Redevelopment Information

  • March 14, 2016
  • There are no trees from the Avenue of Palms being touched or removed
  • The Heritage listed Moreton Bay Fig trees are not being touched or removed
  • The trees planted by the Toowong residents for the serving soldiers of WW1 are not being touched or removed
  • There are 16 trees being removed, however over 70 new trees will be planted
  • The old two level building is 72 meters from the Memorial, the proposed new building is 129 meters from the Memorial
  • The removal of the old two story building will allow for open space and a vista from the park entrance to the Memorial
  • The semi circular shape of the proposed building is to re-instate the circular field shape with the fig trees as per the original design of the park.
  • The closest point of the existing building to the neighbours boundary is 1 meter, the proposed new building is 12 meters from the boundary
  • Wests Rugby club is a not for profit Community Club and has leased the Park since the 1950’s. Wests is inclusive community club and not a private sporting club.
  • The Brisbane City Council is not selling parts of the park, but is continuing the Lease to the club
  • The club caters for 1800 families per week visiting and using the park for recreation purposes. Included in these 1800 families are many local residents
  • The existing facilities and buildings are considerably past their normal working life with significant failures in structural, electrical, water and sewage infrastructure
  • The proposal is based on ancillary services to sport (physiotherapy, pilates, radiology) leasing part of the new building. These services would run from 8am-5pm Mon-Fri. The club considered this is better option for the community then selling liquor from 10am to midnight seven days a week or operating poker machines.
  • There is nil cost to the rate payer in this proposed development, as it is being funded by the Club
  • The proposed building is ultimately a community asset owned by the Council and benefiting ratepayers and the broader community
  • The proposal is being done by club volunteers, not property developers
  • There is no profit or personal gain for any of these volunteers
  • The existing club room is 12 meters from the boundary, the proposed club rooms will be 71 meters from the boundary
  • The existing club building has no noise restrictions, the proposed building will have noise restrictions
  • The existing overflow car park will not be closed off