Fast-growing SEQ council says it won’t be ‘Brisbane’s Parramatta’

“I will not sit idly by and let the same thing happen to us between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.”

He said traffic congestion was a “Brisbane CBD problem” and required a new way of thinking.

Wide angle view of the Powerhouse Museum site in Parramatta. Work has been stalled due to a number of issues, including flooding. Photo Nick Moir May 5, 2022Credit:Nick Moire.

“The mapping that was released with this report shows us all exactly what Brisbane’s challenge is: it’s their CBD,” said Cr Flannery.

“As [transport expert] Professor Matthew Burke said after the plan was released: “There are no regional employment centers outside the Brisbane CBD, and there is no plan for that.”

Moreton’s response is to create regional job centers outside Brisbane’s CBD, Flannery said.

It’s a similar approach tried by Ipswich and Gold Coast councils – and to a lesser extent – Logan.

Moreton calls it the “polycentric city” approach.

The state government’s recent tentative Caboolture West development plan proposes specific job-generating neighborhoods.

“A polycentric city is made up of a network of smaller centers, with high connectivity between commercial and residential districts, Flannery said.

“It means you can work closer to home, which means less time spent in traffic jams.”

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His argument is that by planning early, congestion can be reduced.

“This includes considering public transport in planning, in particular the modal split of public transport,” he said.

“This includes building an all-new Bruce Freeway to the west, so the residents of Caboolture, Morayfield and Petrie aren’t all stuck in the existing congestion.”

Unfortunately, as Jago Dodson, professor of urban policy at RMIT, recently identified, the proposed Caboolture West has no rail connection.

Meanwhile, a group of Chermside businesses, which used 2017 census data to propose that three blocks of Gympie Road around Westfield Chermside should become a tunnel to solve congestion problems, welcomed the road corridor proposals and rail across the North West Brisbane Corridor.

A tunnel was proposed for three blocks from Gympie Road in Chermside in 2019 as a business lobby group argued for high profile planning for areas outside the CBD, an issue again raised by the council Moreton Bay Regional.

A tunnel was proposed for three blocks from Gympie Road in Chermside in 2019 as a business lobby group argued for high profile planning for areas outside the CBD, an issue again raised by the council Moreton Bay Regional.Credit:Suburban Futures 2019

On Saturday, a new underground railway station at Chermside was revealed as part of a proposed underground link from the Eastern Corridor to Carseldine.

Suburban Futures director Steve de Nys said there needs to be more focus on suburbs and regional centers as centers of job growth.

“We believe that rather than being seen as the ‘bedroom’ of the city, the suburbs should be repositioned as the ‘engine room’ and given the proper attention through policy and investment,” said of Nys.

“The pandemic has shown how important suburbs are to a city’s economy and well-being.”

“This proposal for North Brisbane is not just a transport solution but an opportunity to facilitate the revitalization and renewal of suburbs that have long been overlooked.”

Their report identified that ten years ago in Nundah, $55 million in traffic design led to approximately $800 million in new private investment to transform the Nundah community.

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