Brisbane City Council Budget Meeting – Fourth Day – 20th June 2019 – Part 1 of 2

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Brisbane City Council Budget Meeting – Fourth Day – 20th June 2019 – Part 1 of 2

Chair: Welcome back everybody. Now, I’ll just remind the room that we’re dealing with an amendment to Program 3. We’re in the amendment debate Are there further contributions? Councillor MURPHY Councillor MURPHY: Thank you, Mr Chair; I just rise to say that I don’t agree with this tactic that Councillor JOHNSTON is using, trying to elicit a right of reply. Yes, I don’t agree with it. I think it’s wrong and we shouldn’t be doing this Chair: Further speakers? Councillor SRI: Point of order. Sorry, I’m just not—I didn’t quite hear. What was the tactics that we’re concerned about? Chair: I believe he was making mention of the tactic of trying to make amendments on everything when no one else does, was his point Councillor SRI: Okay, so just for my understanding, just to clarify the rules— Chair: I think the point he was making is that if everybody did this, all we would do is make amendment debate, not substantial debate Councillor SRI: Okay, sure. I won’t argue that Chair: Cool Alright, further speakers? There being none—oh, Councillor SRI Councillor SRI: I thought I’d take up that conversation just really briefly. I think it’s perfectly appropriate for Councillors to move amendments to the budget, and I think that’s the whole point of budget debates If we were simply standing up here grandstanding about what’s in the budget and what’s not in the budget without trying to have constructive conversations about how we could improve the budget and thus moving amendments to that effect, then I think this would all just be a case of political theatre I think what is happening, though, is that most Councillors in this place realise that the Administration isn’t going to tolerate any substantive amendments to the budget, so it’s become a form of political theatre, but that doesn’t mean it should be the case If there are Councillors in this Chamber who take exception to the fact that some people are still using those processes to move amendments, then maybe it would be appropriate to have more meaningful conversations and collaborative discussions with Councillors prior to the budget being drafted I’m willing to acknowledge that it would take a lot of time if all Councillors in this place were continually moving amendments to the budget, but the reason that some Councillors have to do that is because we’re not consulted beforehand, or our meaningful and reasonable requests are completely ignored. I think certainly I don’t feel that the budget negotiations have been conducted in particularly good faith I think there have been a lot of cases where I’ve raised obvious and legitimate concerns, and haven’t had timely responses I don’t want to generalise too much; there are occasional moments where Councillors will be willing to negotiate, but overall the process has not been particularly democratic or inclusive So I think it’s perfectly reasonable for Councillors to seek to move amendments and use procedural motions to represent their constituents where possible Chair: Further speakers? Councillor JOHNSTON Councillor JOHNSTON: Right. Well, that’s very interesting. I thank Councillor SRI for stating the obvious. I know the LNP have no interest in supporting a democratic process in this place because—no, I’m sorry, Councillor MARX, don’t give me that face, because Councillors have just said in this place that they don’t want me moving amendments to the budget Councillors interjecting Councillor JOHNSTON: I find that absolutely disgusting, because the Meetings Local Law in this place gives every single one of us the right to stand up and advocate for our residents, as I have done. Not only that, week after week after week in this place the LORD MAYOR, the DEPUTY MAYOR, Councillors stand up and say, no one from the other side ever offers an agenda; no one ever offers to bring things forward— Chair: Councillor JOHNSTON— Councillor JOHNSTON: —and I do— Chair: Councillor JOHNSTON, Councillor SRI has brought up in the past that imitations is not a courteous thing to do here, and I agree with him. Please refrain from imitations Councillor JOHNSTON: I do it week after week after week in this place to achieve outcomes for Tennyson Ward residents, because they are being neglected, overlooked and treated disrespectfully by the LNP Administration Most of them are shocked when you tell them what is going on. They’re not silly. They are absolutely not silly out my way, and they can see when people are doing the wrong thing by the voters in my area Now, today we’ve had two Councillors—the Chairman of Council who thinks that it’s time wasting to move amendments in this place, and the Councillor for Chandler, who thinks that it’s some sort of tactic that I’m trying to speak as an elected representative in the Brisbane City Council. Now, let me be clear— Councillor MURPHY: Point of order, Mr Chairman Chair: Point of order to you, Councillor MURPHY Councillor MURPHY: Claim misrepresentation Chair: Noted Councillor JOHNSTON: Let’s be clear: it was a tactic that I am trying to speak in Brisbane City Council on amendments. That’s

exactly what he said. It’s in the record Now, that’s pretty disgusting. He thinks standing up and advocating for Tennyson Ward residents is a tactic. It’s not. I’ve been an Independent now for nine years, and for nine years I’ve been doing this, and I will not stop doing it. It is my job to stand up and advocate for Tennyson Ward residents, and it is my job to hold the LORD MAYOR and all of the Councillors who make decisions in this place to account to achieve better outcomes for Tennyson Ward residents I will do it every day. I will do it to the utmost of my ability, and I will do it with every bit of enthusiasm, passion and drive that I have. If Councillor MURPHY, who’s been here for, I don’t know, a few years now, hasn’t worked it out, he needs to, because I will use the provisions available to me as a democratically elected representative under the Meetings Local Law to speak and advocate on behalf of my representatives Attempts to stop me from doing so and criticisms of me for doing so are unacceptable, particularly when they come from the Chairperson of Council who is clearly unfamiliar with section 41(4) of the Meetings Local Law Now, it is disappointing that, despite all of this criticism of me for moving an amendment, not a single Councillor from the LNP side has spoken about the importance of dealing with flood mitigation in Tennyson Ward. That’s what this motion amendment is about, to make sure that the backflow valves recommended by the independent report Council undertook after the 2011 floods, is fully implemented I’d like it implemented around the city There is no agenda by this Administration to do so, so I will fight tooth and nail for my residents who were catastrophically flooded in 2011 to have these backflow valves put in place. They won’t stop flooding, but they will help mitigate the impact of flooding the next time that they occur in this city, and that will happen Now, if people don’t think that’s a valuable amendment which they put on the record here today and I’ll be sharing with them, that’s a poor reflection on them. If people think it’s a tactic that I am speaking and advocating for my residents, that is a poor reflection upon them, and I will be sharing this debate with them. I will be sharing that not a single LNP Councillor spoke to the substantive issue of drainage and flooding in my ward, and I can tell you, it is a huge issue that is raised with me every single week. They wonder why they cannot win this seat Chair: Councillor MURPHY, your misrepresentation Please limit your comments to the misrepresentation at hand and not use this as an opportunity to re-litigate your argument Councillor MURPHY Councillor MURPHY: Yes, thank you, Mr Chair The tactic I was referring to in my speech was not moving amendments to the budget, which I believe is legitimate. The tactic I was referring to is this idea that you gain a right of reply when no one has spoken on the speech, and I believe Councillor JOHNSTON is now gaming that system in order to gain a right of reply to get other people to speak to it Chair: Thank you, yes, noted, Councillor MURPHY Councillor MURPHY: We have 26 Councillors here, and we have limited time on the budget Councillors interjecting Chair: Alright Councillor JOHNSTON: So, Mr Chairman, with all due respect, saying that I— Chair: No, hang on; no, no, no. We’re not just getting into this Councillor JOHNSTON: Point of order, point of order Chair: We’re not— Councillor JOHNSTON: Point of order Chair: Councillor JOHNSTON Councillor JOHNSTON: Mr Chairman, the Councillor for Chandler has just said that I am gaming the system, which is the Meetings Local Law Section 41(4) of the Meetings Local Law says I shall have the right of reply for five minutes on an amendment and, Mr Chairman, saying that I am gaming the Meetings Local Law is disrespectful, inappropriate, and I ask that it be withdrawn Chair: Councillor MURPHY, will you withdraw your comment? Councillor MURPHY: No Chair: Alright. We will now carry on to the debate of the motion Councillor JOHNSTON: So—point of order, Mr Chairman Chair: There is no debate—excuse me—the vote—yes Councillor JOHNSTON: Are you going to make a ruling on the point of order about the disorderly conduct by Councillor MURPHY regarding his inappropriate comment? Chair: I have asked him to consider withdrawing, and he has declined Alright, to the amendment All those in favour of the amendment say aye Councillors say aye Chair: To the contrary, no Councillors say no Chair: The noes have it [A Division is called by Councillor JOHNSTON and Councillor CASSIDY.]

Clerk: Mr Chair, the noes have it, the voting being one in favour, 19 against and five abstentions Chair: Thank you. Councillors, please return to your seats Clerk: Four abstentions, I’m sorry Chair: Correct, four abstentions We return to substantive debate on Program 3 Further speakers? Councillor TOOMEY Councillor TOOMEY: Thank you, Chair; I rise to speak on Program 3. I might start off—I did actually have what I thought was quite a benign speech until Councillor GRIFFITHS got up yesterday and said what he said. Therefore, I’m going to change direction It’s amazing how today that the Australian Labor Party and the Greens political party seem to think that they have a monopoly on the environment. They seem to think that they are the only political parties that actually care about the environment. Not so. I’d ask the question: who was the first person to do the bushland acquisition in Brisbane? Sallyanne Atkinson, Lord Mayor, a Liberal Lord Mayor at the time. She continued to do so Councillors interjecting Councillor TOOMEY: Thank you, Councillor CUMMING; I’ll take that interjection. Yes, she did get voted out, but why did she get voted out? Because she put her head on the block because she believed in something. This bushland acquisition is extremely—is important for the city, acquiring 40% of the overall area of Brisbane for bushland preserves our lungs. It cleans the air. It locks carbon up that normally would otherwise go into the air But I particularly want to address some of the comments that Councillor GRIFFITHS made yesterday afternoon. Forgive me, I might be paraphrasing some of them, because I was trying to scribble notes down quickly. He said the budget was a deal for the election around bushland acquisition. He remarked that the LNP wards were pork-barrelling to the tune of $73 million for bushland acquisition, and non-LNP wards to $3 million of bushland acquisition Then that reminded me; those particular comments actually reminded me of a question on notice that Councillor GRIFFITHS put on the Chamber papers back on 12 March. I’m going to read the questions in, if you’ll bear with me,

Chair First question was: how many residents have requested in the last 12 months that Brisbane City Council purchase their land through the Bushland Acquisition Program, and what were their specific addresses? The answer was returned the following week, and the answer was: Council had received 10 requests from property owners to purchase their properties through the Bushland Acquisition The addresses have been provided to the Councillor separately, but due to their privacy and confidence nature, the properties are not disclosed to everyone. But the properties are located in suburbs such as Sunnybank, The Gap, Pallara, Karawatha, Hemmant, Runcorn, Kholo, Heathwood, Doolandella—I hope I said that right— Councillor interjecting Councillor TOOMEY: Thank you, Doolandella, and Sunnybank Hills. So, then, being the studious backbencher that I am, I actually finished last night and went back to work and had a look at what wards those suburbs were in So Sunnybank is in the Runcorn Ward, which is LNP; The Gap is obviously The Gap, which is my ward; Pallara is at Moorooka, which is Councillor GRIFFITHS’ ward, so that’s held by Labor; Karawatha is Calamvale, held by LNP; Hemmant at Doboy, LNP, Runcorn at Runcorn, obviously, LNP; Kholo at Pullenvale, Heathwood at Calamvale—Councillor COOPER, Doon— Councillor interjecting Councillor TOOMEY: Thank you, Doolandella at Forest Lake, and Sunnybank Hills at Runcorn Now, the next question—keep in mind, the majority of those are LNP wards— Councillor interjecting Councillor TOOMEY: You disagree? The majority of those are LNP wards, Councillor CASSIDY So the second question: which Councillors over the last 12 months have requested Brisbane City Council purchase land within their wards under the bushland acquisition, and what were their specific addresses? Again, it came back, the addresses would be withheld, but in the last 12 months, there were only three Councillors that actually requested bushland acquisition—three They were Councillor OWEN, Councillor TOOMEY and Councillor SCHRINNER Now, in The Courier-Mail last night, Councillor GRIFFITHS, there was a line in there saying it’s an amazing pattern of bushland acquisitions It doesn’t seem like the system— Councillors interjecting Chair: Councillors will be heard in silence, please Councillor TOOMEY: —is being rorted to benefit LNP Councillors, he said. That’s what he said. But if we look at the bushland acquisition that residents have put forward to Council, and the Councillors that have actually made representation for their constituents around bushland acquisition, the evidence by Councillor GRIFFITHS’ questions is they’re not doing their job. Their residents don’t know about it, and they’re not putting forward any bushland in their area Councillor JOHNSTON: Point of order Chair: Point of order; Councillor JOHNSTON Councillor JOHNSTON: Mr Chairman, I seek leave to suspend so much of Standing Orders as to move a motion condemning Councillor TOOMEY for providing incorrect information to the Council Chamber today Councillor CASSIDY: Seconded Chair: So you’re moving an urgency motion to condemn Councillor TOOMEY— Councillor JOHNSTON: Yes Chair: I suppose you’ve got three minutes Councillor JOHNSTON: Thank you. Now, Councillor TOOMEY has just stood up, and I presume there will be other Councillors who are unhappy with what he’s said, and hopefully we will have a substantive debate about this matter But, what I will say on the record is that Councillor TOOMEY is wrong when it comes to me, for example—and I know that because I’m standing here with the letter written to the LORD MAYOR asking for buyback. Councillor TOOMEY either, from error or deliberately, has been advised that— Councillor interjecting Councillor JOHNSTON: Well, it’s interesting, isn’t it? He’s saying he’s got access to confidential budget submissions. I’d really like to know how that’s happened Councillor TOOMEY: Point of order, Mr Chair Chair: Point of order; Councillor TOOMEY Councillor TOOMEY: The item I have, I actually Googled it. It’s in Google Councillors interjecting Chair: That’s not a point of order. Please don’t use points of order to debate people inside their speeches Councillor JOHNSTON: So that just sort of adds a little bit to the situation here about why this is urgent. Councillor TOOMEY hasn’t done any investigation, say, maybe asking the LORD MAYOR, gee, LORD MAYOR, who’s come

to you and said we need buyback? Councillor TOOMEY Googled it. Now, my letter to the LORD MAYOR is certainly not on Google. It was taken to the LORD MAYOR; I’ve had personal discussions with him, and guess what: in the Committee of which I was a member, the Parks, Environment and Sustainability Committee for the last, I don’t know, 10 years, every time we have a debate about bushland acquisition, I discuss it. I know Councillor GRIFFITHS has moved motions in this place calling for buyback of land in Oxley that this Administration has voted against. Talk about a delusional reading of the situation based on a search on Google So guess what, I’m going to table the letter that I wrote to the LORD MAYOR to make it very clear that I’ve asked him personally in writing and in a meeting face-to-face with him to buy back land in multiple locations, including in Oxley, in Yeronga, and Chelmer, and to assist with buyback in other areas I find it disappointing that a Councillor would stand up and, on the basis of Google, as we now know, declare that people aren’t asking for bushland buyback. That is a categorically false assertion. It is now a matter of the public record what I have been advocating for. It has long been a matter of the public record what Councillor GRIFFITHS has been advocating for, including motions in this place I would just say to Councillor TOOMEY that, if you are going to make these huge statements that people aren’t asking for bushland buyback, you should think about the debates we’ve had here and perhaps check with the LORD MAYOR or others about who has actually been asking for bushland buyback. Because for the last, I don’t know, five years I think, Councillor GRIFFITHS’ study was yesterday, two have been done in non-LNP wards, and dozens in LNP wards. That is pork-barrelling. That is shameful when there are parts of this city— Chair: Councillor JOHNSTON, your time has expired Councillor JOHNSTON: —that need buyback Chair: All those who support urgency say aye Councillors say aye Chair: To the contrary, no Councillors say no Chair: The noes have it Councillor TOOMEY, please continue Councillor TOOMEY: Thank you, Chair. In reference to Councillor JOHNSTON’s notes, I think she might want to check the Council papers dated 12 March 2019. The questions are pretty clear. I’m referring to the last 12 months; I’m not talking about forever. The record stands In reference to bushland acquisition, I also actually printed out a number of maps, and I apologise for the quality of them. This was the largest that I could get. But there’s a whole map of the city. The properties that have been acquired are actually in purple The areas that are in green are already protected Now, everything else you see there would be urbanisation Now, when we go and look at, say—let’s say Moorooka, since Moorooka is in the heart of it—there’s a whole heap of green through there that looks like it’s already protected There is some bushland, some green up in the far corner that borders Holland Park. I’m assuming that’s Nathan, the Nathan area But the rest is urbanised. So my question is: how do you acquire bushland in your ward if there is no bushland? Where is all the bushland in Brisbane? It’s in wards like Pullenvale, The Gap, there’s some at Deagon, there’s some at Northgate, there’s some at Hamilton— Councillor interjecting Councillor TOOMEY: Chandler, there’s some at Wynnum, yes, there’s bushland there But in wards where they’re almost urbanised, there’s very little room to acquire bushland So the fact that Councillor GRIFFITHS runs off to the Quest saying that, oh, there’s this whole pork-barrelling going on—well, we don’t decide where we buy bushland where there is not bushland. We buy bushland where there is bushland. So I honestly think that Councillor GRIFFITHS probably needs to correct the record with the Quest. I think it’s quite misleading I’m pretty sure—well, I’m hoping, anyway, that Mr O’Malley will come back to him and ask a few more difficult questions around his statements yesterday. There’s no pork-barrelling going on here. You can’t buy bushland where there isn’t any. It’s just a ridiculous way of carrying on for the Councillor for Moorooka Councillors interjecting Chair: Councillors will be heard in silence, please

