An entire new suburb, large enough for 2,048 homes, the first stage of a city-sized settlement that will house 70,000 people, has been approved for Waraba (Caboolture West), just 12 minutes west of Morayfield.
The Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) has given the go-ahead for a 175-hectare Stockland development on Litherland Road, which will comprise a variety of block sizes over six distinct residential precincts.
This extensive new residential space is expected to house around 3,000 people, most of whom will commute to other centres for work, services and recreation. Shops and services in the new suburb will be neighbourhood-style outlets, not designed to duplicate nearby Caboolture or Morayfield town centres.
Commuters living in Waraba can look forward to using the proposed Bruce Highway Western Alternative (BHWA) that will eventually carve a path from Moodlu through Waraba and Narangba to a yet-to-be-determined junction point near Kallangur. The new four-lane highway, dubbed the Moreton Motorway, is a state government project and, according to Transport and Main Roads (TMR), is still in a planning process that will continue into 2024. TMR says the timeline for construction is yet to be determined and will depend on when government funding becomes available.
Until the BHWA is built, Waraba residents will need to drive through Morayfield or Caboolture to access the Bruce Highway, placing extra pressure on that crowded artery and the feeder roads in nearby suburbs.
The MBRC is moving to prepare the way now. The council approval for the new development includes an infrastructure agreement that will provide four lanes between Grant Road and Walkers Road and for land to be put aside for the eventual duplication of Caboolture River Road, which takes traffic to the new development. In addition, the council is building four lanes between Morayfield Road and Grant Road, beginning soon.
The recently approved suburb at Waraba will swell the population of Caboolture/Morayfield by around five per cent. In contrast, the entire Waraba suburb, covering 3,156 hectares, will double the current population of the Caboolture/Morayfield metropolis over 40 years.