Pro-Forma Submission Letter for Proposed Call In of the Absoe site

Pro-Forma Submission Letter to Jackie Trad on the Proposed Call In Notice of the Absoe site

On July 27 Jackie Trad issued a proposed call in notice under the Sustainable Act 2009 to reassess and re decide the Absoe development application.  The submission letters are important as the Minister is assessing whether and to what extent that she may call in the development.  We need the Minister to know how critical this development site is to the community and what we want.

The closing date for submission letters is 18 August 2016

We have prepared a pro-forma submission letter for you to use.  It needs to be signed and for you to provide your name and address.  Note that you can request that these details are withheld from any public display.

The Word format document allows you to use our letter as a basis and for you to provide your own additional comments.

Proforma submission -Proposed Call In (Word document)

The PDF version can just be filled in, signed, and sent.

Proforma submission -Proposed Call In (PDF document)

Submission details:

By Post:

Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
PO Box 15009
City East Qld 4000



If you are emailing the letter then please cc us

If you have issues getting this to the Minister in time then please contact us and we will do what we can to assist.

Thanks for your assistance!

The WECA Appeal Team

Distance Education site submissions

If you would like to make a submission to the development application regarding the old Distance Education site, please see below for a template where we have put together a number of key points.

20160418 Submission template Distance Ed site A004115562

You can use the text as is, and email it to but you have to sign and date your letter to make it a legitimate submission, as well as add your address. You can specify whether or not your address is withheld, or published with your submission. Just add "Address to be withheld."

Submissions close on the 21st of April 2016.


Jonathan Sri response to Little Streets

Dear Residents and Members of Little Streets!

Thanks so much for your very detailed submission. As the Greens candidate for the Gabba Ward, I have the authority to respond to your questions and make local policy commitments both on my own behalf and on behalf of Ben Pennings, the Greens candidate for Lord Mayor.

My responses should be read in combination with my responses to WECA's candidate letter, which I understand has already been shared with residents through the WECA mailing list. As a keen cyclist, and someone who's passionate about sustainable transport systems, I'm committed to transforming the Montague Road neighbourhood into a safe, walkable neighbourhood, where walking and cycling are the primary modes of local transport.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me by phone (0432 184 942) or email ( More details about where I stand on local issues can be found at

I'm pleased to confirm that if elected I will push for a new Local Area Traffic Management Plan (with sufficient funding allocated in the 2016/17 BCC budget).

I appreciate the practical, cost-effective immediate solutions proposed in your submission. I note that in the long-term, the only way to permanently address parking and traffic congestion issues on the peninsula is to encourage more commuters to travel by public/active transport. Among other solutions, the Greens are proposing major reductions in the cost of public transport, and a new bridge linking West End to Toowong. This bridge would be closed to private vehicles, but (subject to further planning and consultation with residents) would perhaps remain open to buses and/or light rail services, providing strong incentives for commuters from the inner-western suburbs to travel by public transport or bike rather than car.

As explained on my website at, I'm also fully supportive of separated bike lanes along Montague Road, traffic islands down the middle of Montague, a redesign of the Vulture-Montague intersection to make it more pedestrian-friendly, and safe pedestrian crossings at or near key crossing points including Victoria, Raven and Anthony Streets.

Perhaps most importantly, I'm strongly supportive of dropping speed limits to 30km/h on all the little streets which are currently zoned 40 or 50km/h (subject of course, to approval from local residents). Dropping (and enforcing) the speed limit is one of the most effective practical disincentives to rat-running, and will make for quieter, safer, pedestrian-friendly streets.

I'm pleased to support all of the immediate 'signs and lines' solutions listed in your submission, with the following exceptions, which I feel I need to seek more advice on from traffic planning experts before committing to:

installing the 'no left turn' signs from Hardgrave Rd onto Victoria St, Archibald St and Skinner St (I know at least one Skinner St resident who works early morning shifts in Fairfield and would find it extremely difficult not being able to turn left into his street on his way home in the mornings)

  • the possible closure of one end of Drake St
  • as I said above, I'm committed to a redesign of the Vulture-Montague intersection, but will seek further advice as to whether a roundabout is definitely the best solution
  • some street clusters suggested additional street closures - I'm open to short-term trials of this idea, but would obviously need to consult further before confirming my position in this respect.

