Press Release: Brisbane Residents Unite to Call on Better Planning for People

Brisbane Residents Unite to Call on Better Planning for People

Brisbane Residents United are running a campaign to “Know More” and are launching with a Rally Sunday 15 November starting at 10 am at Reddacliff Place walking to City Botanic Gardens for speeches and entertainment.

“We have had responses from all over Brisbane as well as Redlands, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast of residents groups as well as groups advocating better heritage, transport and environment who will be attending the event,” said Elizabeth Handley spokesperson and founding President of Brisbane Residents United.

“We have struck a nerve as people are fed up of government saying they are listening and to the people and not delivering” Ms Handley said.

Brisbane Residents United was formed 4 years ago due to concerns about planning and development of our city. We are seeing many of the excesses and issues that we warned of.

This is a critical time for the future of our city, as the State government planning reform is proceeding and with Council campaigning in full swing.

Brisbane Residents United’s KNOW MORE campaign:

  • KNOW MORE about planning in your city and how to get more involved.
  • Governments should KNOW MORE about what people want and need.
  • Tell them ‘NO MORE ignoring our voices, these are our places & spaces’.Planning issues impacts everybody and this is a rally for all to come out and voice what they want for their communities. Families, friends, pets and picnic blankets are welcome.

People are encouraged to find out more at www.brisbaneresidentsunited.org and a Facebook event has been created at http://on.fb.me/1M0SA8J

Media contacts:

Elizabeth Handley 0404 833 057

Erin Evans 0448 848 016

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Press Release: Brisbane Residents United is bringing community groups together on Sunday 15 November

Brisbane Residents United is bringing community groups together on Sunday 15 November to send a clear message to state and local governments that people count when it comes to planning for their communities.

“This Sunday starting 10am at Reddacliff Place in the Brisbane CBD, we will be walking as one to highlight just how dissatisfied people are with planning and development decisions” said Elizabeth Handley, founding President of Brisbane Residents United.

“City and Neighbourhood Plans are supposed to offer some degree of certainty, but as with the decision with the proposed towers at the ABC site at Toowong, people are left scratching their heads and wondering how on earth something could have been approved”. This is a pattern being repeated all over the Brisbane and surrounding areas.

There has been growing concern across Brisbane and other Queensland cities about over development, with inappropriate heights and densities being approved without supporting infrastructure, green space or public transport options.

Brisbane Residents United is calling on a planning system for today and the future that is built on fairness, equality and sustainability.

“We want to make it very clear that we are not anti development – we are calling for quality development in the right places and protection for the things that matter, from open spaces and bushland to our suburbs and much-loved historic houses and places.” Ms Handley said.

“The draft bill is currently under consideration by the State government, making this is an opportune time to let our state MPs know that the planning matters for the people. We want planning to deliver better outcomes for the people” said Ms Handley.

“People are beginning to realise that developer donations and influence have been behind Labor and LNP decisions for too long, and with an election looming for Brisbane City Council next March they will have plenty to say at the ballot box”.

Brisbane Residents United say that this event will help show both levels of government that people expect a greater say in what happens to our city and suburbs. It will also show them that we want to protect our unique parks, heritage and lifestyle. We have been shut out of the decision-making process for too long and it’s time we were brought back in. This is all about people standing up for better city planning.

The event will finish with some short speeches and family entertainment at the City Botanic Gardens. Families, friends, pets and picnic blankets are welcome.

People are encouraged to find out more at www.brisbaneresidentsunited.org and a Facebook event has been created at http://on.fb.me/1M0SA8J

Brisbane Residents United’s KNOW MORE campaign:

  • KNOW MORE about planning in your city and how to get more involved.
  • Governments should KNOW MORE about what people want and need.
  • Tell them ‘NO MORE ignoring our voices, these are our places & spaces’.

Media contact: Elizabeth Handley 0404 833 057

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Press Release: Community Alliance calls for more time to consider new planning laws

Community Alliance calls for more time to consider new planning laws
14 October 2015

Environment and community groups are calling on Minister for Planning, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to extend the consultation period for the government’s draft planning bills, saying the community has not had time to properly consider the proposed new laws.

The Deputy Premier released a package of three planning bills and five supporting documents on the 10 September for six-weeks consultation ending 23 October. Group representatives say the consultation process run by the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) has been totally inadequate and community awareness is extremely low about the proposed new planning laws.

Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) spokesperson Karen Robinson said most peak regional conservation groups had not been notified of Meet The Planner sessions held around the state despite assurances from DILGP that they “would have been”.

“The Department’s consultation process has been token at best. While meetings were held in a number of major population centres there was minimal publicity and extremely short notice in most cases. The Department has focused consultation on aspects of the draft bill of interest to the Department, rather than seeking the community’s opinion. They seem to be ignoring the fact that many people have valuable first-hand experience with the planning laws from a community perspective.”

EDO Qld separately organised several community meetings on both the Better Planning for Queensland Directions Paper and the Draft Planning Bill in order to bolster public understanding of the draft laws. Queensland Environmental Defenders Office (EDO Qld) spokesperson Revel Pointon said her organisation was concerned that the Department was not actively capturing the issues raised by people who took the time to attend the Meet The Planner and community meetings.

“The Department has confirmed that these meetings were primarily information sessions and that they are relying solely on people making submissions if they want their concerns to be taken into account. Issues raised by people who attended the meetings have not been recorded as part of the consultation on the draft bills.”

Brisbane Residents United (BRU) spokesperson Elizabeth Handley said the proposed new planning laws would reduce certainty for the community with no guarantee that development will be required to comply with approved planning schemes and local plans.

“Our members are extremely concerned with many aspects of the proposed planning laws and, like other community groups, we have not had enough time or information to properly respond to these proposed planning laws. The new framework stretches to over 1000 pages of complex planning law. If this government wants meaningful input from the community, we need more time. ”

The groups are calling on the Deputy Premier to extend consultation on the draft bills by at least four more weeks and to instruct DILGP to hold more Meet The Planner sessions around the state and especially in South East Queensland.

Contacts: QCC – Karen Robinson M: 0403 017184
EDOQ – Revel Pointon M: 0424 313 627
Brisbane Residents United – Elizabeth Handley M: 0404 833057