This week Council has had a special 4 day sitting to debate and discuss the draft City Plan for Brisbane.
The LNP administration has decided to allow 9.5metre houses to be built "as of right." Despite around 200 submissions from Wynnum Manly residents, this week's City Plan debate will bring the new rule into law. The community can have input into houses over 9.5metres, but you need to know it is happening and I will publicise any of these applications as widely as possible.
You may also know that Council has small lot design guidelines which govern the type and size of houses which can be built on blocks with frontages of less than 15 metres or areas of less than 450 square metres. The boundary clearance for side boundaries used to be one metre but some years ago was changed to 1.5 metres. Well, City Plan 2014 in its final draft has been amended to take it back to one metre! No more breezes in between houses.
Also the 300 square metre subdivisions within 200 metres of shops have been approved despite strong opposition. Built to the boundary walls are allowed on these blocks.
In low medium density areas, which is mainly the hill at Manly there has also been changes. Units can be built to 3 storeys in height which means 11.5 metres to the eaves within 400 metres walking distance of any of the entrances to Manly railway station provided the land is zoned low medium density.
I will have a fact sheet available soon for residents to learn more about the changes to the City Plan.
Posted by webmaster on Friday, 07 February 2014 @ 20:23:22
Australia Day 2014
The Wynnum Manly Australia Day Breakfast is on again this year on Sunday 26th January. It will be held at Bandstand Park on the Esplanade. There will be free food - sausage sizzle, pancakes and damper. There will be entertainment on the bandstand with a children's show, a bush band and some old time rock and roll. There will be five show rides free of charge as well. The colouring in competition is on again and closes at 8.30am and you must be there at 9.30am to claim a prize if you win. Extra entry forms are available from Wynnum Manly Leagues Club or my office.
See you there with thousands of others!
In the event the rain intervenes we will be having a morning tea at the Leagues Club starting at 9am. The Scope Award and the colouring in competition winners will still be awarded.
Posted by webmaster on Saturday, 25 January 2014 @ 19:05:21
Meals on Wheels New Home
Meals on Wheels and Wynnum Manly Netball to get a new home. Brisbane City Council has announced that Wynnum Meals on Wheels and Wynnum Manly Netball are to relocate to the block of land at 880 Manly Road, Wakerley.
Meals on Wheels will build a state of the art kitchen. They have in excess of $2 000 000 in the bank which will hopefully more than cover the costs. They were gifted land on Wondall Road some years ago which they sold to developers.
The Netball Association are currently located on a council license at Cox Park Lota. They have no funds for redevelopment. They may be able to share toilet, canteen and meeting facilities with Meals on Wheels.However they will also need lights and both hard and grass courts.
The land at 880 Manly Road slopes so considerable earthworks will be required to provide flat land for netball courts. Contouring may be necessary.
To date no commencement and completion date has been announced for the project but I believe it should be completed before the next council election to be held in March 2016.
I look forward to the official Council timeline being announced in the near future.
Posted by webmaster on Monday, 09 December 2013 @ 16:18:30
Wynnum Central Development Further Delays
Finally the LNP Administration at City Hall has made some decisions on the old Wynnum Central School site which they purchased from the State Government over 18 months ago.
However THE major decision is to conceal Council’s plans for redevelopment of the commercial part of the site. The plans will be released on 31st January 2016, just two months before the next Council election.
Wynnum Central is crying out for redevelopment. It needs the plans to be released NOW and debated in the local community before they are finalised. Then the plans need to be promoted to the development community. What we do NOT need is to have the plans concealed for two years and released only when it is politically convenient for the LNP administration.
I have said previously I support council advertising for a cinema operator on the site and council being prepared to offer a minimal rent for a period, perhaps five years, to allow the operator to get established.
For those many thousands of Wynnum Manly residents who would like to see a cinema operating in the area this is one of the last chances so I urge you to get behind my proposal.
Apart from a cinema the school land is in the middle of the eight storey area under the 2009 Wynnum Manly Neighbourhood Plan. Therefore I would be happy to see an eight storey apartment building or motel on the site.
