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!


Draft changes to Brisbane City Plan

UPDATE - WECA has collated materials from across recent months in the lead-up to the deadline for submissions on the draft CityPlan proposals from City Council. Thanks to all the members, professionals and experienced community hands that contributed. You can read WECA's submission here.

SUBMISSIONS DUE TUESDAY 30TH JULY 2013...please take some time to register your views on the proposed changes to the draft City Plan. you can follow the online submission form here. Urban Planning Prof Phil Heywood published a fine article that summarises the key changes, read his article here.