BIKEWAY TO FILL MISSING LINK
The Brisbane City Council is set to fill a missing link in the Northside’s bikeway network.
A decision to allocate a further $5.25m towards Brisbane’s bikeway construction in this financial year, will help to get ‘bums on bike seats’ and reduce the numbers of vehicles on Brisbane’s roads.
A 7km long, 3m wide shared bicycle/pedestrian path will link the existing Kedron Brook bikeway at Nundah with the Boondall Wetlands and Nudgee Beach networks. The new path will travel along the western bank of Kedron Brook from Hedley Ave to the boat ramp at Nudgee Beach.
Further links to be constructed at Sandgate will help provide a 35km continuous bikeway from Enoggera, along Kedron Brook through Nundah, Nudgee Beach to Sandgate and across the Hornibrook Highway Bridge to Redcliffe. 95% of the route will be on dedicated off-road pathways.
Councillor Kim Flesser (Northgate Ward) said that the new bikeway is part of the Living in Brisbane 2010 Plan strategy for Brisbane to be an ‘Active and Healthy City’.
"The construction of this bikeway will have the added benefit of reducing the number of cars on the streets and lessening the pressure on our road network," he said.
"A combination of flat concrete pathways and boardwalks through the mangrove forests and open grasslands will open up this previously inaccessible area for recreational activities, such as birdwatching, fishing and exercise.
"One section at Nundah will even feature grazing cattle nearby - a sight not often seen in metropolitan areas these days."
The new bikeway will form a significant link in Brisbane’s 500km network of on and off-road bikeways, to create an even more bike friendly city. Work on the bikeway is expected to start early this year, with completion due before June 2003.
Cyclists will soon be able to pedal all the way along Kedron Brook using the new section between Nudgee Beach and Nundah.
NEW PARK CELEBRATES PAST
Zion Hill Park is being established on the northern bank of Kedron Brook at Nundah, between Melton Road and Hedley Avenue.
The nearby ridge was the site of the first ‘non-convict’ European settlement in Queensland. In 1838 a group of German missionaries and their families set up the Zion Hill Mission in the area of the present Walkers Way. Their goal was to convert the local Aboriginal people to Christianity.
While the mission largely failed, the missionaries became very successful pioneers and farmers. Over the ensuing century, many immigrants from Germany and other European locations made Zion Hill (later German Station) their home.
While the physical aspects of this area have changed enormously over the last 160 years, it’s important to remember our pioneering past.
To help residents understand the significance of the area, the Council has erected a Heritage Sign at the Melton Road entrance to the park. The sign provides a pictorial display of the significance of the Zion Hill Mission. Assistance with the text and photos on the sign were thankfully provided by local historian Joe Egan and the Nundah and Districts Historical Society.
SCIP BACK TO NUNDAH
By Cr Kim Flesser
Nundah Village is set to be Brisbane City Council’s most successful Suburban Centre Improvement Project (SCIP).
Lord Mayor Jim Soorley officially opened the $2.5m SCIP on Saturday 9th November. The work was completed by Council staff within budget and with minimal disruption to retailers.
The street tree plantings, kerbside dining, street art works, public spaces and artistic footpath pavements have reversed the slow decline of the centre. It’s now much more attractive for people looking for a cosmopolitan and friendly shopping experience. Special lighting makes the art works particularly impressive at night.
The SCIP was designed through a thorough process of consultation with local stakeholders. Community members, NOTION, Nundah Chamber of Commerce, local business people and property owners formed a community reference group to guide the Council planners through the SCIP process. I’d like to publicly thank those volunteers for their efforts. They should be very proud of what they’ve achieved.
Increasingly, local shoppers will be able to choose between convenient department shopping in Toombul Shopping Centre, or a village shopping atmosphere at Nundah, where they will be encouraged to interact, make use of community service providers, get to know local business owners and enjoy ‘alfresco’ dining.
As expected, the Council’s investment in Nundah has initiated a property development boom. The construction of the $9m Nundah Wellness Centre has already started and a $45m proposal for a retail and residential centre (on the ‘Food for Less’ site) and other retail/commercial developments are currently being assessed by the Council.
Local residential values are also rising as people realise that the area around Nundah now has it all;- accessible public transport, good service facilities, great schools, comparatively affordable housing and a rapidly developing, friendly new shopping village.
SCIPs are a key plank in the Council’s ‘Living in Brisbane 2010 Plan' for a well designed sub-tropical city. $2.5m will, in the long run, prove to be a great public infrastructure investment. I hope local residents come back and visit Nundah Village to enjoy the improvements and support the local businesses who’ve been suffering for quite a while.
