Ban the development of a Muslim community in Durack

Principal Petitioner Ruby Paerau, Parkinson
Date Closed Mon, 27 Nov 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 25 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Council the development of the Muslim community in durack. This will not only cause problems for the residents and nearby communities but it will segregate religious views and backgrounds but also those of a non Muslim background. We as Australians as well as non australians who are living by the Australian laws and regulations don't feel that this is fair that muslims can have their own village built because of their beliefs. What about other foreign backgrounds? We don't ask for much except to live in peace and be grateful of the Australian way of life.

 Your petitioners therefore request as many signatures to oppose this development and for action to be taken by our council members.

Council response

Thank you for your petition objecting to the development at 724 Blunder Road, Durack (application reference A004061627).

Your petition was considered by Council at the meeting of 13 February 2018 and Council can respond to you as follows.

Council records indicate that the development application on behalf of the Australian International Islamic College was received by Council on 12 February 2015, for Preliminary Approval under section 242 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA), to vary the effect of Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan) – Material change of use – Education purposes (educational establishment, child care centre, community use, place of worship), Centre activities (health care services, indoor sport and recreation, shop, office, food and drink outlet), Multiple dwelling (student accommodation), Multiple dwelling, Aged care accommodation, Short-term accommodation and a Development permit – Material change of use – Centre activities (food and drink outlet, health care services and shop).

The application was decided on 20 July 2017, after being assessed by Council’s Development Services, City Planning and Sustainability, against the requirements of City Plan and in accordance with the provisions of SPA.

After taking all matters into account including the issues raised by submitters, Council’s delegate concluded that the application in its entirety did not comply with the relevant assessment criteria within City Plan, and decided to part approve and part refuse the development application.

The aspects of the proposal which are approved include the following.
- Development permit – Material change of use – Centre activities (food and drink outlet, health care services and shop) having a maximum of 1,364 m2 of gross floor area
- Preliminary approval under section 242 of SPA to vary the effect of City Plan – Material change of use – Education purposes (educational establishment, child care centre, community use, place of worship), Centre activities (health care services, indoor sport and recreation, shop, office, food and drink outlet) and Multiple dwelling (student accommodation).

The aspects of the proposal which are refused include the following.
- Development permit – Material Change of use – Centre activities (food and drink outlet, health care services and shop) where exceeding the approved gross floor area of 1,364 m2
- Preliminary approval under section 242 of SPA to vary the effect of City Plan – Material change of use – Centre activities (short-term accommodation), Multiple dwelling and Aged care accommodation.

On 17 August 2017, the applicant appealed Council’s decision to refuse part of the application in the Planning and Environment Court (P&E Court) (reference 3083/17). While this appeal is still under consideration, it is inappropriate to comment on specific issues relating to the proposal or pre-empt the outcome of the court process other than to say the decision as to whether the proposal will ultimately proceed now rests with the court.

You may wish to view the development approval package, including the plans and conditions online at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/pdonline by searching the application reference number A004061627. Alternatively, a copy of the appeal documents can be viewed on the P&E Court website by visiting http://apps.courts.qld.gov.au/esearching/ using the file number 3083/17.