Councillor TOOMEY, please continue Councillor TOOMEY: Thank you, Chair. But to further go on, if the Chamber will indulge me, as I said before, the Greens political party and the Labor Party seem to think that the bush and the environment is their domain It’s no longer their domain. It never was their domain. It’s a place for the people This Administration is ensuring that people understand their everyday choices have an impact, and we’re helping them reduce their carbon footprint and their waste within our society. That is what we are doing. This is a Liberal Administration looking after the environment and ensuring that our carbon footprint and our waste footprint is as small as possible Anyway, I’ve had my say; thank you Chair: Further speakers? Councillor STRUNK Councillor STRUNK: Thank you, Chair. I rise to speak on the Clean and Green and Sustainable City program. Mr Chair, this program is a critical area of our budget that impacts on the daily lives of all Brisbanites. It’s because of this, I would like to point out a number of projects that I feel could be—we could do more in to make Brisbane even a better place to live The Forest Lake Ward is probably not a typical type of area or I should say ward in its scope and design of other wards. It primarily consists of two large master planned communities—Forest Lake, which was designed in the 90s, and the Inala Durack area that was designed and constructed in the 40s and 50s. These areas have a lot of green space that need to be cared for ongoingly, and we need to continue to invest to maintain these areas to ratepayers’ expectations There are thousands of trees in our parks and roadways, and they all need looking after But, Mr Chair, the infrastructure in our parks has sadly been neglected, not just in my ward but in others, and this can’t be addressed by our Suburban Enhancement Fund which can’t really keep up with the needs—which cannot be kept up with the needs of these areas There are parks in my wards that have seen for many years their shelters—haven’t seen their shelters refreshed, denuded land returfed, safety lighting installed and fuel reduction because they really have become in some cases a fire risk. Mr Chair, I look at these investments in our new parks which is something that I have been advocating for my short tenure, and this budget is responding to the establishment of some new parks. But the investment in our existing parks is falling short Mr Chair, we should be increasing the activation in our parks. We need to maintain and improve the amenity and make them more attractive to residents. So here is an idea, LORD MAYOR: what about using some of the green future fund to refresh existing neighbourhood and suburban parks? The future is now Mr Chair, waste reduction and recycling are two of the biggest challenges for any council As Australia’s largest council, what we do in these areas will be followed by others So it’s important that we just not follow best practice, but in some cases lead with new ideas. Mr Chair, I see little improvement with recycling in our general waste. We heard in Estimates that there is 12,000 tonnes that were collected each year from our annual kerbside collection, and only two per cent of it is recycled. This means 98% of it goes into landfill, which is not really sustainable when you think about it So what are we going to do to improve this major issue? We have done little, really, to address this, but for a new mattress recycling program. Our landfill capacity and options are quickly disappearing. We’re trying not accepting recyclable products from Australia and other countries. We have to look at investing

in partnerships with industry to develop a recycling business onshore to recycle and repurpose what we used to send to China Other councils and private industry in Australia and overseas are doing this work, and we have the means to do so as well. The Queensland Government currently has grants to assist councils and private industry to develop a recycling business that would produce a recyclable product that can be used in manufacturing There has been a major shift in people’s thinking when it comes to recycling, and this is being played out with the State Government’s deposit return scheme Mr Chair, waste reduction is something that we need to invest in and we need to do more The Love Food: Hate Waste program has been operating for a few years, but when I asked Councillor HOWARD why there isn’t any funding allocation after 19-20, she said that just because there is no allocation in the future budgets, it doesn’t mean that it won’t continue. Well, that may be, but in my experience, if it’s not in the forward estimates, it’s probably at risk, and we need to—and this would be a terrible indictment on the Council The allocation in this year’s budget is meagre—$323,000, a small amount in the scheme of things, and I hope Councillor HOWARD fights for its continuance and its increase Mr Chair, another program I would like to see continue and be greatly increased is the reusable nappy rebates lottery scheme. This has had some effect on reducing the amount of disposable nappies that ends up in our landfill. Now, four per cent of all landfill is just from this one product. Mr Chair, some councils allow food waste to be put in green top bins instead of landfill I encourage anyone who hasn’t seen the three-part series on Love Food: Hate Waste on iView to have a look. You’ll see a council in Australia that allows food waste to be placed in green top bins, and then recycled. What is really interesting while I was watching was how they went about educating the residents in what can and cannot be put in those bins Finally, Mr Chair, I would like to finish my time with service item City Cleaning There are four programs in this item, and my favourite is the litter prevention, as I’ve talked about many times in this place The team that looks after this program works passionately about educating the public and looking for strategies to get residents involved with litter prevention. This program is one of the best investments we undertake in keeping our Brisbane City clean. I encourage Council to ramp up the funding of this project so that we can do more in this space. Sadly what we’re seeing is the funding has really stagnated over the years for that particular program Another program that I think we should greatly invest in and increase our investment in, I should say, is the street sweeping. There is a good increase in this year’s funding I think it’s about 20%. But keeping our streets clean will have a great impact on our environment. This has become very real for me in my ward when I was given an understanding of the nutrient load that actually flows into the lake from leaf litter that flows down our stormwater drains Half the properties in Forest Lake empty their stormwater into the lake itself; the other half goes through the Oxley Creek catchment area. But it’s something that we should actually do a lot more in this space. I was of the view, of course, before I knew that, that property owners should sort of make sure that the gutters in front of their houses, that they should keep them as clean as possible, and we’re working with my residents in this area, but I think it’s important that we look at increasing the amount of street sweeping that’s actually happening right around Brisbane, right throughout all the wards. Thank you, Mr Chair

Chair: Thank you Further speakers? Councillor MACKAY Councillor MACKAY: Thanks, Chair; I rise to speak on Program 3: Clean, Green and Sustainable City which will see Brisbane recognised as the sustainability leader with an enviable lifestyle and reputation. Program 3 provides important park and tree assets as an important element of a resilient urban forest that will deliver essential community benefits such as shade, cooling, and amenity for current and future generations I am proud to live in Australia’s most bio-diverse capital city with more than 2,100 parks and 108 conservation reserves spread over 100 million square metres of beautiful landscape Speaking of which, it is an honour to be the Councillor for the ward that includes Fig Tree Pocket. Why? Well, Fig Tree Pocket happens to be home to one of the world’s leading centres for koalas and koala research. I attended Lone Pine on Tuesday to meet with staff and to understand their values and concerns. Their values are to be authentic, relaxing, interactive, natural As the manager said to me, if you want to feed a crocodile, go to Australia Zoo. If you want adrenalin, go to Dreamworld. If you want a truly memorable experience, come to Lone Pine. They do amazing work at Lone Pine, Chair. Their special population of koalas goes through—you won’t believe it—about 50 wheelie bins of gum leaves each and every day. That is a lot of eucalypt fodder. It’s for that reason that I am particularly enamoured with the LORD MAYOR’s commitment to fund a comprehensive research program to establish Brisbane as Australia’s koala capital. Parenthetically, the koala will be added to Brisbane’s official faunal emblem alongside the green tree frog As I said, I was fortunate enough to visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary on Tuesday. Aside from being peed on by a koala named Sprocket, it was good to note the LORD MAYOR’s commitment of $386,000 to fund a comprehensive koala research program to support a healthy population and re-establish koalas in suitable areas of vacant koala habitat in Brisbane The outcomes of the research will be shared with the Brisbane Koala Science Institute at Lone Pine as part of a wider effort to protect the koala population. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is over the moon. Residents of Walter Taylor are particularly impressed with the LORD MAYOR’s commitment to provide more than 40,000 free native trees to residents each year. This will, of course, help us to increase the level of natural green cover across the city from 37 to 40% by 2031 I note with interest the program under Bio-diversity Urban Forest and Parks, which includes funding for jacarandas. For anyone who has been in Brisbane during September through to November, you would have seen the stunning purple carpet of jacarandas. The LORD MAYOR is adding to this with a vision for planting hundreds of jacarandas in Bulimba, St Lucia and New Farm More than $107,000 has been attributed to this wonderful program in the budget, yet yesterday Councillor GRIFFITHS disparaged the jacaranda planting program because he called them a weed. Chair, I do note that Councillor COOK was laughing and shaking her head at that. Through you, Chair, if you don’t want your allocation for Bulimba, Councillor COOK, I’m sure the residents of New Farm and St Lucia would be very grateful for them I note the other line items in service Managing Trees on Public Land. Greener suburbs provides targeted delivery of local street planting and more than $1.7 million has been allocated to this important project. Park tree management provides proactive maintenance programs to manage risk, meet local priorities and provide shade in our public areas with $700,000 allocated to this Something that has not received enough focus, nearly half a million dollars has been allocated to protect the beautiful camphor laurel trees in Chelmer which give the area its unique character. When I stand on the pontoon of the Indooroopilly Canoe Club and gaze across the river to Chelmer, to those re4sidents who wish they lived in Walter Taylor, I acknowledge that they do have stunning trees in Laurel Avenue, and I am sure the $479,000 to protect, rejuvenate and restore the heritage trees will continue to make the good residents of Chelmer pleased. If you haven’t seen these

majestic trees, Chair, I suggest you do yourself a favour and get on down I’ll just mention a few other interesting and important projects that are either in or near Walter Taylor. Service provides funding of more than $5.5 million for the Oxley Creek Transformation Pty Limited to transform the Oxley corridor into a world-class green lifestyle and leisure destination befitting our new world city and complementing Brisbane’s subtropical outdoor lifestyle. As we know, Oxley Creek meets the river across from Walter Taylor Service Upgrade Neighbourhood Parks; I am pleased to see Turley Street Park in Fairfield, which is in the top 10 for the amount of funding allocated—not in Walter Taylor but across the river, and Trammies Corner Park in Paddington, as both of these are examples that have received funding under that line item Under the Parks Maintenance and Renewal Service, it’s so good to see the toilet amenities for St Lucia, playground improvements to Frew Park in Milton in the neighbouring ward, and nearly $100,000 for improved safety lighting in Norm Rose Park in Fairfield, which is not in Walter Taylor but is across the river I am sure we’d all agree it’s fantastic to have money invested into river wall rehabilitation to stop erosion and so on, and at Jolimont Street in Sherwood, under service, also not in Walter Taylor but I can see it from my side of the river Of course, Brisbane’s open drainage network operates at optimum capacity to minimise the impact of flooding on people, property and infrastructure, so it is great to see the LORD MAYOR has budgeted for major waterways vegetation management funding for Oxley Creek, at Hall Avenue in Corinda, and Pratten Street in Corinda, also close to but not quite in Walter Taylor Service Drainage Rehabilitation, maintains the stormwater drainage network so it can operate at design capacity so funding at the Brisbane Corso in Fairfield would be welcome by those residents who live across the river from Walter Taylor. The LNP has consistently delivered for the people of Brisbane, and we have responsibly managed the city’s budget, and we’re investing the dividends in all things to keep us clean, green and sustainable Chair: Further speakers? Councillor CUMMING Councillor CUMMING: Thank you, Mr Chair. This program contains some very important components, and I want to deal first with bushland acquisition We support bushland acquisition. Much has been made of the area of land being acquired by Council. But if you actually have a look at the Bushland Acquisition Levy reports that come out on a regular basis, the funds actually spent on bushland acquisition only amount to about a third of the money raised I refer to the report for March 2019 where the Bushland Preservation Levy revenue, after pensioner remission, at nine months into the financial year, was some $23,266,880. The amount actually allocated to bushland acquisition at that time, $7,987,950, so 34.33%. I guess obviously as I said we support the acquisition, but if they put all the money into acquisition, which is what the4 levy is called, then there would in fact be a lot more land being acquired But anyhow, the other thing about it is the history—and I don’t want to dispute the history. The first blocks of land were purchased when Lord Mayor Atkinson was Lord Mayor of Brisbane. But there were two blocks of land, one at The Gap which was acquired on 28 September 1990 and one at El Paso Street, Bardon, on 14 March 1991, which would have been, I think, just before the Council election in 1991 when Jim Soorley was successful in becoming Lord Mayor I can recall in one of my early years as a Councillor—I got elected in 94—we had a significant increase in the Bushland Acquisition

