Friday, 28 March 2014

Brisbane Long Term Infrastructure Plan 2012-2031

  Brisbane Long Term Infrastructure Plan 2012-2031

This grandly named document came to council this week. It is supposed to list all projects needed for Brisbane for the 2012-2031 period.
There are a few interesting facts that were included. Brisbane City Council will run out of capacity at landfill sites by 2020. No doubt this is not being helped by Brisbane agreeing to take all of Redlands rubbish last year when Redlands ran out of landfill. There was no indication where any new dump would go but it was stated that BCC needed to work out a location in conjunction with other South East Queensland councils.
Another massive expensive tunnel project called East West Link which would run from Toowong to Woolloongabba is included. The timing was to have the tunnel built in 11 to 20 years. Perhaps the city will be able to afford this after paying off the major projects that have been already undertaken and the western suburbs tunnel Legacy Way which is being started now.
Reference is made to grade separating key railway open level crossings but no crossings are specified. Local residents will recall former Lord Mayor Campbell Newman’s promise in his 2003 campaign to build a flyover over the Lindum level crossing. This important upgrade remains in limbo.
A map entitled “Strategic community hubs”  shows a “community hub “ and a library somewhere in Wynnum West ,Manly West or Tingalpa. However Council has promised a new library and a community centre in Wynnum Central at the old Wynnum Central School Site recently so what is to happen at these other suburbs ? When I find out I will let you know. 40 % of Manly West and all of Tingalpa are in Doboy ward represented by my colleague John Campbell.
The Australia Trade Coast (ATC ) is the area south and north of the river comprising the Port of Brisbane, Lytton Industrial Estate and Hemmant and the Brisbane Airport industrial area. The ATC is expected to support around 33 000 additional jobs over the next 20 years. Can Wynnum Manly be one of the residential areas where many of these workers live ?
Another part of the Long Term Infrastructure Plan relates to major road network projects, These include the following;-
-          Wynnum Road from Shafston Avenue to Hawthorne Road some time in the next 10 years – no cost available
-          Wondall Road from Manly Road to Radford Road – $ 17 million - 6 to 10 years
-          Green Camp Road from Manly Road to Rickertt Road –$ 60 million -  6 to 10 years
-          Manly Road from Green Camp road to Preston Road – $ 60 million -  11 to 20 years
-          Tilley Road Extension from Wondall Road to Lytton Road – $ 60 million - 1 to 10 years
In relation to cycle infrastructure an arterial commuter cycle bikeway from the CBD to Carindale and Wynnum Manly in 6 to 10 years – no cost available.
The new district community hub whatever that means at Wynnum West Manly or Tingalpa has $ 10 million allocated and a timeframe of 6 to 20 years.
The major upgrade of existing district integrated facility for Wynnum which may be the new library has had $ 3.2 million allocated and has a 1-10 year framework. I have demanded the new library be open well before the next council election in March 2016.
A new district indoor sports facility is proposed for Wynnum Manly at the cost of $ 5 million in 1 to 5 years. As residents would know I am keen on sporting facilities to encourage people to play sport and keep fit so I will be seeking details of this proposal.
A new district park is proposed for 880 Manly Road which is in Doboy but close to Wynnum Manly. The cost is $ 4 million and the time frame 1-5 years. This park is also a possible site for a high quality netball facility for the district.
The plan also refers to the redevelopment of the Lota foreshore for $ 2 million sometime during the next 10 years but regretfully I believe this is an error as this amount has already been spent in the last couple of years. I would be delighted to see another $ 2 million spent but will have to clarify the situation.