The incentives, introduced in 2016, reduced infrastructure charges and encouraged the co-location of facilities on privately-owned sport and recreation land.
Lord mayor Graham Quirk said the “difficult decision” was due to sporting clubs becoming easy targets for political campaigns.
“Council will proceed without any proposed changes to sport and recreation land sites, as our priority is ensuring that the accommodation that we need to plan for the growth of our city can be delivered as quickly as possible,” Quirk said.
Earlier this year, Retire Australia’s controversial $80 million retirement living complex at the Tarragindi Bowls club was the first development approved under the Retirement Living and Aged Care Accommodation Incentives.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures shows 15.3 per cent of all Queenslanders are aged 65 and over, an increase from 12.4 per cent in 2011.
Property Council of Australia executive director of retirement living Ben Myers says politics, rather than planning considerations is disturbing the delivery of Brisbane’s seniors’ housing.
“All sides of politics acknowledge that we have an ageing demographic and that we will need to provide suitable housing now and into the future,” Myers said.
By 2025, Myers said the demand for retirement living accommodation for people aged over 65 is expected to double, to meet the housing needs of Queensland’s ageing population.
“To date the incentives have been successful in creating a pipeline of projects for Brisbane that will assist in housing our ageing demographic,” Myers said.
The Lord Mayor said council would begin consultation on the aged care proposal within weeks to fast-track the amendments.
Brisbane ‘Eyesore’ Roma St Transit Centre Set to be Demolished
The old Brisbane Transit Centre, known as one of Brisbane’s ugly duckling sites, will be demolished as part of plans for the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail infrastructure project.
The removal of the ageing transit centre, along with the neighbouring Hotel Jen, will clear the way for a new underground station and the $2 billion Brisbane Live entertainment venue.
The Palaszczuk government announced in November that the Roma Street Cross River Rail station and Brisbane Live would “progress together”.
Treasurer Jackie Trad confirmed that early works will commence in 2019 with demolition planned for late-2020.
The Roma Street Station will be a key link between the city centre, Roma Street Parklands, Spring Hill’s schools, Caxton Street, the Petrie Barracks, Suncorp Stadium, and the cultural precinct at South Bank.
“When complete the new station is expected to be used by more than 230,000 commuters every week, the equivalent of over four capacity crowds at Suncorp Stadium,” Trad said.
“Plans for the 18,000-seat “Brisbane Live” entertainment arena are underway.”
Planning for the $2 billion “Brisbane Live” ultra-entertainment precinct is currently under way with consultancy firm Deloitte, and sport and architecture firm Populous recently appointed to mammoth project.
“With an 18,000 seat world-class arena as its centrepiece, the Roma Street precinct, just like the LA Live complex, will become Queensland’s premier entertainment venue hosting major live concerts and world class sporting events right in heart of the city,” Trad said.
More than $700 million was earmarked to build Brisbane’s Cross River Rail in the budget released last week, with demand for Brisbane’s rail services forecasted to double by 2026, and triple by 2036.
“This is a project that will transform the south-east by creating a turn-up-and-go transport system for the whole of South-East Queensland – taking thousands of cars off our roads and getting people home and to work faster.”
Plans for $1.4 billion waterfront precinct progress
Dexus has proposed a redevelopment of Eagle Street Pier, including two new towers and up to 1.5 hectares of riverfront open space.
Dexus is progressing on its $1.4 billion redevelopment plan to unlock “the unrealised potential of the waterfront” in Brisbane.
The property group unveiled its plans to transform Eagle Street Pier, including building two towers, closing Eagle Street between Charlotte and Market streets and opening up the riverfront space, in March.
Dexus’s head of office development Queensland, Matt Beasley, said the response to the company’s announcement had been overwhelmingly positive.
“Since the announcement we’ve been having both town hall sort of sessions with our customers in our buildings, the retailers, getting them up to speed on what the proposals are, what is the process moving forward and when we would be targeting to get that outcome,” he said.
“We’ve acquired those assets and explored that opportunity and it’s really about unlocking the potential, unlocking the unrealised potential of the waterfront, really giving that back to the people.”
BrewDog’s $30m Brisbane Brewery Gets Green Light
Brisbane City Council has granted approval to Scottish craft brewer BrewDog for a $30 million brewery development in eastern Brisbane’s Murarrie which will produce 10 million litres of beer each year.
BrewDog submitted the application to council in March after deciding on Brisbane to be the home of its first Australian brewery.
The brewery development will be located at 77 Metroplex Avenue, and will include a production brewery, tap room and restaurant. The development would cover 28 per cent of the 15,340 square metre site.
One of the conditions of approval was for the food and drink shop element to be restricted to trade from 7am to midnight. The rest of the operation will be 24 hours.
The application was considered code assessable and not requiring a period of public consultation though one objection was received.
BrewDog is preparing for a period of accelerated growth in the UK and internationally as the craft beer movement gathers steam.
The number of breweries in the UK has more than doubled from around 800 in 2010 to more than 2,000 last year, and craft beer now makes up 6.5 per cent of UK beer sales.
The Brisbane facility will be its third brewing facility after Columbus, Ohio and its headquarters in Ellon, Scotland.
BrewDog’s growth has been fuelled by its record-breaking “Equity for Punks” crowdfunding investment initiative, which has seen the brewery raise more than £55 million since 2009.
The brewer’s flagship beer Punk IPA has been the best-selling craft beer in the UK off-trade for the last three years.
“BrewDog’s decision to make Brisbane home is another vote of confidence in our city as a great place to live, work and invest, and will complement our strong local craft beer industry that includes Newstead Brewing and Green Beacon,” Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said.
“Not only will the site provide product Australia-wide, but the company has hinted at potential future export to New Zealand and Asia.”
The brewery is set to generate 150 jobs in the Brisbane area over the next five years, with approximately 60 jobs during construction.
The 3,250sq m facility will provide more than 100 car parking spaces and is expected to be completed later this year, ahead of production commencing in 2019.
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