12 Storey buildings approved for West End
On Tuesday18th September the LNP used their majority to approved 12 storey building heights in West End south of Davies Park and west of Montague Road. If you wish to read the debate in the Council Chamber click here.
On Saturday, 8th September, at short notice approximately 160 people rallied to show their objection to the proposed 12 storey height limit in West End. Expert town planners, community organisations and Ms Jackie Trad, member ofr South Brisbane addressed the rally. This was more people than the 120 submissions the LNP were using to justify the higher density
12 Storeys a "Minor Amendment" to Plan
Lord Mayor and Premier Newman have exchanged letters to "expedite" the process for raising the maximum building height from 7 to 12 storeys in the area of West End south of Davies Park, between Montague Road and the Brisbane River. They agreed to do so without undertaking community consultation as they determined it was a minor amendment.
Ms Jackie Trad, member of South Brisbane and I are holding a rally on Saturday 8th September at Davies Park so that residents can understand how this can happen without consultation and what they can do about it. So if this is important to you and to your West End, it would be great to see you.
Council will approved maximum height limits of 12 storeys
On Tuesday 18th September Council will approved maximum height limits of 12 storeys for sites of 1,000sq metre in the area of West End south of Davies Park between Montague Road and the River.
This is against the wishes of the majority of residents who made a submission to the Plan and have contacted The Gabba Ward Office.
The following actions were identified at a Rally in Davies Park for your information. There is a last minute petition that you might wish to sign and get back to The Gabba Ward office before COB Monday so I can present at the same Council meeting as the administration approves the 12 storey height limit.
West End Riverside Park Upgrade
On Tuesday 16 March, I moved a motion regarding the cut of funds for the upgrade of the West End Riverside Park with the intention of clarifying that the funds have been cut and the impact of this decision. Cr Peter Matic, Chairperson, Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee responded and provided no information. This was very disappointing. If you wish to read the debate click here
To view an updated version of the
Riverside Drive Tree Audit Saturday 24 July 2010
To view a copy of the Davies Park to Kurilpa Street tree audit, by Helen Wallace Click Here (PDF - 3Mb)*
To view a copy of the Forbes St to Kurilpa St tree audit, by Jason & Jo Weber Click Here (PDF - 13Mb)*
* Due to the large file size, this document may take a while to download.
Dr Lucy Cameron's speech to Council
Dr Lucny Cameron's speech on the South Brisbane Riverside Renewal Strategy, West End when she addressed the Councillor in the Council Chamber of Tuesday 24th November. She gave a very in sightful and personal account of what she thought of the proposals of the South brisbane Riversdie Renewal Strategy.
If you are interested in reading her speech and Cr Amanbda Cooper's reply click here
February Newsletter on South brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan
This newsletter was sent to everyone on my mailing list who lives in the West End Peninsula
Welcome to 2010. Already there are plenty of issues happening that you might be interested in hearing about. I am determined to keep this a positive newsletter in spite of the Lord Mayor pushing through the South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan. I attach my report on the Council meeting for your information and two recent press releases. I urge you to take the time to read my report as it contains new information. A big thank to the many people who responded to my last newsletter. I will email you directly.
The good news is the 40 kph speed limit for Boundary Street will be in place in three weeks or so. A survey of traders was conducted late last year and there was strong support for the lower speed limit. This is great news for improved safety of all road users, less car noise and vehicle emissions.
Please take care when parking. The parking inspectors are out with a vengeance. In the past, they would be seen infrequently in the residential streets. This is no longer the case and you can see them daily issuing parking tickets. The Lord Mayor is banking on $11.6 million revenue this financial year from parking fines and meter charges.
The parking meters roll out has begun and there are different rules for different parts of the City. Residents with parking meters outside their property can not park in the parking meters with a residential permit in West End. Yet in some streets in Kelvin Grove, residents are able to because of “resident permit exempt” signs. This is outrageous that there is one rule for north of the river and one for our area.
The charges have jumped 250% to $2.50 per hour. Some of the traps around the meters include:
the near parking station might be across the road but if you use it, you will get a fine. The parking station has to be on your side of the street
if the meter is not working you will still get a fine
If you have any problems, please let me know so that I can assist in any way that I can.
Davies Park Master Plan
This week, Council officers presented three options for the Davies Park Master Plan to the Community Reference Group. A newsletter with the options and a survey feedback form is to be distributed to all residents in West End on 22nd February so keep an eye out.
On Saturday 27th February, there will be a stall at the West End market with the options and then in the afternoon a public workshop for residents to fully explore what is proposed.
I shall be at these events and would welcome the chance to hear what you think
What’s on in The Gabba Ward
I attach for your information all of the events funded by Council that are held in venues in The Gabba Ward. Many are free and they are a great way to get to know new people in your suburb.
