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Newsletter #14

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ROWING QLD’S PROPOSAL FOR SIMPSON’S PARK…….NO PARK!

Come and have a say at our AGM on 15th Oct
WTSAG recently received this letter from Councillor Nicole Johnston who is seeking community views on Rowing Qld’s proposal for Simpson Park. The concept plan can be seen above.

 

I was recently advised that a proposal for a major rowing facility on the banks of the Brisbane River at Graceville is being developed by Rowing Queensland. I was presented with a concept plan and advised the group would be seeking a lease from Council before Christmas.
I am not aware that Queensland Rowing has undertaken any public consultation about he proposed facility. I am interested in your views on the proposed facility, whether you are in favour or not and any issues you feel I should consider.
I am concerned about the loss of parkland, including a children’s playground, trees, an existing pedestrian pathway and beautiful open space at Simpson’s Park if the proposal goes ahead in its current form.
I also feel that a facility of this size would also bring with it major traffic implications for Graceville Avenue and Tennyson Memorial Drive and noise issues in the early morning for local residents.
While I support water sports on the river and creek, the development of major sporting facilities needed to be done in consultation with the local community and be appropriately designed to minimise their impact on the environment and residential areas.
A copy of the proposed rowing facility is on display in my office or if you email me at Tennyson.ward@ecn.net.au we will forward you an electronic copy.
 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM for FY 2007/08 WTSAG will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15th October in St David’s Church Hall, Chelmer St East, Chelmer.
Councillor Johnston will be attending the AGM and there will be an opportunity to discuss Rowing Qld’s proposal. You will also hear about the Neighbourhood Planning process to date.
Elections will be held for office bearers. Please think seriously about becoming involved in the committee. AGM papers can be found at end of this newsletter.
The precursor to WTSAG was instrumental in obtaining one of the first Local Plans under City Plan for this area. A residents’ group, the Taylor Bridge Residents Association Inc, was formed in 1994 to oppose the demolition of “Judge Blyth’s” house on the corner of Chelmer St West and Laurel Ave. They were successful in preventing the loss of this important house. This provided the catalyst for the development of a Local Plan to protect this character area. Unfortunately the Plan had mixed success. Being one of the early plans, it had no specific codes to give some teeth to statements about protecting “timber and tin”. Since its formation in 2002, WTSAG has worked on your behalf to strengthen the Local Plan and has been involved in the Neighbourhood Planning process since the inception of the concept by the Newman team.
The Neighbourhood Plan for this area is very important and continued community involvement is needed to ensure that the Plan is adopted and complied with. Consider becoming involved.
 

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING NEWS

A series of community workshops were held over the last year where residents talked to Council about our area. These workshop was supported by community interest groups including Walter Tayor South Action Group, Chelmer Oxley Historical Group, local sports clubs, and bushcare groups who discussed their vision for the area with residents.
Urban Design workshop (Dec 2007) gave residents the chance to say how they would like to see the area grow in the future, particularly looking at the local business centres including Sherwood, Corinda, Graceville Fiveways & Honour Avenue.
Heritage and Character Housing workshop (April 2008) recorded where the best examples of character housing were in the area and some of the ways these could be better protected,and identified areas that might allow for new development.
Parks, Open Space & Community Facilities workshop (also in April 2008) discussed local parks, including park facilities, opportunities for Neighbourhood Shadeways, and the need for local sporting and community facilities for residents.
Getting Around workshop (May 2008) looked at “getting around” the Sherwood/Graceville District. Issues included pedestrian and cycle networks, public transport and vehicle movement.
Full details of these workshops can be found at:
http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/BCC:BASE:393070276:pc=PC_3196
The community consultation phase is completed and the first draft of the Plan is being sent to the State Government for comment. It is envisaged that a draft Plan will be released for public comment early in 2009.
 
12 WYLIE ST - DEMOLITION OF A PRE –1946 HOUSE IN A DEMOLITION CONTROL PRECINCT.
Graceville residents may have noticed that a house and virtually all of the trees on the block on the eastern side of the bowling club have disappeared recently. The house was a pre-1946 house located in a Demolition Control Precinct. A number of objections from residents were received by Council, but permission was given for the house to be demolished. Have precedents been set?
The reasons put forward by East Coast Building Design on behalf of the owners to allow the demolition are of concern. One of the submissions received by the Council against approving the application notes a major concern.
“There is no dispute by the applicant that the original house was erected prior to 1946. The argument submitted however is that alterations/additions that have occurred since that date now render the house and land exempt from DCP and therefore subject to demolition and removal. …. I suggest Council would need to consider carefully the precedent it would set if this application were to be approved. Would the use of non original widow frames or the enclosure of a verandah be sufficient to exclude the house from original purpose of the DCP? Do modifications to the side, rear or internally similarly provide the exclusion?”[See Public Scrutiny File]
Another concern is the selective information provided about the setting of this pre-1946 house. The applicant appears to argue that the streetscape is already degraded. The photographs of the site provided by East Coast Building Design were selective and drew attention to the new shops on the corner and a nearby post war tile roof house circa 1960s with the comment that “This house resides to the left of the house we seek to remove, and contains no character element…” They also said: “Note that renovation is occurring elsewhere in this street, with a focus on modern interpretation of the queensland style rather than the creation of replicas.” [Editor Note: There is no renovation occurring elsewhere in this street other than a house that was raised and an additional veranda added some time ago] The impression given by the applicant was that there were few original houses left in the street. As another submission to the Council noted: “There are numerous old Queenslander style houses in Wylie St." We recommend an inspection of the street to view the other period houses”.
It would be unfortunate if our old Queenslanders continue to be removed in this manner and for similar reasons.
Please note that all information above is available to the general public on the Development Application Public Scrutiny file held by the Council and available on the Council web site. The application number is A002051163. Go to http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/ and follow the links

 

CONTACT DETAILS:

Walter Taylor South Action Group Inc Postal Address
PO Box 2157, Graceville 4075
Andrew Spalding, President (3379 7191) spalding@eis.net.au
Leigh Park, Secretary (0410 417 590 ) lhpark@powerup.com.au
 
Editor: Leigh Park
WALTER TAYLOR SOUTH ACTION GROUP INC
NOTIFICATION OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
 
Date: Wednesday 15th October 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 ( including Rowing Qld proposal)

 

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 may be lodged with the Secretary before the AGM. However nominations will be accepted on the night. All members are eligible to vote and if unable to attend, may give their proxy vote to a fellow member.
 

 
WATER TAYLOR SOUTH ACTION GROUP INC
 
RENEWAL OF ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FOR MEMBERSHIP FY 2008/09
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 2008 to 30 June 2009.
[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.
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 15th October 2008 and any adjournment of the meeting.
 
 
Signature
Date:
 
 

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