Brisbane City Council, has rezoned the Ekibin site as ‘emerging community’.
The Coorparoo Neighbourhood Plan, devised by the Brisbane City Council, has rezoned the Ekibin site as ‘emerging community’.



















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