Compulsorily acquire the Broadway Hotel site for community facilities and a public park
|Principal Petitioner||Jonathan Sri, Woolloongabba|
|Closing Date||Fri, 19 Oct 2018|
|No. of signatures||318 signatures (View signatures)|
The State Heritage-listed Broadway Hotel has been allowed to fall into disrepair and recently caught fire yet again. Both Brisbane City Council and the State Government have failed in their responsibility to ensure the site is protected and properly maintained. If heritage-listed sites are allowed to be redeveloped as for-profit residential or commercial highrises, this gives other owners of historic buildings a financial incentive to burn down buildings or allow them to fall into disrepair. Unless the government steps in, residents are concerned that this site may remain abandoned for some time, or will be redeveloped on a for-profit basis in a manner that is unsympathetic to local needs, to the history of the site and to the character of the local area. Woolloongabba is experiencing rapid population growth and densification, but is under-served by public parkland and community facilities. To ensure residents and visitors can continue to enjoy a high quality of life, it is crucial to provide more community facilities including a community centre, bookable spaces for events and meetings, a live music venue and crisis support services.
Residents call on Brisbane City Council to rezone the Broadway Hotel site for open space and community facilities. We call on Brisbane City Council to compulsorily acquire the site for use as public green space and a community centre. If it is possible to preserve all or part of the hotel, this should be incorporated into the new community facility.