Levy, and that was like an increase because the Soorley Administration considered there wasn’t enough money being raised from the levy to buy significant enough areas of land So we increased it substantially at that stage Anyhow, as I said, it’s a good program, but the other thing that I’ve got some concerns about is, of course, the expenditure of the levy. We’ve seen in recent times in my view the abuse of the levy in purchasing that land at Mt Gravatt East, Carrara and Nurran Streets The land had been cleared of trees lawfully It had been cleared of trees. That was ignored The fact that the land was not contiguous with any adjoining areas of bushland, that was ignored The danger to koalas of encouraging them to go to that area of land, crossing major roads in that area like Pine Mountain Road and Cavendish Road, there’s real concerns in future if—we don’t know how many—we think it’s about 20 years before there’ll be enough mature trees for a koala to go to. It sounds like the amount of leaves they eat, I think all those trees that have been planted, there probably is one koala will be the only one that will be able to live there. Otherwise, if there’s two of them go there, they’ll be starving Anyhow, that’s beside the point. But they will be encouraged to cross major roads, and I understand it’s already an issue in that area where koalas are being hit regularly on those roads and killed. But back to the guidelines for the expenditure of the bushland levy, I’ve sought advice from Council officers and they tell me you just look at page 239 of the budget. If you read that program there, it is so broad you could drive a truck through it. You could buy—I don’t know what you could—you could buy any sort of bit of land that, you know, it says, in the opinion of Council, all rateable land will benefit from the acquisition and protection of natural bushland. That’s okay All other areas in the city and the provision of facilities for public access to those areas So you could spend the money on footpaths, I suppose, or a footpath that will allow you access to the little pocket of bushland. The protection of other natural bushland there in the city where privately owned or otherwise, and the preservation—this is the big one—the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, management and enhancement of the city’s environment undertaken or proposed to be undertaken by Council. Fair dinkum, as I said, a very large truck you could drive through and purchase land that wasn’t particularly any good habitat The Council, of course, does have guidelines It’s sort of informal guidelines. They’re not written, and that’s the reason why a lot of requests—I’ve put a few requests in over the years—they’ve been knocked back, and they’ve got the reasons why they knocked them back So what I’m suggesting is that we should have a better set of guidelines than currently exists. We should have it so it’s more transparent and that it’s not open to abuses, which is what has happened recently. So that’s my concerns. So Labor would introduce properly formulated guidelines to how properties could be selected for bushland acquisition I’ve got to say, I have put in requests Councillor TOOMEY said people haven’t put in requests. I have put in requests for bushland acquisition in the past; most of them unsuccessful I put in a request—my most successful one was putting in a request for bushland to be acquired in the Doboy Ward. I’m sure Councillor MURPHY approved it as well, but there’s a string of significant properties, acreage properties, came on the market on Green Camp Road and I put in a submission and lo and behold, within a couple of months, Council had bought nearly all the properties. So I claim credit for that. But you know, I’m sure other people claimed credit for it as well, and it’s a significant area which has been planted out with trees now, and a lot of good work has been done there by local community groups That brings me to the next point about the community conservation partnerships project It has had a cut in funding in this budget, and that is a matter of grave concern. It’s down from a proposed $5.296 million down to $4.815, which is a substantial drop of funding That’s a great shame that if all the volunteers

who do all the great work on bushland across the city are going to have their funding cut So I’m very concerned about that The Administration has talked a lot about trees, but the funds actually allocated for the project Park Tree Management is actually down as well. Last year $790,000 was proposed; this year $814,000 in the old budget, but the new budget only allows for $700,000. That’s 11.4% lower than it was proposed to be last year. So they’ve had a lot of rhetoric in the media, the LORD MAYOR, about all his green credentials and he’s trying to maximise the Green preferences going to him at the next election, because he’s worried about compulsory preferential, but when you look at it, the actual funding of programs, they’ve actually cut some of the major programs across the city, and I think that’s a real concern Of course, then we come to jacarandas. Well, look, it was this Administration, you know, Councillor SCHRINNER wasn’t arguing against it, the previous Lord Mayor and the Administration was saying that jacarandas were weeds and we shouldn’t be planting any more jacarandas; we should get rid of the existing ones, and basically jacarandas weren’t wanted in Brisbane Well, what rubbish, Madam Chair—Mr Chair, sorry Rod Harding came out and said, look, we should just consider a jacaranda festival, you know; Grafton’s got one, but we could have one as well. That was his attitude. That was a correct attitude. That was a—the great splash of purple that comes out all around Brisbane at a certain time of the year is great with jacarandas, and it’s a bit sad that the Administration had to do such a U-turn to come back to being remotely in touch with the rest of the electorate The other thing that this Administration is claiming, you know, they’re going to be handing out native plants. Look, that’s been happening for years. There’s nothing new. You know, you get two native plants with your rates notice. Native plants for people at citizenship ceremonies. This has all been announced as though it’s something new and it’s actually doing something that’s been happening for years So again, the sort of misleading and false and misleading conduct of this Administration is most disturbing, and it’s been happening a lot in this budget, and it’s happening a lot. Unfortunately it seems to be the modus operandi of the new LORD MAYOR to claim that something that’s been happening for years is suddenly something new and it’s only happened because of him, which is absolute rubbish, Madam Chair—Mr Chair, absolute rubbish, absolute rubbish This program, while it’s an important program, it’s very disappointing that some of these cuts have been made, and it’s not satisfactory what’s occurred Chair: Further speakers? Councillor DAVIS Councillor DAVIS: Thank you, Mr Chair; I rise in support of Program 3: Clean, Green and Sustainable City. Mr Chair, Brisbane is renowned for its liveability. Many facets of the Clean, Green and Sustainable City program are at the root of making that liveability real and continuing into the future. Programs that deliver green spaces for our residents and visitors, programs that look after our wildlife, programs that manage, reduce and eradicate pests and invasive species and waterway health programs are at the basis of our green city Initiatives enhancing our waste management and recycling programs, and pursuing a low carbon future makes us a clean and sustainable city. Increasing our preserved bushland areas keeps the green heart pulsing throughout our suburbs As a northsider, I’m very excited about the LORD MAYOR’s announcement to transform Victoria Park Golf Course into the biggest new park in Brisbane in half a decade. Creating a park of this magnitude on the north side of the river will not only provide green space for the inner northern suburbs but it will be an amazing space for all Brisbane residents, including residents of McDowall. I know it’s been said that this new park has the potential to be like the iconic Central Park I’ve been lucky enough to visit Central Park. It’s a phenomenal piece of public space that really is the heart of New York City, and I know that our new park will reflect all that is great about our Brisbane lifestyle and create a community space that will be the envy of other cities. So when the time comes, I look forward to encouraging my residents to participate in the consultation process and put forward their vision for the park, because it will be a fantastic space for all Brisbane residents to enjoy Mr Chair, we have high quality park facilities right throughout Brisbane. Across the city there are new facilities and enhancement works that will be delivered in this budget, including new playground equipment installations, park upgrades, boundary fencing, park lighting

upgrades, visitor facility installations including toilets, barbeques, furniture and shade provisions, and pathway construction. I am delighted that, in this budget, two parks will receive enhancements in the coming year In Grey Gum Park in Stafford Heights, we’ll have $81,000 to go towards relocating exercise equipment. There’s been an ongoing issue with interfering tree roots, so it’s great that the equipment will be moving to a more suitable part of the park. In McDowall Reserve, $108,000 has been allocated to address the cracking and structure failure of the hard court. These additional upgrades will ensure that our local parks provide a range of safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities for McDowall Ward residents The off-leash areas are really popular in the McDowall Ward also, and this is unsurprising when you consider that, across the city in the last few years, the number of dog off-leash areas has grown by about 20%. So it’s great that there’s a rolling program to rehabilitate and enhance existing dog off-leash areas The funding for this program has increased to $842,000 in this budget, and I’m delighted that the dog off-leash area in Jim Wilding Reserve in Bridgeman Downs will receive $41,000 in funding for re-turfing, and to have double gates installed Under the Upgrading Facilities in Parks program, Broula Park in Stafford Heights will have fitness equipment installed, and that will be to the tune of $65,000, and Fallon Park in Everton Park will have a suite of works, including design and implementation of an upgrade to the park space behind the toilet block. This funding will also provide for the removal of the paved areas, installation of root barriers for the largest trees, and to install a path to make access to the facilities easier. There’ll be some additional seating through the park Mr Chair, we’re very lucky in McDowall Ward to have the beautiful Chermside Hills Reserve on our doorstep. I’m excited that two locations have been included in the Views of Brisbane initiative in this year’s budget. Firstly we have allocated funding for stage1 design of Trouts Road picnic area in the Chermside Hills Reserve. This funding will go to upgrading facilities, including upgrading to the entry statement and fencing, picnic facilities including the installation of a barbeque, some bins and also an upgrade to the car park and associated line marking. Secondly there is funding for the design of a viewing observation point at the Milne Hill Lookout in the Milne Hill Reserve So I’m really pleased that McDowall Ward has funding under the Wildlife Movement Corridors program also. The safe movement of native animals between conservation reserves and habitat is important. So having funding for the installation of wildlife movement solutions in McDowall and surrounding areas to address a known wildlife hotspot area for koalas and wallabies is very welcome. We also have additional funding for the installation of temporary variable message signs in McDowall and Bridgeman Downs during the koala breeding season to alert drivers to the increased presence of koalas moving between conservation reserves and across roads Mr Chair, I have been very proud to join a team that values bushland, a team that have continued with Sallyanne Atkinson’s vision to provide a more natural area for wildlife and the residents of Brisbane and visitors to our beautiful city. It’s why I’m glad to say that, under the leadership of former Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and now LORD MAYOR Adrian SCHRINNER, we’re meeting our target of 750 hectares of bushland in four years, having recently secured the milestone of 700 hectares just as I was sworn in as Councillor for McDowall Mr Chair, this program delivers for McDowall on those important things we don’t always think about—stormwater drainage and waste management. Under the Drainage Construction Resilience project, $278,000 has been allocated to stage 2 of drainage works to improve two residential properties in Sim Street, Everton Park We’ve also funding for works to be carried out in two flooding hot spots along Cabbage Tree Creek, firstly at the crossing at Albany Creek Road at Aspley and secondly for the crossing at Beckett Road, Bridgeman Downs This is important because it’s about restoring flood conveyance capacity, vegetation management and also to enhance the environmental values of our waterways Mr Chair, I’m married to an engineer who has worked for most of his career in the public health and waste management areas, so discussions on the subject of waste and waterways were not uncommon in our household. But it wasn’t until I started in the role as local Councillor that I really did start to understand the true weight of waste in our city. About 1,200 tonnes of large items were collected from kerbsides by WaRRS, approximately 280,000 tonnes of waste was collected by refuse and recycling in GB’s collection services. Of about 87,000 tonnes of household recyclable waste collected, more than 90% of that was

recovered as recyclables were recovered The bulk bin collection services collected approximately 40,000 tonnes of waste; parks and footpath collection service collected over 3,800 tonnes of waste and recyclables The green waste recycling service currently has more than 96,000 householders, including my household, participating in the program, and more than 25,000 tonnes of green waste was collected last year. They’re astounding figures, and I congratulate Councillor HOWARD for her work in this area. These out-of-sight, out-of-mind services are essential to the functioning of this city Mr Chair, the programs and services offered in Program 3 are central to Team Schrinner’s vision for a clean, green and sustainable city, and to make the Brisbane of tomorrow even better than the Brisbane of today. I’d also like to acknowledge the work of Councillor HAMMOND and Councillor McLACHLAN before her, and to commend Program 3 to the Chamber Chair: Further speakers? Councillor CASSIDY Councillor CASSIDY: Thank you very much, Chair; I rise to speak on this program, Program 3, and start by giving the Councillor for Google a bit of a history lesson around bushland, particularly on the northside of Brisbane Now, the Google Councillor here, Mr Chair, said that the Bushland Acquisition Levy is a great legacy of the Liberal Administration of Sallyanne Atkinson, but when you look at the reports that all Councillors are given here, you can see that the grand total of around 14 hectares was purchased by that Administration—14 hectares, two blocks When the Soorley Labor Administration came in, that Administration realised how desperately poorly designed and underfunded the Atkinson Bushland Acquisition Levy was, so ramped up that acquisition, and what we saw over that period of the Soorley Labor Administration was still, to date, a larger area of bushland acquired than has been by this LNP Administration since they have been in Office, Mr Chair So, I’m sorry, Councillor TOOMEY, but you are terribly, terribly wrong when it comes to your side’s commitment to the Bushland Acquisition Levy Now, another thing that the Atkinson Liberal Administration tried to do to bushland, particularly in my area, Mr Chair, was turn the Brighton wetlands, what is now the Brighton wetlands which was secured by the Soorley Labor Administration, into a Bavarian style shopping centre. It was the community who rallied, who contacted the Labor candidate for Lord Mayor, Jim Soorley, and said: this is horrific. We do not want a Bavarian style— Chair: Councillor CASSIDY, Councillor CASSIDY, I appreciate that—I’ve allowed a great deal of leeway, so we’ve talked about things in generalities, but to talk about a DA from the late 80s probably isn’t relevant to the budget today Councillor SRI: Point of order, Mr Chair Chair: I’ve allowed a lot. I’ve allowed people to talk about Sallyanne and Jim Soorley, and Tim Quinn, and Campbell Newman, and Graham Quirk— Councillor interjecting Chair: But, I mean, a Bavarian style DA with Sallyanne Atkinson, there’s a lot of stuff you could talk about, but that’s probably not relevant Yes, point of order to you, Councillor SRI Councillor SRI: I respect what you’re trying to do with that ruling, but I just do want to raise that concern of impartiality where you’ve allowed other Councillors a very, very broad leash to talk about a lot of different stuff, so it’s important to be consistent Chair: I’m attempting to be consistent, and I’ve allowed Councillor CASSIDY to talk about Sallyanne’s bushland purchases, Jim Soorley’s bushland purchases, but perhaps a DA from the 80s is not relevant to this discussion today Thank you, Councillor CASSIDY Councillor CASSIDY: Thank you, Mr Chair. When it comes to the acquisition of the Boondall Wetlands, which wasn’t done under the Bushland Acquisition Levy itself but was preserved, Councillor TOOMEY raised this and talked about a different political party’s commitments to a bushland and green spaces in this city, and took us on a bit of a trip down the rabbit hole there. We followed him as far as we could go without completely getting lost in his thoughts, Mr Chair But when it comes to something like the Boondall Wetlands, the lungs of this city, the first 500 hectares of that was secured by a Labor Administration working with a Labor Federal Government, and that was purchased for $1 So the first 500 hectares of the Boondall Wetlands was purchased from the Federal Government by the Brisbane City Council, both Labor Administrations, for $1. So let’s not listen to this misinformation from Councillor TOOMEY about what the Labor Party’s commitment to green spaces is in

this city Talking about the more contemporary bushland acquisition requests, Councillor TOOMEY got it very wrong. Councillor JOHNSTON pointed out one of those instances where just this year Councillor GRIFFITHS moved a motion to purchase bushland. Well, I did one of those as well for Brighton, and that was following a formal request to the former Chair of the Committee which was left unanswered, not even acknowledged, for a year, Mr Chair. So I don’t accept anything—I won’t accept any lecture from a Councillor who just goes and Googles something and comes into this Chamber and claims as if that is all fact Now, talking about this program, Mr Chair, I’d like to talk about the Einbunpin Lagoon specifically. I welcome the funding of $250,000 to develop a strategy to address the ongoing and serious issue of water quality in the Einbunpin Lagoon. It has been many years since Council has invested in this lagoon properly, and it is a lagoon that sits, of course, in the very heart of the Sandgate community The last time a large investment was made to the general amenity of the parklands area, again Jim Soorley was still the Lord Mayor of this city For many years now, this lagoon has suffered from regular blue-green algae blooms, and persistent poor water quality at other times The smell is often less than pleasant, and the stopgap measures like wall repairs over the last few years haven’t even lasted one year. They have already slipped back into the lagoon, and now we have pool fencing around our lagoon. I don’t think we should be under any illusion these days, Mr Chair, that the Einbunpin Lagoon is a particularly pristine natural environment. While as a water body it used to be natural, I think we gave up that pretence many, many years ago when Council filled in half of it to make a car park, and that was back in the 1960s. You could imagine in 1960s the type of fill— Councillor interjecting Councillor CASSIDY: The mayor was Clem Jones at the time. So, working in conjunction with local traders and the Chamber of Commerce, they decided they needed more car parking It was the age of the car, of course, in local communities, and they made that decision, which was a very poor decision in hindsight So a lot of that fill that was used was particularly—turns out to be fairly toxic for a lagoon environment A lot of things like ash which, over the time, has leached into the lagoon. So Einbunpin Lagoon should not be looked at as a pristine natural ecological system; it needs to be looked at as an asset that needs management, and this one needs a lot of management, Mr Chair. So there is now a significant amount of silt which has left the lagoon as shallow as one metre in some places—that’s when it’s full—less when it’s not full The silt continues to build up while we have very steep concrete walls, and no natural filtration like reeds and rushes and plants like Lomandras and things like that around the edge. So every time it rains, the mulch that Council puts around trees washes in more dirt, washes in to the lagoon, and all of the scum and oil and things off the road network around there wash into that lagoon directly as well. So we need more filtration in the lagoon itself, which could be achieved through wetland areas, and the nutrient load of things like the infestation of tilapia and proper management of ibis population need to occur These are just some of the ideas that should be considered during this important planning phase. Council did some planning back in the Newman days, but the proposal that was put forward included reclaiming some of that parkland for a wetlands style area for better water filtration. At the time, I’m advised, there wasn’t enough community support received to Council for that. Discussions I’ve had with Council’s experts suggest that the better option may be reducing the area of open water rather than expanding the lagoon itself. So, either way, I think the community has been demanding and continues to demand a better solution, and they deserve it, Mr Chair So all the work that local businesses have done in partnership with Council to attract more people to come to the heart of Sandgate, spend more time, spend more money locally in local businesses, is always dashed when people visit the lagoon, particularly on a warm, summer’s day and are driven away by the stench. If we don’t act, and don’t act properly, we may as well fill in the lagoon because that’s how serious it is getting I recommit today to stand with the Administration and to work constructively with them to make sure we get it right, and we owe that to the community Just finally, on park upgrades—and I have

