The Gabba Cross River Rail site is a massive piece of public land right in the heart of Woolloongabba.
The site could fit a beautiful new public park, at least as big as Raymond Park, with seating, shade and playgrounds. Alongside a park, the site could fit hundreds of medium-density social homes, providing affordable housing for local families. Residents would be able to quickly head down to a great new train station, reducing the need for car parks and cars. The ground floor could include a child care centre, public library, a free bookable community hall and a green grocer.
Importantly, I’ll be fighting for this site to stay in public hands, for public benefit. Rent from homes and shops would come back to the government, to re-invest in maintenance, new facilities, and services.
It’s crucial that we don’t let Queensland Labor privatise this site, like they have done for huge sections of the Roma Street CRR site. The government plans for the Gabba site are very vague. Currently, it looks like they’re planning ‘open space’ (think King George Square rather than a park) and high-rise private developments.
Alongside Jonathan Sri and Amy MacMahon, I’ll fight for this site to remain in public hands, and to implement a community vision for this site.