THE marina development at North Harbour, Burpengary, is a step closer after work in the Caboolture River was given the green light.
North Harbour developers North East Business Park, along with neighbouring developer Trask Development Corporation, applied to the State Government to carry out work that would allow construction of the marina on the south bank of the river.
The government wanted reassurances that the work would have no impact on the river, landholders and marine life.
It also wanted assurances on who would be responsible for managing eronsion on the northern bank, apposite the proposed marina.
Moreton Bay Regional councillors, at the December Coordination Meeting, agreed to take responsibility for the funding, ownership and ongoing maintenance of areas within the application area.
It was believed that Unitywater would also contribute to the erosion works.
North Harbour project director Peter Lightbody said there were still some steps to go before the marina went ahead, but it was an important step.
“There has been a lot of discusssion over who does what in the river,” he said.
“This council resolution means the council will look after the northern bank along with Unitywater with us as proponants on the southern bank.
“That means some entity has been identified for all componants and hopefully it is a way forward and a catalyst to get approval.”
Cr Peter Flannery (Div 2) said there would be significant economic benefits as a result of the decision.
“Caboolture River is currently eroding and I believe in the future we’ll have to take action to prevent erosion to our assets along there,” he said.
“The Federal Government has previously said they are happy for this to occur. There is a lot of community support for this, people are asking me when is it going to happen.”
Cr Adam Hain (Div 3) said once competed North Harbour would be “the most significant development in the northern end of the region” and a “game changer”.
Crs Darren Grimwade and Allan Sutherland declared a conflict of interest as one of the applicants was a political donor of theirs, left the Chamber and did not vote.
Trask Development Corporation owns land next to the North Harbour project and has been working with North East Business Park on getting approvals.
North Harbour developers North East Business Park, with neighbouring developer Trask Development Corporation, applied to the State Government to carry out work that would allow construction of the marina on the river’s south bank.
The government wanted reassurances work would not impact the river, landholders or marine life and to know who was responsible for managing erosion on the north bank, opposite the proposed marina.
Moreton Bay Regional councillors last week agreed to take responsibility for the funding, ownership and ongoing maintenance of areas within the application area.
Originally Published: www.couriermail.com.au
Brisbane’s New Green Bridges a Step Closer
Work on two of the planned five “green bridges” to be built in Brisbane has begun with the lodging of plans for the projects.
The Brisbane City Council says construction will begin this year after the commencement of tendering for the proposed Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek bridges.
Construction of the $190-million Kangaroo Point green bridge, due for completion by the end of 2023, is set to begin first, subject to community feedback and approvals.
Development plans lodged this month show the new 6.8m-wide bridge will link the inner-city suburb of Kangaroo Point with Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens.
The project is part of the council’s $550-million commitment to build five “green bridges” across the city during the next 10 years.
Green bridges accommodate pedestrian and cycle traffic, and are designed to reduce the number of motor vehicles using roads.
The council’s plan include bridges at Breakfast Creek, Toowong to West End, St Lucia to West End, and the now-scrapped Bellbowrie-Wacol green bridge.
The Bellbowrie bridge project was cancelled after community consultation with the Pullenvale and Jamboree Wards mid-last year.
While the city is yet to announce a new location for the scrapped bridge, the council’s proposed bridge options to West End have stirred local community concern due to the potential resumption of private homes.
The preferred alignments and locations for two of the bridges, Toowong to West End and St Lucia to West End, are currently open to public comment.
The community consultation period ends on March 31.
The Breakfast Creek green bridge will connect Brisbane’s northern suburbs with the CBD.
The Kangaroo green bridge concept, developed by Arup, Cox Architecture and the council, will include separate cycling and pedestrian lanes.
It will stretch from the corner of Alice and Edward streets in the city to Scott Street at Kangaroo Point.
Such a bridge was proposed in the 1860s and a design developed by 1890, but never built.
The council says the Kangaroo Point bridge is expected to accommodate 5400 daily trips and take 83,690 cars off the road annually.
Article Source: theurbandeveloper.com
Two green bridges underway, Brisbane City Council seeks feedback on two more
Construction on two green bridges linking Brisbane’s inner-city suburbs is slated to begin this year, but the location of three other planned bridges remains unclear.
- Brisbane City Council pledged $550 million for five green bridges in 2019
- Two bridges begin construction this year and two others are out for consultation
- A planned bridge at Bellbowrie has been scrapped
In 2019, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner made a $550 million pledge to build five new green bridges, catering for pedestrians and cyclists, to reduce vehicle traffic and improve the city’s connectivity.
At Tuesday’s public and active transport committee meeting, Brisbane City councillors were given an update on the progress of the green bridges program.
Public and active transport committee chairman Ryan Murphy told the committee the council wanted state or federal funding support alongside the $550 million already committed.