Cr Kim Flesser and ‘famous’ Nundah hairdresser Danny Molto, celebrate the opening of the Nundah SCIP.
MID NORTH PLAN UPDATE
As part of the Living in Brisbane 2010 Plan, Brisbane City Council is consulting with the community to prepare a land use plan for a large part of northern Brisbane.
The Mid-North District Plan includes Banyo, Kedron, Nudgee, Nudgee Beach and Wavell Heights, as well as parts of Northgate and Virginia.
The main outputs of the plan are a discussion paper (already released), an action plan and a range of City Plan amendments.
Issues being looked at as part of the study include identification of heritage places, protection of commercial and residential character buildings, changes to area classifications (zones) and future planning for areas likely to undergo future change (eg Banyo Defence Forces and Railway land).
The Council’s planning team is keen to consult residents who have concepts for our area’s future. Ideas have been generated from public meetings and through questionnaires. Please contact Cr Kim Flesser at the Northgate Ward Office on 34032210 to be included in the consultation team.
Community involvement is important for good outcomes in the Mid North District Plan.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN NORTHGATE WARD
Wavell Heights - The parkland in Taylor St was the location for an Arbor Day community tree planting. Local residents Conchita Kustra and Yupei Zhu were keen to take part in establishing a small natural habitat area.
Northgate - Congratulations to the Hendra 17 Neighbourhood Watch Group who have painted house numbers on street gutters in their area. The project will aid house identification for service delivery and emergency vehicles. Contact Cr Kim Flesser for assistance if your group is interested in undertaking a similar project.
Banyo/Nudgee - The September Bangee Festival went off with a bang. This Council sponsored festival for the Banyo/Nudgee area celebrated the Year of the Outback with a ‘Bangee Goes Bush’ theme. Terry O’Grady of Nundah was very pleased to win a giant bear for his granddaughter.
NEW PONTOON FOR RAMP
Anglers and sailors are to have a new facility to assist launching and retrieving of boats at the popular Nudgee Beach Boat ramp.
The Council has allocated $150,000 to construct a modern designed floating platform adjacent to the ramp in Kedron Brook.
Councillor Kim Flesser said that the Nudgee Beach ramp was one of Brisbane’s best used during the Winter Whiting and Banana Prawn seasons.
"The new pontoon will make it easier during busy periods and when it’s windy and difficult to handle boats," he said.
"The ability to transfer in and out of boats will also assist less physically mobile boaties and small children to enjoy their day on the water."
The proposed draft design will extend 40m from the top of the existing ramp, to ensure it can be used at all stages of the tide. Construction should be completed by March.
DOGGY WORLD FOR KEDRON
A dog’s life has just improved for pooches in Kedron and Wavell Heights.
The Brisbane City Council has recently constructed a ‘Doggy World’ at Murray Duus Park on Edinburgh Castle Road. The $6,000 facility has been designed for dogs to have fun on various climbing obstacles, jumps and a tunnel. Owners can now practice obedience training by encouraging their dogs through each activity.
The former fenced off-leash area also proved to be too small at peak times. Accordingly it has doubled in size to allow a greater area for dogs to run around off-leash and to fetch balls.
Responding to need
Councillor Kim Flesser (Northgate) said that he was delighted the Council is responding to the needs of Brisbane’s dogs and dog loving owners. "I’m sure local dogs will reward their owners for regular visits to Doggy World, by becoming better ‘urban friendly’ pets, " he said.
"Recent dog attacks in metropolitan areas highlight the fact that dogs can become dangerous and aggressive. It’s important that owners ensure their dogs are contented and that they receive enough exercise."
Residents who have a love of dogs and the dogs themselves, find Brisbane’s off-leash areas to be very socially rewarding. Providing quality off-leash areas is a key component of the Council’s ‘Active and Healthy’ strategy in the Living in Brisbane 2010 Plan.
* Nudgee Waterholes - The $2.5m redevelopment of the Nudgee Waterholes sporting, community and cultural precinct is nearing completion. The Aboriginal Bora Ring area has been enhanced with walking trails and boardwalks through the waterholes. The new Aboriginal cultural and sporting facility is expected to be completed by April.
* Community Mentor Project for the Aged - The Brisbane City Council has granted $30,000 towards a community project by the Golden Years Centre at Nundah to help keep older persons from prematurely entering aged care facilities. The project is designed to train volunteer ‘Community Mentors’ to help older persons’ access information and to develop skills to enable them to remain living in their communities as they age. Too many elderly people enter aged care, when if they were properly supported, could for many years have led even happier lifestyles at home.