Thomas Street Park

The latest design for the Thomas Street Park from our local landscape architects, translating the 1000 ideas of consultation from over 330 people.

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Please make a submission to Council about their draft proposal - the key requirement for an open green space for multiple purposes is not delivered in the Council plan. There are many pathways and structures that cut up the space so that it is not well used. Here is a template letter for submissions for you to use as well.

West End Urban Common Project submission generic

The submission email address is



Thomas Street Park Submission

This new park is West End's only chance to create a truely public green square big enough to support the life of the main street. WECA has worked with local landscape architects and volunteers, and conducted over 30 hours of community consultation. People shared with us over 1000 ideas for the Thomas Street Park. Here are the key themes, a draft concept plan, and our critique of council's proposal.

West End Urban Common Project submission letter
Thomas Street Submission

General Update

There has been lots of actions with the Little Streets Action Group on traffic and transport action. We will update our website shortly. Also come to our AGM to hear more, contact us if you are in the East of Montague Rd area to be part of this group.

Liquor and Gaming
There has also been a lot of action on licensed venues to address license applications -
The Montague Hotel licence for liquor and gaming

Gaming Regulation to grant a Commercial Hotel Licence and Gaming Machine Licence (for 10 machines) for a new hotel to be housed in a refit of the existing commercial building at 363 Montague Road, West End (on the corner of Kurilpa St). Proposed licensed hours will be from 10am to 12midnight - Sunday & Saturday, with an addition half hour allowable for gaming machine operations after midnight in line with State Government policy.
We are strongly opposed to a gaming licence on the peninsula and have contacted Jackie's Trads Office to call on a response to this. We are awaiting a reply.
The Pig N Whistle hotel in the former Era bar has made an application for extended trading hours from 9 am- 3 am. We do not support the extended trading hours and have met with the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) to voice our concerns.
Follow up to the Boundary Hotel Sunday night issues: meeting with West End Police, OLGR and members of the Liquor Accord to come to agreements to implement improvements over the coming weeks. We have had discussions with the Boundary and they are making changes to the Sunday sessions. This is a very welcome change.

We will be hosting at Community Forum with The Westender on 8 December on nightlife in West End.

We have been looking at the new DA on the Distance Education site by Pradella - a very poor outcome for the community. Where is the park? This really highlights how important it is that all of the 7 parks in West End that we campaigned for be zoned for - if it is zoned for then it is locked in as a space to be provided. The lack of zoning means the greenspace in the area is being "lost" - not provided or handed over to the developers to provide public space that is privately owned and managed. In Pradella's case this is largely accounted for by a hard surface lane, and footpaths. it is absolutely appalling that this can pass off as public space.
More to come on this one. Today's updates are already very long.

Community Consultation – Green Space Strategy and new Thomas Street Park

During the West End festival we hosted community consultation by WECA volunteers and design professionals.  We were at the kiosk on People's Park all week and did 30 hours of consultation.  We spoke with over 330 people and gathered 1000s of ideas on
- West End hopes and fears and what you want for your area
- The Greenspace Strategy
- The Thomas St Park

We collected an amazing array of ideas - please see our poster on the Thomas St Park ideas.  We are working with local landscape architects to get a design for this park as it is the first and only park in 20 years to be given to the community.  It is central in West End and a publicly owned public space.  We want to make sure that the ideas and planning incorporates the richness of community ideas as well as the professional expertise of our local architects.  This is a huge opportunity for the community.

Green Space Strategy - we launched during the West End Festival. It is a peninsula wide study by local landscape architects who have developed a plan that re purposes 11 hectares of green space.  We are calling on support of this strategy in this petition: Maximise Green Space in West End.  Please sign this.  We also have a couple of hundred signatures that we gathered during the festival.

Have you heard about the Kiosk/toilet block plans on Boundary St?  See the attached plans to this document.  We are not in support of $200K+ being flushed away for a street facing toilet block in the middle of our main street - the design looks like it belongs in a prison.  This design also removes the street front Kiosk that is used traditionally by aboriginal groups and other groups with minimal resources to provide them with a place on the street.  It was designed with the local community in 1992 and is the only of its kind in Brisbane and greatly adds to the character of the place.

Please support the petition to Save the Boundary St Kiosk on BBC e petition site.  (again we took many signatures during the festival and also keen to have more signatures).

The petitions close on 23 November 2015


Planning for People Rally

Thanks to all who came out last Sunday for the Brisbane Residents United Rally that we have been heavily involved in leading.  Hundreds came to the streets and walked united We had residents and resident action groups from over 40 areas across Brisbane as well as Redlands, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.  We also had environment and transport advocacy groups with us.  The Greens and Labor were also at the event to walk with and listen to the community.
This event has led to even closer relations with surrounding areas - the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast group leaders also lead networks of 15-20 groups under their umbrella.  There is a very strong recognition that change will happen by being united.  This represents a huge network based on aligned values and trust - and a shared aim to collaborate for better planning and development outcomes. This was one of the most important outcomes of the Rally.  We are in discussion about the Candidate Forum for February and also key issues for the upcoming council election as well as response to the state government planning bill. Please see the Brisbane residents United website and facebook and twitter @bneresidents to follow us.

Day of Action

An update from the West End Community Association on proposed developments in the area.

Featuring WECA President Erin Evans.

Film by Steph Vajda

Creative Commons 2015

Related development in Sydney

In March Dr Erin Evans went to visit a PAYCE/Sekisui House development in Sydney with Cr Helen Abrahams and Terri Butler MP to see first hand what a mega-development of the scale proposed for the Absoe site looks and feels like.

Here is a photo gallery of that visit.

Follow up to WECA Briefing

Hello Neighbours and Friends,

Thanks to all who came to our WECA Briefing event on a chilly Wednesday evening (3 June). It was great to hear your questions and considerable concerns about the former Distance Ed and Absoe sites. One of the issues we discussed was that submissions to object to the Development Applications (DAs) are important and necessary - AND we are also doing other things.

Some actions that were discussed to raise awareness of development issues and gain better outcomes:

  • door knocking to let people know key concerns about the development. Can you do some door knocking? Can you put some coordination in place to help us?
  • a kiosk on Boundary St - can you spare some time to man this with us?
  • creative direct actions - we are always interested in ideas about actions that get attention and make impact.
  • got a couple of lines you would like to say and share with the public? Tweets or for signs (including the church).

We are currently preparing a key issues/Frequently Asked Questions sheet so that you can send or speak to others. Here is one for the Distance Ed site. We will send through the Absoe site one in a couple of days. This weekend we are working on our website and will have materials up on there for easier access.

Thanks to you all and our best wishes to you

Have a great long weekend!


Community Action Network Awards

Do you know a local community hero ? The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre is holding its Community Action Network Awards next month, and are looking for nominations from the public.

There are a broad range of categories - individual and groups. Please see the Westender article below.

The CAN (Community Action Network) Awards recognise and celebrate the people, businesses and community groups working to make a positive change in the inner city of Brisbane.

Anyone can make a nomination and winners are decided by a panel of independent community leaders.