We are a group concerned with protecting the streetscapes and promoting residential amenity in the South Western suburbs of Brisbane.

Local Park post-Flood Recovery update from Cr. Nicole Johnston

Submitted by Nicole Johnston on Mon, 01/08/2011 - 12:33pm


Brisbane City Council established the Flood Response Review Board to review Council's response to the Brisbane flood in January 2011.
In May, the Flood Response Review Board handed down their report, Brisbane Flood January 2011 - Independent Review of Brisbane City Council’s Response, 9-22 January 2011.


Sherwood Road Dust Trail......

Submitted by Dreamer on Sun, 17/07/2011 - 11:53am

I'm appalled at the ongoing state of dirt and dust caused by the BCC construction at the Sherwood Road Bus Depot. I travel this road early morning and afternoon daily.  I am not surprised that the repairer of my car last week commented on the level of dust in parts under the bonnet.  The dust trail dragged in the one direction up the road direction is disgusting.  At times I drive through a fine cloud of dust.

External Survey - SEQ Community attitudes to Consultation and Engagement

Submitted by webmaster on Fri, 01/07/2011 - 5:23pm

South East Queensland residents are invited to participate in a survey to understand community attitudes about community engagement and consultation.
The short online survey, prepared by Harbinger Consultants, will remain open until 31 July.
Harbinger Consultants' Director John Armstrong said that he regularly received mixed messages from community members about consultation processes.


Alan Fletcher Research Station E-Petition

Submitted by webmaster on Sun, 15/05/2011 - 8:21pm

The historic Alan Fletcher Research Station is situated on a pleasant reach of the Brisbane river.
Its research functions were recently transferred to the new Bogga Road Research Precinct making it a prime candidate for inclusion in Brisbane green space available for community use.  The site is also ideally located to provide connectivity to the Sherwood Arboretum.  Addition of this green space would be in line with Brisbane City Council policy.


Council removal of River trees

Submitted by k8ando on Sun, 24/04/2011 - 4:14pm

Has anyone else something to say about the Council's decision to remove so many of the trees along the river?

Have you seen how many are tagged for removal along Nadine Street in Graceville?

Won't the removal of so many trees cause greater river bank erosion if there is any further flooding?

Are they planning to just 'take' them away? What will this do to those ecosystems that rely on/interact with the trees?

How can the Council justify the removal of so many trees for being 'structurally unsound'? Some of these trees are surely 50-100 years old. They would have withstood numerous high tides, localised flooding and the 1974 floods!

I would like to see a 'Friends of the River Trees' group action.

Graceville Sherwood Neighbourhood Plan

Submitted by Andrew Spalding on Tue, 19/04/2011 - 7:52am

After over eight years of work we are in the final stages of getting our Neighbourhood Plan.

When Campbell Newman was first campaigning for Lord Mayor of Brisbane he promised to put in place a process to review the old Local Area Plans.

Our previous Local Area Plan, called the Walter Taylor South Local Area Plan was the result of two years of community consultation. It eventually became part of the Brisbane City Plan although it was reduced to about three pages. In practice it proved to have a number of deficiencies including:


2011 Floods

Submitted by Andrew Spalding on Tue, 19/04/2011 - 7:43am

The recent severe flooding in parts of our neighbourhood covered by the Sherwood Neighbourhood Plan has caused us to reflect on what changes, if any, should be made to the plan.

Our hearts go out to residents, property owners and business that have been affected by the flood.

The Queensland Government Commission of Enquiry will provide a significant amount of resources to analysing why the flood occurred and what should be done in the future to reduce flooding and mitigate its effects.

The Brisbane City Council has approved a new planning instrument allowing Brisbane flood victims to raise their homes one metre higher than the 8.5 metre flood limit without applying for special approval. Developers will have to ensure essential services are flood proof or built above flood levels. The existing maximum height of 8.5 metres for the home’s highest point will remain for houses not affected by flood.



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