Brisbane City Council voted unanimously to approve the reforestation of a residential area that includes one of the city’s most heavily trafficked shopping centres.
The development was designed by the Australian architectural firm, Arup, which received a $800 million grant from the state government to develop a commercial corridor that would bring more than 1,000 residential units to the inner-city suburb of Northcote.
The $1 billion project, which is set to start in 2020, is being built by the Brisbane City Corporation and the Brisbane Regional Transport Authority.
City council leader Richard Wynne said the redevelopment of Northcott Lane would provide jobs for hundreds of people.
“It’s going to create a lot of opportunities for people in the area and it’s going the right way for the community, for the region, for Brisbane,” he said.
The project is the biggest development in the inner city since it was built in the 1990s, and has attracted criticism from residents and residents’ groups who say it will have a negative impact on the surrounding community. “
We’ve got some fantastic architects and designers working on this project.”
The project is the biggest development in the inner city since it was built in the 1990s, and has attracted criticism from residents and residents’ groups who say it will have a negative impact on the surrounding community.
The council approved the project in September with an environmental assessment.
The City Council will make a final decision on the project’s future when the council makes a report to the Queensland Government on November 1.
Mr Wynne said it was a proud moment for Brisbane to be a leader in this area of development and that the city had been committed to reforestation since its inception.
“We’ve always been a leader of reforestation and I think we’re going to continue to be the leader for this project,” he told reporters.
He said the council would also look at the impacts of a number of other projects around the city, including the construction of a new bus station at Lonsdale and a new train station at Tullamarine.
The reforestation project was part of a $7.4 billion infrastructure and economic package, including $3 billion in infrastructure spending, $3.3 million in local government funding and $1 million in new funding for the city from the Queensland and Australian governments.
Council leader Richard Walker said he would look at any other redevelopment projects that were approved for the area, including a new hotel at Northcott, and whether or not the council needed to consider reforestation projects in other areas of Brisbane.
A $1bn reforestation grant was given to the City of Brisbane by the State Government for the redevelopment project.
The project was approved unanimously by the council, with a vote of 12 to 2.
City Council leader Richard Whittaker said it would have been difficult to get this project approved if it was not a project that would benefit the area.
“There were many hurdles that needed to be cleared to get the project approved, and we’ve had a lot in the past that has really raised concerns,” he explained.
“I’ve got to say, in all honesty, it was probably the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make in my short time as a council leader.”
We were looking at other projects and we had to look at all the different factors that go into any redevelopment, whether it be the cost, whether there’s the benefit of it or not.
“You can’t ignore all the factors and there’s no way you could have done this project without these additional factors.”