Newsletter of the Inner Northern Coalition
Newsletter No. 2 October 1998
Committed to the preservation of the livability of Brisbanes Inner City Suburbs.
Herston Kelvin Grove Residents Action Group, People For Paddington, Bowen Hills Residents Association, Petrie Terrace Residents Association, Spring Hill Residents Association, New Ways Not Freeways, Queensland Conservation Council
Events to Date
The Proposed route for the Bypass has been announced, and is on display, and a map is available in the August newsletter of the Consultants, contactable by phoning 1800 508 507. In simple terms, a six lane Highway is proposed linking Kelvin Grove Rd and Hale St to Windsor, to run through the Victoria Park playing fields and under the Exhibition Grounds Side Show Alley. There is a major Windsor/Bowen Hills intersection, linking the Highway to Lutwyche Road, and to the east the Highway proceeds as a four lane road to Breakfast Creek.
The initial Impact Assessment Study for the Bypass has been made public, and submissions were called for in response to it. Over 100 submissions were received, and these are being used to produce a revised version of the IAS for presentation to Council in late October. If you lodged a submission, you should also send it to the Lord Mayor in the form of a letter, in order that you receive a response to the specific points you made.
Also made public has been the Proposed route for the Inner Northern Busway, linking the Myer Centre to the Royal Brisbane Hospital. This two lane road goes via Roma St and Normandy, and then carves up Victoria Park Golf Course into three parts. Newsletter 2 August 1998, illustrating the route, is available from the Consultants by ringing 1800 067 929. In all the campaigning about the Bypass, the Busway has been a sleeper, and the worry is that while we might stop the Bypass, the Busway will go ahead. The essential problem with the Busway is that while both it and the Bypass are being put forward as separate proposals, they are mutually dependent and emerge from a close regime of consultation between the Consultants for each. Both proposals ignore the role of rail, both heavy rail and possible light rail, in addressing our public and private transport problems. Together the two roads impact very heavily on Victoria Park, dramatically reducing its amenity as the major open green space adjacent to the city.
Media Events to Date
In the meantime, we have conducted a number of media events, in particular appearing on two occasions at the corner of Bowen Bridge and Herston Rds with gas masks and signs declaring our opposition to the Bypass, followed by a major rally in Victoria Park, on Black Sunday, the 13th September. Hopefully you will have been in touch with us during this period, as the steering committee attempted to phone everyone on our mailing list to inform them of these events. We consequently received some media coverage, but of course never enough.
Responses from Pollies
We have also had meetings and been in touch with a wide range of politicians and other players. Prior to the election our Federal member Arch Bevis responded to a letter seeking his support with a reply advocating public transport and cycle paths. In a meeting with Peter Beattie, Peter responded by saying that these matters were the concern of local Council, not State Government, though we put it to him that it would be State Government that would necessarily have to fund a project of this size. Local member Wendy Edmonds has been approached, and is so far non-committal, Minister for Transport David Bredauer has been supportive of Bypass proposal, as has Treasurer David Hamill. Within Council, David Hinchliffe and Maureen Hayes, along with Jim Soorley, are definite that it will go ahead. Even as late as the ninth of October the Lord Mayor was declaring on TV that the Bypass will go ahead. On the other side of politics, June OConnell spoke at the rally in support of better public transport options, but failed to condemn the Bypass outright.
Outside of government, there has been a simmering debate being conducted in the newspapers. Many letters have been sent, and some published, but we are still to get a major media interest in debating the proposal. The proposal to widen Waterworks Rd, and a proposal for a Western Bypass via Samford has helped raise the road debate in general, with both proposals being hotly contested by community groups. One very positive sign in all of this campaign has been a growing awareness and confirmation by road engineers that new roads in inner city areas tend to create problems, rather than solve them. Even within Council there is indication that this awareness is growing, and creating doubts amongst former proponents of the Bypass.
We have continued with our meetings, currently on a twice monthly basis on the second Tuesday and on the last Tuesday of each month. The meetings are at present being held at the School of Arts Building in Anne St, at 7.30 pm, and all are welcome.
In hand at the moment are the two following major proposals to raise public consciousness about this issue.
An Alternative Proposal
Firstly we are in the process of putting together an alternative proposal, that focuses on a public transport solution rather than a new roads non-solution to the problem of road congestion.. We are seeking means to promote our public transport option alternative, which involves the combined use of light and heavy rail in an inner city loop, with buses and heavy railway delivering passenger traffic to the loop, and the light rail distributing passengers within the loop. This means a coordinated approach to the problem by both the State (rail and major roads) and the Council (Buses and minor roads), and the need for a Central Transit Authority, which almost everyone involved agrees is desirable, but which requires both political will and political muscle if it is to come about.
Victoria Park Camp Out
Secondly, we are planning another demonstration rally/campout in Victoria Park on Saturday 28th November, so prepare your tents, your camping gear, your musical instruments, and whatever else it takes to be comfortable camping out overnight in a local park. We are looking for high profile media from this event, flagging the intention to camp out in the way of construction of the Bypass and/or the Busway if indeed it comes to that. We figure that if the Council is planning to bury the playing felds under 6 metres of fill, then camping out on the site can hardly be considered a destructive activity. We aim is to make this evening an enjoyable and celebratory event, celebrating the age of the park (150 years) and the amenity it lends this city as a major inner city parkland.
What can you do?
If you want to take immediate action, write to Premier Peter Beattie and Transport Minister Steve Bredhauer c/- State Parliament and to Councillors Maureen Hayes, David Hinchliffe and Jim Soorley c/- Brisbane City Council, expressing your dismay at their responses to the Bypass proposals.
Please complete the following and return it to "NO BYPASS" c/- Queensland
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