Shayer Group has proposed a massive development for the Bulimba Barracks site for over 800 new dwellings. This development is one of the single biggest developments in Bulimba's history that will bring in an influx of 2,000 new residents, which will dramatically impact the future of the Bulimba peninsula.
This isn't a regular development application. Shayer Group are actually applying to change the Brisbane City Council City Plan to benefit their agenda.
Here are the key facts of Shayer Group's development application:
- it will remove of 844 of the 920 trees on the Barracks site, which include an array of established gums and other natives
- they have proposed the reduction of the required replanting of trees from 10% to 5% on the site
- the have proposed that the standard development application fee be cut from $500,000 to $87,910 - over an 80% reduction. These are crucial funds that should be spent on local infrastructure
- there is no provision of public housing or extra investment in public transport, which will be needed to accomodate for 2,000 new residents
- Tugulawa Park will become collateral damage in this development application, as it would be destroyed to establish a four lane road to access the development (even though there is already an existing access road
- Shayer Group's own traffic modelling demonstrates that the Apollo Road/Lytton Road intersection will reach complete gridlock by 2035 if this development goes ahead. There is no way to improve this intersection int eh future without resuming surrounding homes
The current system is broken. Developers already pay inadequate amounts to fund affordable housing, public transport and public infrastructure, to deal with the population increases that developments like this will bring. Shayer Group, like other property developers, are given enormous power to maximise their profits without concern for residents. Only as a community will be able to win to a better deal.
On Sunday November 21st, we hosted a community forum on the Barracks Development to equip residents with the facts of the application, and the impact it will have on their local community.
Our next move is to run a submissions workshop on Wednesday the 8th of December at 6:00 pm. It will be an opportunity for those who couldn't make it last time to learn more about the development, and to get practical assistance in making a submission. More details and RSVP here.