Community Concerns With Current Development Activities in the Kurilpa Peninsular Area
This is one of the biggest issues affecting West End. When community members can’t afford to buy their own home, they’re less likely to invest time and energy in the local community. Unfortunately, simply increasing the supply of dwellings doesn’t necessarily make it easier for tenants to become home-owners, as property investors can usually outbid first home-buyers. System-wide reform that directly addresses economic inequality is needed.
|Lack of public parkland/greenspace
As development increases on the peninsular the amount of public, open green space does not. The only addition has been Bunyapa Park on the corner of Thomas and Vulture Sts. West Village has only contributed 10% of its area to public space, and even this seems to have restrictions on the people who are allowed to use it. This is grossly inadequate when you compare it to other development areas in Brisbane, which allow for almost 20% green space.
|Planning for gridlock
With the significant increase of residents on the peninsula there has been no traffic management plan or investment of additional funds in local road upgrades.
Our schools are full
Both local public schools, West End SS and Brisbane State High, are over capacity. In addition, the previous state government has sold every piece of surplus Education Queensland land in the South Brisbane area. This means there is no room for schools to expand to accommodate additional residents included in development in the Kurilpa peninsular.
- West End State School has been extended. It has, approximately, doubled in size.
- A second high school, Brisbane South State Secondary College, has been built in Dutton Park to alleviate the pressure on Brisbane State High School
Suffocating South Bank
South Bank is Brisbane’s iconic riverbank public parkland and a celebration of our city’s lifestyle and livability. With their plan to put close to 30,000 new residents within the precinct, with no commensurate open public space, the current Brisbane City Council will suffocate South Bank with over development.
Setting a precedence for the rest of Brisbane
A number of communities throughout the Brisbane area are fighting similar over development plans. If the current Brisbane City Council is allowed to continue their over development of Kurilpa peninsular then what does this mean for the remainder of Brisbane?
Development on a floodplain
Development on the Kurilpa peninsular fails to adequately address the risk of serious flooding – as we saw during the 2011 floods. It’s vital that any development plans for extreme weather events and learns lessons from previous emergencies.