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Newsletter #13

Submitted by webmaster on Thu, 31/01/2008 - 11:00pm

Why the gap in newsletters?

You have heard the saying “No news is good news”. This newsletter is a case in point. It has been some time since there has been a need for a newsletter. The intense activity in the group’s early years has subsided. Much of this activity centred around publicising potentially inappropriate developments at the request of concerned local residents. Many of the developments of concern were small lot development – the selling off of back yards and the slice and slide that was occurring because of the fact that so many of our beautiful old Queenslanders were built across two lots. One would like to think that the changes to the Small Lot Code had some effect, but it may well be that local developers have exhausted many of the “opportunities” and moved on. We will see. WTSAG has been able to spend less time on fighting bushfires and more time on constructive input into the Small Lot Code review, the Integrated Planning Act review, the Brisbane CityShape 2026 exercise and the Neighbourhood Planning process that commences late 2007. These activities will hopefully contribute to the enhancement of our suburbs.

 

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The delayed AGM for FY 2006/07 WTSAG will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 27th February in St David’s Church Hall, Chelmer St East, Chelmer.
 
You will be able to hear about the Neighbourhood Planning process and also to speak with Councillor Jane Prentice for the last time. Her ward boundaries have changed and Walter Taylor ward no longer includes any suburbs south of the Brisbane River. Elections will be held for office bearers. Please think seriously about becoming involved in the committee. AGM papers are enclosed.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING news

Neighbourhood Planning has come to Sherwood/Graceville District at long last. Some important issues identified are protecting character housing, suitability of new developments, and updating the existing Walter Taylor South local plan.
A full explanation and summary of progress to date can be found on the dedicated website. Click on http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/ then Residents then Neighbourhood Planning then Sherwood/Graceville District
The Sherwood/Graceville District Community Planning Team (CPT) have met twice: The team is made up of local residents who will work with Council’s town planners, urban designers and other specialists. The minutes of these two meetings are available for perusal on the Council website.

  • 18th September: The group was asked to participate in a visioning exercise –they were asked to describe what the area was like 20, 10 and 5 years ago, and then to envision what the area will be like in 5, 10 and 20 years time.
  • 30th October: They discussed the major issues and future opportunities for the area with specialists from Council divisions. Topics included transport, environment, heritage and urban design.

An Urban Design Workshop was also held on Thursday 6th December at the Sherwood RSL. You would have seen the advertisements for this event in the local press and hopefully many of you took the opportunity to turn up and discuss your views with the town planners.
 
As part of the Neighbourhood Planning process a Neighbourhood Enhancement Plan (NEP) is also being developed. This involves projects scoped to be completed within 12 months to address specific projects that can quickly benefit the area.
 
Join the online Neighbourhood Planning forum: Note that there is a forum that you can join. This forum is a space to talk about what should be protected, changed or improved in our neighbourhood. You can even attach pictures and create your own topics. Please take the time to make some comments. This really is a chance to have a say in what happens in your area.

WTSAG TO HOST NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING WORKSHOP

Another opportunity to influence what happens in our area will occur shortly. The WTS Action Group is co-hosting one of the Neighbourhood Planning Workshops to be held on key issues for our area. The Heritage Workshop will be held on Thursday 27th March. Put this date in your diary. Details will be in the local press.
 

CITY PLAN REVIEW

The Council is also currently conducting the eight yearly review required under the state Integrated Planning Act. It is due in October 2008
 
The City Plan is Council’s planning scheme which manages growth & change in Brisbane. It describes how Brisbane will grow in the future, where certain types of land uses can be located & the development requirements for those uses. The Plan operates under the Integrated Planning Act (State legislation governing planning in Qld.
 
Leigh Park, secretary of the Walter Taylor South Action, is currently serving on the City Plan Review Reference Group. She was a member of the CityShape Reference Group and the Character Housing Reference Group. She would be pleased to hear any views you have on the current Cityplan that should be raised in this group.
 
Cityplan is NOW on line. Previously general public access was via hard copy in selected local libraries.
It can be accessed through the home page of the council website http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/.

city council election and changes to ward boundaries

Note that with the Council Elections coming up, the Council is in Caretaker Period from 3 February to 15 March 2008. . At the next Council election, changes to ward boundaries and names will come into effect. Note that our area of Walter Taylor South (Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood, Corinda and Tennyson) is no longer in the Walter Taylor ward but will be part of Tennyson and includes Yeronga, Fairfield and Annerley. You can see the details on the website
www.ecq.qld.gov.au/elections/bcc/review2007/Tennyson.html

 

Walter Taylor South Action Group Inc

NOTIFICATION OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
 
 
Date: Wednesday 27th February 2008
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. Neighbourhood Planning
  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 Wednesday 27th February 2008 and any adjournment of the meeting.
 
 
 
 
Signature
 
 
Date:
 
 
 
 

 
WATER TAYLOR SOUTH ACTION GROUP INC
 
RENEWAL OF ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FOR MEMBERSHIP FY 2007/08.
 
 
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 2007to 30 June 2008.
 
[Please post to The Secretary, Walter Taylor South Action Group Inc, PO Box 2157, Graceville 4075
A receipt will be issued.]
 
CONTACT DETAILS

Walter Taylor South Action Group

Our Postal Address

PO Box 2157, Graceville 4075
 
Editor: Leigh Park

 
 

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