Party calls on Brisbane council and state government to turn ABC Toowong site into a park


Public and active transportation committee chair Ryan Murphy (Chandler) said the council’s technical investigations into the potential alignment of the bridge are ongoing.

“… Therefore, it is too early for the board to confirm whether this location would be suitable or not,” he said.

The old ABC site at 600 Coronation Drive in Toowong, Brisbane.Credit:The Greens

“If it is determined that a section of 600 Coronation Drive is a preferred landing point, council will initiate investigations to determine land requirements. “

Cr Murphy said it was a shame the site was first sold to Sunland developers in 2013.

Sunland drew up several large-scale development plans for the site that were pushed back by council and courts, before bringing the site to market in September during the COVID-19 crisis.

“It could have been the perfect site for a scenic park leading to a landing site for the West End Green Bridge in Toowong,” he said.

Mr Berkman said there was a “once-in-a-decade” chance of returning the land to the public, with the expression of interest campaign ending in a week’s time.

“There is currently a construction crisis, so if a private developer buys the site it will probably sit empty for years, and then one day they will build high-rise apartments,” he said.

“It would also be a city building project: a new south shore for the west side.”

Mr Dick said he had “not once heard” Mr Berkman call on the government to invest in “job-creating incentives” during the pandemic.

Cr Murphy said the board is committed to fully funding the Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek Bridges if needed.

“We will invest up to $ 550 million to build new green bridges, which represents at least two-thirds of the cost of implementing the program.

“We will continue to seek contributions from state and federal governments for the remainder of the Green Bridges program. “

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