Stop inappropriate Perrin Park development proposal

Eligibility - Queensland residents
Principal Petitioner:
Mark Cowan
5/53 Sandford Street
Total Signatures - 640
Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament
Posting Date: 26/8/2022
Closing Date: 31/1/2023
Tabled Date: 21/2/2023
Responded By: Hon Grace Grace MP on 23/3/2023
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House to the State Government’s Perrin Park development proposal, to bulldoze essential public parkland and proposed neighbourhood centre servicing those in need, using a flawed site selection process which hid the site’s consideration from locals until it was too late.

The site also places a nationally recognised roost site of the threatened Grey Headed Flying Fox at risk and primary school children into a site fronting dangerous roads which inundates with metres of sewerage-contaminated waters during floods within one of the highest possible rated river flood zones.

Despite the site being prohibited from development as park designated trunk infrastructure and zoned land, the Government is proposing to misuse its extraordinary powers to exempt itself from planning laws and bulldoze the area around the park’s former bowls facility for its school development.

No Queensland parkland is therefore safe from the Government’s future developments, and it has revealed it also considered Taringa Rovers Soccer Club at Jack Speare Park, Oakman and Moore parks as available for development.

The Government’s own guidelines and figures show that this site is highly inappropriate, does not even service the area causing the most enrolment pressure, and it has more time to find an appropriate site then the political 2024 election cycle timeframe it’s mandated.

The integrity of the decision-making process is in doubt if this proposal proceeds.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to stop the development of this site and undertake a proper consultation process.