White Box takes the reins of historic WW2 site in Brisbane’s Inner South

Witton Barracks, a historic World War II site in Brisbane’s inner south, will open its doors after 13 years, reimagined as a community and social enterprise hub.

The new vision for the site is being brought to life by White Box Enterprises, a non-profit organisation passionate about strengthening communities through social enterprise and job creation.  

“We’re incredibly excited about bringing Witton Barracks back to life. Our main goal is to make this a lively space that celebrates community, creativity and connection, while recognising its historical significance,” said Luke Terry, CEO of White Box Enterprises.  

The refurbished site has a variety of spaces for hire including, historic WWII cells restored into intimate office and creative spaces, co-working spaces, and larger spaces for community and corporate events such as weddings, birthday celebrations and memorial services, with concession cardholder rates starting from $15.

“We want to ensure Witton Barracks is accessible to everyone, our rates reflect this. We welcome concession cardholders, not-for-profits, social enterprises, artists and all local community members to utilise these great new spaces for your events and gatherings.”

Beyond venue hire and activation, White Box also plans to release a program of events throughout the year in partnership with Brisbane City Council that includes events from movie nights and carols to market days, social enterprise pop-ups and art installations.

“As a southside resident, I know how valuable a space like this will be. We want to put Indooroopilly on the map for more than a major shopping centre,” Mr Terry said.

“Witton Barracks, we hope, will become a place where people from all walks of life can come together. A place that really embraces the essence of community.”

Social enterprise will underpin a lot of White Box’s decisions in the development of the site. The organisation has a goal to create 5,000 jobs for people experiencing disadvantage by 2030 through these businesses.

“While community connection is a key priority, social enterprise and job creation will be front of mind for us. We welcome any local social enterprises and community organisations to get in touch with us. We want to work with you.”

The history of the site will also be a focal point. Witton Barracks played a vital role in military intelligence during World War II. The three cell block buildings on the site are of significant historical interest as they are the only purpose-built World War II interrogation buildings for Prisoners of War in Australia.

White Box plans to work closely with the historical society and local First Nations communities to ensure the history of Witton Barracks, and the traditional owners of the land, are recognised and celebrated.  

Historic image of Indooroopilly Toll Bridge