Perhaps there would be space for two eight storey buildings. The more people we have living near Wynnum Central the more chance we have of it being revitalised. Doing nothing is not an option.
Prior to the 2012 council election the current Lord Mayor promised a new library for Wynnum Manly. I support him honouring his promise. The area of the school site on the Charlotte Street side where the dreadful old wooden buildings are is the obvious place for the new library.
The only plans that have been revealed by the LNP administration are that Council is to subdivide the school site into five blocks. There will be two 6000 square metre blocks, one for commercial use and one for community use. This second block will include the beautiful old brick building and the useless old wooden buildings. There will be two blocks of parkland which will which will stretch from Florence Street to Charlotte Street and there will be one volumetric underground subdivision which is necessary to facilitate an underground car park.
I call upon the LNP administration to release their ideas for the commercial use of the site immediately. They need to conduct public consultation on the plans before they are finalised. They need to promote the plans to the development community. Over to you Lord Mayor Quirk.
The community section is open for public consultation on December 12 in two sessions. The first is at 2pm to 5pm and the second 6pm to 8pm on the site.
Posted by webmaster on Friday, 29 November 2013 @ 16:48:54
Election 7 September
Now a date has been set I encourage everyone to ensure they are on the roll, which closes on Monday 12 August at 8pm. You can do this online at www.aec.qld.gov.au or visit the AEC in Wynnum at St Peter’s Church Hall, 86 Bride St Wynnum 8.30am to 5.30pm Friday, Saturday 10am to 4pm and Monday 8.30am to 8pm.
Posted by webmaster on Friday, 09 August 2013 @ 21:17:39
Plenty of Development Occurring in Wynnum Manly
Plenty of Development Occurring in Wynnum Manly
Recently the pace of development in Wynnum Manly has picked up. In Wynnum West the Fiteni Homes “Crawford Chase” subdivision continues. House and land packages range around the mid $500 thousands and are selling quickly. Also in Wynnum West the private townhouse project off Preston Road is nearly completed. This was the old Wynnum Tennis and Squash centre site. The townhouses will soon come on the market. Also in Wynnum West earthworks have commenced for 62 private townhouses on the corner of Kianawah and Ropley Roads and for a house and land package subdivision on the corner of Kianawah and Evelyn Roads.
Regis are more than doubling the capacity of their nursing home on Preston Road with another 53 high care rooms to be added to their existing stock of 39 rooms. Work is scheduled to be finished before Christmas.
Finally hot off the press is the announcement of the approval of 85 private townhouses at the old Wynnum North State school site bounded by Tingal Road, Prospect Street, McFadden Street and Uplands Terrace.
Posted by webmaster on Thursday, 06 June 2013 @ 19:35:11
Nominate your Green School
Is your school taking steps to reduce their ecological footprint, raising awareness and change in behaviour of students to the environment ?
Brisbane City Council has a ‘Big Strides Little Steps Sustainability Showcase Awards’ and I encourage our local schools to get involved.
There are two categories you can enter in. You must demonstrate how the program or project has been implemented to reduce the ecological footprint of the school and engage the school community in these programs or projects.
Posted by webmaster on Thursday, 28 March 2013 @ 19:28:50
There has been a significant application made to Council recently that I wish all residents to know about. The application number is A003 484 523, for a 4 storey building at the corner of Stratton Terrace and Cardigan Parade, currently a vacant lot. The proposal is for shop, restaurant, office, short term accommodation and multi-unit dwellings and onsite car parking. Public submissions opened on 24 January 2013 and close on 18 February 2013.
Posted by webmaster on Friday, 08 February 2013 @ 19:04:20
Australia Day 2013
Councillor Peter Cumming has announced that the Wynnum Manly Australia Day breakfast will be on as usual on Saturday January 26. This will mean a free sausage sizzle from 7.30 am, free pancakes, popcorn, icy cups, tea and damper, and water as well as free entertainment , free show rides, free face painting
Councillor Cumming said he had decided to fund the event from the council Suburban Improvement Fund . $ 18 000 had been allocated out of the total fund of $ 54 000.