to agree with what the Leader of the Opposition said earlier—it’s very surprising to see the fairly lacklustre investment in parks and park upgrades, given the LORD MAYOR’s recent rhetoric around this. In my ward, we get one neighbourhood park upgrade at Decker Park which itself has an enormous list of upgrades that are desperately needed. I suppose that’s a bit better than many other wards, because there’s again 190 suburbs around Brisbane, 26 wards, but there are just 23 upgrades in our parks to share around them, and Bald Hills gets two; Bald Hills gets two of those Playground replacements and upgrading facilities in parks isn’t much better. There is one shining light, I suppose, in this, Mr Chair, and that is enhanced safety lighting at Boondall Park which will complement the new path connection that was funded out of the Deagon Ward parks and footpath trust fund this year, and it’s something that the community at that part of Boondall has been advocated for for a long time, which now connects that area directly to Sandgate Road and directly to the new pedestrian signals over Sandgate Road I’ve been in discussions with the State Member for Nudgee, Leanne Linard, and encouraged to hear that there will be a brand new footpath connecting our new path to those pedestrian lights in the coming months there. So that is certainly a positive for the community Finally on the new park at Victoria Park, Mr Chair— Councillor interjecting Councillor CASSIDY: The re-announced, yes, the repurposing of the existing park to a different type of park use which, you know, we support, of course. But what we don’t support, though, is the $1 million that this LORD MAYOR allocated in this budget which hasn’t even come to fruition yet, and we’re already seeing in prime time TV slots on channel 7 ads, TVs— Chair: Councillor CASSIDY—Councillor CASSIDY, your time has expired Councillor CASSIDY: —Mr Chair, which is a hideous waste of money Chair: Further speakers? Councillor McLACHLAN Councillor McLACHLAN: Thank you very much, Mr Chair. I rise with pleasure to speak on Program 3, and I’d like to commence by acknowledging Councillor HAMMOND for her quick and capable transition to Chairpersonship of this very important portfolio and commend her for the work that she is doing, and also to commend the team with which I worked as the Chair until recently in this portfolio. They do some fantastic work I wanted to start by talking to one of the program areas that is unlikely to get a whole lot of attention here in this debate, but it’s a critical function that is performed by the Council, and that goes to the services at and that’s Contaminated Land Management, and also further on, service on Closed Landfill. Mr Chair, it’s often overlooked that Council is responsible for maintaining and managing nearly 160 closed landfills The history of our suburbs unfortunately going back many years was that if there was a gully that was convenient to a new suburban area, it generally got filled in with rubbish from the surrounding areas. People didn’t have vehicles to travel to tips further away from them, so lots of our natural gullies back in the day were filled in with all sorts of materials that is now coming home to roost I know you don’t like me going back a long time in history, Mr Chair, but I do want to go back to one in my area that comes from the Second World War, Crosby— Councillor interjecting Councillor McLACHLAN: Sorry, Councillor; I hear you laughing about land contamination issues. That’s very unfair and unfortunate of you, Councillor COOK, to laugh at the issues that relate to land contamination in our city Crosby Park was used during the Second World War by the US chemical warfare service producing protective and offensive items for the use in Second World War. Beneath the surface there is a lot of materials that are buried not far beneath the playing fields for one of the city’s most popular rugby clubs that occasionally come to the surface There are locations all across the city that have similar histories, where materials have been filled in—oh, now you want to make a serious point, do you, Councillor COOK? Well, get up and talk in this debate. Get up and talk in this debate Councillors interjecting Chair: Councillors will be heard in silence, please Councillor McLACHLAN Councillor McLACHLAN: The point I’m making is that there are officers of Council who work extremely hard doing hard yards on overcoming the sins of the past and fixing up these issues

It’s covered in this program—Contaminated Land Management. Councillor SRI knows well the issues that we have at West End with a former bitumen plant that we’ve been attempting to get the State Government to contribute to over the years so that that can be made good. There are numerous sites across the city which have similar stories where contamination has occurred I just make a plea to Councillors in this place that, when they’re talking to officers about the potential for community gardens, that’s fantastic, but you do need to be aware that a lot of the sites that people choose, just because they’re green on the surface doesn’t mean there aren’t contamination issues under the ground The officers who work in this space do a fantastic job to bring to your attention, bring to our attention, the issues that could relate to what’s under the ground. It may be only a few inches, a few centimetres below the ground, it may be several metres below the ground, but there are leachate issues that arise from these past practices, and I recommend to everybody that they pay attention to the work that these officers do I commend them for it, and I commend the commitment of a budget to ongoing maintenance of these environmental health issues associated with the management of these sites Mr Chair, there’s been a fair bit of discussion this morning about the Bushland Acquisition Program. I actually want to commend Councillor CUMMING for drawing attention to page 239 of the budget book, the Bushland Preservation Levy, Environment Function. He makes the point, and well made, about what the bushland acquisition is for. In saying that there’s a gap between the levy of revenue that comes in through the Bushland Acquisition Levy and the purchase of properties, he misses the point that he actually made himself, and that is that the Bushland Acquisition Levy can be used for a variety of things. That does include acquisition, of course it does, but it also includes the preservation of the lands that we have acquired So the Wipe Out Weeds Program, for example, is funded through the Bushland Acquisition Levy, a very important function. The other issue that relates to the purchase of land is that there’s quite often a long period of time between when an area is identified as suitable for acquisition, negotiation with the owners of that land, negotiation with their lawyers—it’s a real estate purchase that is gone through. So the identification of an area for bushland acquisition through to the purchase, we don’t do compulsory acquisition of land for bushland. It is by negotiation. That’s the point So to come in here and suggest that there’s something wrong with the flow of the revenue from the Bushland Acquisition Levy through to the purchase of land entirely misses the point, and entirely misses the point that Councillor CUMMING made himself about what the land can be used for He mentioned that Labor would make changes to the purpose of the Bushland Acquisition Levy. Well, we look forward to seeing what they are actually proposing, because this is a very good function to allow for the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, management and enhancement of the city’s environment undertaken or proposed to be undertaken by the Council What’s he proposing to change? What is he proposing to change in here? We’d very much like to hear how he’s going to change the use of the Bushland Acquisition Levy. What is his purpose? We also know, Mr Chair, that over time the areas of natural bushland that are still available for purchase under the Bushland Acquisition Levy are increasingly harder and harder to find. That’s why I’ve been very pleased to see over recent years that we also look at sites that can be rehabilitated. Quite often these are sites that are close to an existing bushland area or former farm land, or areas where we know there’s the potential for habitat protection We do acquire properties that may not have trees on them. Shock, horror. We may acquire properties that may not have trees on them but can be rehabilitated to provide for natural habitat. That’s a good thing. That’s covered by the tenets of the Bushland Preservation Levy which Councillor CUMMING pointed to, precisely what it can be used for. That’s a good thing A couple of other things I wanted to talk to quickly, if I may, in the time available to me. We heard discussion about jacarandas I’ll go to this issue. The Labor Party likes to point out that, in the State’s biodiversity responsibilities and the Council’s biodiversity responsibilities, there are a declaration

of plants that can become weeds. That list is a very long list that contains hundreds of plants that potentially could become weeds Jacarandas have been on that list. They have been on that list for a long time We know the game that the Labor Party plays in this place. Every time the jacarandas flower, every October, they say: your Administration wants to take out jacarandas. You’ve added jacarandas to the list of weeds. That’s not true. They have been there. Every plant that has come into this country or is here naturally occurring has the potential to become a weed in the wrong environment. Camphor Laurels are similarly on the list of introduced plants that can become weeds Anybody who lives along a creek system in this city, Kedron Brook is a prime example, would have seen recently the magnificently flowering Japanese sunflowers, bright bushes of yellow flowers all along our creeks. Introduced weed species. Any plant in the wrong location can become a weed. That’s why I commend this LORD MAYOR for his commitment to planting jacarandas in appropriate locations. Recently several jacarandas have been added to a park in my ward, Oriel Park, that will be fantastic, but they have no capacity to get into the waterway system and become a nuisance plant The new park that we’re creating at Ascot Park will have hundreds and hundreds of new trees planted, and several of those will be jacarandas as well, because there’s no capacity for those trees in that location to become a weed species. So let’s end this little game that they play every year in October when the jacarandas flower to say your Administration wants to take out jacarandas. They’ve been on the list for a long time as a potential weed species, and it’s our job, it’s this Administration’s job, to make sure that they don’t get away from us and get away in the waterways. That’s what the program is about, to make sure that we manage all our natural environment areas I also just wanted to quickly go to the issue of— Chair: Councillor McLACHLAN, your time has expired Councillor McLACHLAN: Thank you Chair: Further speakers? Councillor SRI Councillor SRI: Thanks, Mr Chair; I rise to speak on Program 3, and I’ve been interested in the debate around environment credentials and where this city is heading in terms of sustainability. I thought these comments might be relevant, particularly to Councillor TOOMEY, but also of interest to Councillor STRUNK and others. I’m going to read a short excerpt from a piece by Vijay Kolinjivadi who’s from the University of Quebec in Canada. The title of the article is a great one if anyone is keen on reading it; it’s called: Why a Hipster Vegan Green Tech Economy Is Not Sustainable. I thoroughly recommend the piece I won’t read the whole thing, but he writes: ‘Part of the conceit surrounding apolitical techno-focused environmentalism centres on the idea of dematerialising economic growth through more efficient lifestyles and technologies These include using the latest labour-saving apps on your phone, purchasing energy-saving appliances, eating vegan or organic food, and constructing buildings with lower negative environmental impact While these improvements in efficiency should indeed be applauded, they are not a solution to the major environmental problems we face today. This is because such “quick fixes” derive from the economic and political structures of capital expansion Growth-based economies are at the heart of environmental disasters we face today; making our goods, economic activity or infrastructure “greener” and more efficient without a major overhaul of the global economic system is not a long-term solution Improving efficiency would always involve maintaining and indeed expanding production to satisfy growing demand. This is reflected in the so-called “Jevons paradox”, named after the 19th-century English economist William Stanley Jevons, who discovered that increasing energy efficiency also led to higher demand Today this “rebound effect” can be observed across economic sectors, as gains made due to enhanced efficiency are put back into use to fuel further growth. The higher efficiency of planes, cars and electronic devices is immediately offset by cheaper prices, resulting in an increase in demand and ultimately greater consumption of energy and resources. And within the globalised economic system we live in, the enhanced efficiency in one place often happens at the expense of growing inefficiency or waste in others In other words, the more efficient we are, the cheaper consumption gets, and in an economy predicated on endless growth, the more we consume and waste. The environment will always be at the losing end of this logic.’ I think that critique is really important in the context of Program 3, because this Administration has been patting itself on the back about its environmental credentials, but many of the changes and reforms it’s introduced are largely tokenistic and meaningless Having said that, there’s also a lot of really good stuff in Program 3, and I don’t want to sound wholeheartedly negative, because I think there’s some really good programs in there, and I want to acknowledge the officers and the Councillors who support those

But for those who are interested, here’s a short non-exhaustive list of other changes that I think this Council Administration could be making, particularly under Program 3, that would greatly improve those goals of environmental sustainability. Number one is quite obvious: stop widening roads to carry more cars, and put more of that money into bushland acquisition Related to that, actively support the conversion of underutilised bitumen road reserve into green space and garden space. I’ve raised this already with Councillor HAMMOND but I really hope that that suggestion is taken on board seriously Obviously offset carbon emissions directly through local projects rather than relying so heavily on overseas carbon offset programs where the positive impacts are uncertain and difficult to quantify accurately. Scale down operations at St Lucia Golf Course and convert more of the site into bushland reserve. Stop rezoning bushland and parkland for suburban sprawl. Stop approving new commercial developments within the biodiversity overlay, particularly along sensitive creek corridors like Norman Creek. Stop allowing developers to remove established street trees simply because they’re in the way of a new construction project Loosen planning and lease restrictions that make it unnecessarily difficult for community groups to install solar panels on Council facilities. Start buying back inner city industrial land along the riverfront to reconnect fragmented wildlife corridors, and again, Councillor HAMMOND, this is on your radar, but those sites cannot sit there forever. Support the installation of off-grid solar powered lighting in parks, rather than expensive mains connected lighting that involves extensive trenching and disruption Improve regulation and enforcement of erosion and sediment control from construction sites and industrial land uses to stop the pollution of our waterways. Increase public funding for the Oxley Creek transformation so that it does not need to be commercialised and privatised in order to cover costs. Allocate more funding to implement future stages of the Norman Creek vision, particularly in Woolloongabba and East Brisbane. Ban single use plastics such as disposable plastic cutlery and packaging from all Council- funded programs and events Loosen the excessive policy restrictions on verge gardens and community gardens. Install protected bike lanes along major roads rather than clearing trees to push them through sensitive habitat areas and green corridors. Mandate the inclusion of grey water recycling, rainwater capture, onsite composting or organic waste management in all multi-res developments This last one is arguably slightly outside the program, but I think it relates directly, which is increase the proportion of deep planting as part of new developments. That commitment from the previous Lord Mayor is starting to feel a little bit like a broken promise, because we’ve been waiting a very long time and we still haven’t seen enough action on that front But that’s not an exhaustive list. There’s a lot more this Administration could be doing, and I think if there was a genuine commitment towards environmental sustainability, we could make some big gains in this city for relatively little cost I wanted to use the rest of my time now to speak about a few specific projects and issues that are of particular concern to me. The first is around the Victoria Park vision or master plan. Through you, Mr Chair, to the LORD MAYOR, please take this recommendation and suggestion seriously. That site obviously has a lot of historical significance to the Aboriginal community. One of the main reasons it remains as green space is that it was one of the last big camp sites for Aboriginal people of the Brisbane region, and as you’re aware, there were murders and a few massacres on that site. Refugees from the invasion remained on that site as the city expanded nearby So I think it is essential—essential that, before any significant decisions are made about the future of that site, we conduct a detailed Aboriginal cultural heritage survey That’s something that needs to happen soon, and it should happen before the main public consultation starts because if we go out to the public and say, oh, we’re thinking about this; what do you think of that, but the public doesn’t have access to that important information about what the Aboriginal community wants and sees as important and historically significant, we’re going to be barking up the wrong tree, where we make decisions and get residents excited about certain options, and then realise later, oh, we can’t do that here because that was a massacre site So it’s really important that that Aboriginal cultural heritage survey and that historical mapping happens as a priority as part of the Victoria Park Golf Course. I’m emphasising this because I think this Administration wants to do the right thing on these issues, and I’m urging you to not overlook this and de-prioritise it. It’s something that needs to be properly funded and the subject of broad consultation with the Aboriginal community I also just want to again rehash the importance of acquiring some of those big industrial sites in West End for green space as soon as possible. They’re on the Local Government Infrastructure Plan; they’re waiting for funding. The owners aren’t going to sell in a hurry. They’re just happy to sit there

and wait for their land values to rise and rise and rise, and they’re going to keep waiting unless we force them out of there So it’s completely up to you, Councillor HAMMOND. The time is now. Our population has increased dramatically. The Gabba Ward has increased in population by somewhere around 5,000 or 6,000 residents in the last couple of years, and in that time we’ve had one very small new park at the corner of Vulture Street and Thomas Street. It’s like the size of a tennis court. Then we’ve had a very slight expansion to the Carl Street Park down in Woolloongabba which is again about the size of two house lots So we’ve had thousands and thousands of additional residents. The equivalent of a whole suburban suburb has moved into The Gabba Ward, and we’ve had—I see some Councillors raising their eyebrows. Check the figures That’s exactly what’s happened. We’ve had thousands and thousands of residents move into those inner city suburbs that don’t have backyards of their own. They’re living in apartments and other high density living styles. So they are even more dependent on public parkland than people out in the suburbs That’s what I’m saying here. People living in apartments have greater needs for green space than people who live in detached dwellings with their own private backyards. It’s common sense when you think about it But at the moment we are still putting nowhere near enough money into delivering public green space, not just in my ward but also in the Paddington Ward, in Central Ward, in Walter Taylor Ward—in all those densifying inner-city areas. We need to be buying more land for inner city green space so that high density living is a liveable choice for people. If we want people to live close to where they work and live in those dense environments, we have to be providing the green space and community facilities to make that an attractive choice. Right now we are failing to do so Populations have grown at a much faster rate than the provision of green space, and it’s a real problem for this city, not just now, but it’s going to get worse in the future So I really want to emphasise that this Council needs to be buying more land for inner city green space and not just converting existing golf course and existing sports fields into parkland, as positive as that may be. Just finally I want to— Chair: Councillor SRI, your time has expired Further speakers? Councillor RICHARDS Councillor RICHARDS: Mr Chair, I move that Council now adjourn for morning tea for 15 minutes which commences only when all Councillors have vacated the Chamber and the doors have been locked Councillor MARX: Seconded Chair: It’s been moved by Councillor RICHARDS, seconded by Councillor MARX, that this Council now adjourn for a period of 15 minutes for the purpose of morning tea, commencing when all Councillors have vacated the Chamber and the doors have been locked All those in favour say aye Councillors say aye Chair: To the contrary, no; the ayes have it UPON RESUMPTION:

