With a growing population, the inner southside of Brisbane desperately needs more public parkland.
It helps build a more connected community, breaking down social isolation and creating public spaces for kids to play and people to meet. Far from a luxury – it is an essential part of life. This site along Birdwood Road is perfect for public parkland.
Much of this vacant land sits within council flood mapping and is considered at “high risk” of flooding. Developing and concreting over this land will not only risk flooding any development on the site, but also push storm water onto Birdwood Road and surrounding residents. Norman Creek runs through the entire site, and provides crucial natural habitat for many native plant and animal species. Acquiring the land for public parkland will help protect Norman Creek and establish a wildlife corridor from Stones Corner to Holland Park West.
This is an excellent opportunity to link Roseglen Street Park and Joachim Street Park, and establish cycle and walkways that connect thousands of people to broader Brisbane, taking thousands of cars off the road.
Meanwhile, protecting and expanding public parkland is an important part of making Brisbane resilient to a warming climate. Parkland and waterways help prevent the ‘urban heat island’ effect, which is where areas lose trees, vegetation and waterways that otherwise help cool the surrounding environment. This can account for as much as a 5.9 degree difference in temperature in an urban area.
I recently hosted a local community meeting about a new park on Birdwood Road
Too often precious inner-city land is handed over to developers without sensible forward planning for public infrastructure, including public parks. And right now we have a good opportunity to claim back some land for the public.
With broad public support, I think we could push Council to acquire the land as part of their overall Norman Creek catchment strategy, as the Creek runs through the vacant land. Brisbane City Council’s Norman Creek 2012–2031 Project aims to ‘return the Norman Creek catchment to a more natural state’, through the improvement of parkland and adjoining waterways. A budget of $5.25 million has been set aside for this.
At this site, we have the opportunity to create a space for community members to come together and a vital nature corridor. Keeping this area green will also make Brisbane a more flood-resilient city.
Sign our petition for new parkland on Birdwood Road on the other side of this page. You can also support the campaign by signing up for one of our yard signs here.