New Medical Centre Proposed at Stafford Road Intersection

Plans for a new two-storey medical centre, to stand on the corner of Webster Road and Stafford Road, have been filed by the Elouera Group. If approved, the facility will become the 22nd medical site servicing the Kedron and Stafford community.

Development Application A005697853 details a 1,831-square metre medical centre that would operate 24 hours a day with 15 doctors and at least 35 healthcare workers. 

Ethos Urban, which lodged the application for the developer in March 2021, said that this facility will provide for the growing demands of an ageing population in the area. The consulting agency also said that its prominent location at an intersection raises the facility’s potential to become a successful medical centre. 

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Brisbane City Council sought the assessment of the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA), since the proposal will impact a state road intersection. On 1 Oct 2021, SARA permitted the road access location, subject to some conditions. 

“Road access works comprising Type C2 driveway in accordance Brisbane City Council’s Transport, Access, Parking and Servicing Policy must be provided at the permitted access location,” SARA said. 

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“The existing road access works situated between Stafford Road and the subject site must be removed and all kerb and channel/table drain/concrete footpath reinstated between the pavement edge and the property boundary in accordance with the Road Planning and Design Manual.” 

SARA’s approval, however, doesn’t signal the start of construction as Council has yet to conclude its own assessment. 

It comes as Council has approved another 24-hour medical facility some two kilometres away at the former AMF bowling centre on Gympie Road Kedron in November 2020. It will stand next to the Kedron Wavell Medical Centre, which has over 120 doctors.  

Plans Lodged for a 24-hour Medical Centre in Busy Stafford Intersection

A car sales yard along the intersection of Stafford and Webster Roads could be replaced by a 24-hour medical centre if a development application from Ethos Urban receives the green light.

The planned site, spanning 3,803 square metres, will become the home of a new two-storey facility that will accommodate tenancies for 15 general practitioners and 78 underground car parking spaces. It will be open to Brisbane north residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The development application (DA A005697853), filed with Council in April 2021, seeks to demolish and turn the car yard into a commercial site as well, providing wide-ranging allied health services for the community. 

24-hour Medical Centre
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Ethos Urban outlined in its application that the site is in a prominent location, which will be crucial to running a successful facility. The developers said that based on their research, this local area needs more medical clinics as it’s below the Queensland benchmark for GP providers per 10,000 people.

“The proposal is consistent with the character of the locality and community expectations for the site and is responsive to local community needs. It represents a high-quality architectural design that protects the amenity of nearby residential uses through good design, extensive landscaping and noise mitigation measures,” the planners stated.

24-hour Medical Centre
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Whilst there are at least two medical centres nearby, such as the Stafford City Doctors and the Stafford Rd Medical Practice, there is no 24-hour medical centre in the area.

Council is still assessing the application and is awaiting the submission of the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) report, which should be ready by September 2021.