A new sports facility is on the cards for the north Brisbane suburb of Windsor with Brisbane City Council planning to buy and demolish four houses located beside council-owned land, although one owner is protesting the resumption of her house.
The properties, which the council says are within a flood-prone area close to Breakfast Creek, will be purchased using dividends from the City of Brisbane Investment Corporation to create a 16,000-square-metre parcel of land.
Council will resume properties at 18 Cullen Street, 20 Cullen Street, 39 Northey Street, and 45 Windsor Street.
Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said the CBIC dividends had returned a total of $20 million to the council this year, which would be put toward new projects greening the city and acquiring more bushland for conservation.
The new park between Cullen Street and Northey Street was flagged in the 2018-19 council budget.
Cr Schrinner said the council had already purchased a number of properties in the area that had been subject to flooding.
“There is a massive demand for more parkland in that part of Brisbane, so we’re buying up these houses, we will remove these houses, and we will create a new larger park for these residents to enjoy,” he told the council on Tuesday.
“I can’t think of a better way to put the dividends of our future fund into other than creating parkland like this.”
Three owners of properties made no objection to their houses being resumed by the council.
However, one owner objected, writing that the house was her planned retirement home and the council’s compensation would not be enough for her to purchase a new house in the same area.
“The council is justifying its decision to demolish my house based on the consideration that the properties are flood affected,” she wrote.
“My property is on stilts and has not been damaged by any flood in the past 20 years.
“It should therefore not be included in the justification to demolish this property.”
Greens Gabba Ward councillor Jonathan Sri said he was very supportive of the new park but expressed concern about the objections from the property owner.
“I think it is OK to be compulsorily acquire for the creation of new public green space in areas where there’s a need to do so,” he said.
However, he said he was concerned the owner was not being satisfactorily compensated.
Opposition spokesman Peter Cumming said the city always needed new parks but after considering the information in detail he said there were six pieces of land originally indicated by the council as needing to be purchased, however only four came to council.
“I don’t know what happened to the other two and some comment in that regard would be appreciated,” he said.
“The other issue that is raised by some of the residents living in that area is what is needed in that area is additional parking.”
Cr Cumming questioned how the council would manage the need for additional parking alongside a new sporting facility.
Brisbane Airport’s new runway months away from being finished
An Aussie airport is months away from adding on a new billion-dollar runway to cater for dozens more flights. And people aren’t happy about it.
Driving down the streets of Ascot in Brisbane, where tree-lined streets shade the suburb’s sprawling heritage mansions and trendy cafes buzz with young, wealthy families, there’s one thing that immediately sticks out — it’s quiet.
Ascot’s tranquillity as well as its proximity to the scenic Brisbane River, made it the most expensive place to buy a place in the Queensland capital earlier this year, with the suburb’s median house price hitting $1.6 million.
But mid-next year, tranquil Ascot, along with a handful of other exclusive and expensive suburbs will be quiet no more.
By May, construction on Brisbane Airport’s second runway is expected to be complete.
And the new runway, which has been years and billions of dollars in the making, will put some of the Queensland capital’s most expensive and exclusive suburbs directly under the flight path.
As dozens of aeroplanes from around the world get ready to grace the tarmac, residents in some of the city’s priciest suburbs could be left with a noisy headache.
But not everyone is sympathetic to the plight northside Brisbane locals are about to face, insisting they’ll “get used to it”.
Balmoral and Bulimba locals, where planes flew low before the Gateway Bridge was built, took to social media to joke about the increased flights.
“All good. The people who live in the exclusive and expensive suburbs are more likely to be frequent flyers, so it’s fair enough,” Paul Vint said.
“LOL, the poor diddums. We have low flying planes fly over each day; we got used to it,” Jean Metzenheimer added.
“Suck it up northside. Us southsiders have had it for years. Deal with it,” Marilyn Bliss said.
But despite the jokes, the transition from one runway to two — which will one day give Brisbane Airport a greater capacity than Sydney, Hong Kong and even Singapore’s Changi Airport — has the potential to be a painful one.
