Riverside Drive is one of the biggest parks in the Gabba Ward, but there’s no current masterplan for how it should change and evolve. As a result, park upgrades and land use decisions are being made on an ad hoc basis, with no meaningful community involvement.
Riverside Drive plays a range of roles, including as a key active transport corridor for pedestrian and cyclist commuters, habitat for native wildlife, and a destination recreation space in its own right.
With a proposed footbridge to Toowong on the horizon, plans to redevelop major industrial sites at the northern end of Montague Rd, and serious underground pollution and land contamination that needs to be remediated, there’s a strong need for a new masterplan that guides future park improvements.
Please join us for a community forum to start the conversation, hear from neighbours and share your thoughts on the future of Riverside Drive.
I’m keen to bring residents up to speed on some current issues, and build community pressure on council to fund and facilitate a comprehensive masterplanning process for the entire riverfront parkland.
The event will open with a few speeches and a short Q&A, followed by breaking into small groups for detailed discussion, report-backs from group facilitators, and summing up about next steps.
Key issues for discussion will include:
- How much of a say should different stakeholders get about how the park is designed (e.g. the views of immediately adjacent neighbours compared to residents in other parts of South Brisbane)?
- Is it time to close off remaining sections of roadway to cars?
- How should we balance the competing roles played by the park? (e.g. active transport commuter corridor vs picnics and recreation)
Please join us to discuss these questions on Saturday, 26 October from 3pm to 5:30pm at the Davies Park Markets.
Further reading: www.jonathansri.com/planningpublicspace
We will almost certainly hold additional follow-up meetings about this park in the future, but I strongly encourage residents to get along and participate in this discussion, as the outcomes will directly shape my policy position as your local Councillor.
If childcare obligations are a barrier to you attending this forum, please let my office know and we will arrange some informal child-minding at the meeting to allow you to participate.
Please spread the word and invite anyone who’s interested...