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Community Appalled at Sherwood-Graceville Neighbourhood Plan Outcome

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The Walter Taylor South Action Group is appalled at the outcome of the Sherwood-Graceville Neighbouhood Plan following extensive community consultation over the last 3 years which clearly rejected the concept of 5 storey development in Corinda and Graceville in favour of existing 3 storey rules.
The Walter Taylor South Action Group calls on our local state members Julie Attwood MP and Scott Emerson MP to utilise the State Governments powers to call in all community submissions collected by Council to examine how the intention of State Government planning laws have not achieving the required community consultation outcomes.
The Walter Taylor South Action Group asks residents to make contact with their local state members asking them to investigate their concerns. Contact details for your state members are Scott Emerson ( or phone 3878 1928 and Julie Attwood ( or phone 3279 5137
You may wish to also copy in your local councillors Nicole Johnston ( or phone 3403 8605 and Matthew Bourke ( or phone 3407 7000

Media Contact :
Allan Howard
Vice President Walter Taylor South Action Group
Phone: 0418 886 421


Thank you for your email about the Brisbane City Council Neighbourhood Plan for the Sherwood/Graceville District.
As the State Member for your area, I have maintained an active interest in the progress of the plan over the last three years attending numerous meetings and talking to people about their views and concerns.
I have consistently advised people to take part in the process and make a submission to the Council about the plan, particularly during the period when the plan was publicly notified earlier this year. I have also regularly pointed out that the Neighbourhood Planning process is a Brisbane City Council responsibility and that I would be making a submission in support of the concerns of local residents.
Since the community meeting in October I have had several discussions with the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, the Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe and have spoken to the Lord Mayor, Campbell Newman about residents' dissatisfaction about the prospect of five storey buildings in parts of Sherwood and Corinda.
Following my representations to the Lord Mayor, the plan was changed to reduce the area of Corinda in which five storey buildings will be allowed.
In exercising his role as the Minister responsible for approving the Council's Neighbourhood Plans, Minister Hinchliffe is required to focus on only those matters that are of State interest. In the case of this plan, the State's interests are mainly related to ensuring the plan is consistent with the intent of the South East Queensland Regional Plan and that the process prescribed by the State's planning legislation has been properly followed.
Quite a few people have heard about the Minister's decision to direct the Council to reduce the allowable building height in one of the precincts in the South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan and have asked if he could do the same in the case of the Sherwood/Graceville District Neighbourhood Plan.
The circumstances relating to each plan are quite different. The Minister decided to direct the change to the South Brisbane Riverside plan prior to it being publicly advertised because the Council had not sufficiently addressed the provision of supporting infrastructure in the surrounding area to justify an increase in dwelling density. The Minister's direction maintained the existing height limit of seven storeys until such justification is provided.
So, in the case of the South Brisbane Riverside plan, the Minister's reason for directing a change related to shortcomings in the Council's plan preparation process. By comparison, the Council's process for preparing the Sherwood/Graceville District Neighbourhood Plan has appropriately addressed the State interests, including the intent of the regional plan.
Last week the Brisbane City Council submitted the Sherwood/Graceville District Neighbourhood Plan to the State government for the final State interest check. In doing so, the Council is required to have considered every properly made submission to the draft plan and to provide a written notice to every submitter of the matters raised in the submissions. The notice should also state how these matters have been dealt with in the plan submitted for final State interest check. I have received a response to my detailed submission to Council. Please let me know if you made a submission but have not received a response from the Council.
I have requested Minister Hinchliffe to advise me how the concerns I have raised on behalf of local residents in relation to the Sherwood/Graceville District Neighbourhood Plan have been taken into account as part of his consideration of the plan.
Please be assured that I am doing everything in my power to address the concerns you have raised with me and to put them before Minister Hinchliffe.
Thank you for contacting me in relation to this important issue.
Julie Attwood MP / State Member for Mt Ommaney
Parlimentary Secretary to the Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs
Phone:  3279 5137  Fax: 3279 0645  Email:

Thank you for your email from WTSAG regarding the Sherwood-Graceville Neighbourhood Plan.


While neighbourhood plans are not debated or voted on in Parliament, the State Labor Government's Infrastructure and Planning Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, is required to approve or reject such plans.

I have spoken to the Minister on numerous occasions over the last year to provide him with feedback from the local community about the Sherwood-Graceville Neighbourhood Plan.

In this last week of sitting of Parliament, I will again discuss community feedback with the Minister, including your comments.

Scott Emerson MP
Member for Indooroopilly
1/49 Station Road Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Phone: (07) 3878 1928   Fax: (07) 3378 7072


Scott has asked me to contact you to advise that he spoke with Stirling Hinchliffe late yesterday afternoon and said that the Minister was aware of the concerns but he did not indicate if he was planning to take any action.

We will keep you informed of any developments.

Vicki Howard
Electorate Officer
Office of Scott Emerson MP
Member for Indooroopilly

Our Reference: MC10/462
22 Dec 2010
Councillor Nicole Johnston
Councillor for Tennyson Ward
Brisbane City Council
180 Fairfied Road
Fairfield QLD 4103
Dear Nicole,
Thank you for your letter of 23 November 2010 requesting my intervention with the Sherwood Graceville Neighbourhood Plan (the draft neighbourhood plan).
You are correct that on 3 August 2010, I decided to approve the public notification of the draft Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan, subject to a condition to limit building height in Precinct Area 7 (Riverside South).  I was able to intervene as it was considered tht Brisbane City Council (Council) could not adequately justify the proposal to significantly increase density in the subject area and that COuncil had not sufficiently planned for impacts on certain infrastructure capacity.  However, Council appears to have followed proper planning processes in relation to Sherwood Graceville Neighbourhood Plan.
I understand you have submitted a properly made submission to Council regarding the draft neighbourhood plan and I thank you for sending me a copy of your submission.  You and your constituents' concerns are duly noted.
Under section 14, schedule 1 of the repealed Integrated Planning Act 1997, Council must consider every properly made submission about the draft neighbourhood plan.  Council had an opportunity to amend the draft neighbourhood plan based on the merits of the submissions prior to submitting it to me, as the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, for consideration of State interests.
As you may be aware, the draft neighbourhood plan is undergoing a second State interest check.  Officers of the Department of Infrastructure and Planning are currently seeking input from various state agencies to determine whether State interests may be adversely affected by the adoption of the draft neighbourhood plan.  Therefore, at this stage, it is premature for me to comment on the possibibility of imposing conditions on the draft neighbourhood plan.
I trust this information is of assistance.  if you require any further information, please contact Mr Steven Schwartz, Manager, South East Region, Regional Services Division, Department of Infrastructure and Planning, on 3237 1723 who will be pleased to assist.
Yours sincerely
Stirling Hinchcliffe MP
Minister for Infrastructure and Planning