There are many properties available for investment. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said a decision by Labor’s new infrastructure minister Jackie Trad to take a Brisbane City Council plan to develop 25 hectares of riverside land at South Brisbane back to the drawing board would “impact on confidence in the construction industry”.
“(It will impact) the many thousands of new jobs expected from this plan but that’s a decision for the new Minister,” he said.
However Ms Trad, the South Brisbane MP who was once locked out of the Executive Building when she tried to present petitions opposing the draft plan, on Thursday said the plan had to start again.
Ms Trad has long opposed the way the Kurilpa Riverfront Renewal Plan – announced in August 2014 – was designed by developers and urban planners with limited consultation with the local community.
The location is one of Brisbane’s largest parcels of riverfront land and is being marketed to Australian and international property developers.
Calls to have an international design competition to attract a striking design for the land, which adjoins Queensland’s Cultural Precinct, have been ignored by Brisbane City Council.
“Labor wants to go back to the drawing board,” Ms Trad said on Thursday.
“Labor wants to engage in a meaningful consultation with locals and with the broader Brisbane community,” she said.
Ms Trad said there are several major tenants on the riverside land at South Brisbane, opposite Milton’s Suncorp Stadium, who would remain on the land for “years to come.”
The highlighted section is the primary area to be renovated.
“There is no rush, there is no urgency,” Ms Trad said.
“We can get this right and bring the city with us.”
However cement company Hanson has sold its 1.5 hectare property, while key landowner – dairy producer Palmalat – has also put their river’s edge property on the market.
Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.
Photo: Robert Shakespeare
Ms Trad said planning for the peninsula needs to be “carefully thought through.”
“What the former LNP government wanted to do – in partnership with the LNP Council – was to sell off that land and build 40, 50 storey towers on a parcel of land that floods 96 per cent of the time the Brisbane River breaks its banks.”
The South Brisbane riverfront development will be one issue discussed at the first meeting between new Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, which is now being finalised.
West End and South Brisbane residents welcomed the fresh start.
“This is an opportunity for the State department to release all of the documents produced for the draft master plan that the community called on in their petition last year,” said Dr Erin Evans, President of the West End Community Association.
“We also call on the BCC to do the same as a way of reinvigorating the process. There is a chasm between the promises to developers that the LNP State and Local governments have made in the draft plan and the ambitions of the community,” she said.
“The vision that the community has for the site is medium density and medium rise residential development with social infrastructure provision of the required parks and education.
“To date we have not even seen the BCC deliver on the 7 parks that were promised 4 years ago and we call on the BCC to immediately zone all 7 parks in the area.”
Cr Quirk rejected suggestions the local community was not involved in the planning.
“We conducted extensive consultation with the community last year,” Cr Quirk said.
“That followed on from conversations with residents during 2013 in the development of (Brisbane’s) Rivers Edge Strategy and City Centre Master Plan,” he said.
“And further consultation is planned this year with the release of the Kurilpa Master Plan for formal community engagement in mid-year.”
The West End Community Association said the local community was not involved until after the draft plan was put together and then required to put in submissions to a Brisbane City Council website.
Cr Quirk said the draft Kurilpa
Riverfront Renewal Master Plan proposed to double the public space in the area, add 11,000 new residents and deliver 8,000 new jobs after 20 years.
It plans a new cultural facility, a high-frequency public transport link – a new City Glider – an urban playground under the Merivale Bridge viaduct, a new river-based transport terminal, a world-class park and riverfront amphitheatre.
Riverside Drive – which runs along the river behind the West End Markets – will be expanded to make the existing parkland broader.