16 December 2011
I write following the recent consultation process that Brisbane City Council undertook to garner local views on a proposed bikeway to connect Corinda to Rocklea.
Originally suggested by local residents, it was intended this bikeway would fill a vital missing link in the network, better connecting residents of Sherwood and Oxley to public transport and local businesses.
Unfortunately, your local Councillor has made it clear during the consultation process and in media reports that she does not support the proposed bikeway and in particular the route recommended by Council engineers. Further she believes Council is forcing a bikeway on the residents of Corinda. It is certainly not Council's intention to do so.
Your local Councillor has expressed suport for an alternative bikeway route which in the opinion of Council's experienced flood engineers will increase flooding for surrounding residents and cause greater environmental impact on Oxley Creek.
I will not accept any option for this bikeway which could potentially increase flooding for local residents.
As a result, and given the refusal of the local Councillor to engage in a meaningful way on this issue, the project will not proceed at this time.
I wish to thank those residents who took the time to provide their feedback on the project.
Councillor Julian Simmonds
Chairman for Public and Active Transport