Last week Brisbane City Council decided to scrap the plans to encourage aged-care development on privately owned sports and recreation zone land.
Two sites in particular have been the targets for developers in the city’s southeast suburbs – Coorparoo Bowls Club and Pacific Golf Club at Cardinale.
Reside Communities’ proposed development at Pacific GC includes up to 180 retirement units which could save the club’s financial future. The $10 million redevelopment would deliver a new clubhouse and driving range and establish a putt-putt on the grounds.
Members at the two clubs have supported the development plans, but the wider community and environmental groups have been less enthusiastic about the proposals.
Bulimba Creek group B4C catchment Manager Wayne Cameron said the decision vindicated the many community groups who had opposed the development plans.
“It was a case of developers being given free reign to exploit struggling sports clubs or vested-interest owners, and a supportive local government , to return into a financial windfall, from selling land meant to be used by the community for outdoor recreation,” he said.
The local catchment group has raised concerns about the impact the Reside proposal would have on significant habitat corridor linked by Pacific Golf Club land.
Last month it was reported that State Planning Minister Cameron Dick had placed conditions on approval of Council’s proposed amendments, requiring the council to ensure the developments did not compromise the sporting facilities in any way.
Reside Communities Director Glen Brown said they were working their way through “what, if any, implications, the council’s announcement would have on the plans for Pacific Golf Club.
Source: SE Advertiser