I have been in contact with our State Member Mark Bailey MP after residents voiced their concerns with the clearing of land adjoining Toohey Forest.
This land between Griffith University and the South East Freeway is owned by the State Government, Economic Development Queensland. It has significant native vegetation and is a habitat to koalas, and other fauna and flora.
The clearing that is proposed has been approved by Brisbane City Council and is a requirement for a fire management strategy for the site.
Given the significant koala habitat that this site contains, I believe any threat to the existing koala population is unacceptable. This site needs to be protected and add to Toohey Forest.
I have called on the Lord Mayor and the State Government to negotiate to purchase this important habitat so that it can be added to Toohey Forest which is one of the most significant native forests on the southside of Brisbane.
Your support is needed to sign the ePetition and share among your networks: https://www.epetitions.brisbane.qld.gov.au/petition/view/pid/704
I am pleased to advise that as part of Council’s Congestion Busting project, traffic safety improvements for Oxley Road at Bannerman Street, Oxley are due to commence this Easter school holidays.
Investigations by Council’s Transport Planning & Strategy found that peak period traffic congestions on Oxley Road northbound could be improved if a formal right turn lane was provided at Bannerman Street. This is intended to reduce delays for northbound motorists and provide a safer arrangement for the right turning vehicles into Bannerman Street.
Improvement works to be carried out include the following:
- Reshaping the central median island on Oxley Road, southern approach to the intersection with Bannerman Street. This will allow for the provision of the formal right turn lane and for the traffic lanes realignment.
- Installation of two precast traffic islands and associated kerb ramps on Bannerman Street approach to Oxley Road, to assist pedestrians (especially Oxley State School students) with a safer crossing point.
- Extension of the existing no stopping line on the southern side of Bannerman St at the corner with Oxley Road by 20 metres.
- The new no stopping line will replace the existing school time parking ban at that location.
I appreciate the importance and significance of effective safety measures around busy school and community locations, and expect this initiative will address the concerns of local parents and residents who have raised concerns with my office.
Great news for Moorooka residents with a new playground in the iconic Poinciana Park.
It resembles a fort with towers of different heights and with different access options. The new playground contains two open slides (different heights), I covered slide, double swing set, rotanet climber, climbing ladder, rope challenge access net, spring toys, different height platforms, soft-fall and rubber underlay.
The playground is now ready to enjoy, just in time for school holiday fun!
Great news for Salisbury residents. A new playground is currently being installed at the Salisbury Recreation Reserve adjacent to the old playground at the McCarthy Road entrance to the park. The old playground has been removed and the site rehabilitated. The new playground will be just to the north of the old playground site, on a more even area of the park.
The new playground contains a mega deck tower, three slide options, game timer panel, play balcony, basket swing, Csaw, Tipi carousel, mini car with steering wheel, gear stick, moving indicators and is able to hold 6 children. There is also a curved climbing net.
The work will be completed by mid-May 2019, weather and construction concerns permitting.
This is a great addition to the range of gym equipment located nearby.
Advice from Council’s Planning Services South received 5 February 2019:
I can confirm that the application was lodged by the applicant as Code Assessable and therefore not requiring public notification under the Planning Act 2016.
However through our initial review of the application, we have determined the building height to be 4 storeys and therefore based on the current design requires Impact Assessment and public notification. This advice has been passed onto the applicant and I am awaiting return advice in regards to how they wish to proceed.
In regards to the current status, this will depend on how the applicant wishes to proceed.
The options discussed with the applicant last week include the following:
• Provide amended plans by the 5 February 2019 to reduce the building height to 3 storeys to remain as Code assessment;
• Provide amended forms and reporting by 5 February 2019 detailing the current design lodged is Impact assessment; or
• If no response is received by 5 February 2019, an Action Notice will be sent to ensure one of the above is completed and allow the application to progress.
Irrespective of the application being Code or Impact assessable, the community are able to lodge a submission throughout any stage of the application prior to decision. There is no cut off for submissions to be lodged.
This can be done online at https://pdonline.brisbane.qld.gov.au or directly to:
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
BRISBANE QLD 4001
Your comments are sought into a planning study to investigate options to improve safety and reduce congestion at the Boundary Road (Coopers Plains) Rail Level Crossing.
HAVE YOUR SAY
- by completing the online survey (survey will take about 5 minutes to complete)
- attend a drop-in community consultation session (details below)
- or write to Department of Transport and Main Roads, Metropolitan Region, PO Box 70, Spring Hill Qld 4000
Please provide your comments by Friday 15 February 2019.
The Boundary Road (Coopers Plains) level crossing has been a major issue with local residents and commuters for a number of years due to its congestion and safety issues.
Your comments are sought to assist in developing optins as part of the planning study.
Brisbane City Council's kerbside collection is an annual service across all suburbs to assist you dispose of large unwanted household items that are too big for wheelie bins.
Place acceptable materials for collection on the kerbside in front of your home. Items must be placed the weekend before the collection starts in your suburb. All items must be on the kerb by 6am at the start of the collection period.
2019 dates for the Moorooka Ward:
- Rocklea - Monday 4 February
- Moorooka - Monday 11 February
- Nathan and Salisbury - Monday 4 March
- Oxley - Monday 3 June
- Acacia Ridge, Archerfield, Coopers Plains, Pallara and Willawong - Monday 10 June
- Durack - Monday 24 June.
Check what items are acceptable here.
Download Council's free Brisbane Bin and Recycling App to receive free reminders before your kerbside collection.