Chair: Welcome back from morning tea everyone For those who are interested, I have turned

the temperature warmer ever so slightly for those who were interested in that sort of

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Councillor RICHARDS Councillor RICHARDS: Thank you, Mr Chair I rise to speak on Program 3, Clean, Green and Sustainable City. Team Schrinner administration are committed to ensuring Brisbane achieves its vision of being a world leader in sustainability as set out in Council’s plan Brisbane, Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031 Brisbane City is our new world city and it’s renowned nationally and for that matter internationally for its liveability and successful blending of urban and natural environments that is defined by its subtropical climate and diverse natural environment. The Pullenvale Ward is a standout example of the meandering Brisbane River, waterways that weave through our leafy suburbs, the rich biodiversity in our natural areas and accessible and diverse parks enjoyed by residents and visitors. All contribute significantly to our city’s economy and liveability As the local Councillor for the Pullenvale Ward where city living meets country lifestyle, this ward truly is the green heart to the lungs of the city and its agricultural rural land, substantial parks, conservation reserves, forests and vegetation that is bountiful in this ward. It is significant to the leisure and lifestyle opportunities for the residents and visitors to the ward and the future generation of Brisbane peoples As I’ve mentioned many times before in this place, I’m very proud to represent the Pullenvale Ward being 318 square kilometres which in other terms is equivalent to nine-and-three-quarter wards can fit into this city’s crown of being the only country lifestyle ward in the City of Brisbane Because of this ward’s noteworthy vegetation types the need is greater for many of the services under this Program 3 which not only benefits the local Pullenvale Ward residents it also serves the second most visited site in Brisbane being Mount Coot-tha Forest Park with over 750,000 visitors plus a year Projects like Bushland Acquisition program, Conservation Reserves Management program, Environmental Offsets and Natural Areas Risk Management are but a few of the projects delivered in the Pullenvale Ward I just want to go back and refer to some comments that were made yesterday, Mr Chair, in particular about the residents bushland fund, that $73 million had been raised and expended with that $73 million spent in the LNP wards yet $3 million only spent in the ALP wards which was mentioned yesterday by the Moorooka Councillor, Councillor GRIFFITHS I just want to hold up the map and the boundaries of City of Brisbane. Not the clearest picture but I’m sure we all know what it looks like When you have a good look at it, a really good look at it you’ll see that there’s significant green space within our boundary Using some common sense there’s a lot of urban density which covers a lot of our wards Where else would you buy bushland that’s not contaminated lands, that’s not owned by the State who want to sell it at commercial rates but significant vegetation or land space

that we could then offset through tree-planting? I’ll give you an example. John Sprent Reserve Over 50 years ago Professor John Sprent purchased some land in Moggill and that land was desolate It used to be a dairy farm. You go there today under the guise of Sallyanne Atkinson who bought it but also was the first land for wildlife site, it’s now fully vegetated Now that is the achievement that we want to achieve, a significant vegetation across this city. As I mentioned when I opened this, the ward at Pullenvale certainly is the majority percentage of biodiversity. It is the one that carries this city to get its green credentials up But if we look at this map, you can still see the shaded green that shows the land space that’s been purchased by this city but you can also see the land space that is still significantly green vegetated which is not your Moorookas, it’s not your Chelmers, it’s not your other city areas I want to clear that up about the Chelmer statement is that today we heard a motion come through but it was referring to funding that’s not part of the Bushland Acquisition program funding. It was part of the funding for flood buyback. That’s dealing with properties that are significantly flooded consistently through the times of the river that we live on that will always flood Brisbane city. We cannot put so much infrastructure into a city to stop a river from flooding. I’ve worked 20 years in construction, I’ve worked right around the nation and internationally. There is nowhere that you can buy more land back to stop it from flooding because it is a natural waterway. It does what it does and that’s why it’s there Now one of the other interesting facts that was—or should I say Tinkerbell dust? I think we heard those fables yesterday quite a few times. Maybe I should use one too, Councillor COOK. How about Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf? LNP are the ones trying to save the city and create the green space The stories from our big bad wolves, our red people over there, are the ones telling the people in our city we’re doing the wrong thing, we are not using that $73 million wisely What a load of bunkum If we want to play stories let’s play the Little Red Riding Hood one because the reality is there is money going into other wards, wards where we’re looking to build sporting precincts, specifically Councillor GRIFFITHS’ ward Moorooka. The Pallara District Sports Park, it will be 12.95 hectares. Council currently owns half at $6.4 million, another site of 1.6187 hectares will come into Council’s ownership on 9 September this year at a cost of $2.5 million with the estimated remaining three lots of land could cost anywhere to the point of $7.5 million or above I say to the other side of Chambers let’s talk the right talk, let’s tell exactly what’s going on. It’s great to use the information you receive through questions on notice and information you use in Committees but again throwing the fairy dust this direction, we’ll throw it straight back. We’ve got the evidence. You’ve only got to go look at your own access to Nearmaps to see how much green space is in this city. Again, see how much has actually been procured by Brisbane and how much offset tree-planting is occurring in these reserves I’ll use another example. Anstead Bushland Reserve, Two Million Trees site. You go out there today there is so much vegetation there but there’s so many more wildlife that’s moving into that area I stand here and wonder what is the objective of the other side of the Chamber? Telling stories we’ve heard but how can you ridicule credentials that if you go out to these land spaces and you see the evidence, you see where the residents’ money’s gone and you can see the vegetation coming back. Why are the people of Brisbane and the visitors to this city continually keep going out to do mountain bike riding at Mount Coot-tha, using Lake Manchester, going out to Kholo, go to Dandys Range and I can keep listing the green spaces that connect the western corridor through into the urban density of this city? So I say to the other side of the Chambers get out and have a look at the green space, talk to the reality of what’s really out there. It’s appalling that the work that our Council officers do to plant these trees to give us greater lungs to our city that you cannot give them the credit for the work that they have done So, Mr Chair, I’ll continue with outcome 3.1, sustainable and resilient communities Listed in the projects in this outcome are significantly community deliverables for the

Pullenvale Ward. As the ward is within the five to 20 kilometre radius of the CBD of Brisbane the diversity of the landscape to the resilience of community members is captivating and certainly awe-inspiring This area to the west of the city has experienced severe weather extremes from flooding isolation to impacts of lack of water for cattle, agricultural and acreage needs. Yet it is the Pullenvale Ward residents’ resilience in the tough times, the community spirit, the extraordinary volunteerism of getting back yet paying it forward for future generations that is so unique to this country urban ward, communities at the heart of Brisbane. It’s our resilience, inclusive, cohesive ability to prepare, respond to and recover from weather impacts The community in the Pullenvale Ward are looking forward to the combined activities delivered under service item engagement for a clean green city. It’s the volunteers through our partnerships programs under service item, partnership through clean green city is key to the Schrinner Administration team’s vision to protect and restore our biodiversity, consolidate and connect habitats by partnering effectively with residents, private landholders, community groups’ activities are significant in the ward I would like to publicly acknowledge the Council officers of Asset Services West, Natural Environment, Habitat Brisbane and the Land for the Wildlife teams. Your passion, heart and soul that you proudly contribute to our community certainly does not go unnoticed. My personal thanks, gratitude and acknowledgement to each of you for your contribution to the ward of Pullenvale To the residents, private— Chair: Councillor RICHARDS, your time has expired Councillor RICHARDS: —I commend this program to the Chamber Chair: Further speakers? LORD MAYOR LORD MAYOR: Thank you. I’m particularly excited to be able to work with the team and in particular Councillor HAMMOND to deliver a cleaner, greener and more sustainable city through the continuing work in this program It is really important to our agenda as a team, this program is, and I’m excited by many of the new initiatives in this program, initiatives like the Hanlon Park work at Stones Corner that sees what is effectively a drain converted back into a natural creek which sees new facilities invested in for the local community to enjoy whether they’re park facilities, sporting facilities or bikeways This will make a real big impact and positive impact in that part of Brisbane and will be available for people from all parts of Brisbane to enjoy and use This program also funds the construction of the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre, another great initiative in not an LNP ward I understand but in a Labor ward. We’re delivering on the Oxley Creek transformation program especially the Archerfield Wetlands project, which is really, really exciting Is that in an LNP ward? No, it is not. In fact, we’re creating a massive new public space available for the community in a Labor ward that will benefit not only those local residents but people right across Brisbane We’re also creating the newest and biggest public park that the city has seen in 50 years which is incredibly exciting and that’s the Victoria Park Vision. This one in particular has—for me I’ve found this process very interesting from when we first announced it just recently to see the community’s incredibly positive response but then to see the Opposition’s response which has been incredibly confusing On the day it was announced we had Councillor COOK in the Brisbane Times saying the plan was welcomed by Labor Councillors so on 9 June it was reported in the Brisbane Times that Labor Councillors welcomed this plan and Councillor COOK said it was a good idea They were in fact trying to claim the credit for this plan yet a couple of hours later they were busy bagging it Why? Is it because they changed their mind about whether it was a good plan or not? No Pure party politics. When it comes to a choice for Labor Councillors between people and party politics they always choose party politics and the Victoria Park Vision is the classic example of that Now their approach once again is focused on

party politics which is trying to gag Council from communicating with residents about this project. They’ve made it clear. Their one focus is not what’s going to be in the park, not how it will benefit Brisbane residents but we’ve got to stop Council sending out any information on this park, we’ve got to stop Council advertising this park and promoting it so that the people of Brisbane get to know about it Labor’s focus is purely party political and they’re still mumbling right now. Is there any party political communication that Council is doing on Victoria Park? Has anyone seen any party political communication on Victoria Park? No and I challenge Labor Councillors if you see anything party political by all means bring it to me. There will not be any party political communication funded by ratepayers on Victoria Park Is this a party political project? No, it’s not. It’s a budgeted project of Council Is this an election commitment? No, it’s not. It’s a budgeted project of Council so we will be communicating with people about it because we need people to be involved in the process going forward. They can’t be involved if they don’t know about the project They can’t get excited if they don’t know about the project and we will make sure that people get the opportunity to get involved and to be involved in the community consultation, in the design outcomes for what is a truly landmark city-changing opportunity, the creation of new publicly accessible parkland Now there has been some commentary that it’s already a park. There is a difference, Councillor JOHNSTON, between a golf course and a park Councillor interjecting LORD MAYOR: There is a big difference between a golf course and a park, Councillor JOHNSTON, and if you don’t understand that I think you need to go back to school Councillor interjecting Chair: Councillors will be heard in silence LORD MAYOR LORD MAYOR: Because I wouldn’t feel comfortable taking my kids to go down to the Victoria Park Golf Course right now with golf balls flying everywhere. There is a big difference between a golf course and a park so we will be opening it up to everyone, not just to one group, not just to one sport but to everyone That’s what the people of Brisbane expect us to do Now I know that there will be certain groups that have a strong view on this project one way or another and I can give the commitment to the people of Brisbane that we are 100% committed to this park, we are 100% committed to making it happen. While those groups have a right to have their say and I would encourage them to have their say, we will be making sure that this is a park for all, a park for everyone, a park for people right across Brisbane and we are committed to making that happen Councillor interjecting LORD MAYOR: So the Council Opposition can continue their party political lines that they’re trying to push, they can continue to try to gag Council from communicating with residents but in the end once again it’s all about party politics and that is disappointing but it is what we have come to expect from Labor I wanted to turn now to the Bushland Acquisition program because this program funds something that is really critical for the City of Brisbane, which is protecting our green spaces, our green lungs, our native habitat across the city and in particular in the greenbelts of the city. Now Labor complains that they somehow feel that they’re missing out on bushland acquisition and the reality is that they have a very short memory when it comes to the bushland levy because when this levy came into effect it was proposed by Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson and it was introduced in 1990 At the time and I remember it was actually the budget debate a few years back where I managed to dig up a speech from Brian Mellifont who at the time was the Leader of the Opposition and there were some gems in that speech. Unfortunately, I’ve misplaced it but there were some absolute gems where he on behalf of the Labor Opposition got stuck into the Lord Mayor on the Bushland Acquisition program and said this is nothing more than a dirty great big new tax. They voted against it and they opposed it Why did they do that? Because there was an election coming up and in true Labor form, not about the people of Brisbane, it’s about

party politics Councillors interjecting Chair: Councillors will be heard in silence please LORD MAYOR: So when the Bushland Acquisition program was introduced by the Liberal Lord Mayor and the Liberal administration at the time, Labor opposed it and they called it a new tax. Now surprise, surprise, after they had successfully won the election what did they do? Did they abolish this new tax? No, they increased this new tax. I’ve never seen a new tax that Labor doesn’t love so in true Labor form they not only ran with it, they increased it and they were boasting about increasing it earlier today They love a good new tax and rather than playing politics and abolishing it like they implied they would when they voted against it, they kept it and they increased it. That’s Labor’s record but— Councillor interjecting LORD MAYOR: But thankfully— Councillor interjecting LORD MAYOR: Thankfully the Bushland Acquisition program has continued to go from strength to strength. While it’s been invested in by successive administrations what we are seeing at the moment is the first ever accelerated Bushland Acquisition program. We committed to purchasing 750 hectares of at-risk bushland in the four-year term. We are already up to 700 hectares thanks to the work of Councillor Hammond and also Councillor McLachlan before her so we’re almost at that target. I’m confident we will get to that target and that is the first time ever we have seen an accelerated Bushland Acquisition program in this form It’s interesting because I was having a look at Labor’s last budget and there’s a few things that pop out of this. The first thing is how little information is in here When you flick through it most of the pages are half blank as well. There’s a lot of blank spaces in here Chair: LORD MAYOR, you time’s expired Further speakers Councillor HAMMOND Councillor HAMMOND: Thank you, Mr Chairman First of all I’m going to start with this program is delivering a cleaner, greener city for us all. I want to thank Councillor CUMMING for his speech that he started with very early on saying nobody likes a whinger because no one does like a whinger. As I was listening to the debate today I decided I’d do a whinger meter. The winner of that whinger meter will be the last person that I speak about today Councillor CUMMING, you said there’s nothing new in this portfolio in this budget. I think you’re actually referring to your own speech because you recycle that speech year after year so the only thing without imagination or vision or whatever is yourself. This side of the Chamber—you also said about jacarandas You don’t even know that we have a Jacaranda Jazz Festival in New Farm Park. You said you were going to do something about celebrating jacarandas. Well again that’s not new because we have the Jacaranda Jazz Festival Councillor CASSIDY, you misled the Chamber when you were going on about how much ALP—they spent more money than ever before on bushland acquisition and all that kind of jazz that you went on about. Well on average through the ALP era in this Chamber they bought 60 hectares of land a year. Sixty. It wasn’t until Campbell Newman came into this place where he fast-tracked the acquisition to 500 hectares a year—in a term, four-year term We’re doing better under LORD MAYOR SCHRINNER We’re actually purchasing 750 hectares of bushland, 750 in four years. When Councillor CASSIDY turned around and said they bought so much more, they were so much better back in their heyday it was 60 hectares on average a year. Sixty Bushland across our city as Councillor RICHARDS said is more in Calamvale Ward, at your ward, Councillor RICHARDS, there’s a bit in Councillor McLACHLAN’s. We buy the bushland where it is but I also want to say, Councillor CASSIDY, thank you so much for your wisdom. Thank you very much for putting the new State policy

