Residents successfully rally against high rise apartments

MATTHEW HEPWORTH

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Mark Bailey MP and Tarragindi residents at a rally against the proposed development. Photo: Tarragindi Resident’s Alliance Inc.

Tarragindi residents have successfully stopped the development of a proposed six storey high-density development on the Tarragindi Bowls Club site.

The development was first proposed to Brisbane City Council as a joint venture between The Yeronga Services Club who own the land and retirement property group Retire Australia.

The proposed development included 95 retiree units across a 6 storey L-shaped apartment building.

Tarragindi residents began opposing the development in late 2015 with public rallies and a petition to Brisbane City Council to reject the proposed development.

Earlier this week, Labor Member for Miller, Mark Bailey announced the proposal had been rejected by the Brisbane City Council.

Mr Bailey said such a proposal would have ruined the leafy neighbourhood.

“I’d like to thank all local Tarragindi residents who stood against what would have been a planning precedent for Tarragindi that would have undermined the low density nature of the suburb,” Mr Bailey said.

“It would have had severe and permanent impacts on all its neighbours including a range of community groups next door,” he said.

Tarragindi resident, Carlee Darben was opposed to the development and said she likes Tarragindi the way it is.

“I’ve drive past the bowls club every day and I like it the way it is,” Ms Darben said.

“I think a multistorey apartment block like that would look quiet ugly there – maybe in the city where there is similar apartments it’d be ok  – but it’s mostly single storey houses around here and I think it should stay that way,” she said.

Following the rejection of the current proposal, the developers now have the opportunity to submit a revised proposal with a maximum height of 4 storeys.

Mr Bailey said he will continue to work with the Tarragindi Community upon further developments of the revised application.

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