Kedron’s Top Taste Bakery Site For Rezoning to Allow Residential Developments

Did you know that the former site of Top Taste Bakery in Kedron has been included in Brisbane’s Suburban Renewal Precincts initiative that aims to rezone former industrial or commercial sites for residential development?

Top Taste Bakery was one of Australia’s major food manufacturers for 50 years. In 2019, Newly Weds Foods acquired the company but then moved its main operations to Sydney. 

By May 2020, the Kedron factory was officially shut down and the property was put up for lease until it was identified as one of over 70 hectares of land across 14 suburbs in Brisbane that could become new residential precincts. 

Brisbane’s Suburban Renewal Precincts initiative was created to help address increasing demands for more housing. Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said in a statement that this initiative is a win-win for both the suburbs and the city as a whole.  

“They will help remove tired old commercial sites that no longer stack up and replace them with vibrant developments that deliver new housing, as well as employment and retail opportunities.

“By utilising land within our existing urban footprint like this we will also deliver an environmental dividend by helping keep existing low-density areas, bushland and greenspace preserved.

“In the same way we are helping to transform Teneriffe, Howard Smith Wharves and West Village in West End, Suburban Renewal Precincts will ensure suburbs throughout Brisbane get even better.”

After the identified sites have been rezoned, developers and investors will have to go the usual routes for development applications. Mr Schrinner also said that the initiative is still in its early stages but the idea is to offer more affordable housing. 

Here’s the first wave of Suburban Renewal Precincts:

Suburban Renewal PrecinctsLand Area
Hyde Rd, Yeronga12ha
Glenora St, Wynnum0.15ha
Bonemill Rd, Runcorn16.3ha
Mina Pde, Alderley6.4ha
35 Hamilton Rd, Moorooka1.15ha
123 Muriel Ave, Moorooka3.2ha
Gladys St, Stones Corner0.32ha
McIlwraith Ave, Norman Park0.09ha
(either side of Gympie Rd including the Top Taste factory)
Fairlawn St, Nathan6.9ha
Sandgate Rd, Nundah1.3ha
Burke St, Dutton Park1.6ha
Newmarket Rd, Wilston8.2ha
Newnham Rd, Wishart2.6ha

“This is just the beginning,” Mr Schrinner said. “This is stage one of identifying potential precincts across the city. There will be more that will come online, no doubt.”

Top Taste Bakery to Close Kedron Factory After 50 Years

A major transition is taking place at Top Taste Bakery. After 50 years of operation, its factory on Gympie Road in Kedron will cease operation by May 2020. 

Former Top Taste Bakery owner George Weston Foods (GWF) sold the business to the global company Newly Weds Foods in the first week of December 2019. The new owners, headed by CEO Calvin Boyle, plan to focus operations at the Newly Weds facility in Wetherill Park, Sydney. 

Whilst 120 workers at the Kedron factory will lose their jobs, some staff will be absorbed by its Sydney site. According to reports, the company has hundreds of employees across its business sites in Queensland but transitioning will be prioritised for workers in Kedron. 

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In acquiring Top Taste Bakery, Mr Boyle said that there are plans to expand its bakery line with foods developed and created by the Kedron factory all these years. 

Mr Boyle hopes that the transition will be fully completed by July or early August. 

It’s still unclear what will become of the Kedron factory’s 3.63-hectare site. Per GWF, its parent company, Associated British Foods, has the say over the property.