Petitions | Brisbane City Council

New Park for Bridge Street, Wooloowin

Principal Petitioner Anne Corser, Wooloowin
Date Closed Mon, 20 Aug 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 135 signatures

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The attention of Brisbane City Council (BCC) is drawn to the North Brisbane Bikeway Project Stages 2 and 3, being delivered by the Brisbane City Council in partnership with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR). Early works and site clearing for construction have now been completed, however, acceptance of the final detailed design is still to be granted by BCC. Pending this decision, petitioners request that, following bikeway completion, the remaining unused land on Bridge Road be designated a public park. A representative of TMR advised that no use has yet been decided for the unused portion (that is not used for the Northern Bikeway) of the now vacant land on Bridge Road, between Fraser and Rigby Streets. There are currently no parks or playgrounds in the area bounded by Lutwyche, Junction, Sandgate and Albion roads. This site on Bridge Road is a central location for this area, creating an accessible space for residents of the suburbs bordered by these main roads.

In accordance with Council’s “8 principles to guide our city” Protect and Create Greenspace, and in accordance with one of Council’s five major Budget areas “to keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable”, petitioners request that a portion of the $154.6 million budget allocated to new and upgraded parks be used for the creation of a park on this recently cleared land.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting that Council create a park on Bridge Street, Wooloowin, as part of the North Brisbane Bikeway (NBB) project Stages 2 and 3.

Council has completed an investigation and considered your request. It was decided that the petitioners be advised of the following information.

The NBB project is a partnership project between the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and Council. TMR is responsible for the design, community consultation and construction of Stages 2 and 3 of the bikeway in Albion and Wooloowin.

Council officers reviewed TMR’s designs for the NBB project and confirmed that TMR has committed to publicly release the designs prior to construction of the project.

TMR own several lots (112, 114, 116 and 120 Bridge Street) that have been cleared prior to the construction of the bikeway. As these lots are owned by TMR, the management of further uses on these lots, such as open space uses, falls within the jurisdiction of TMR. Therefore, Council is unable to change the zoning of these properties without the Queensland Government’s support.

As TMR is responsible for the uses of these lots, it may be helpful to make direct enquiries about their plans for these lots by calling 13 23 80.

Council agrees in principle that additional green space would be welcome in this area. Accordingly, Council is broadly supportive of this land being transferred to Council ownership for future parkland and will write to TMR as a separate item to the construction of the bikeway.

Thank you for raising this matter.