Ultimately, many of the problems highlighted in your submission stem from the rampant over-development of the Kurilpa Peninsula, which in turn is a result of the undemocratic influence that property developers exert over city council. Our local and state government framework continues to heavily favour developers over residents, and some of the Queensland government's proposed amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 will only entrench this problem further. I believe we need to increase pressure on the Queensland government and Brisbane City Council to ban political parties from accepting donations from property developers and other major corporations, and work to break up the network of influence between property developers, land speculators and senior government officials that continues to undermine our democracy.

Thanks again for the opportunity to respond to your submission, and for the many hours of valuable volunteer work you've put in to this submission. In a better world, council would take more responsibility for resourcing and supporting groups like Little Streets, and I will continue to fight for a system where local planning and development decisions are decentralised so that ordinary residents have a greater say in the future of their neighbourhoods.

Warm regards,
Jonathan Sri
Greens Candidate for the Gabba Ward

Candidates Responses: Nicole Lessio

Please find below the responses to our Letter to the Candidates from Nicole Lessio, Gabba Ward candidate from the ALP.

1. Parks/open/green space

I'm really excited by the concepts presented in the Green Space Strategy prepared by local landscape architects in conjunction with WECA. So much so that I have committed to extend the idea beyond the peninsula. The Gabba Ward has been the subject of rampant development without the benefit of additional infrastructure and public space. I'm committed to working with the community to find that space through a Green Space Strategy for The Gabba.

According to the responsible Council officer, the Thomas Street park was supposed to begin construction this month with the design they had created after our feedback. Addressing this design would be a priority should I be elected - time is of the essence.

2. Development

A Rod Harding Labor Council will fix CityPlan and stick to it. We know there have been so many exceptions to the rules that there may as well be no rules at all. Neighbourhood Plans and CityPlan are a contract with the residents - that this LNP Council has broken time and again. I want people in The Gabba Ward to have confidence that the plan means what it says.

The Absoe site is a very significant one for our community. Any plans for this site need to adhere to the SBRNP and City Plan.

The same applies to the Distance Education site - however, with some approvals already in place for some parts of the site, ensuring compliance going forward will be the priority (and challenge).

3. Traffic, transport and mobility

I believe that an integrated traffic management plan is required and will fight to ensure this is created and implemented. This will need to have the scope to investigate options such as speed reductions, partial street closures, traffic calming and pedestrian and cycle safety.

'Commuter' parking is a challenge affecting our streets that I know only too well. Some residents have discussed extending the 2P parking area to include those streets that aren't currently. This will require extensive consultation as there are challenges as well as benefits.

Public transport is too expensive and we need more innovative solutions to get more people out of their cars. Labor's 'Fare Free Friday' will give immediate relief to household budgets and encourage drivers to give public transport a try while we await the fare review the State government is undertaking.
Labor is committed to bringing light rail back to Brisbane with pedestrian/cycle access on a bridge across to UQ. Moving more people and freeing up buses to service the suburbs.

I am supportive of the Bicycle Queensland proposal to increase safety on Stanley St - active travel is vital to cut congestion on our small but very busy streets.

4. Events

I was pleased to sit in on Better Gabba Board meetings where community members were unanimous in their support of WECA events - in fact, I believe WECA has received more funding from the LMSIF than any other organisation. I am very supportive of these wonderful community events and, should I be elected, commit to assisting to reduce costs wherever I can.

5. Local commercial retail

A vibrant and diverse local economy is vital to our community - but it doesn't happen on its own. Rod Harding has announced that a Labor administration will create an Office of Economic Development (currently a function of Brisbane Marketing) and a $12 million 'Energising Suburban Villages' fund to revitalise our retail precincts.

Brisbane is at a critical juncture - we cannot afford another four years of unfettered and unsustainable development. If we want to change the culture, we have to change the Council.