With Di Farmer MP and Cr Shayne Sutton
Local elected representatives Councillor Shayne Sutton, Di Farmer MP and Terri Butler MP have called on the Federal Government to allocate 10 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of the Bulimba Barracks towards local infrastructure improvements.
The representatives said this is only way to ensure local roads and community infrastructure is upgraded in a timely manner to cope with the population increase expected from the site’s conversion.
Councillor Shayne Sutton said the Federal Government had an obligation to financially assist with the cost of upgrading local roads and community infrastructure.
“I have real concerns about the impact of such a large site transitioning to residential development,” Cr Shayne Sutton said.
“Our local road network is already struggling to cope with current traffic demand. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out more people living in this area is going to put significant additional pressure on that road network.
“Intersections like the Oxford Street round-about, the intersection of Apollo Road and Lytton Road, and the general capacity of Riding and Hawthorne Roads would all need to be addressed as part of a comprehensive road network upgrade if the Barracks transitioned to residential development.
“These projects are expensive and it is not fair or practical to assume Council will be able to pay for all of them. We need support from all levels of government,” Cr Sutton said.
Federal MP Terri Butler said every level of Government had a role to play in ensuring local infrastructure can continue to meet the needs of the community.
“It is unrealistic, and wrong for the Abbott Government to think it can sell this site for a bucket load of money and not provide funding to help with the upgrades required to cope with the increased population,” Terri Butler said.
“People will need access to a broad range of community infrastructure. Our local library and public parks are already under pressure. We need to make sure our fabulous local lifestyle is not compromised because of a failure to plan for the future,” Terri Butler said.
State MP Di Farmer expressed her concern about the impact of the increased population on local schools.
“Bulimba State School is already under pressure with its enrolments. Serious thought and resources must be dedicated to how our local schooling system will cope with the extra demand from the site,” Di Farmer MP said.
WEDNESDAY 15 APRIL 2015