Community Vote on a Toowong-West End bridge and the future of the old ABC Site

All over Brisbane, we’re seeing public facilities and green space sold off, with hardly any new infrastructure to keep up with rampant profit-driven development. 
 
The former ABC site in Toowong used to be publicly owned, and selling it off was a grave mistake. Now that the developers are back to the drawing board, we are calling on the State and Federal Governments to buy back the land and create new public space for this inner city hub.
 
To plan better cities we need to fundamentally transform and democratise our planning system to restore power in the hands of the community. Before advocating a particular vision for this land, we want to know what you think should happen to the former ABC site, and whether you agree that this would be a good location for a walking and cycling bridge. This survey has been created to give local residents an opportunity to have a meaningful say on what happens to this site.

 
Data use: The information collected here will be used to shape Michael and Jonno’s policy positions at both the council and state government levels. This data will be stored in the Gabba Ward or Maiwar Electorate office databases depending which side of the river residents live. Unless you opt out via the tickbox below, your contact details will be used to provide updates about this campaign or other local issues in your area.

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* 1. Name:

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* 2. Email:


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* 3. Phone number (optional):


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* 4. Suburb:

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* 5. Street name (optional)

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* 6. Do you support a new footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists between Toowong and West End?

We would like to know whether you support a pedestrian and bicycle bridge between the former ABC site at Toowong and West End. The exact location and design would be the subject of further consultation with residents following more detailed work by engineering, planning and design experts.

Our position is that if a new bridge were to result in loss of public green space, this would need to be offset by the creation of new green space of similar quality and usability nearby.

Note: Brisbane City Council and the Queensland State Government have been considering a bridge between Toowong and West End for many years.
Brisbane City Council has advised that a bridge for mass transit and/or private vehicles would not be appropriate for this location based on engineering and traffic considerations.



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* 7. Do you have any further comments about a bridge?

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* 8. Do you think the Federal Government should have sold the former ABC site to a private developer?

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* 9. Do you think this site should be bought back by the Federal/State Government or City Council to create new public space in Toowong?

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* 10. If this site could be converted into public space, how would you like to see the public space used? (Here are some examples, but please make your own suggestions!)

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* 11. We would like to propose that large developers pay an additional levy from their profits on new residential development in the Toowong and West End area to contribute towards public infrastructure. This could potentially include a new pedestrian and cycle bridge. Do you agree with this idea?

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* 12. Do you have any other comments about what should happen at this site? Please use this space as an opportunity to express any specific thoughts, ideas or concerns:

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* 13. Receive email updates?

We require an email address to help guard against duplicate responses. Please tick this box if you don't want to be added to the mailing list for updates about this campaign and other local issues.

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