Saturday 13th February Twilight March and Free Barbeque Departing from St James College 201 Boundary St, Spring Hill at 5pm
Celebrate the Anniversary of The National Apology 2008 by joining Queensland’s Indigenous and non Indigenous community members on a walk from Boundary St, Spring Hill to Boundary St, West End which reflects on the historic fact that Aboriginal Australians were banned from the Brisbane CBD after dusk.
Free Barbecue & Music Kurilpa Park at Kurilpa Point at 7:00pm Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring wet weather protection in case of rain.
For Further information contact: Heather Castledine – 0400 703 706 /Rosalie Raciti – 07 3857 2373 email@example.com
Sunday 14th February
Official Launch of the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2010 program The Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra will officially launch its 2010 program, “Discover 2010” at Highgate Hill Park from 3:15 - 4:30pm. The official launch will be followed by a picnic in one of the Gabba Wards most scenic parks.
I am keen to put out a newsletter every fortnight with what is going on in the Ward. So if you have a function you wish to promote just let me know.
South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan
It is now time to have your say.
Council has released the South Brisbane Riverside Renewal Strategy.
The plan for your area has been reduced to one map showing maximum building heights for the different areas.
The max heights are 30 storeys around Peel Street, South Brisbane, 12 storeys along the River south of Davies Park and 15 STOREYS IN THE BOUNDARY/STREET PRECINCT.
These proposals need your comments. Let Council and I, as your elected representative, know what you think.
Council officers are holding information sessions
Outside Rumpus Room, Boundary St 11am to 1pm Thursday 27 August
Kurilpa Senior Citizens Hall, Boundary St 11am-2pm Saturday 29th August
West End market Shopping Centre, 5-7 pm 3rd September.
Come along and find out more information about the plan. I will be there to hear what you think.
To view the SBRNP August Newsletter Click Here
South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan
Saturday 28th March planning workshop
A resident attending the community planning workshop participating in the Riverside South Precinct discussion, he provided his personal documentation of the discussion which is available for your information and perusal by clicking Here
Planning day a success
On Saturday 28th March 75 people attended a planning workshop organised by Cr Helen Abrahams so they can continue to provide input into the South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan.
"Local residents requested further input into the planning process than commenting on the Vision Statement" said Cr Abrahams.
It was a successful day with plenty of lively discussion and great ideas coming forward.
There was plenty of disucussion and use of the Lego blocks
Click here for the feedback from the workshop
On 10th March, Lord Mayor Campbell Newman advised Council that the $3.9 million for additional water pipe into West End was for an additional 25,000 new residents to the area.
On 24th March, the Lord Mayor advised Council that the 25,000 people were not residents but workers, visitors to SouthBank and new residents. I provide for your interest The Lord Mayor’s comment and my response on 10th March and the transcript of the entire debate on the same issue on 24 March.
Cr Helen Abrahams response to 25,000 additional people for West End click Here
24 March 2009 debate on 25,000 additional people for West End
The speech by the Lord Mayor where he refers to 25,000 additional people for West End click Here
South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan
On Saturday 21 February 2009, Council officers held a stall at the West End Flea Markets, Davies Park to get comments from local residents of the South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan.
They received over two hundred comments and 46 people gave their address or email.
The comments are a direct contrast to the Lord Mayor’s announcement to Council on Tuesday 10th March 2009 that he is planning for 25,000 additional residents in West End.
I provide for your information notes recording comments from local residents.
These can be viewed by clicking Here
West End Riverside Master Plan consultation
Council has released the Draft West End Riverside Master Plan for consultation.
Two information sessions have been arranged for
Thursday, 4 June 2009
6.00 pm and 7.30 pm
South Leagues Club, Davies Park
Detailed plans of the improvements from Orleigh Park to Davies Park are attached for your convenience.
I am delighted that many of the recommendations of local workshop of Hill End residents have been incorporated into the Master Plan. I welcome your comments and criticisms of the Draft Plan.
Locals getting input into planning of Riverside Park closure
On Saturday 4th April, 25 residents from Forbes and Drury Streets, Hill End Terrace and Early Lane attended a workshop held by Cr Helen Abrahams in the Stocklwell's staff mess room to discuss future traffic movements in their streets when Riverside Drive is closed at Forbes Street, Hill End.
" I was amazing to see that the majority of tables came to much the same conclusions" said Cr Abrahams
“The residents propose that Forbes Street becomes one way towards the River and there was little support of any additional car parking, the angle parking along Hill End Terrace and Forbes Street was not supported." said Helen
Local residents looking at their proposals at the end of the day
To view a copy of the Summary of the Riverside Drive Closure Meeting Click Here