of buying State Government land for $1. We welcome that because the one that the Moorooka Ward Councillor was talking about, the Toohey Forest, we’ve actually written to the State about this land and they came back and said full commercial value So Councillor CASSIDY, I would love you to go and speak to Minister Bailey Councillor JOHNSTON: Point of order, Mr Chairman Chair: Point of order. Councillor JOHNSTON Councillor JOHNSTON: Yes, Mr Chairman, remarks should be directed through the Chair, not to individual Councillors Chair: Thank you, Councillor JOHNSTON Councillor HAMMOND, carry on Councillor HAMMOND: There’s no show without punch as my grandmother used to say Anyway, so Councillor CASSIDY, through the Chair I welcome you to go and speak to Minister Bailey because there is lots of State Government land that we would be interested to purchase at $1 as you so proudly stated in your speech today Councillor interjecting Councillor HAMMOND: Where it’s a little bit different, they go on about koalas and everything else but when tried to buy the property at 818 Rode Road in Councillor DAVIS’ area we tried to purchase that land for $4 million through the bushland acquisition I’ve spoken about this area before because it flows on and connected to the Rode Street Reserve. It’s a very important piece of land that flows onto what we’ve got with native wildlife with the koalas, the kangaroos and all the birdlife that’s there The latest State Government refused to sell it to Council. Instead they did their cash cow grab and sold it to the highest bidder private developer. Now we’re actually seeing a development application that’s on this property that Council rejected. The State Labor Government pulled that application in and said yes, 80% of koala habitat can go They fully support 80% of koala habitat Now I’m going to make sure with Councillor DAVIS that everybody in that McDowall area knows what the State Government have done here because we are not going to take responsibility for those 80% of bushland that’s going to disappear because of the Australian Labor Party We are proud on this side of the Chamber that we maintain and upgrade over 2,100 parks but that’s not all. We’ve got the $20 million of the Future Fund that we’re going to be buying more and upgrading more parks with that money. This side of the Chamber is determined to buy more parkland and more bushland for the future of Brisbane Now I’ve come to the winner of the whinger meter. I don’t think it will come to too much surprise to anybody because this person spoke about pork-barrelling and basically that’s what his speech—and woe is nothing happens in the ALP wards. My goodness, yes, you picked it but let me just go through the budget because—and I want all the LNP Councillors in this Chamber—no, he’s booking his overseas holiday. That’s what he does every Thursday at the end of budget. He’s outside doing that but— Councillor SRI: Point of order, Mr Chair Chair: Point of order, Councillor SRI Councillor SRI: Just checking with you whether you feel that sort of comment is appropriate Chair: It is probably a little gratuitous Councillor HAMMOND: But it’s truthful Councillor interjecting Councillor HAMMOND: Anyway, can I just say LNP Councillors, please do not get envy and jealousy of the Councillor for Moorooka. Please Let me just go through, now I’ll do this quite slowly so everyone can hear, when I can find my little Moorooka stash here Okay, Toohey Forest Park. There’s $87,000, that’s, there’s $87,000 loaded in the budget. In, Park Development and Enhancement, Moorooka Ward, Beryl Roberts Park, $97,000. Freney Street Park, Rocklea, $54,000, there’s money in there for Acacia, so it’s Marnham Street, Acacia, at $70,000 Paradise Road Park, Pallara and the Calamvale—that’s

$70,000 there., Park Maintenance and Renewal, we’re getting an upgrade to the toilets which he spoke to me about and I know he’s very, very happy about that., Alexander Park, Moorooka, $11,000. Beryl Roberts Park again, $108,000. Parks Maintenance and Renewal. Pegg’s Park, Moorooka, $81,000, and of course he spoke about the toilet refurbishment which is $235,000 there, Improving the Health and Liveability of our Waterways. Moorooka Ward in Rocky Waterholes, Salisbury, $611,000. Service, Drainage, Douglas Road out there, $396,000., Plan for Future Infrastructure. There’s money in there for Sweets Road, Pallara, $402,000, Maintaining Waterway Vegetation We’ve got Evans Road, $19,000; Grey Street, $21,000 But no, no, no, it gets better because he said that there’s nothing that gets spent in his ward. No land that’s bought in his ward, I think we heard that did we not? Well, Councillor GRIFFITHS, we have purchased 6.47 hectares in Pallara for the new sports facility that we’re doing, $6.4 million with an additional 1.6 hectares settling on 9 September for $2.5 million and yet there is more, more for Pallara that land is being purchased by this Administration, which the new land that we’re looking at purchasing is estimated for $7.5 million purchase, an investment into open space parkland sports in Pallara in the Moorooka Ward. That’s an investment— Chair: Councillor HAMMOND, your time has expired Councillors, I’ll now put the motion for the adoption of the Clean, Green and Sustainable City program All those in favour say aye Councillors say aye Chair: To the contrary, no Councillors say no Chair: The ayes have it [A Division is called by Councillor BOURKE and the Deputy Mayor] Chair: Clerks, please read the result Clerk: Mr Chair, the ayes have it, the voting being 25 in favour and one against Chair: The ayes have it. Please return to your chairs Councillor BOURKE, could you please present the next program, Future Brisbane Councillor BOURKE: Thanks, Mr Chair. I move that for the services of the Council the allocations for the operation and the projects for the years 2019-20, 2021, 2022 and 2023 and the rolling projects for the Future Brisbane program as set out on pages 71 to 82 so far as they relate to Program 4 be adopted Councillor TOOMEY: Seconded Chair: Moved by Councillor BOURKE, seconded

by Councillor TOOMEY that for the services of Council the allocations for the operations and projects for the years 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 and the rolling projects for the Future Brisbane program as set out on pages 71 to 82 so far as they relate to Program 4 be adopted Is there any debate? Councillor BOURKE Councillor BOURKE: Thank you very much, Mr Chair, and I rise to support the 1920 Council budget handed down by LORD MAYOR Adrian SCHRINNER as his first budget, a budget that continues to deliver on this Administration’s commitment to build and protect for our city, to build the infrastructure that needs to be delivered and to protect the lifestyle that makes our city such a great place to live In Program 4, Mr Chair, again like other programs that have already been debated we deliver on that commitment to the people of Brisbane We are building and protecting the infrastructure and the lifestyle choices that our residents want to see while also protecting the liveability of our city through our planning scheme and our development services branch Mr Chairman, this is a commitment that this Administration has long had with the people of Brisbane through Plan your Brisbane and Brisbane’s Future Blueprint we listened and engaged with the residents of Brisbane about how they would like to see their city grow and develop in the coming years This hasn’t been some Road to Damascus conversion as some people would like to put, Mr Chairman, but indeed an engaging process that started right back with Lord Mayor Campbell Newman in 2005, 2006 with the city shape process It has been an ongoing engagement and commitment by this side of the Chamber to listen to residents, to take on board their views and to respond and to deliver on their requirements and needs for our city and to take our city forward, Mr Chairman, and we have done that In this budget, the 1920 Council budget, through all the programs but in Program 4 we do it again, Mr Chairman, by making sure that we are delivering on what our residents would like to see happening around our city when it comes to improvements of public space but also responding to their concerns when it comes to development as well, Mr Chairman It’s pleasing that in Program 4 in, strategic land use planning, we continue to invest into the Brisbane City Plan 2014. Of course, this was the first of its kind interactive document done by a local government when it comes to a planning scheme, Mr Chairman, and to keep it modern and up-to-date we need to continue to invest into the planning scheme itself We need to make sure that it reflects changes that have been made to our City Plan, that we have the information in formats that are able to be accessible by all people and also that we have the ability to provide the strategic advice that needs to be provided not just to applicants or residents but also in responding to requests by the State Government and other entities when it comes to planning scheme issues This particular service will also fund the assessment that needs to be carried out when we receive ministerial designations on blocks of land across the city, Mr Chairman, and what we know is that we are seeing an increased number of ministerial designations coming into this Council seeking advice back to the State Government about those. We also see, Mr Chairman, a number of planning scheme changes that are coming through. There are currently nine major amendments to the planning scheme that are underway and again, this service line funds the work that needs to be undertaken to deliver on these planning amendments for our city It also helps fund the future amendments that will be carried out as part of our Brisbane Industrial Strategy which has come out after consultation with the residents of Brisbane and with industry about how we protect and ensure that we have key employment nodes across our city well into the future Mr Chairman, we have done all of this while engaging with the residents of Brisbane and listening to their concerns and taking on board their feedback On top of that, Mr Chairman, we know that the South East Queensland Regional Plan plays a major role in how we deliver local planning across our Council area. Residents and the whole Council Chamber would know that we have a target. The target is 188,000 new dwellings inside the City of Brisbane by 2041. That is why we have to make sure that we are rolling out and conducting the neighbourhood planning process across this city, Mr Chairman, and we continue that and that investment in this year’s budget through the work that we’re undertaking, Mr Chairman, to deliver two new neighbourhood plans in the 1920 year but also to make sure that we’re continuing the existing neighbourhood plans that are currently underway, Mr Chairman Currently, the Kangaroo Point Peninsula neighbourhood plan which came to Council for adoption at the last Council meeting, the Banyo Northgate neighbourhood plan, the Sandgate and Districts neighbourhood plan and the Eight Mile Plains neighbourhood plan, Mr Chairman, both of which were part of the commitment in the 2018-19 financial year There is and has been a change though, Mr Chairman. It’s been pointed out by the Leader of the Opposition in his budget speech about the funding for neighbourhood plans. That’s

because, Mr Chairman, there’s been a number of neighbourhood plans that finally received endorsement from the State and progressed through the adoption process The Springhill neighbourhood plan, the Newstead North neighbourhood plan, the Dutton Park Fairfield neighbourhood plan, the Ferny Grove Upper Kedron neighbourhood plan, The Gap neighbourhood plan and the Coorparoo and Districts neighbourhood plan have all been finalised in the 2018-19 financial year, Mr Chairman That is great to see that the State has finally worked with us to see those neighbourhood plans completed It was with great pleasure I was able to announce as part of the budget information sessions, Mr Chairman, that we will be undertaking the two new neighbourhood plans, one on a site that we have not announced yet on the northside but we did announce as part of the budget information sessions that we will be undertaking a neighbourhood plan for the Moorooka, Salisbury and Nathan suburbs in the City of Brisbane Mr Chairman, these are some of the oldest neighbourhood plan parts of the city that we have, particularly in the Moorooka and Salisbury area and indeed for the suburb of Nathan there is no neighbourhood plan at all But we have seen in the last 12 months a significant amount of development interest in the suburb of Nathan, one very large controversial development application and then one land sale by the State Government of koala bushland, Mr Chairman, where they were trying to flog it off to the highest bidder It is a great opportunity through this neighbourhood plan, Mr Chairman, to actually now go and do a planning process across Moorooka, Salisbury and the suburb of Nathan so that the residents can have their say, so that their input can be taken on board and a planning amendment can be put forward that reflects how those communities would like to grow and change going forward into the future Moorooka and Salisbury are major employment nodes. They create and generate massive economic growth for our city but they are also feeling the pressures of urban growth across the city as well, Mr Chairman, and that’s why this is a great location to conduct a new neighbourhood plan in the city On top of that, Mr Chairman, the LORD MAYOR announced the new suburban renewal taskforce Unlike some of the debate that we’ve had from those opposite where they seem to try to peddle this myth about this Administration only being city focused, Mr Chairman, nothing can be further from the truth. All you have to do is go through the schedules and see the range of projects that are being delivered right across this city out into the suburbs and you would be completely baffled by the statements by the Australian Labor Party Councillors One of these great projects that are being delivered by this Administration is a new suburban renewal taskforce. To take on the same challenge that the urban renewal taskforce led by Trevor Reddacliff did back in the early 1990s where we saw parts of this city transformed from disused industrial and under-utilised land into vibrant parts of our new Brisbane city $550,000 has been allocated in service for a new suburban renewal taskforce. I was very pleased as part of the budget information sessions to be able to announce that Moorooka would be the first pilot location for this suburban renewal taskforce There are a lot of challenges in Moorooka Not just are we going to be undertaking the neighbourhood plan but we are also going to be looking at what opportunities there are to unlock regeneration in that part of the city, Mr Chairman If you can think of a classic example as the LORD MAYOR said in his budget speech of Nundah, the bypass that now goes under Nundah revitalised that shopping precinct. It took a number of years for the potential and the growth to happen around that major hub there but the catalyst project, Mr Chairman, that actually unlocked that change and that revitalisation of the shopping precinct and that whole suburb was the bypass and the major change in the transport network For New Farm it was the sewer upgrade and that $50 million investment that actually unlocked the revitalisation of the New Farm and Teneriffe precinct in our city as well Mr Chairman, we’ll be working very hard with the residents, with the landowners down there, the commercial landowners as well to look at what opportunities are there to make sure that we can deliver some great and fantastic outcomes as part of this new suburban renewal taskforce That’s just one way, Mr Chairman, that we’re supporting small business through Program 4. Another way that we are getting on with the job and supporting and helping small business across this city, Mr Chairman, is by delivering village precinct projects. We are getting on with the job of rolling out VPPs across the city with this year a number of them already under construction and some soon to be complete, Mr Chairman It was my pleasure as part of the budget information sessions to announce the next round of VPPs

