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The Greens have called on Brisbane City Council to ask the State Government for a lease on the old Drift restaurant site at Milton.
Brendan O’Malley, Westside News, February 17, 2020
Candidate for Paddington ward Donna Burns put out the challenge on Monday and launched an online petition.
“The Drift platform has lain vacant and in disrepair since it was damaged in the 2011 flood,” she said.
“For nine long years the people of Brisbane have had to put up with an unsightly, dangerous structure on one of the most popular and picturesque stretches of the Brisbane River.
“I’ve been consulting with locals about what they want to see there and they are coming up with great ideas, like a coffee stop for cyclists, a micro park, shaded picnic spots, a kids’ play area or markets.”
State Greens MP for the area, Michael Berkman, said he had written to local State MP, Kate Jones, the Minister responsible, Anthony Lynham, and Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, asking them to co-operate to open it up for public use.
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“I’ve written to the State member for the area Kate Jones, the Minister responsible Anthony
Lynham, and the Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, urging them to work together to transform the
site into an asset for public use,” Mr Berkman said.
“I’m really disappointed to see both levels of government dragging their feet over this issue. “The people of Brisbane just want to see it dealt with now.
“My recent community vote about buying back the former ABC site to create a riverside park
showed enormous support for more public green space in this area, and the Drift site would be a welcome addition.”
The matter has been a political football almost since the restaurant was swept away from its moorings in the 2011 floods, with the State Government and Council insisting the problem lay with each other.
The political Mexican standoff is reminiscent of the debacle over the once majestic Broadway Hotel near The Gabba, which is now in a shocking state of dilapidation as both levels of government blame each other for failing to insist it be repaired.
Greens commit to doubling infrastructure charges
February 13, 2020
The Greens are committing to doubling infrastructure charges for residential development in inner-city wards, to raise $305 million annually for public services and facilities... The current infrastructure charges levied by the council was capped by the state government at $20,000 for one- or two-bedroom dwellings and $28,000 for dwellings with three or more bedrooms.
Greens councillor Jonathan Sri said developer contributions had not increased to match the rising cost of delivering footbridges, pedestrian crossings, public transport and parks.
Greens councillor calls for ban on flood-prone Brisbane development
January 22, 2020
Private development should be blocked from Brisbane's inner-city flood plain and such land should be converted to parkland, the Greens say. Gabba ward councillor Jonathan Sri is calling for a ban on for-profit residential, commercial and mixed-used developments that fall within Brisbane City Council's river and creek flood planning areas.
Greens demand closure of Mount Coot-tha Quarry in five years
December 4, 2019
The Greens are calling for the closure of Mount Coot-tha Quarry by 2025 and a full plan for its rehabilitation to released by the end of 2020. Maiwar MP Michael Berkman on Wednesday joined Greens candidates for the coming Brisbane City Council election in calling for the quarry, opened in the 1920s, to be transformed into a community recreation area.
Push for former ABC site at Toowong to be turned into a park
February 28, 2019
The Queensland government should investigate buying the former ABC site at Toowong and turning it into a public park, Greens MP Michael Berkman says.
It comes as the developers of the site, Sunland, are considering a new project for the riverside land after a resident's challenge to a proposed "champagne flute" apartment towers development was upheld last year.
Questions raised over council's $192 million spend
September 10, 2017
“A frequent complaint from residents of inner-city suburbs such as West End is that infrastructure charges collected from major development projects go into general revenue rather than being spent locally in the suburbs most directly impacted by rapid densification,” Cr Sri said.
Council candidates find solutions to counter empty shops
Brian Bennion, South-East Advertiser, February 7, 2020
EMPTY shopfronts have become a key issue for the southeast suburbs in the upcoming Brisbane City Council election with problems at Bulimba’s Oxford Street, Stones Corner and Westfield Carindale making headlines. LNP Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced a Suburban Shopfront Activation initiative yesterday, giving emerging businesses an opportunity to set up in empty shopfronts and bring new life to the suburbs. Cr Schrinner said the council would match property owners with temporary tenants and offer incentives of $2000 to help emerging businesses cover a temporary shop fit-out, visual merchandising and leasing costs and to owners of vacant shopfronts as an incentive to make their space available for short-term leases or lower rent. Cr Schrinner said registrations were now open for property owners and interested tenants to express interest in being matched and receive the $2000 incentive.
The Greens also announced a policy to introduce a vacancy levy to provide incentives to landlords to lower rents on homes and retail spaces to make them more affordable to tenants. The initiative would introduce a 5 per cent annual levy on capital-improved value, charged to owners who deliberately left homes, land and commercial properties vacant for more than six months of any 12-month period.
In January Labor’s mayoral candidate Patrick Condren revisited the party’s policy to scrap the footpath dining tax and announced a new “suburban taskforce” addressing parking and precinct improvements.