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Bulimba Barracks Development

On Saturday 22nd January, Adam Bandt, leader of the Greens, joined Max in Tugulawa Park to announce a plan to buy back the Bulimba Barracks site. 

Under our plan, the Federal Government would acquire the land for the construction of things like affordable housing, a new public school, a massive expansion in public parkland, public pool, community facilities and a full-sized AFL field. But the final product would be subject to community consultation. The new plan would ensure the original Tugulawa Park is not bisected by a four-lane road. 

The Federal Government should never have sold the land to Shayher Group in the first place. With a growing population, governments should be retaining public land for crucial public infrastructure. Meanwhile, the current master plan proposed by Shayher Group is a 20-hectare wasted opportunity with no affordable housing, no new school, no new public transport and traffic modelling that shows gridlock on major arterial roads and intersections as a result of the development.

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to add a new park the size of New Farm Park, a new public school and affordable housing - but we won’t get that unless we buy the land back.

More about the Shayher Group proposal

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 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
  • They 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 accommodate 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 in the 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 a better deal. 

On Sunday, November 21st, 2021, 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. Following on from this, we ran a submission writing workshop on December 8th to give residents practical assistance in making their submissions. 

Shayher Group recently responded to these submissions against the development, and while largely ignoring our concerns, it’s interesting to note that they have conceded to our demands to retain the 10% deep planting requirement. 

Recently, Brisbane City Council has requested that Shayher Group make a series of significant alterations to their application around setbacks while asking for substantially more information from Shayher around the impact the proposed development will have on the surrounding area. In particular, BCC are demanding modelling and information on the impact the development may have on flooding in surrounding streets and roads. It seems like Council are worried that raising 20 hectares of flood-prone land over a meter with massive earthworks, may pose a flood risk to the surrounding area - go figure. We of course made this point in our submissions - but it’s good to see the council agree.

This means the developer is going to take a bit of time to respond to such a large request for information that may take a month to respond to. This gives us more time to campaign for a better outcome.