Over the next 30 years, Brisbane Airport will double its movements from 50 an hour to 110.
The $1.3 billion second runway is expected to shoulder much of that, creating a handful of new flight paths over Brisbane.
Flights taking off from the new runway will fly over Hamilton and Portside before passing over Bulimba and New Farm and turning back to the city to St Lucia.
The airport also recently unveiled a highly specific tool to help Brisbane residents search exactly when and how often their home will be affected.
The flight path tool also shows noise mapping, highlighting areas affected by aircraft noise of 70 decibels or more.
Using the tool, it is clear to see what suburbs are going to be worse and better off.
Once the new runway is operational, flight noise will be spread over a much wider area and a curfew from 10pm to 6am has been imposed.
Places such as Bulimba, Ascot, Hamilton, Hawthorne, New Farm and Newstead will be significantly affected having previously been immune from aircraft noise.
More than 50 flights above 70 decibels a day will be introduced to the eastern parts of Hamilton, not currently in the flight path.
Fairfield, Moorkooka, Annerley, Dutton Park, East Brisbane and Woolloongabba will also fall directly under the new flight path.
Residents in the affected suburbs are already beginning to speak up — especially on social media.
In a video showing how planes would land on Brisbane’s new runway, people sounded off in the comments.
“They missed out the bit where it comes in low over my place on the other side of the river, shaking the whole house and frightening visitors into thinking there’s an earthquake,” David Fittsell said.
“How about you employ modern techniques for noise reduction on the new runway BAC,” Mark Venz added.
The airport’s corporation (BAC) has been on the front foot for decades, setting up a consultation group for the public in the mid-2000s.
The parallel design of the runway means more flights will come and go over Moreton Bay rather than the city, and the airport also has a 6km buffer zone — the largest of any major Australian airport.
The buffer zone restricts residential development around the airport for 6km.
The BAC will also use a mobile van over the next 12 months to educate residents who are in the new flight path.
Brisbane locals seem overwhelmingly excited and welcoming of the new runway.
Considering the runway is expected to create 7800 new jobs, give the Brisbane economy an annual $5 billion boost and allow the airport to host a whopping 50 million passengers by 2040, it’s easy to see why.
Real Estate Australia chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the new runway could mean only good things for Brisbane, cementing the Queensland capital as a “global city” and creating thousands of jobs.
“Melbourne and Sydney have very high global profiles,” she said.
“Sydney, from an international perspective. Melbourne, particularly in Asia. If people can get to Brisbane much more easily than they have in the past, of course it’s going to raise its profile.”
A study completed by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), which studied real estate data from the past 25 years across 42 suburbs, also found the new runway would have little impact.
“Housing and units in Brisbane located under designated flight paths have their value and price determined by a range of factors and these factors are not detrimentally impacted by aircraft noise,” the QUT study concluded.
“The location of a property under a flight path will have minimal if any impact on the price, saleability, investment performance and capital growth of that property.”
QUT property professor Chris Eves said the sales were the same, regardless of runways.
“It doesn’t mean that property (subject to aircraft noise) is any easier or harder to sell — sales volumes are almost exactly the same,” Prof Eves said.
“In all the studies I’ve done on aircraft noise in Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast, the results have been similar.
“The capital growth of property has been more aligned with social economic status and locational factors than any perceived detrimental factors.”
Piling works at Gold Coast Airport prepare the site for aerobridges
As part of the south terminal expansion, Gold Coast Airport will soon have aerobridges to increase passenger satisfaction, as piling gets underway.
Preparation work for aerobridges at Gold Coast Airport is underway, with a low-impact piling system working hard to prepare the ground for new infrastructure.
Lendlease has begun piling work on the airport’s $200 million Southern Terminal Expansion project, which will double the size of the existing terminal, delivering a new departure lounge, aerobridges, border-control facilities and additional retail space.
A brand-new, 80-tonne continuous flight auger (CFA) piling rig has been mobilised to site to construct foundations ahead of the eventual construction of aerobridges to connect aircraft to the new terminal.