The $190 million Kangaroo Point green bridge will be 470 metres long and 6.8 metres wide, with separated cycling and pedestrian lanes, linking the inner-city suburb with the City Botanic Gardens.
Construction on the Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek bridges will begin this year, with the council now out to tender for both.
Consultation for two West End bridges
Community consultation on the bridges from West End to St Lucia and West End to Toowong was extended following concerns the December-January consultation was too short.
For the West End bridges, suggested locations put forward by Brisbane City Council would either place the landing pads on public parks, such as Orleigh Park in West End and Guyatt Park in St Lucia, or on private property.
Greens councillor Jonathan Sri, in whose ward both West End bridges would sit, said it appeared the third option for the St Lucia bridge — between Keith Street in St Lucia and Boundary Street in West End — was most supported.
“I’ve heard from several residents who’ve said they think the Option C location for the St Lucia bridge is preferable from a transport perspective, but they have concerns about the scale and design of the exact alignment proposed by council, and the associated home resumptions,” Cr Sri said.
“The vast majority of residents seem to prefer alignment Option A for the Toowong Bridge, and it seems like the Toowong bridge in general has a lot more support.”
Option A for the Toowong bridge would see the bridge land at 600 Coronation Drive — the former ABC Towoong site now owned by developers Sunland, but put up for sale late last year.
Last year, Cr Schrinner ruled out purchasing the 600 Coronation Drive site saying the cost would be prohibitive, but said the council would consider resuming a portion of the land for a green bridge if needed.
LNP councillor James Mackay, in whose ward of Walter-Taylor the two bridges would land, recently spoke at a rally for a group opposed to a possible Guyatt Park alignment for the St Lucia to West End Bridge.
Cr Mackay referred queries about his community’s opinions to the lord mayor’s office.
Fifth green bridge site unknown
In mid-2020 a fifth proposed bridge, from Belbowrie to Wacol, was scrapped after several rounds of community consultation found little support.
The council is preparing options for a fifth bridge location, the committee heard.
Deputy Labor leader Kara Cook in a statement said she had lodged a petition with more than a thousand signatures calling for a bridge on the eastern side of the river.
Cr Cook said a bridge in her area — around Bulimba and Hawthorne connecting across to New Farm or Teneriffe — had been mooted since at least 1925.
Technical challenges are greater for the eastern section of the river as any new bridge must be of a height to allow ships through and would span a wider section of water.
Article Source: www.abc.net.au
Much more than just a train station: Meet Brisbane’s new ‘Grand Central
A new “Grand Central” precinct to replace the demolition site at Brisbane’s Roma St station is set to boast a world-class sports and entertainment centre, public plazas and bars, and even a retirement home.
More details have emerged of Queensland’s biggest infrastructure venture, the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, with the release of a proposed development scheme for the redeveloped Roma Street station complex.
The scheme answers questions on the design and operation of the new station, other uses associated with the complex and how it will incorporate the much-vaunted Brisbane Live entertainment arena.
The new complex, due to be completed around 2025, will be built around existing heritage places, new public spaces, and parkland, with the development scheme proposing some surprise elements like retirement and residential care facilities.
The Cross River Rail Authority is expecting that over the next 15 years there will be nearly 4200 new residents and more than 19,700 new workers within the 32 hectare Roma Street priority development area, bounded roughly by Wickham Terrace, North Quay and College Rd.
The scheme states that the area will act as a place of transition between the “tall towers” dominance of the CBD and “lower scale campus-style towers that interface to surrounding neighbourhoods and Roma Street Parkland”.
The project centres around a new underground station dubbed “Grand Central”, connecting passengers with existing suburban bus and rail networks and the Brisbane City Council’s Brisbane Metro, as well as regional and interstate bus and train services.
It envisages development across three precincts – a station plaza, a major sport and recreation facility (Brisbane Live) and a city centre transition precinct.
The Roma Street redevelopment focus will be on becoming the key arrival destination for the central CBD, and the western gateway to the city’s premier cultural, leisure
and entertainment venues.
It will also aim to improve the public realm and active transport connections to encourage pedestrian movement and connections and big upgrades to rail and bus interchanges, including a realignment of the Inner Northern Busway.
“Development in the Roma Street CRR PDA will better connect and unify the area with the city centre, Spring Hill, Petrie Terrace and South Brisbane neighbourhoods and associated facilities including Suncorp Stadium, Roma Street Parkland and the Queensland Cultural Centre,” the draft development scheme states.
“Active street frontages, a range of safe and inviting public spaces and permeable, accessible connections for pedestrians and cyclists will be delivered.”
The public will have until April 1 to make submissions on the proposed development scheme before the state government decides whether to approve it.
The scheme will then replace the existing interim land use plan currently governing the Roma Street PDA.
Article Source: inqld.com.au
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