16th April, 2019 – Kurilpa Futures has invited candidates for the Griffith Electorate, in the upcoming Federal Election, to provide responses to a series of questions we think are important to the Kurilpa Peninsular. These responses can be found here as they are submitted to us.
10th April, 2019 – Kurilpa Futures believes that the only viable way forward in our neighbourhoods is to reduce the reliance on private motor vehicles and promote active transport. It is our hope that Kurilpa will become Australia’s Most Walkable and Rideable Community.
In preparation for Cr Sri’s upcoming community forum, we have prepared the attached paper, “The Future of Mongaue Road”: How will we move in an ever-crowded Kurilpa?’.
The West End and South Brisbane neighbourhoods are literally bursting with new development. The Qld Government forecasts population in these areas to TRIPLE in size between now and 2041.
These increases are caused by the failings of the South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan and successive development approvals exceeding the limited requirements that do exist.
Without consideration of how we are going to cope with the rapid influx of new residents and the issues surround land use planning and diversity in the neighbourhoods surrounding Montague Road, any efforts to relieve today’s traffic problems face the threat of being obsolete before they are implemented.
18th March, 2019 – Kurilpa Futures believes that planning in the Kurilpa Peninsula, allowing very large increases in the population without the commensurate infrastructure provision, will be very detrimental to the area and to Brisbane in the long term. Government must provide parks, community facilities and public transport, or reduce the allowable development of the area.
We have set out our position, on this issue, in the attached document which we have sent to representatives of local, state and federal government. We plan now to request followup meetings with all levels of government to pursue their reactions to this paper.
- Media Release – Towards an Itegrated Strategy for the Kurilpa Peninsula
- We sent a copy of the above paper to:
- Terri Butler, Federal member for Griffith
- Mr Alan Tudge, Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population
- Ms Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier, Member for South Brisbane
- Mr Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
- Cr Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor, Brisbane City Council
- Cr Jonathan Sri, Councillor for The Gabba Ward, Brisbane City Council
- Ms Andrea Kenafake, Divisional Manager, City Planning and Sustainability
This is the response that we’ve received from Grahame Quirk, on the 5th April, just after his retirement. Our paper was about a coherent view for the Kurilpa Peninsula of more than 600 hectares. The Draft Kurilpa Master Plan, which he claims would have met these problems, was for an area of 25 hectares and was, in its excessive provisions, a good example of the problems we want to resolve, and our paper systematically addressed.
30th January, 2019 –There has been a move in Brisbane inner city suburbs to have the speed limit for motorised vehicles reduced to enable a more compatible interaction between foot traffic, cyclists and drivers. Kurilpa Futures is supporting this movement with the following media release and the resulting map of a study of the current speed limits throughout the peninsula.
- Media Release – Drive Under 40k/h in 4101
- Current speed limits and street signage on Kurilpa Peninsular
- We also have a limited stock of car stickers available for a gold coin donation.
4th November, 2018 – Revamping West End Planters – Kurilpa Futures, under the guidance of local landscape architects John Mongard and Todd Gallagher, have assumed the task of revamping the planters that were installed in 1992. See further details here.
18th September, 2018 – PARK(ing) Day, 2018: West End Uniting Church, Tangara Social Club and Kurilpa Futures will participate in the International #PARK(ing) Day this Friday (21st September) from 11.00am in Sussex St, West End, next to the Uniting Church. Come along.
9th August, 2018 – Davies Park Upgrade – Members of KF have developed some further ideas on how to save the community garden in its current location at Davies Park. We have also added some ideas about what we want in our green park (seats/shelter/play/gardens/park stuff), since the BCC plan was bereft of any detail. You will find these latest ideas here.
If we don’t ask for the green park elements, council will spend all the money on roadworks and drainage (they estimate $800,000), and a toilet ($200,000). That leaves only 1.1 million for the park works!
The round park area in the plan is the same size as Bunpappa park, on the corner of Thomas and Vulture Sts, that cost 1 million so you see it will not spread to all the things they show, and to the things they don’t show.
We request that you all support getting an actual park and improving the community garden. Any money left after that, if any, can go to their infrastructure works.
The last consultation is this Saturday at the markets, 8-10.30 am, and online at the link given previously.
Please take the time to support these elements so we get what we have asked for ,in these years of waiting for a second park!
2nd August, 2018 – Davies Park Upgrade: The Brisbane City Council has made the sum of $2.1 million available for the upgrade of Davies Park. Details of this project can be found here. Council is currently seeking feedback from the community and you can give some of this feedback here or you can attend their stall at West End market between 8.00 am and 10.00 am on Saturday the 4th and 11th.
You can also view the response to the council’s proposal, from Kurilpa Futures green group, here and in diagram form below.
25th July, 2018 – The Greenspace Strategy for the Kurilpa Peninsular has been updated with the changes listed below. You can find the updated version here.
- The verge projects that have been undertaken
- A chapter on the gullies/biodiversity greenways (Appendix I)
- Davies Park update
10th July, 2018 – Priorities Survey: We are interested in what you, as a member of the community, consider to be our top priorities for the next year or so. To collect this information we have compiled a short survey and would appreciate you filling this out for us before the 20th August. It will only take a couple of minutes. You will find it at this link.
6th July, 2018 – June Newsletter: Check out our June Newsletter to see what we’ve been doing. We’re going to try to put these out regularly to keep the community informed about our activities.
18th March, 2018 – Sussex Street Verge Planting: After 2 years of planning, and organising finance, we’ve finally finished. Check out photos from the project here
18th March, 2018 – Car share, public transport and walking: better ways to get from A to B from The Guardian
3rd March, 2018 – Crown Towers – In response to community concerns Deputy Premier (and Member for South Brisbane) Jackie Trad has written to Lord Mayor Quirk, re the development application by Crown West End Pty Ltd, for 117 Victoria St, West End. A copy of the Deputy Premier’s letter can be found here.
