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University Council CQUniversity (Central Queensland University): Intervene to rescind support for urban development at  Rockhampton
  • Petitioned University Council CQUniversity (Central Queensland University)

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University Council CQUniversity (Central Queensland University)

University Council CQUniversity (Central Queensland University): Intervene to rescind support for urban development at Rockhampton

    1. Petition by

      Leonie Barnett

      Farnborough, Australia

The original petition was not accepted by the University Council and they decided to support continued negotiation for development. As far as I am aware, there has been only limited consultation for this development plan and no consultation with traditional owners in this area.

Despite the decision by the University Council to continue support for the development, I have decided to keep this petition open. Please continue to note your opposition to the development - if we gain substantial interest, we will then be able to present our petition to the major local players; the State Government, CQUniversity and the Rockhampton Regional Council. You may also wish to contact any of these directly to note your concerns. Any support opposing this project is welcome. 

Please continue to inform your friends and acquaintance about this petition and provide the link for signature.

Original petition follows:

An urban development area was proposed for the Rockhampton campus of CQUniversity in late 2011. This campus is situated on land set aside for educational uses after substantial lobbying by the local community in the 1960s. The proposed plan effectively reduces the land originally set aside for educational uses to approximately 20% of the original land provided. The Qld Minister for Economic Development Queensland has now stated that the proposal will proceed pending final submissions by 'affected owners'. Their submission report negated the bulk of concerns raised by submitters (8 statements in support; 114 of concern) during the community consultation process and there appear to be no amendments to the original land use plan published.

Details of the submitted development plan and the submission report can be read at http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/infrastructure-and-planning/cqu-rockhampton.html. A number of submissions opposing the plan were submitted by staff and students; and we believe there is wide opposition to the proposed development on the site. This petition has been prepared to allow staff, current and past students of the university and members of the wider affected community to petition the University Council to oppose the development.

We see this as critical for the future growth of the university in Rockhampton. The university is currently in a growth stage and restriction of expansion would severely hamper this.

The community of Rockhampton has a close attachment to 'its' university and should also be allowed to have input into this decision. All we ask is that you read the necessary documents and consider noting your opposition to the plan by petitioning the University Council to intervene.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. State has now approved the priority development area for Rockhampton campus

      Leonie Barnett
      Petition Organizer

      Media release: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2013/4/26/cqu-rockhampton-pda-approved

      As we knew, CQU withdrew opposition to the plan - now signed by the Newman Government. The zoning plan on the website is still the same. The website states: "The CQU Rockhampton PDA was declared on 9 December 2011 and provides an opportunity to create a vibrant mixed use precinct in partnership with the university and community. The precinct will integrate educational, cultural, retail, indoor and outdoor recreational, commercial and community facilities with a wide range of residential developments. [snip]

      It is estimated the CQU Rockhampton PDA may eventually provide up to 1500 dwellings and accommodate community facilities, recreation and open space areas, while enhancing the university precinct.

      The PDA will assist in the delivery of housing in the Rockhampton region, as it continues to grow with the expansion of the resources industry."

      Please continue to oppose this development.

    2. CQU students have your say at the next student forum!

      Leonie Barnett
      Petition Organizer

      The VC Scott Bowman is once again holding student forums on each campus. The Rocky one is set for next Tuesday (details of dates for each campus were sent by email from the VC a while ago). If you feel strongly that this development is flawed, take this opportunity to make your point directly to the VC. This will also indicate that it is an issue that students feel strongly about (not just staff).

    3. University Council decided against our request

      Leonie Barnett
      Petition Organizer

      The University Council decided almost unanimously to allow the University to continue to negotiate with the State for development of the land. The university intention at this time is to become the developer of the land itself and has continued to hold discussions with the State. There has still not been wide ranging consultation on the projected plan and the future plan is as yet undeclared (so the only plan we have seen is the plan put forward by the State). However, we are aware that the university plans to develop almost a third of the site for private home ownership. Please continue to support our opposition to this development.

    4. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Darren Delaney SALISBURY, AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      If Rockhampton needs more Urban development then the powers that be should find use of some vacant land. The campus grounds provides me, and most likely the thousand of other distance students that travel, peace and tranquillity to study, discuss and even argue points of interest. For this reason and many others I do not wish to see this changed, unless there is a real need to build more lecture rooms, laboratories and the many resources that we need.

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    • Joanne Wilcox AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because the process of development kills native wildlife and the removal of habitat results in displacement of native species and a decline in their numbers. Why should native animals suffer for human greed?

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    • Kevin Aldcroft AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Any attempt to reduce the education facility will affect the quality and standard of education in this state. We need to be expanding these facilities not reducing them. Selling off the land to greedy private developers will not enhance the quality of education in QLD.

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    • Helen Macnish AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Unlike most other comments I have read about this petition, I have no desire to be up close & personal with Kangaroos - or any other wild native animal. So, I wouldn't worry if the landscape was developed, in that regard. But, as far as making the already well-established (and ever-expanding) Rockhampton uni site into an urban development, that seems like a very strange proposition. I happen to like the natural setting, even though I don't live or study there & I think it's great to have a decent-sized university in a regional city - actually, I would like CQUni to develop Bundaberg's campus to be as good as Rockhampton's - we really need Visual Arts courses in this region, please. Thank you, and I hope we get the victory over this development proposal.

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    • michelle garnon AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      We need some land left alone, where will the animals live??

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