Stop our natural habitat from being turned into a car park

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Expansion of Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology
                                         Toowong, Queensland

 Development of up to 169 car park spaces and elevated walkways [1]

As part of the Queensland Government’s program to increase the number of school enrolments within a five kilometre radius of the Brisbane CBD, the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology (QASMT) will expand from 2019 to take Year 7 students, followed by Year 8 and Year 9 in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

•       Number of students currently enrolled at QASMT is approx. 550.

•       Number of students to be enrolled at QASMT following expansion is 1200.

The expansion of QASMT proposes additional parking facilities for staff and visitors: Miskin Street car park – up to 169 car park spaces *** Bywong Street car park – nine visitor car park spaces 

Proposed car park development of the QASMT site:

It is proposed to build an access road and two bitumen car parks off Miskin Street, connected to the school buildings via elevated walkways. This is to provide parking for 120 staff and 49 visitors.
These car parks will require the south bank above the sport fields to be cleared, with the loss of the established vegetation corridor.
This site is listed under Brisbane’s Natural Assets Local Law (2003) as an area of ‘Significant Native Vegetation’.

This vegetation corridor provides:

•        habitat for a wide range of wildlife

•        a pervious surface for storm water

•        shade which helps to regulate local temperature

•        preserves a green space in a high density urban in-fill development area

•        a buffer zone between the activities on the sports fields and surrounding houses            

In effect, the proposal is to clear a long-standing vegetation corridor for an access road and sealed car parking. At the same time the intention is to revegetate the currently established school car park (less than 100 metres from the proposed new car park area). This is a long established green corridor linking Mt Coot-tha to the Brisbane River. Development at the school site will commence in 2018.

 Your help is needed to save this important community and natural asset.

Some alternative suggestions to the master plan proposal:

•        Rationalise the number of intended car park spaces required.
•        Redevelop the current car parking area to efficiently accommodate more cars (this area is already compacted and flat).
 •        Develop paths from the existing car park to the school buildings along the east and north sides of the sports fields (flat walking tracks already exist here and the gradient to the school is less steep).
•        Better utilise non-vegetated areas on site, for example, along the east and north edges of the sports fields.
•    Consider creative solutions to car parking, for example under new school buildings or vertical car parks.

Encourage all staff and students to utilise public transport!!

The Master Planning Team, Infrastructure Services Branch, Department of Education is currently seeking community feedback before finalising the master plan. Although recognised by Council as Significant Native Vegetation, the site is owned by State Government. Approval for this development will be at the discretion of the Minister for Education and is not subject to normal planning constraints.

It is critical that we voice our concerns over the planned car park development and the resulting destruction of the vegetation corridor. Please email, call or write to the following people as a matter of urgency:

State Government:
Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations         
Hon Grace Grace MP (07) 3719 7110                                                        education@ministerial.qld.gov.au       

Minister for Transport and Main Roads   
Hon Mark Bailey
transportandmainroads@ministerial.qld.gov.au                                               

The Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Planning  info@dsdmip.qld.gov.au                                                          

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
Hon Leeanne Enoch MP (07) 3012 9017   environment@ministerial.qld.gov.au

Michael Berkman, MP, Member for Maiwar
1/49 Station Rd, Indooroopilly Qld 4068 – (07) 3737 4100 maiwar@parliament.qld.gov.au

Master Planning Team - Infrastructure Services Branch, Department of Education
BuildingFutureSchools@qed.qld.gov.au

QASMT School: Kathryn Kayrooz (Principal – QASMT) – (07) 3377 9300  admin@qasmt.eq.edu.au

Local Government: Cr Julian Simmonds       waltertaylor.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au

Please make your neighbours and friends aware of this issue and request their support.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact: 

Email: toowonghabitatprotectiongroup@gmail.com 
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[1] Based on information provided at a community information evening hosted by QASMT and the Department of Education on 6 March 2018



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