Gold Coast Airport Property and Infrastructure Executive General Manager, Carl Bruhn, said work on the first 224 piles for the project had begun, using innovative techniques necessitated by the sensitive nature of the site.
“It’s exciting for us to see the first piles drilled and poured on the aircraft apron where we will be constructing the new terminal’s four aerobridges,” he said. “Aerobridges have been on the ‘wish list’ of many of our passengers and this is the first tangible step towards delivering those.
“It is essential our current airport operations are not impacted by this construction activity, so we have had to work closely with our building contractor to come up with solutions to minimise the impact wherever possible – both for passengers and surrounding residents.”
The 30m-tall piling rig will excavate and place 2,500m3 of concrete into 224 piles over the duration of the project, with pile diameters ranging from 600mm to 1,050mm. It is expected about four to eight piles will be installed each day.
To minimise disruption, piling reinforcement cages will be prefabricated offsite and installed with a 60ft crawler crane. If all of the piles were laid out in a straight line, they would span a total distance of approximately 2.6km.
Lendlease Building Queensland General Manager, Brad Protheroe, said the company had decided to use the continuous flight auger (CFA) piling system, which minimises disruption to surrounding infrastructure.
“The CFA piling system allows us to drill to the final depth in one continuous process, with stability to the surrounding soil reinforced along the way,” he said.
“At the same time the auger is withdrawn from the hole, concrete is pumped into the cavity through the hollow centre of the auger pipe to the base, meaning the hole is never left open or unsupported. Reinforcement is then placed into the concrete to complete the pile.
“This type of piling technique is considered the best solution for the structural loads and soil conditions on the Gold Coast Airport project as it is virtually vibration free, minimising the impact on adjacent infrastructure.
“It also minimises the noise impacts during construction on surrounding neighbours.”
Future construction milestones will see completion of the ground floor slab in coming months, topping out of the building in mid-2020 and the opening of the terminal in mid-2021. When the southern terminal expansion is complete, work will begin on the existing terminal refurbishment.
Roof completion marks USC Moreton Bay milestone
Contractors, dignitaries and future staff of the new USC Moreton Bay campus will celebrate a key construction milestone tomorrow (Tuesday 13 August), with the roof completion taking the project past the halfway mark.
Once the expansive foundation building is complete, the campus at Petrie will offer world-class study opportunities for residents in the region, starting with 1,200 students next year and growing to an expected 10,000 by 2030.
On Tuesday 13 August at 2pm, dignitaries and key members of the construction workforce will attend the site for a “topping-off” celebration at 2pm.
USC Chief Operating Officer Dr Scott Snyder said while the completion of the roof was the most visible milestone to date, much more was happening inside the foundation building.
“We are further along than halfway, and the fitout is progressing well,” Dr Snyder said.
“The ground floor of the teaching spaces all have glazing installed, the partitions are in and the services are well advanced.
“Soon the scaffolding will come down from inside the atrium to reveal ‘The Rise’ – the central indoor meeting steps – which will be quite spectacular.”
The three-storey building covers more than 16,000 square metres of floor space and, until now, the concrete structure has been the focus of construction by contract builder Hansen Yuncken.
“We’ve had more than 200 construction workers per day on site, and there’s a real buzz now as we can see the learning spaces taking shape,” Dr Snyder said.
“Academics and professional staff due to work there next year have been on a tour and they’re excited to see it all coming together.”
The finished building will feature a 480-seat lecture theatre, state-of-the-art learning technology, nursing simulation labs, engineering labs, a ‘makerspace’, library facilities and renewable energy initiatives. A virtual tourof the campus is available online.
The campus will open for Semester 1, 2020, with almost 50 undergraduate degrees available, including business, education, computer science and mechatronics.
Enrolment applications are now open and prospective students can apply for scholarships, including Moreton Bay Regional Council Scholarships worth $8,000 per year.
Dr Snyder said the campus would service the Moreton Bay region, which was projected to grow by a further 200,000 residents in the next 20 years.
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