Lytton road was wide enough

Both Brisbane Mayors Quirk and Schrinner lied about resuming all those houses to reduce traffic congestion along Lytton road at East Brisbane. There may be marginal improvement for inbound traffic but there is even more congestion for outbound traffic. They destroyed people’s lives for the sake of property development. It was never a road widening exercise, it was always for property development. Council’s widening the road has produced extreme noise pollution from accelerating cars, trucks and particularly motorbikes from 5am everyday. We publish this short article by Jonathan Sri below about the fraud by Council.

We know things are pretty bad when our elected representative is powerless to prevent such an attack on the housing of poor and ordinary folk by wealth and greed. This is the petition that 250 residents took up in 2018.

Image showing where property developers have moved in after the resumption of houses along Lytton Road East Brisbane.

The ‘Lytton-Road-is-wide-enough’ petition to the Speaker of the House (parliament) read:

Queensland citizens draw to the attention of the House ‘Wynnum Road corridor upgrade‘ is an unwanted high-rise development in the guise of roadworks; more land is being acquired than needed for extra traffic lanes.

The 2009 Worley Parsons feasibility study challenges Brisbane City Council’s assumption that widening Lytton Road will reduce traffic congestion. The most optimistic figures suggest the project will cut only two minutes off the journey to the CBD. There are new bottlenecks being created by the project – one of them is at Canning Bridge.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to ask the Minister to intervene in the ‘Wynnum Road corridor upgrade Stage 1’ and stop the BCC from proceeding further to:

1. Save Mowbray Park, its trees and adjoining cottage from encroachment by council road widening. 

2. Require BCC to adopt a coordinated traffic/infrastructure plan for this corridor (rather than the current piecemeal approach) which would:

    a) Consider traffic implications for residents and schools

    b) Ensure consideration of design features to facilitate active transport options consistent with BCC’s stated objectives

         i. peak hour dedicated bus/taxi lanes

         ii. pedestrian/cycle bridge across Lytton Road to link the suburb to the river and facilitate public transport uptake

         iii. maintain current number of bus stops

         iv. construct bus stop indents to enhance traffic flow

3. Refer the matter to Crime and Corruption Commission Queensland to investigate the propriety of the loss of heritage, change of purpose of Mowbray Park, and wholesale resumptions.

Deputy Premier, Cameron Dick, then Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning waived the petition aside claiming:

It is the responsibility of the council to determine the needs of the local traffic network. This includes Lytton and Wynnum Road. The Palaszczuk Government has also worked with the council to develop the Connecting Brisbane strategy, to reform our public transport networks and services.” – See Response by Cameron Dick, now Deputy Premier

The Minister ignored the fraud that is his government’s responsibility, that being ‘Wynnum Road corridor upgrade‘ was an unwanted high-rise development in the guise of roadworks; more land was acquired than needed for extra traffic lanes. Leaving many long term residents having to move and out of pocket.

Ian Curr
Editor, WBT.
27 Nov 2020


Remember how a few years ago, with support from both Labor and the LNP, Brisbane City Council forced dozens of people out of their homes and acquired their land to facilitate the unnecessary and ill-advised widening of Lytton Rd in East Brisbane?

Well today, BCC is voting on a motion to sell the remnant land back to private developers. The areas of vacant land circled in red will be sold off to the private sector, and are zoned for height limits up to 3 storeys.

Brisbane City Hall 1960s

I think it would be much better to retain public ownership of this land, preserving some of it as green space for a wildlife corridor, and using some of it for public housing for people on lower incomes.

Governments are always telling us that they’d like to provide more inner-city public housing but there’s no land available. Well here’s a location that’s close to public transport and a bikeway, where council already owns the land.

Considering how many low-income residents were forced out of this neighbourhood to make room for the road-widening, it would be great if some of this land could be repurposed as non-profit housing for more low-income residents…

Jonathan Sri
Councillor for the Gabba Ward
25 Nov 2020

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