that will be being rolled out in the 1920 year and also the investigations that will be undertaken in the 1920 year. Corrie Street Chermside, Boundary Street South Brisbane, Boondall, the Sandgate Road precinct up in Boondall, Martha Street at Camp Hill and the Old Cleveland Road and St Leonards Street in Coorparoo precinct which was subject to a significant building fire not too long ago, Mr Chairman. They are all going to be subject to investigation for a future village precinct project on top of the ones that are going to be delivered, Mr Chairman, as part of the 1920 financial year The Corso at Seven Hills, Station Road at Sunnybank, Kenrose Street Carina, Railway Parade at Darra and that fantastic little shopping precinct in Councillor TOOMEY’s ward on Waterworks Road there at Ashgrove, Mr Chairman. These are vital projects to revitalise some of our key strip shopping precincts across the city, Mr Chairman We as the party of the best range of small business in this city not only with our reductions in fees and charges for small businesses, through our village precinct projects, through our suburban renewal taskforce want to see small businesses thrive, Mr Chairman. They are the lifeblood of a city. They are the lifeblood of each community. Having a vibrant shopping precinct reduces the need for people to drive their cars. It encourages people to be more healthy and more active by providing a range of choices in close proximity to where they live, Mr Chairman. That is why we continue to invest in these important projects right across the city We also, Mr Chairman, invest in important projects to lift up areas, to create a sense of place, Mr Chairman, through our City of Lights project and also Brisbane Canvas. Brisbane Canvas continues in the 1920 year as well as our sponsorship and ongoing work with the Brisbane Street Art Festival, Mr Chairman, to make sure that we have vibrant public art across this city as well as our Public Art in Public Spaces program, Mr Chairman, where we continue to invest in prominent sculptures and statues and other pieces of art to highlight local areas and local communities It’s this City of Lights project that I wanted just to touch on, Mr Chairman, because I found it really interesting in some of the debate we had a little bit earlier where Councillor GRIFFITHS was decrying that if he saw another set of fairy lights in a tree it would be just the end of the world. He could not possibly go on if there was another set of fairy lights in a tree, Mr Chairman Not the view he held this financial year, Mr Chairman, when of course Council through our City of Lights project went down to Moorvale Lane in Moorooka Ward and did a City of Lights Project down there. Of course when he’s getting one of those it’s fine but if anyone would possibly get a City of Lights project it’s got to be the end of the world, Mr Chairman, and could not possibly go on We will continue this important project because it does create places for communities to gather It creates a sense of place as well. It highlights local history and it highlights activities in the community. It provides the traders in those areas with a night-time economy and a more friendly and more welcoming experience for their particular customers I’m pleased to announce that as part of the City of Lights, it’s not the only project, Mr Chairman, the Council will be looking at High Street in Toowong, this is a very important part of the City of Brisbane’s history It was the first highway in the city and that short section of porphyry rock garden beds in the middle of High Street Toowong was meant to be the start of something much bigger, Mr Chairman. There are some significant trees in there and we will look at how we can improve and create an entryway into the city as part of this space there in High Street at Toowong On top of that, Mr Chairman, this Administration has a proud track record of leading the way in Australian firsts. We were the largest purchaser of green power. We are the largest carbon neutral certified organisation in Australia, Mr Chairman, and as part of this budget we become the first and largest council to recognise that universal housing is an issue that our communities face and something that we need to do more to help and support those people in our community with That is why this LORD MAYOR and this Administration in this year’s budget has a universal housing commitment. That commitment is a rebate scheme to help make universal housing something that we see right across this city, not just in isolated pockets, to help those that need accessible housing, that need changes done to housing to suit their changing circumstances whether it’s a disability or old age have those choices and those options and aren’t forced out of our city, Mr Chairman A rebate scheme will be implemented as part of this budget to support the development of new housing stock that meets the liveable

housing standards of a gold standard, Mr Chairman On top of that, this Administration is committing to changing our City Plan to reflect a new silver standard as the guideline for multiple unit dwellings rooming accommodation and a number of other housing types across this city Mr Chairman, Program 4 delivers on our commitment to build and protect for the residents of Brisbane and I comment Program 4 to the Chamber Chair: Councillor BOURKE, your time has expired Further speakers? There being none—Councillor SRI Councillor SRI: I rise to speak on Item 4 I was struggling to think about how to frame my comments today because I don’t like being relentlessly negative. I try to subscribe to that view that if you don’t have anything nice to say it’s better not to say anything at all. That’s always very difficult for me in conversations around this budget program because I’ve been consistently disappointed in this Council’s poor approach to planning and governance more generally I mentioned earlier the frustrations around the deep-planting requirements for major new developments and it would be good to hear from Councillor BOURKE through you, Mr Chair, in his summing up comments where that’s at. We’ve seen some of those other changes that were announced as part of the Future Brisbane process brought through a lot sooner and I’m feeling really frustrated that this change, which I see as one of the most important ones to require developers to provide more green space and include more deep-planted trees within new development projects, I’m very frustrated that that still doesn’t seem to be progressing very quickly It’s a great opportunity for the city. A common complaint we get from residents of new apartments in my electorate is that there’s simply not enough green space, that there are too few trees in their neighbourhood They want those big deep-planted trees around their complexes but unless we require developers to deliver them that’s not going to happen I think it’s quite important that this Council gets on with it and looks seriously at increasing the deep-planting requirement to a minimum of 25% of the site. I know the Council is currently contemplating 15% and I suggest that that’s still far too low. Other cities around the world have much more expansive requirements when it comes to this sort of stuff and Brisbane is unusual in terms of how lax it is in allowing developers to build whatever they want on their site without setting aside enough space for green space and the natural world Just on the neighbourhood planning process more generally, I’ve made my comments around the Kangaroo Point Peninsula neighbourhood plan a couple of times now so I won’t rehash them but I do want to acknowledge that the officers within those teams are trying their hardest within very narrow parameters. They’ve been set an impossible task by this Administration and unfortunately they’re stuck trying to please everyone and in the process they’re pleasing almost no one It’s obvious to me now that actually if we’re serious about making our neighbourhood planning process genuinely and meaningfully democratic we need to put a lot more funding into that consultation process but actually make it a genuine decision-making process rather than a shallow tokenistic sham process There’s a lot of opportunities there and I think there are some good people in those teams who are trying their best but it requires this Administration to be a bit more open-minded and flexible and willing to think outside the box a little bit more. Unfortunately I haven’t seen much of that under Program 4 in my time as Councillor and I don’t level that as a specific criticism of the current Chairperson. I think it goes to the values of the Administration as a whole. It seems like whoever’s in charge of that program we still see these same problems occurring I do want to thank the Administration for including Boundary Street in South Brisbane as one of the so-called study locations for the Village Precincts program. I’m a little bit unclear still as to whether there’ll be any public consultation and conversation around that. Study, does that just mean that Council will look further as to whether to fund it in future years or does that mean that Council is actually going to start some conversations with the traders and other key stakeholders in this financial year? Through you, Mr Chair, I’m hoping Councillor

BOURKE will just clarify that. It’s still not entirely clear to me what exactly Council is doing with that money and what the exact process is going to be. The more information we can have about that the better I still have concerns as well around the lack of clarity around the strategic planning elements of this budget program. It seems like there’s a lot of decision-making that’s happening behind closed door that I as a Councillor am not able to access and that residents of Brisbane certainly aren’t able to access either. This Council seems to be making a lot of decisions about the future of this city and then only at a very late stage going out to the public and saying do you want option A or option B when the rest of the alphabet has already been ruled out and taken off the table. That’s not genuine or meaningful consultation If we are doing detailed long-term studies and having big picture conversations about what trajectory the city is heading in then I think that should involve residents at every stage of the process rather than just as a tack on thing at the end, we better do some additional consultation I do want to just give a quick plug for the public art on buildings and infrastructure program and say that I think that’s a great program and it really needs a lot more funding It’s disappointing that there’s so many other big expenditures in this Council budget and I’ve remarked before that we spend something like $4.4 million removing graffiti and then less than $200,000 on painting new murals I know there are a few other budget programs where public art is also funding but it really does seem a bit unbalanced to me that that program gets so little funding I think it’s good that Council does something but it could be doing a lot more. Paying artists to deliver murals and artworks that respond to Brisbane’s local identity and character is a very valuable and effective us of funds and it’s a great way for this Administration to support the arts. I know that a lot of Councillors and decision-makers are often scratching their heads saying well we love the arts, we want to support the arts, what can we do? Just pay more artists to do more stuff. It’s that straightforward sometimes We’ve got a $3 billion budget and there’s plenty of money to go around if you think a bit more creatively about what your genuine priorities are I still remain concerns that the suburban construction management taskforce is under-funded I don’t think there are enough officers allocated in that program because we often find through my Gabba Ward office that response times are inadequate and that requests which we consider fairly high priorities don’t get actioned for a couple of days, by which point it’s too late to prove that any inappropriate action has actually been taken by the developer You really need, I think, a close relationship between the rapid response team and the SCMT I think really we probably need more officers with the SCMT itself because something’s still not working there. I’m not privy to their internal decision-making and how things are prioritised and how staff are allocated but my experience at the other end as a service user of that system is that it’s still just really, really slow to get outcomes and it seems that they have very few levers to pull and that they still seem to be going a little bit too light on in terms of some of those developers We consistently see what we consider to be examples of developers breaching their construction management plans or failing to comply with basic and obvious requirements and little action from Council. I think that’s something that again a few more staff allocated to that enforcement and investigation team would be a really good thing I just finally want to mention that there’s a few projects in this plan around mapping the city in terms of Virtual Brisbane and the interactive mapping, et cetera, et cetera Some of those are still quite hard to access for residents. I know that 3D mapping takes up a huge amount of data and requires a fair bit of processing power but it would be nice for some of that to be a bit more accessible to the public Certainly I as a Councillor don’t really understand—I would like to be able to just jump on the website and look at the Virtual Brisbane map in its current form and see this

is where it’s up to at the moment and to be able to use that as a tool that I can then show to residents and say here’s what Virtual Brisbane says your suburbs going to look like in a few years and here’s the render of what the height limits allowed by the neighbourhood plan are. That would be a really effective communication tool for me as a Councillor Maybe that’s something that Council officers and Councillor BOURKE’s team could be look at is how can we make Virtual Brisbane or a form of Virtual Brisbane more readily accessible online so that in the same way as residents can look up the City Plan and see— Chair: Councillor SRI, your time’s expired Further speakers? Councillor TOOMEY Councillor TOOMEY: Thank you, Chair. I rise also to speak on Program 4 and in particular the neighbourhood planning section under Having done a couple of neighbourhood plans as Councillor BOURKE said being Upper Kedron and The Gap, two very different neighbourhood plans, engagement was done two very different ways. The new level of engagement that we’ve seen through the neighbourhood plan for The Gap and particularly the use of the mapping and the dropping of the pins, the technology around being able to share that information and attach photographs of something that’s meaningful for a resident and attaching notes to that that they then can share with others within the community is a very, very powerful tool for engagement So much so that when I was repping Councillor BOURKE down at Parliament House recently for the Planning Institute of Australia Queensland Branch Awards, the use of the City Council’s technology around neighbourhood planning and the level of engagement came up as a benchmark for all local government areas. There was a certain level of envy in the room with how our planners, particularly in the neighbourhood planning process, conduct engagement with the community and the level of engagement that they actually achieved was noted I have to say having gone through two separate neighbourhood plans with two different types of engagement the later one in my opinion being far superior in terms of level of engagement and activity within the community, using things like pop-ups we’d have a corflute wrapped around a bus stop sign advising people what we were on about and where. Popping up in the shopping centre, having information sessions there with the officers and I want to thank the officers for being there and walking the residents through the process A lot of residents within my ward are not particularly IT savvy. A lot of them don’t have computers so it was one thing to actually see the officers engage with the residents and showing them what they could do and even writing down for them where they can go at a later date and find that information again, it was particularly helpful Notifying. The simple thing of notifying residents that there was a session for neighbourhood planning was just outstanding. We would wrap bus stop signs, we would wrap street signs just with a simple corflute to advise them when these sessions were on, when they could attend and even down to the point where there’s a number there. They can phone an officer, talk to a planner and find out if they really had to bring something along. It was just an outstanding experience Again, we saw the same technology similarly used with Brisbane Future Blueprint where we had the gamification using new technologies again to engage with the community at a separate level to find out what is important to them Two similar levels of technology used in two different ways It’s one thing for us to say that we’re going to do this but when we actually engage with our residents and actively go out and seek the information that we’re looking for from them we do get a better result. In part that is the job of us as Councillors It’s our job to engage with our community and get them to have those conversations that we would like them to have around those particular topics within the neighbourhood planning scheme I do particularly want to thank all the officers for both the Ferny Grove Upper Kedron neighbourhood plan and The Gap neighbourhood plan for the level of engagement that they did provide to both particular neighbourhood planning communities The second item I’d like to talk about is the Village Precinct projects, I’ll

speak just to the precinct that Councillor BOURKE mentioned in his information sessions, Ashgrove West. A real success story around small business. Since I became a Councillor I’ve been quite particularly focused on living local, buying local and shopping local This particular community when I entered the ward office three years ago, it looked like it was going to be more of a health hub. We had three gyms, a couple of dentists, a couple of doctors It was sort of heading down that path but ultimately it’s turned around. It’s now a vibrant precinct, an entertainment precinct We have Macho Macho which has on-street dining and is particularly successful in itself We also have a New York style wine bar that’s opened up there as well Councillor interjecting Councillor TOOMEY: Thank you, Councillor MURPHY We do have the 385. We do have the 385 and the 385, just for your benefit, Councillor MURPHY, runs five minutes during peak times and 10 minutes outside so we’re doing Alright Not quite the Paris Metro but it’s not bad It’s a vibrant little precinct now that is crying out for that little bit more and upgrading the precinct as Councillor BOURKE outlined with the Village Precinct projects is just going to lift the area so much more It’s going to invite a lot more of the community to come up and spend their time there, play there if they have to, definitely the place to exercise if that’s your thing or have a meal with the family. It’s going to be great I’m very much looking forward to engaging with the business community and also the local community that’s up there around the development of and design of that precinct and I look forward to all the Councillors in this place spending some time in West Ashgrove enjoying all the benefits that a revitalised little business hub has to offer Thank you, Chair Chair: Further speakers? Councillor CASSIDY Councillor CASSIDY: Thank you, Mr Chair. I rise to speak on this program, Future Brisbane I just want to start by talking about neighbourhood planning. I note that Councillor BOURKE responded to what the Leader of the Opposition said in his speech in that there is less funding in this budget for neighbourhood planning He said it’s because the big bad State Government is more efficient than ever before and is getting through neighbourhood planning much more efficiently, which is great. Good on them That’s great but I think something else is happening here and it is a conversation I’ve been having with staff in the neighbourhood planning area and I do want to thank them for the work that they do. In picking up what Councillor SRI said, they are fantastic people doing the very best they can, those Council officers, with the resources they’re given and the parameters they are set by this Administration I know from talking to some of them and I’m not going to reveal who and get them into trouble, particularly relating to the Sandgate and District neighbourhood plan they say to me that this is the fastest most truncated neighbourhood plan they have ever been a part of. This is a trend going forward that the Administration is I suppose losing interest in properly consulting with communities I suppose the sort of outcomes that they have been giving communities and the sort of feedback that those communities have been in turn giving back to Council would suggest that this Council stopped listening to people a long time ago I think it’s pretty clear that any trust that the people of Brisbane had in Councillor BOURKE as the Chair of this area or this new LORD MAYOR or anyone who’s part of this LNP Administration has been eroded over a long period of time when it comes to outcomes of neighbourhood planning I have concerns. I’ve been engaging with seeing a district neighbourhood plan process but I do worry about the outcome that we will get if proper resources and time isn’t given to that team to consult properly with the community and come up with the best possible outcome when it comes to that Similarly, we know that the associated infrastructure that goes with neighbourhood planning, the LGIP which goes with providing that infrastructure that is required as a result of development happening in our community. We hear all the time ad nauseum this Administration saying that the State Government is forcing Council—well it sounds like this when you listen to them,

