I am writing to update on recent news reports regarding the Metro South Institute of TAFE (Chelmer Campus) located at the corner of Glenwood St and Oxley Rd, Chelmer.
As you may be aware, the site has been vacant since the January flood.
I was recently briefed by representatives from the Department of Education and Training that the State Government planned to dispose of the site. Their intention was to offer it to Brisbane City Council, prior to offering the site for sale on the open market. Last week, I was advised that Council officers had rejected the site during initial discussions with State Government representatives.
I am at a loss to understand why Brisbane City Council would not be interested in acquiring the land. As a result, I have written to the Chief Executive Officer of Council asking him to reconsider the decision and take immediate steps to acquire and protect the site.
I was also advised that the State Government was planning to undertake approximately $250,000 in drainage works to the gully at the rear of the property. This is essential funding to correct what has been a neglected drainage problem by the TAFE and State Government over many years.
Your support in ensuring this land stays in public hands and is preserved and protected from development is critical. Action is required from both the State Government and Council to achieve a successful outcome for local residents.
This site is flood prone, has major drainage problems and, in my view, should not be developed under any circumstances. Overleaf, I have attached a copy of my public comments regarding the situation.
I know many residents are still in the process of rebuilding after the floods, but should you have time in the next few weeks, please email the Premier and Lord Mayor to indicate your support for the site to be protected from development and remain as public land for community use and parkland.
Feel free to copy me into any email you may send at firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you require any help or advice about what to say or require details to write a letter please call my office on 3403 8605.
Best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas.
Councillor for Tennyson