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High Rise on golf course

Mirvac has applied to build 285 high rise units on part of a private golf club currently zoned Sport and Recreation at Long Pocket, an undeveloped finger of land on the river set aside for parkland and sport and recreation under the City Plan. The development consists of eight apartment blocks of 4 to 6 storeys and two blocks of 3 to 4 storeys.

There has been a good deal of press coverage and the issues surrounding it are complex as the Long Pocket peninsula was originally resumed by Council for public parkland and was subsequently affected by a series of deals between Council and the private gold club that included swapping a parcel of land and the lease of another parcel for peppercorn rent. The local Indooroopilly residents are very distressed and have started a “No Condos” campaign as they are concerned about the effect on traffic and amenity of the area.
 
The key issue for all Brisbane residents is that this development application demonstrates that there is no certainty in the City Plan. Although certain areas are zoned as Sport and Recreation, under the Integrated Planning Act developers may apply for a Material Change of Use so that residential developments can occur. This happened on the site of the Chelmer Bowls Club and many feel it will happen in this case. It will result in a further loss of green space. Brisbane has set a desirable standard of 4 ha of parks for every 1000 residents. In the inner areas of Brisbane the ratio is around 2 ha per 1000 people.
The plans for this major development (application number 924 965) can be viewed on www.ourbrisbane.com/government
Long Pocket Concerned Residents Group can be contacted at nocondos@hotmail.com
[Andrew Spalding is a member of Indooroopilly Golf Club and has stood aside from all WTSAG discussions because of conflict of interest considerations.]

 


 
 
Report in Westside News on public meeting opposing the high rise residential units on Sport and Recreation land
 
In this Issue:
HIGH RISE UNITS ON GOLF COURSE
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING UPDATE
NOTIFICATION OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (papers at end)
Date: Thursday 27th October 2005
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: St Davis’s Hall, Chelmer St East
RENEWAL OF MEMBERSHIP FOR FY2005/06

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANnING

The Neighbourhood Planning initiative was introduced by Lord Mayor Campbell Newman as “a way that every resident can influence the kind of city we have in the future, to help decide how and where Brisbane will grow.”
NEIGHBOURHOOD WORKSHOP
Some of you may have participated in one of the neighbourhood workshops and fairs held earlier this year as part of the Neighbourhood Planning process.
A neighbourhood workshop was held at Sherwood State School on 7th May in conjunction with the school fete. If you would like to read the comments collected at this workshop, go to:
http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/bccwr/community/documents/np_sherwood_workshop.pdf
NEIGHBOURHOOD FAIR
Our local Neighbourhood Fair was held at Seventeen Mile Rocks on 10th July. It was one of a number of fairs conducted across Brisbane.
BCC reported that: “The five issues rated as critical for Council to focus on in local neighbourhoods are (in order of most popular):

  1. Protecting the natural environment and minimising air, water and noise pollution;
  2. Maintaining areas of bushland and open spaces to make sure there is sufficient habitat for native animals, space to play and green areas to break up developments;
  3. Building safe and friendly neighbourhoods with a strong sense of community;
  4. Ensuring new developments like town houses and small-lot houses look good and fit in with the surrounding environment; and
  5. Maintaining the distinct character of our neighbourhoods.”

The Council also noted that the South East Queensland Regional Plan, released by the State Government earlier this year, has indicated that Brisbane will need an extra 145,000 dwellings by 2026. Nearly 80% of this must be on infill or previously developed land. This must be taken into account in the Neighbourhood Planning process.
 
CITYSHAPE CONFERENCE
The Council's CityShape conference was held on 27 and 28 August at City Hall. Leigh Park, Secretary of WTSAG, was one of the 150 nominated residents to join Councillors, industry experts and community group members at the conference. A total of 300 people took part.
The conference delegates combined their personal experience and ideas with the results of previous consultation activities and expert advice to decide upon a list of growth principles. The Council will use these principles to develop a draft preferred CityShape for Brisbane.
A brief report back on the CityShape Conference will be given at the AGM on Thurs 27th October.
 
WHAT NEXT?
From October 2005 until June 2006, the Council will hold a series of neighbourhood workshops. At these workshops Council representatives will talk with residents about the future of their neighbourhoods and the city.
Councillor Jane Prentice will speak at the AGM on 27th October about our local community’s involvement in the next series of workshops to produce our Neighbourhood Plan.
Visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au\neighbourhoodplanning for a detailed description of the process and results.
 

Water Taylor BUILDINGS

Our ward and our bridge are named after Walter Taylor, an engineer with the Indooroopilly Toll Bridge Company. Most locals are aware that he built the Uniting Church; they may not be aware that he actually subsidised what members of the church raised pound for pound. He also built a number of houses in the area including Kimbar in Molonga Tce and Glenrae at the end of Bank Rd.
 