that the State Government is forcing Council to build 188,000 homes. That’s what they say to people out in the community in one way or another but what they don’t talk about is the huge deficit when it comes to providing infrastructure that is required as a result of developments. We’re talking about those new road connections, new footpaths in our communities, new parks and playgrounds and green spaces and things like that. That’s where this Administration’s failure when it comes to planning for our suburbs is laid bare for those communities to see On Village Precinct projects, this year there is slightly more information from the Chair about what is included in this program. Last year the answer was we don’t know, we didn’t have a list, we had no idea but then in a few short weeks after the budget they were rolling out announcements left, right and centre. I’m glad that after a year of pressure from the Opposition that Councillor BOURKE has finally come clean about some of those projects that will actually be budgeted for this year What isn’t clear is what the outcomes of the planning money, as the Councillor for Gabba mentioned just a moment ago. We now we have one example at The Corso at Seven Hills that was funded for investigation last year. Now to date the local Councillor hasn’t been consulted. There has been no public consultation whatsoever and there is no information to suggest, even though Councillor BOURKE has mentioned The Corso again, to suggest that any work will be carried out and if any work is to be carried out if that community will be consulted. Maybe they’ll be notified when work’s about to start That process is shaping up to be a deeply flawed one again which is in the LNPs DNA I note there is funding for the Sandgate Road at Boondall shopping area, half of which is going into Sue’s Korner. The other half doesn’t have a name but it’s in the same area, across the road on the other side of Sandgate Road. Money is allocated for a planning study there. If the same process that has been followed at The Corso at Seven Hills I’d be deeply disappointed in that we would go a whole year without seeing any evidence of that work and that expenditure happening in that area, Mr Chair I would strongly encourage Councillor BOURKE and the Administration to be more upfront and open with the people of Brisbane. I’m not sure what they’re trying to hide when it comes to the planning around these Village Precinct projects. I think Councillor BOURKE should come clean On public art, something that we have had different presentations about and discussed in our Committee meetings over the last few years, it is something important and I know that Councillor SRI finds this important as well as a member of that Committee and I do as well. I think that the amount of funding that is allocated under the Creative Brisbane program line item here is disappointingly low when we talk about Brisbane supposedly being a vibrant place I know public art and we have different things like Botanica that happens here in the inner city and there is stuff that happens right across the CBD in the inner city. All we need is a greater level of investment in our suburban areas to complement the work, if it ever happens, on these Village Precinct projects out in the suburbs In my local area the only art that has been funded has been through what was known as the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund, things like the large mural along Rainbow Street, the new mural we’re about to get on the Sandgate Telstra Exchange building, up on the Senior Citizen’s Centre in Sandgate, down on Shorncliffe State School, a new mural about to start. All those things are being funded locally, not out of this program here because simply there’s not enough money being allocated to things like that which make our suburbs vibrant I certainly think more money needs to be allocated to that so that Councillors aren’t faced with the choice of funding things like this, which are fantastic and I’m a big supporter of and other community groups potentially getting less or missing out on those vital funds The only thing that the Administration has done when it comes to public art in my community is remove a piece of public art, a sculpture that was installed as part of the original SCIP upgrade at the time back in the 1990s

and then when the new SCIP upgrade happened a couple of years ago, that piece of public art was removed. The reason I was given is because it was severely damaged and the base of that sandstone sculpture was cracked and it had to go. I took the Administration’s word for it and said okay, if that’s the case that’s the case. They assured me it would be returned to the original sculptor and repurposed in some way. I thought okay, that’s fair enough, it’s a large piece of sandstone, even if it’s broken in half they’ll be able to use it Went on a trip up to Laidley last year one weekend and lo and behold, that sculpture in its entirety is sitting outside a pub in Laidley. This is a piece of public art that was funded by the ratepayers of Brisbane that was removed by the Brisbane City Council and from what I understand, what I was advised was given back to the sculptor to I assume then sell to a pub in Laidley to put on display Now that is this Administration’s commitment to public art in our suburbs which is very, very poor, Mr Chair. I think we can do so much better as a council when it comes to our outer suburban areas Chair: Further speakers? Councillor CUNNINGHAM Councillor CUNNINGHAM: Chair, I rise to speak on Program 4 Future Brisbane It’s really all in the name of the program, making sure the Brisbane of tomorrow is even better than the Brisbane of today. One of the ways this Administration is doing that is by getting residents involved in having a say about the future of their area. This is done through service, our award-winning neighbourhood planning program This financial year we see the Coorparoo and Districts neighbourhood plan finalised giving residents of my ward a voice and a say about what they value, what they want to see protected and where local future growth occurs. Council listened to the concerns of residents in my ward and based on extensive feedback, made changes to the plan, a plan which was ticked off and approved by the Labor State Government Chair, this year the service will also oversee the implementation of Brisbane’s Future Blueprint. As you know, the blueprint which implements the outcomes of Plan your Brisbane has eight principles and they touch every aspect of the Coorparoo ward. In particular, principle 2, keeping Brisbane clean and green to make our city liveable and sustainable for our children and their children to follow Principle 3, creating more to see and do and principle 4, protecting the Brisbane backyard and our unique character Under this service we will also see the establishment of a suburban renewal taskforce. The taskforce, modelled on the successful long-running urban renewal taskforce, which was originally established in the 1990s, will help give suburbs a facelift, looking at issues such as major thoroughfares through small shopping strips, sewerage and stormwater issues as well as small business support in the suburbs While the locations for the program are yet to be formally identified in future years I will always advocate on behalf of Stones Corner traders to find ways that Council can bring new life to the precinct and support local businesses This brings me to service, Village Precincts project, another key deliverable of this program. The capital projects in this service are a fine-grained way in which Council enhances Brisbane’s lifestyle, assisting in local economic development of suburban centres. They are an initiative to deliver neighbourhood scale placemaking improvement projects within the suburbs of Brisbane to improve the quality of the public realm around local centres by addressing accessibility, environmental improvements, community building and supporting local businesses For the 2019-20 financial year projects will focus on identifying and undertaking projects that can achieve environmental, social and economic upgrades to suburban centres, boost local activations, entertainment and amenity and build on internal and external partnerships The Coorparoo Ward is a tapestry of villages each with their own unique character. These villages are the backbone of our community and I want to see them thrive and grow into the future. That is why I’m so pleased that next financial year the planning will begin for two village precincts within the Coorparoo Ward, one at the popular Camp Hill Martha Street precinct and another on Old Cleveland Road at Coorparoo, a site which was recently devastated by fire The hardworking small business traders of my ward are in many cases run by local families These are the people who invest their absolute

heart and soul into operating their enterprise Over the next 12 months I am looking forward to working with the project teams and traders to begin planning for some positive improvements to enhance the character of these popular local precincts This will be especially important in the case of the commercial area on the corner of Old Cleveland Road and St Leonards Street at Coorparoo Ten businesses including a bakery, bottle shop and restaurant were destroyed in April when fire ripped through their premises. Needless to say this had a devastating personal impact on both employers and employees and Council is doing the right thing to begin planning for a new village to emerge from the ashes I commend and thank the LORD MAYOR, Planning Chair and Council officers for giving consideration to the small business owners of my ward Chair, speaking of small businesses owners, this brings me to service, Creative Brisbane. This service facilitates and delivers public artwork and creative lighting across a range of scales and project types After one of the recent and regular meetings of traders at Stones Corner I walked away inspired by the determination of small business owners who come together united in their efforts to promote and enhance this local precinct Unsure exactly on how I could support those efforts a bright idea was suggested to light up the magnificent trees which form the gateway to Stones Corner. I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted that the leopard trees outside the Stones Corner library will be flood lit and the impressive fig tree will be bud lit under the City of Lights program This will support local traders and the local night-time economy. With all the different places to eat and enjoy a drink Stones Corner is becoming a foodie’s paradise Once again I’d like to thank the LORD MAYOR and Chair for their interest and support of the small business owners in my ward and I commend this program to the Chamber Chair: Further speakers? Councillor JOHNSTON Councillor JOHNSTON: Yes, I rise to speak on Future Brisbane in the Council budget, the planning section of Council’s budget I’m going to start with a few things but firstly the Moorooka Stephens neighbourhood plan. Now in 2014 this Council amalgamated two neighbourhood plans, the Stephens neighbourhood plan which covered suburbs in my ward and the Moorooka neighbourhood plan which covered suburbs in Councillor GRIFFITHS’ ward We were steadfastly opposed to the creation of this giant southside planning area, certainly not a neighbourhood, bigger than a district, multiple districts being pushed together We voted against it. We moved amendments to separate them, which the LNP voted against Interestingly, since then all they’ve done is white-ant their own City Plan 2014 For political purposes the LNP carved out Fairfield, a tiny part of Annerley, half a dozen streets in Annerley and joined it into this beast called the Dutton Park Fairfield neighbourhood plan, which was not supported by myself and Councillor Abrahams at the time They’re different community of interests there through there with different needs Certainly as the plan evolved and finally came through here was not supported by Councillor SRI and myself Now they’re doing it again. They’re carving out another section of the Moorooka Stephens neighbourhood plan that just a few years ago they forced on this community by—it’s a bit unclear. It seems to be it’s going to be Moorooka, Salisbury and then a new part which will be Nathan. They’re going to do a neighbourhood plan for that The Moorooka Stephens neighbourhood plan just doesn’t exist. City Plan’s completely failed in that respect but that’s the problem with planning. There is one area in my observation as an independent over the last 10 years and it’s fundamentally the reason I am an independent, is this LNP Administration has catastrophically failed the Brisbane residents when it comes to planning and development issues in our city They have trashed gorgeous suburbs in our city with inappropriate development. They’ve failed to protect character housing through the planning scheme. They’ve allowed perverse decisions to be approved, allowing residential homes to be knocked down—

DEPUTY MAYOR: Point of order, Mr Chair Chair: Point of order, DEPUTY MAYOR DEPUTY MAYOR: I ask the Councillor face the Chair and speak through the Chair in her speech Chair: I’m sure Councillor JOHNSTON knows the rules. I hadn’t been observing her while she spoke, but I trust that she’ll be speaking to the microphone Councillor JOHNSTON: Yes, I’m sure Councillor ADAMS can put us to that rule too The perverse decisions that this Council has forced on a community where residential homes are being knocked down for commercial developments in low density residential areas. That’s happening on a regular basis in my ward. Backyards are completely lost because character houses are being butchered and then half a dozen units are being built in the backyard The planning scheme failures by this LNP Administration run deep. There are communities that have been devastated by their actions over many years now and it’s all around this city They clearly had some sort of epiphany about it last year but even then they have still not got it right. Still not got it right Councillor BOURKE stands up proudly proclaiming this 110,000 I think it is consultation when almost 90,000 of those were hits on a game Now I did it myself dozens of times to try and find out what you could and couldn’t do because you literally could not achieve low density outcomes. That’s not consultation Then there were the postcards and the colouring in competition. I think they had from memory about 200 written submissions including mine and residents from my area. There might have been some other online surveys, a few hundred of those as well but in terms of a planning scheme outcome this Administration has got it wrong the whole time that they’ve been in office City Plan was a diabolical decision and we are still paying for that today. The disconnect between the planning scheme and infrastructure in this city is just fundamentally flawed There are LGIP proposals in my area that are supposed to be being done now that are not being done. They’re the things I advocate for in this Chamber, drainage in Yeronga, intersection upgrades at Graceville. All of these things are actually in the LGIP but they’re not being funded Now I’d like to say a few words about the Village Precincts project because last year that was announced and there were a few winners picked straightaway. We weren’t asked as Councillors to nominate areas. They weren’t selected off the existing SCIP waiting list We got a couple of LNP pork-barrels and that was it A few Councillors went out and said to their communities—a few Councillors went out to their communities and said hey, this brand new project or program is out there, what do you think? Now residents in Annerley and residents in Graceville spoke up and I brought petitions with hundreds of signatures here to this place asking for Annerley and Graceville to be considered for a Village Precinct project Annerley shops are probably some of the most rundown in this city and I note that Councillor CUNNINGHAM, not a peep from her. Not a sausage from her. She’s probably unaware that since 2009 I’ve been calling for a SCIP in Annerley Councillor interjecting Councillor JOHNSTON: No, I doubt she has For over a year I’ve been calling—well for a year I’ve been calling for a Village Precinct project in Annerley and I note that the Planning Chairperson listed a whole heap of places being investigated for the future and neither Annerley nor Graceville were on the list. Despite this being considered by Council, petitions being done by residents yet again the LNP Administration is ignoring very old shopping precincts that have not had any updates for 20, 30, 40 years or more It is not good enough. Not good enough I cannot believe that this Administration continues to ignore key parts of the city with no explanation. We still don’t know what the criteria are for the Village Precincts project. Councillor BOURKE’s read a whole list out but certainly the ones that we have petitioned for and asked for in my area yet again have been ignored by the LNP Administration Equally, the City of Lights project. That’s a really interesting one and I just want to put on the record we were sent a memo about the City of Lights project last year and that memo told us that our shopkeepers could apply but they had to put, from memory it was 20% of the cost into the project. I went out and spoke to my shopkeepers and passed on the

information to them. They were interested I have to say but they were concerned that they had to put money in Interestingly, we heard that at some point during the year that changed. The businesses weren’t applying for the grants to do this and Councillor BOURKE gave a great explanation of the three categories in the information request session. Sometime last year he decided I presume that they would just fund them wherever they wanted, that Council would fully pay for their installation in certain places and the shopkeepers weren’t being asked to put in 20% Now was this change in policy communicated to all Councillors so that we could make requests? No, it was not. Again we heard a list from Councillor BOURKE about where these were going It was quite interesting. There’s a few different places around the city but he failed to communicate with Councillors that the scheme and the Administration of the scheme had changed and how Councillors could access that for small business areas in their ward Now I’ll flag I’ve made a request for Sherwood. Given Council is lighting assets as we heard from Councillor CUNNINGHAM, she asked and boom, they’re lighting up the tree outside the library down at Stones Corner I presume I’m going to get a response from Councillor BOURKE boom, like that saying yes Councillor, we’ll go and light up those jacaranda trees outside the 25-year-old Sherwood SCIP because gee whiz, we were going to fund your footpaths there but now we’re not going to fund your footpaths there but instead we’ll light up your trees I flag that I’ll be bringing that back to Council when I get a response about what we’re going to do to assist with that. I’ve made a request now. Apparently that’s all you have to do and then suddenly your project will be funded Let me be clear. I did that last year too with the Village Precincts project in Annerley and Graceville but gee whiz, not funded. Let’s see how we go Chair: Councillor JOHNSTON, your time’s expired Further speakers? Councillor MARX Councillor MARX: Yes, thank you, Mr Chair I rise to speak on Program 4, Future Brisbane It’s got a couple of project areas to that program that I’m particularly interested and excited about. City of Lights is one of them I do want to mention that there’s quite a few shopping centres out my way particularly in that Sunnybank precinct that have actually gone ahead and done the fairy lights as we call them or bud lighting, whatever you want to call them, in the trees along that particular intersection. It looks very good and it’s very impressive and I’m very happy that the shopping centres have gone ahead and done that. I look forward to seeing what Market Square do once they’ve finished developing their site We did have the unfortunate issue though of a particular shopping centre who put some light bulbs in the trees. They weren’t by any stretch of the imagination bud lights They were probably the size of soccer balls Unfortunately they chose to put red bulbs in these lights which meant when residents were coming along to the traffic lights they would suddenly see a red light and then they would stop and realise it wasn’t actually the traffic light that was red, it was the actual light in the tree We negotiated with the owners of the shopping centre and they’ve changed the colour of those light bulbs which has made a much better outcome for everybody concerned Village Precinct project, I know that Station Road at Sunnybank has been mentioned as a location for one of these projects to occur My understanding from this is that a variety of things can happen in a Village Precinct project from sidewalk resurfacing, accessibility ramps, tree planting, garden beds, any number of things, perhaps furniture, chairs, whatever This particular precinct where this is destined to happen is actually quite a busy little shopping centre. There’s a number of shops there. There’s the Sunnybank Chemmart Pharmacy, there’s the Sunnybank Vet Clinic which is not long recovered from an unfortunate fire incident, Café S152 and then the Seoul Bistro which is world renown I might add for its chicken. I know that you can go there pretty much any night of the week and you’ll find that there is plenty of customers if not in the restaurant certainly queuing outside the door to get in I look forward to working with Councillor BOURKE, the officers and the owners of these shops here at this little precinct to find out what it is that they would like to see to improve their precinct in that area, how we can assist them in making it that much nicer and more attractable to everyone to come along and that much more accessible for

everyone. I look forward to working with them and finding out what the outcome will be Thank you very much Chair: Further speakers? Councillor RICHARDS Councillor RICHARDS: Thank you, Chair. I now move that Council now adjourn for lunch for a period of one hour which commences only when all Councillors have vacated the Chamber and the doors have been locked Councillor MARX: Seconded Chair: It’s been moved by Councillor RICHARDS, seconded by Councillor MARX that this Council now adjourn for a period of one hour for the purpose of lunch commencing when all Councillors have vacated the Chamber and the doors have been locked All those in favour say aye Councillors say aye Chair: To the contrary, no For those who are interested, this clock has stopped. Time hasn’t stopped. Merely the clock. Alright?