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Alan Fletcher Research Station - UP FOR TENDER!!!

Does anyone know whether the Alan Fletcher Research Station is up for tender?  Word is it is in the pipeline. 

 

This is now confirmed as proceeding as per Quest Newspaper article, copy below despite objections by the LNP state member Scott Emerson and the then Brisbane City Council headed by Campbell Newman via the Sherwood-Graceville Neighbourhood Plan.

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No news on sale yet

Scott asked me to thank you for your email re the above issue.
Scott has heard of no further updates on government plans re the Alan Fletcher Research Station site.
Please don't hesitate to contact our office if we can help you further.
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Honor

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Alan Fletcher Research Station up for sale by the State Govt

It is disappointing to the local community to find out that the Alan Fletcher Research Station on Magazine Street, Sherwood is up for sale by the Qld State Govt.  Many discussions with our state and council representatives (Scott Emmerson and Nicole Johnston) since the closure of the station have made the communities wishes for this area extremely clear.  With the new State Government immediately putting the site up for sale within months of taking office and with no community consultation we can see yet again a battle ahead.
The initial wishes of the community was to turn the site into an open green space which would be attached to the Sherwood Arboretum, however this now seems unlikely.  Yet again a short term view for the sake of extra monies for both the Qld Govt and the BCC.  The concerns to the local residents about possible development of the site include the increase of motor vehicles in Ferry, Magazine and Hazelmere Streets, Ferry and Magazine being laneways and the increase of traffic, Magazine and Ferry Street being advertised BCC walkways to the Sherwood Arboretum.   The overall affect on the Sherwood Arboretum and what the BCC will allow knowing their current deficit and desperate claw for money, will we end up with a load of 405sqm blocks?
The local community has made its wishes clear over many years,  will we again have to fight for a common sense result like Long Pocket, Indooroopilly or will everything be snuck through like Montrose. 

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Newman Government moves ahead with Sherwood land sale

As reported in the Quest newspaper, Westside News on 5th June. Report by Jonathon Howard.

Scott Emerson joins protesters at the Alan Fletcher Research Station in 2009. Source: Quest Newspapers
 
State Member for Indooroopilly Scott Emerson has indicated his support for the Newman Government's planned sale of the Alan Fletcher Research Station, despite previously campaigning for it to be reserved as green space.
 
The State Government is moving ahead with plans, originally made by the Bligh Government, to sell the 6ha parcel of riverfront land in Sherwood, which Mr Emerson said was necessitated by the Government's economic position.
 
"I am concerned to learn that the previous Labor government had already spent the anticipated funds from a sale of the Alan Fletcher Research Station despite not letting the local community know it would be sold," he said.
 
"I will be encouraging the Brisbane City Council to ensure that proper consultation with local residents is undertaken before the site is further developed and to maintain open green space near the river with appropriate public access."
 
In his maiden speech to Parliament in 2009, Mr Emerson called for the land to be protected, saying: "This land is owned by taxpayers ... it should not be sold off for quick funds. No one is making extra land once it's lost, it's lost forever.
 
"This is an opportunity which must not be lost. Losing this land is a price too great to pay."
 
Brisbane City Councillor Nicole Johnston (Tennyson ward) said Mr Emerson had been a vocal supporter of protecting the site.
 
Vote online in the Quest Newspaper's poll : Do you think the State Government is right in selling the 6ha block of Sherwood land previously used as the Alan Fletcher Research Station?

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Alan Fletcher Research Station - NOW UP FOR TENDER!

Alan Fletcher Research Station up for tender.
See Savills website;
http://commercialpropertysearch.savills.com.au
They can subdivide the block into 450 square metre lots and furthermore if required the block can, as I understand it, be cleared before the sale (described as a 'vacant possession basis').

 

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Alan Fletcher - Impact on Ferry, Joseph and Magazine Street

It  seems ridiculous that minimum block size can be 450 square metre lots. The Streets surrounding Alan Fletcher could not accomodate the traffic if that was the case. Ferry street is a bottle neck as it is with residents parking on both sides of the street, I had to leave my car one day and walk my daughter to the top of Ferry Street to be collected by another parent on the way to school because I could not fit through the cars parked on both sides of the street due to an Arboretum event. They couldn't possibly have an entry to this " estate of sorts" from Magazine Street either, it just isn't wide enough.
For starters I think a petition to increase the lot size to a minimum of 600 square metres would be a good start.
 
 
 
 
 

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Press Release - State Sells Alan Fletcher Research Station

The Newman State Government has erected for sale signs on the 6.3 hectare Alan Fletcher Research Station site in Magazine Street Sherwood.
 
Councillor Johnston said she was disappointed that local member and minister, Scott Emerson, campaigned to preserve the site in Opposition but now in Government supports the sale.
 
