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11-Storey Development Application (DA A004827412) for 52 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba

A new development application (DA) has been lodged for the site at 52-64 Annerley Rd, Woolloongabba. Previously, a 4 storey DA was approved on this site, but now the developer has applied for an 1...

Submission: Kangaroo Point Peninsula Draft Urban Renewal Strategy

Below is a copy of the submission I made last year to Brisbane City Council on the Kangaroo Point Peninsula Draft Urban Renewal Strategy. As always, I warmly welcome resident feedback on what I've ...

Spare me the Economic Fairytales: Approving More Private Developments Won’t Improve Housing Affordability

Barely a week goes by without someone – usually someone possessing a condescending sneer and multiple investment properties – telling me that building more private apartments is the best way to imp...

Kangaroo Point residents protest 19 storey skyscraper in 10 storey zone

Concerns about over-development in Kangaroo Point are approaching boiling point, with residents holding a protest this Tuesday morning against a highrise on Thornton St that will cast long shadows ...

Bunyapa Park Art Projects: Call for Expressions of Interest

The newly established Bunyapa Park at the corner of Vulture St and Thomas St in West End is proving immensely popular with residents. As many residents are already aware, the Aboriginal word ‘bunya...

Comments Regarding the Development Application for 11 Thorton Street, Kangaroo Point

The following comments were recently submitted to BCC's development assessment team regarding DA A004480738. I've made further comments via a series of phone calls with council officers.   I wish t...

Media Release: Instead of Adani - Residents stage peaceful sit-in calling for alternatives to the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine

20 November, 2017 Residents will hold a rally and temporary sit-in in Brisbane’s CBD this Tuesday evening to protest the major parties’ backing of the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine, calling on the Sta...

Where Should the New South Brissie School Go?

14 November, 2017 A few months ago, the State Government announced that a new high school would be built somewhere in Brisbane’s inner-south side to help cater for population growth and take some o...

Submission against the Queen's Wharf Mega-Casino Development Application (DEV2017/846)

I write to object to Priority Development Area Application #DEV2017/846 for the Queen’s Wharf casino-resort in Brisbane’s CBD. Having looked through scores of development applications in my time as...

Why Brisbane residents should maintain a healthy scepticism towards Urban Renewal Strategies and Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood plans and urban renewal strategies are major catalysts for change. Usually, such documents include a lot of positive elements that the vast majority of residents and local businesses ...

Spring water vending machines in Brisbane? When neoliberalism meets misguided environmentalism

Here's the basic problem: Too many people are buying single-use bottled water products Bottled water is pretty terrible and stupid for a range of reasons. If you still need convincing of that fac...

Understanding Infrastructure Investment Shortfalls

Right now in Brisbane, investment in local infrastructure and services like pedestrian crossings, parks, flood mitigation and public transport isn’t keeping pace with population growth. There are a...