The row of heritage shops in Honour Avenue opposite the Graceville Railway Station was built in 1924. They were being considered as part of a multi unit development at the end of 2004. The building behind them, now a garage workshop, was built and used by Walter Taylor to store equipment and was where he made concrete blocks, the forerunner of besser blocks. These blocks were larger than besser blocks and the edge had a groove to place reinforcement to strengthen the product. His grandson Reverend Davis remembers assisting his grandfather, then in his late seventies, with the cement mixer in the workshop. A number of buildings were built locally with these cement bricks. Unfortunately, many have been demolished. The dry cleaning shop that stood on the corner of Honour Ave opposite the Graceville Station was demolished to make way for new shops. An old cottage on the corner of Fraser St & Long St West built of these bricks was also knocked down. For some reason it was not in the Demolition Control Zone. To twist an old saying “Those who do not know their history, are doomed to lose it”
 
His grandson, Reverend N W Davis was the source of this information. He is interested in any information about his grandfather that others might have. Material can be sent care of WTSAG PO Box 2157, Graceville 4075 or emailed to editor Leigh Park at lhpark@pwerup.com.au.

 

“DEVELOPERS” AND THE ATO

A recent Business Review Weekly article (June 2-8 2005) drew attention to a project by the Australian Taxation Office on a data matching project on property transactions which is expected to uncover “absolutely rampant” avoidance among individuals and small developers. Broadly speaking, owners who hold an investment property are subject to Capital Gains Tax on the sale. By contrast, owners who are in the business of developing or buying and selling property for profit are subject to income tax on their profits. Many people are hiding the fact that they are developers and falsely claim the profit on the sale of a property as a capital gain, not income, in order to get a considerable tax advantage.

CONTACT DETAILS

Walter Taylor South Action Group

Our Postal Address

PO Box 2157, Graceville 4075

Our Web Site

www.waltertaylorsouth.org.au
 
Editor: Leigh Park

Walter Taylor South Action Group Inc

NOTIFICATION OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Date: Thursday 27th October 2005
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: St David’s Hall, Chelmer St East, Chelmer
AGENDA

  1. President’s Report
  2. Treasurer’s Report
  3. Election of Management Committee members
  4. Report on Neighbourhood Planning Process
  5. General Business

 
Election of New Management Committee members
Under the current Rules of Association, members of the Management Committee must retire from office at each AGM, but are eligible, on nomination, for re-election.
 
Nominations are called for the following positions:
President Vice President Treasurer Secretary General Committee members
 
Nominations must be lodged with the Secretary at least 14 days before the AGM. All members are eligible to vote and if unable to attend, may give their proxy vote to a fellow member.
 
 
WALTER TAYLOR SOUTH ACTION GROUP INC.
NOMINATION FOR MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
 
I. …………………………………… , being a member of the association, wish to nominate
….…………………………………… for the position of ……………………………………
Signed
 
Date:
 
I. ……………………………………second the nomination.
 
Signed
 
Date:
 
WALTER TAYLOR SOUTH ACTION GROUP INC
PROXY FORM
 
I, ……………………………………. of ……………………, being a member of the association,
 
appoint …………………………………………………….. as my proxy to vote for me on my
 
behalf at the Annual General Meeting of the Walter Taylor South Action Group Incorporated,
 
to be held on Thursday 27th October 2005 and any adjournment of the meeting.
 
 
Signature
 
Date:
 
 

 
WATER TAYLOR SOUTH ACTION GROUP INC
 
RENEWAL OF ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FOR MEMBERSHIP FY 2005/06.
I wish to renew my membership of the WTSAG.
 
Name: …………………………………………
Address: No: …………..Street: ………………………………….
Suburb: ……………………………………..Postcode: ………….
 
Contact Phone No: ……………………………Email Address: ………………………………..
 
I enclose the sum of $20.00 being for the annual subscription for membership of the Walter Taylor South Action Group Inc. from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006.
 
[Please post to The Secretary, Walter Taylor South Action Group Inc, PO Box 2157, Graceville 4075. A receipt will be issued.]
 

Walter Taylor South Action Group Inc Membership

Walter Taylor South Action Group Inc is a permanent community organisation that grew out of a series of street meetings of residents of the area concerned with inappropriate development. (Walter Taylor South covers the area Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood and parts of Corinda and Tennyson.)
 
Walter Taylor South Action Group Inc is committed to:

  • Achieving an ongoing voice for residents in the development and review of their suburbs’ urban planning process:
  • Retaining the few remaining character and heritage precincts and suburbs in Brisbane for future generations:

 
 
WATER TAYLOR SOUTH ACTION GROUP INC
 
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP FY 2005/06.
I wish to apply for membership of the WTSAG.
 
Name: …………………………………………
Address: No: …………..Street: ………………………..
Suburb: …………………Postcode: ………….
Contact Phone No: …………………………… Email Address: ………………………………..
 
Signed:
 
Proposed by:
 
Seconded by:
 
I enclose the sum of $20.00 being for the annual subscription for membership of the Walter Taylor South Action Group Inc to 30 June 2006.
[Please post to the Secretary, Walter Taylor South Action Group Inc, PO Box 2157, Graceville 4075. A receipt will be issued.]
 
 

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