Together with sponsorship from the Wynnum RSL and Caltex towards show rides and the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club towards publicity and the colouring in competition there would be sufficient funding to retain the day as a free event.
However the main reason it was able to be retained as a free event would be the thousands of hours of voluntary labour contributed by the Rotary Club of Wynnum and Manly, the Rotary Club of Port of Brisbane, the women’s service clubs Scope and Quota, the Wynnum Red Cross, Wynnum Scouts and Wynnum Girl Guides and the Wynnum Manly Historical Society.
Councillor Cumming said the Scope club would present their prestigious Australia Day citizenship award to the citizen of the year for the district.
For further information please contact Councillor Peter Cumming on 34032180 or 0409 260 955.
Posted by webmaster on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 @ 19:23:23
Cumming Concerns about City Plan Changes
Councillor Peter Cumming has expressed concerns about proposed changes to the Brisbane City Plan which will allow houses to be built ‘as of right’ 9.5m above natural ground level (NGL). The current ‘as of right’ height limit is 8.5m.
Cr Cumming said ‘he believed the change could cause considerable disquiet amongst property owners with bay views who would rightly fear losing all or part of the views they had paid many thousands of dollars for.’
Cr Cumming said ‘the changes proposed by the City’s LNP Administration went even further with the level of assessment required for houses over the new 9.5m limit being reduced from Impact Assessment to Code Assessment. This would mean an application for a 10 or 11 metre house could be made and approved without side or back neighbours or property owners across the street having any idea what was happening.’ The current impact assessment, which has been removed, required advertising in a newspaper, notifying neighbours and installing a sign on site.
Even worse provisions in the current City Plan, which required council planners to ‘ensure houses over 8.5m above ground level do not adversely affect outlook or views’ when considering applications for houses above the ‘as of right’ limit has been deleted.
Cr Cumming predicted a lot of community angst and friction if the changes are introduced.
Currently there were occasional issues arising in this area of town planning, Cr Cumming said, but this would open possibilities for new and lifted houses which would create massive conflict in the community.
‘The areas mainly affected are Wynnum Manly Ward would be the hills at Manly, the terraces area of Wynnum and Manly and the hill at Wynnum North. However, views towards the city from Wynnum West and Manly West could also be wiped out’, Cr Cumming said.
Cr Cumming said ‘there would be a period set aside for submissions to be made on the new City Plan and anyone interested in the issue should email him at email@example.com or phone his office on 3403 2180.
Posted by webmaster on Thursday, 27 December 2012 @ 17:08:23
Rally to Save Wynnum Hospital and Nursing Care Unit
This morning Saturday the 10th of November several hundred people gathered in pouring rain to protest the State government's proposed closure of the Wynnum Hospital and Moreton Bay Nursing Care Unit.
First, let’s review some HISTORY relating to the Wynnum Hospital. Back in the 60s and 70s there was a campaign to get a hospital for Wynnum/Manly. I am told there was a sign, I believe on Wynnum Rd, which stated, POPULATION 40 000 and no hospital. Now 30 years after the Wynnum Hospital was built perhaps we should put up another sign POPULATION 60 000 and BACK TO HAVING NO HOSPITAL.
I believe the Wynnum Hospital performs three very important functions for the community.
Firstly, it provides a 24hr GP service. I have heard numerous stories of how important a service this is. Families with children, including my own, have relayed their experiences of presenting to the hospital late at night and receiving excellent service from the doctors rostered to work. Now we hear that in just over a week from the 19th of November, services will be cut to only 14 hours a day with no doctors to be rostered on duty between 10pm and 8am. Furthermore, the Wynnum Hospital services costs the local residents NOTHING! How much will the alternative service cost if it ever comes into existence . Will it leave residents $30, $50 or $100 per visit out of pocket?
