Councillor Johnston's media release 4 May 1010
We are a group concerned with protecting the streetscapes and promoting residential amenity in the South Western suburbs of Brisbane.
by Steven Wardill
COUNCILS fear the federal and state governments are plotting to strip them of their planning powers as part of an overhaul of responsibilities for major cities.
A leading urban expert recently hand-picked for Premier Anna Bligh's growth summit has proposed the establishment of "metropolitan commissions" to take control of cities.
A copy of the Sherwood Bus Depot Development Application has been delivered to office of Tennyson councillor Nicole Johnston. This hard copy is available for viewing in the office at 180 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, QLD 4103
You can also find the Development Application A002719206 on BCC's web site at http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/masterview/modules/applicationmaster/default.aspx?page=wrapper&key=A002719206
As reported on the ABC program "Jane Prentice is the Brisbane City Council's Chair of Economic Development and talks to Spencer about the changes.
The following article was published in the Courier Mail on February 10, 2010:
Lord Mayor Campbell Newman was last night accused of bullying a fellow councillor at Brisbane City Council's first meeting of the year.
Labor Leader Shayne Sutton said Cr Newman had intimidated Tennyson ward councillor Nicole Johnston during a division in proceedings.
During the opening debates of the Queensland parliament, both Julie Attwood MP (LP) and Scott Emerson (LNP) blamed poor planning at Council and State level for the impact the revised Graceville-Sherwood Neighbourhood Plan will have on existing residents. The speeches are attached for you to review.
Lord Mayor Campbell Newman has rejected State Government plans for duplex development across Brisbane, claiming it will 'double the number of houses, driveways and cars and halve the number of trees'.
And he was supported by two senior Labor Opposition Councillors who also 'expressed concern about the significant loss of character and greenspace' the State plan would cause.
The Lord Mayor today said Brisbane residents had a clear choice for how Brisbane should be developed over the next 20 years - suburban block splitting, or high density CBD living.
The following documentation has been obtained from Brisbane City Council regarding the now approved Sherwood Bus Depot. It also contains material related to plans for all bus depots.
This information was requested prior to the decision to proceed with the depot. Click "read more" below to see the table of information.
Leigh Park, secretary of the Walter Taylor South Action group recently participated in a radio interview discussing issues related to high density living in our cities.
"Planning for happy cities, when you're also jamming in millions more people, is politically tricky. Urban planners say they can make better communities with more people, but the NIMBYs don't believe it. Like it or not, high density apartment living is around the corner. Reporter Ian Townsend."