It has been a big week in 4101 with the much anticipated launch of the Kurilpa Masterplan. In September 2013, West End Community Association (WECA) welcomed the Kurilpa Masterplan concept as a fantastic opportunity for all of Brisbane to employ big imaginations and open minds to create a great new redevelopment that truly delivers for Brisbane’s residents. At 25 hectares this site is nearly one and a half times the size of our current Southbank.
Our President, Dr Erin Evans was able to attend the meeting to hear what was said behind the closed doors at the Brisbane Developers hosted event. There was little mention of the community at the event – it was only spoken of once during the 2 hours. There was an audible buzz of excitement as the animation flyover showed the developer audience the number of buildings in the draft plan. Cr Cooper spoke of how this needs to be a collaboration – between Local, State and the private sector. “This is a great opportunity and if we get this wrong, we will wreck the city centre,” Cr Cooper said. This is a plan that displays a poverty of imagination and a stinginess to the people. It is firmly entrenched in mid-20th Century thinking.
This is a plan for 20 years and a once in a lifetime opportunity – we have many ideas. We gained the lead on the media attention the day after the release to present a vision of what the people want for a progressive 21st Century.
- Interviews on Radio 4BC Thursday AM, PM and Sunday AM, Radio 4KQ, Radio 4QR.
- Story with photo to appear in the City South News this coming week.
WECA has actively engaged with residents and design professionals starting way back in 2007 when the study area was first identified as the Peel Street Structure Plan. We believe there is scope for creating a truly world-class urban neighbourhood, that includes:
- an inspiring “Central Park”;
- Light Rail-Brisbane is ready for it.
- World-class example of sub-tropical design-the built form and the streetscapes should be more than a couple of selected species of trees. Our city is located in a sub-tropical climate with 3-4 months a year of wet-season. This new redeveloped neighbourhood should be ‘green’ like no other in all of Brisbane.
- World-class public space and public benefit: its about time we apply a “public benefit” measure to these large-scale projects.
WECA is hosting a public meeting on 3 September, 6-7 pm at Souths Leagues club. It is designed to provide information and an opportunity to ask questions.
This issue is drawing together a strong coalition to support and fight for the needs of the community – from across West End and more broadly Brisbane residents.
It is the “big one” that developers have been waiting for. As a community we must put forward our own view and stand up strong. As in 1988, when the citizens of Brisbane stood up to gain Southbank when the Bjelke-Petersen government handed the Expo88 site to developers, we need to provide a united front to create the next Brisbane Southbank riverfront area.
Look forward to seeing you all at the meeting.