“Sadly the State Government’s marketing materials are pushing small lot residential development on this significant site. They have simply given a green light to developers and will no doubt sell out to the highest bidder,” Councillor Johnston said.
 
“Nowhere in the online marketing materials does the State Government even mention the parkland and community use requirements.”
 
Councillor Johnston said the community had fought hard to prevent inappropriate development on the site through the Sherwood Graceville Neighbourhood Plan.
 
“Council introduced some development controls but ignored the almost 200 hundred submissions from residents who wanted the land zoned as parkland and for community use.”
 
The Neighbourhood Plan does require:

  • an approved masterplan for the site;
  • allows small lot 450sqm blocks;
  • public parkland along the riverfront including;
  • a landscaped buffer zone to the parkland and street frontages;
    bicycle links.

 
Any future development will be required to go through Council’s development assessment process.
 
Councillor Johnston said together with local community groups and residents she would fight hard to ensure that any future development on the site strictly met local and city planning requirements.
 
For sale details are located on the Savills website here
 
For further information please call Nicole Johnston 34038605 or 0407039198

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Development of Alan Fletcher Research Station

What a joke!  How many dwellings are they now going to cram onto this priceless site?  450 sq m blocks?  Urban nightmare?  Who would want to live there?  (many I fear - but not our usual "locals").  The community has spoken - we want this preserved as parkland.  What a surprise that the Qld Gov (and BCC complicit???) is taking the short term $$ over resident's wishes.  (once again ...).  As if we don't already have traffic problems - narrow streets in the immediate vicinity, but also the WT bridge bottleneck, not to mention the Corinda debacle (two lanes into one lane into two lanes etc etc).
WTSAG - is there anything that can be done?  A community protest?  Or is it a fait accompli?
Disgusted ... but not for the first time... Our Brisbane is slipping away ... LNP developers rejoice (and prosper).  We may as well live in Sydney ... ugh.  Goodbye Sherwood, hello high density / low community.
 
 
 

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Photo Shoot for Local Newspaper Thursday 6th Sept, 3.00pm

Hi everyone,
We have a reporter taking photos at 3.00pm outside the Alan Fletcher Research Station on Thursday the 6th Sept (Nicole Johnstone our local member will also be attending), at 3.00pm.  Everyone is welcome, if you are concerned that there may be 26+ hectares of 405 sqm housing lots and over 200+ cars on your walking route to the arboretum and many many more reasons, please turn up and show community support with the community group fighting this sale.  Our group of residents is attempting to have the area turned into green space. 
Watch this space for more community information.
Thanks everyone, and hope to see you there, otherwise watch this space for things you can do from your armchair (if you are a busy person) so you can still participate.
Heather

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Probably powerless ...

Hi Heather and all,
Good luck with the photo shoot at the Alan Fletcher Research Station (formerly - now a development site).  Due to work commitments I cannot join in but will be with you all in spirit.  Unfortunately I suspect that it will change nothing - the current state government is hell bent on raising revenue to fund pollies and exec wages (yes, I am a political cynic) and will grab what it can.  Unfortunately this is a prime piece of real estate - which shoud OF COURSE be preserved for the public and joined on to the Arboretem parklands.  What is the bet though that the gov will earn PEANUTS on this and the developers will become RICH RICH RICH.  And the locals will despair.  Seen it all before.  Gov asset sales - we all lose forever.  That's right Cam- sell the farm, stuff the community.
Local traffic chaos here we come Sherwood....Enough of that - hope the locals turn out in droves tomorrow!!
 

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Thanks Corinda Resident

I agree, its hard to make a difference in todays world, but I am one of many of our community citizens believe that if we speak up we may be able to change the future.  I have always told my children who have grown up in this area and are now adults that "Democracy" is not just a word but an "Action" and that we must always stand up for it, it has been earn't the hard way by many of our parents and grandparents and by doing nothing we shame the memories of their sacrifice and hard work.  I thank you for your comments, thoughts and best wishes,  watch this space for anything you may feel that you can participate in in the future. 
With regards
Heather Knyn
PS:  Email your friends who may be able to come tomorrow, if thats the only time they have available it will be well spent.