There are a lot of people struggling to make ends meet in this district; will they be able to afford this new service? If it ever arrives? The Wynnum Hospital has 21 beds. I believe they are all important 15 of the beds are used to allow Wynnum Manly residents to recuperate from major operations performed in other hospitals. This allows local families to visit their loved ones in the local area. 6 of the beds perform the even more important function of palliative care.
I have spoken to many local residents in the past 2 weeks about the Wynnum Hospital and heard many stories of how grateful people have been over the years for the treatment their relatives have received in palliative care at the Hospital. The population of Wynnum has increased substantially since the Hospital was first opened in 1981. We deserve an improved hospital not NO hospital at all.
I turn now to the Moreton Bay Nursing Care Unit. My investigations reveal this facility was built in the early 70s, which makes it 40 years old. It is the only public nursing home in the district. The next nearest one is at Cleveland, near the Redlands Hospital,and it is full. The number of beds occupied appears to be 88. The unit has a fine reputation for looking after residents with great care and a lovely attitude. Perhaps most importantly, most of the residents are locals from the Wynnum Manly area. This allows families to visit them easily. If the unit closed, where will residents be transferred to – Redlands which is full, or possibly some private facility in some other more distant suburb.
As published in the Herald this week, there is much concern about the loss of services in our area. I have included the link to sign the online petition or you can contact my office for a copy to be sent to you. http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petition?PetNum=1994
I hope we can see a decision of maintaining and funding these services with public support. Friend us on Facebook SaveWynnumHospitalMoretonBayNursingCareUnit
The Wynnum Manly Leagues Club and their satellite clubs and the Wynnum RSL have agreed to have the petition on their front desks. If you are involved with any other groups please get everyone to sign up.
We are having a protest rally on Saturday 10th November at 10am at the carpark on the New Lindum Road side of the Moreton Bay Nursing Care Unit ( near the corner of New Lindum and Wynnum Roads . Come along and help build up the pressure on the State Government to reverse it decision.
Posted by webmaster on Friday, 02 November 2012 @ 19:28:45
Wynnum Hospital Community Forum
I attended this event on Wednesday night, where 300 plus people attended. I went hoping for a commitment from the Metro South Hospital and Health Board for improvements to the Wynnum Hospital. Instead I heard of plans to close the hospital and the Moreton Bay Nursing Care Unit.
The 24/7 GP services offered by the hospital would be lost as would the 15 rehab beds and 6 palliative care beds normally occupied by local residents. In addition the people occupying the 93 beds at the Nursing Care Unit would have to transfer to another non Wynnum Manly home.
In return the Hospital and Health Board would build a large clinic with plenty of GPs, specialists, and a community health centre with social and community services.
The current facilities would not close until the new clinic had been opened, but this is not a good outcome for our community.
Please let me know if you want a petition to sign and look out for petitions at street stalls tomorrow.
Posted by webmaster on Friday, 26 October 2012 @ 18:50:16
Energex Community Grant
Each year Energex provides financial support to community groups, recognised volunteer organisations and schools to deliver projects like wildlife rescue, revegetation of river banks, school veggie patches, even healthy lifestyle education programs.
Energex is now calling for on-line nominations for the next round of the Energex Community and Sustainability Fund. Go to www.energex.com.au and follow the link to apply.
Nominations close Wednesday 31 October 2012
Posted by webmaster on Friday, 19 October 2012 @ 19:15:26
Eyesore to Disappear
Councillor Peter Cumming said that approval had been given for the redevelopment of the Manly eyesore as he described it, which is the building behind 443 Esplanade, Manly, which is the Cuttle Fish Café.
Councillor Cumming said that the applicant had applied to demolish the building sometime ago but Council had refused. Subsequently, an appeal was lodged and 12 months later, approval was given for the renovation of the rear building (the eyesore) to be used as offices within 2 storeys. The restaurant at the front of the site will remain. Car parking will be provided at the rear of the site.
Councillor Cumming said that under planning law, unfortunately the applicant had 4 years to complete the development but he hoped that it would be completed much sooner than that.
Posted by webmaster on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 @ 18:46:59