- So far the Lord Mayor has acknowledged the receipt of this letter but, to our knowledge, no further response has been received.
19th February, 2018 – Crown Towers in West End (Victoria St) – Currently there is a development application (DA) with the council for 117 Victoria St, West End. The developers are Crown West End Pty Ltd (Crown Group). Yesterday a community meeting was held in Victoria St where local residents joined to show concern at the lack of compliance, of this DA, with the South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan. This development has been designated as Code Assessable, officially giving locals no opportunity for input into this development.
How can you help? (There’s only 10 days left)
- You could ring the Lord Mayor,
- You could ring your local councilor (if you’re not in the Gabba Ward),
- You could email the DA team at email@example.com OR
- You can email the assessment manager (Nicola Gould) at Nicola.Gould@brisbane.qld.gov.au
Here’s some further background information for you:
29th November, 2017 – Davies Park Renewal – Brisbane City Council is seeking feedback on the Davies Park Renewal project. Local landscape architect John Mongard believes this project provides an important opportunity for an alternative community response.
- Village Green – John is proposing a Montague Road village green demonstrated in the diagram below. Kurilpa Futures supports John’s vision as the most effective use of limited funds.
- West End residents have until Friday the 1st December to provide feedback to council. You can use the interactive maps provided by council, or you can contact Davies Park Improvement Team directly on Ph: 07 3403 8888, or by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The vision of John and his team:
27th November, 2017 – Kurilpa Futures’ State Election Forum – South Brisbane. Details can be found here.
7th September, 2017 – Working Bee – As a result of ongoing collaboration between the Environmental Club at WESS, John Mongard and Todd Gallagher (John Mongard Landscape Architects and the Greenspace Strategy for 4101) and members of Kurilpa Futures, and sponsored by Turrisi Properties, the first stage of this project was successfully completed in a Working Bee on the 3rd September. You can check out some photos from the event here. Additions to the project are planned as part of the building extensions to the school.
20th July, 2017 – Submissions on the Draft Local Government Plan are due tomorrow (21st July). Here is the document that Kurilpa Futures has compiled listing relevant concerns. If you wish to submit your own concerns you can do so by sending them to: CPAdmin@brisbane.gov.au. You are welcome to use all or part of this document as a basis for your submission.
To do this follow the instructions (The file is in .pdf form) :
- Open the file,
- Go to Edit/Select All/Copy
- Paste into your wordprocessing (Word, etc) document and edit as necessary.
12th July, 2017 – “Developing principles to create cities that are good for us is not easy. Who decides what is good? And for whom? We desperately need a big and general public discussion about his.” Read the article from The Conversation.
20th June, 2017 – We wish to acknowledge the announcement by the State Government and commend the long awaited move to open a new secondary school and extend WESS to cater for the shyrocketing population in the South Brisbane area.
12th June, 2017 – The Green Space Strategy for the Kurilpa Peninsular has been updated to include recent activities such as – the Thomas St tactical activism, gully strategies, flood strategies, Hargreave Rd verges and the Sussex St parklets.
6th June, 2017 – If you haven’t already voted in the Public Space Infrastructure Fund online voting system have a look at the website (https://gabba.freewill.vision/), where the concept is explained, the nominated projects are listed, and you can have your say as to which of these projects should be funded.
4th March, 2017 – in response to community concerns re increase in traffic in the area Brisbane City Council has made a survey available to residents for a proposed Local Area Traffic Management Plan. Kurilpa Futures has written to the council with concerns on this topic. Our letter can be found here.
7th February, 2017 – Last year members of Kurilpa Futures met with representatives of the South Bank Corporation concerning its redesign of the South Bank Master Plan. In this document we have listed our concerns and the principals that the local community has indicated should underpin the new plan.
3rd November, 2016 – South Bank Master Plan: South Bank Corporation invited members of Kurilpa Futures to meet with them on the 17th October, where Professor Catherin Bull, Chair of South Bank Corporation, presented the corporation’s vision for the South Bank Master Plan. At a second meeting members of Kurilpa Futures discussed a submission that we will make to the South Bank Corporation with our concerns over the direction of the ongoing development of South Bank.
- Minutes of the initial meeting with Professor Bull.
- A list or the principles that we, as a group, consider should be included in the Master Plan. This is a document that is in the process of being developed and we welcome input from the wider community. Versional updates will be made available here.
19th October, 2016 – West End Festival Forums – West End Community House will host three open air forums in the early evenings of the last week in October at the much loved People’s Park in Boundary Street. Find the program here.
16th August, 2016 – Kurilpa Futures Group Submission to the Deputy Premier re her proposed ‘Call In’ of the BCC’s approval for the West Village development.
2nd June, 2016 – Shaping SEQ – Thought Leadership Series with Jackie Trad and the EDO – Kurilpa Futures’ considerations: KF Outline of Regional Scale Issues and Proposed Plan Preparation Arrangements for New West EndPeninsula Plan
31st May, 2016 – The LNP Brisbane City Council has always indicated that the 4101 community supported the South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan. See some facts associated with the establishment of the current plan: Fact Sheet SBRNP
29th April, 2016 – Green Space Strategy for 4101 – Updated version – Prepared by local landscape architects John Mongard, Gavin Hardy, Alvin Kirby and Michelle Kirby-Brown.
18th March, 2016 – Shadowing of large buildings can be of considerable concern. These diagrams of the recently approved Development of the “Absoe” site along West End’s Boundary and Mollison Streets show the effect that these buildings will have on the local area, especially on Wilson and Little Jane Streets.