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Go community

Hi again,
I fully support any community action against this development and once again wish you well.  My family and I have been there - against the Sherwood bus depot,  5 storeys (+?) in Corinda, Sherwood and Graceville,  even 3 story on back streets of Corinda, the Oxley road debacle at Corinda,  the ambulance station at Graceville (traffic nightmare..), inappropriate developement in residential areas, failure to respect heritage areas, lack of planning for the traffic bottlenecks of the Walter Taylor Bridge, destrution of our local trees and other vegetation, disrespect of "streetscape" values, invasion of privacy, the list goes on.  Not to mention the continuing loss of "public areas" = access to the river, parkland, etc.  And yes, I was in favour of a bridge to the Oxley common from Corinda parkland - it offers a fantastic walking trail for locals, in particular the "ageing" (it is flat and a very pleasant, RURAL walk).  It was overturned because it was not a suitable bike path - I understand that one one level - but after a certain age we no longer ride bikes.  We walk, for as long as we can... (thinking of my parents).  That parkland could be much better used ... if you didn't have to drive in ...
It is sad how we are destroying our lovely neighborhoods - never to be regained.  What will the next generation of kids do without a backard?  Urban slum of the future.  BUT  - development is apparently good for Brisbane ... or for a segment of the population. 
I have nothing against high density living - great, close to the city, for the young or those who enjoy that lifestyle.  But in Corinda, Sherwood, Graceville?  that is throwing away the baby with the bathwater.  (ie plain stupid).  What is destroyed will never be regained.
I will watch the local papers for coverage of your photo shoot and anything that follows.
 
 
 
 
 

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Alan Fletcher Research Tender Memorandum Brochure by Savills

Hi all
 
They have proposed 3 x 30 -Three Storey apartment lots via Magazine St - Thats 90 Apartments - 180 Cars Entering through Magazine Street. 30 x 4 Bedroom 2 Storey Houses and a 350sqm Community Centre utilising Ferry Street. These streets will choke!
Paste link into your browser then select Property Search and enter 4075 Postcode. (Webmaster note - now downloadable from our website - click here)
You should see Alan Fletcher Research Site - Select View Details then click on Memorandum Brochure on the right hand side. I cannot get a direct link to the brochure unfortunately.
http://commercialpropertysearch.savills.com.au
 
If you are on Facebook, a Alan Fletcher Action Group Page is now active. Please like and Share with your friends.

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Magazine St Sale Brochure download from WTSAG
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Over Development

You have got to be joking.  30 houses plus 3 X 30 units.  I love how one of the marketing points is Sherwood's rich pedigree.  And the Development Potential "the site is located adjacent to low density areas"  - low density is a selling point, but they will then go for much higher density, to the complete and UTTER DETRIMENT OF EXISTING PROPERTY OWNERS.   I also love the "good access" via Ferry and Magaziine streets.  WHAT????  These streets are already congested, being the narrowest streets one can see in Sherwood (or anywhere?).  And easy access to Indooroopilly and UQ?  Ever tried to cross the Walter Taylor Bridge at peak hour???  It will just get so much worse. 
I totally fail to see why the Brisbane River Corridor should be compromised just based on prior use from decades ago.  What rubbish.  And tell me - did this site flood in 2011?  (was any of it not underwater?).
This site should be preserved as PARKLAND.
Scott Emerson you should be ashamed.
WTSAG - I hope that you are planning a campaign against this inappropriate development.  I will support your efforts. 
 

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Over Development

To answer Corinda Resident yes the site was flooded in 2011 and in 1974 (and in the other 8 floods back to 1841). The flood in 2011 went up Ferry Street to about half way across Joseph Street which covered the riverfront half of the site. But in 1974 the flood was about 2 metres higher here so about 2/3rds of the site was flooded. Why is the State Government advocating high density housing and units on flood prone land again? Will the residents  of Brisbane have to buyout the developers after the next flood as in Tennyson Reach?
THIS LAND SHOULD BE PARKLAND.
Can someone enlighten me as to what the 'Community Centre' on Ferry Street as shown in the advertising might be? That will add another how many cars to Ferry Street?
Ferry, Magazine and Oman streets were not designed to take large volumes of traffic they were originally built as laneways to service the very few houses on the river side of Berry street  in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The number of cars that 120 extra households and the community centre as suggested will spill into those 3 laneways and the streets they feed into namely Berry Street and Hazelmere Parade makes me shake my head in horror and disbelief. This is town planning negligence.
 

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Alan Fletcher Action Group Rally Sunday Sept 16 - Ferry Street

 
For those us who can make it to our Community Rally Sunday the 16th at 11.00am Cnr Joseph & Ferry Street.  The rally has been organized by the Alan Fletcher Action Group.  The main purpose of this rally is to show potential developers that our community is proactive in determining the future of our suburb and will never allow carte-blanche decisions to be made on our behalf.  We are hoping to have some guest speakers from other suburbs who have been through the same process and succeeded, we can if we all stand up together.  Please go to FACEBOOK and be a friend of ALAN FLETCHER ACTION GROUP.
 

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Alan Fletcher Draft Sale Contract Documents
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Development Application for the Alan Fletcher Research Station

The development application can be view using the following link:

http://pdonline.brisbane.qld.gov.au/MasterView/modules/documentmaster/vi....

- 26 lots squeezed onto the site
- Ignores any EPAs on all trees along Magazine Street boundary
- New road connecting Ferry and Magazine Streets
- Poor access to parkland along Brisbane River
- Awkward shaped lots
- Large area to be 'cut and filled'

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