26 May 2020

Too much space for cars at Brisbane's new super-park, says councillor

Too much space is dedicated to car parking at Brisbane’s new super park proposed for a reshaped Victoria Park, Greens councillor Jonathan Sri says.

He questioned why the master plan called for an increase in car parking spaces by up to 30 per cent, when the park was so close to buses, trains and planned new cycleways.

“When you look at this first draft vision, a huge proportion of the proposed park is being set aside for car parking,” Cr Sri said.

“It looks like about 10 per cent of the parkland has been allocated to open-air parking.

“And then a further 10 per cent is set aside for a mixture of buildings and hard stand courts, like netball courts.”

The draft vision plan shows a “20 to 30 per cent” increase in car parking spaces towards the front of the existing golf course, then additional car parks on Gregory Terrace.

“But this is an inner-city area that is well serviced by the Inner Northern Busway and close to multiple train stations,” Cr Sri said.

“The Ekka station is going to become a dedicated station as part of Cross River Rail, Roma Street Station and it's close to the major bikeway corridor as well.”

The 45-hectare park spreads over the Inner City Bypass towards Brisbane Girls Grammar School.

“By that extent, the proposal to set aside 10 per cent of the park for car parking is just ludicrous,” Cr Sri said.

“This is not the place where we need to be converting green space into parking.”

Cr Sri asked Brisbane City Council to extend the public consultation period to let planners examine the plan to revamp the golf course into a 45-hectare central park.

That was set to close on April 28.

“With all the other things that have been postponed and rescheduled, they are still pushing ahead with this pretty-tight consultation deadline.”

Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner agreed late on Tuesday night to extend the time for comments.

“We couldn’t predict the coronavirus crisis when we originally opened this project for consultation, and the rules around social distancing and public gatherings have temporarily stopped some of the planned consultation,” Cr Schrinner said.

He said the transformation of Victoria Park would deliver Brisbane’s biggest new park in 50 years.

“It’s important to get the planning right,” he said.

People were first given the chance to put forward views on what they wanted in the new Victoria Park in August 2019 and the first draft was released in January 2020.

Cr Schrinner agreed many residents had not yet had their say in reshaping the parkland because of coronavirus upheaval.

“These are unprecedented times and we owe it to residents to ensure they have every opportunity to consider the draft vision and have their say on this city-shaping project,” he said.

Cr Sri said many planners he had spoken to had not had time to look at the draft master plan in enough detail to make comments.

“So I think it is pretty important that there is just a little bit more time for stakeholders to get their head around what is proposed,” he said.

He suggested another month for public and professional comment, then the proposed changes come back for a final round of consultation.

“Between Christmas, the bushfires and the virus, it just hasn’t had the attention it deserves,” Cr Sri said.

“There is no rush. It is not as if they are going to start construction in June. They are going to have to do a lot of detailed design work either way.”

Residents wanting to keep up with the progress of the project can sign up to receive email updates by visiting www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and searching "Victoria Park Vision".

SOURCE : https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/too-much-space-for-cars-at-brisbane-s-new-super-park-says-councillor-20200421-p54lyt.html

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