In the video below posted by councillor Jonathan Sri, critics raised the subject of prioritising bikeways over public health. Jonathan Sri’s remarks address his responsibilities as a BCC councillor and should not be taken as “prioritising traffic flow over public health” as one commentator claims.
On the topic of public health and safety, the Coronial inquiry into death of Rebekkah Meyer on Annerley Road, Wooloongabba, only a few metres from a proposed development of a private hospital, had this to say about public safety of bike lanes:
“It is trite to remark that paint on the surface of a shared road does not provide any physical safety to cyclists. Only physical separation of cyclists in dedicated exclusive bikeways achieves improved safety.”Christine Clements – State Coroner
Cycling is a public health issue.
A local news site ‘Your Neighbourhood‘ reports:
The Development proposal seeks a Residential Care and Retirement Facility and Centre Activities (Health Care Service, Shop, Office, Food and Drink Outlet) integrated within two (2) buildings that form one combined tower, with an overall maximum building height of 12 storeys.Aged Care and Wellness Centre, located Annerley Road, Woolloongabba @ Your Neighbourhood
This private development seems to be taking advantage of the proximity of the Aged Care Centre to the Mater Public Hospital across the road.
No risk in a health portfolio with an ageing population during a global pandemic.
Is the Pikos Group yet another developer taking advantage of money to be made in aged care? The project is being backed by Sydney-based property fund manager Heathley, which has a 40% interest under its Medical Development Fund No. 1 that launched in April last year promising investors: “superior risk adjusted returns”.
An email dated Wednesday, 8 June 2016 from Jordan Holman, Senior Planner, for the applicant to council
“Crossovers – The existing property incorporates 3 vehicular crossovers of which 2 are to Annerley Road (Arterial Road). The proposal removes 2 crossovers from the Annerley Road frontage and provides a large crossover to the Heaslop Street frontage (see attached plan) which is a Neighbourhood Street.Email dated Wednesday, 8 June 2016 from Jordan Holman for the applicant
The crossover has been purposely designed to allow service vehicles and staff/patients to enter and exit separately to increase safety.” –
In response to a query on facebook stating “The carpark entrance is on Heaslop St, so not sure why they’d need to change the bike lane or bus stop on Annerley Rd.” Councillor Jonathan Sri says: “That’s not what the development approval shows unfortunately.”
So what is going on in Annerley Road? Will the developers claim that the proposed vehicular access and driveways are “to increase safety”. Or will we discover that cyclists and pedestrians will fall victim to yet another ‘trite remark’ on a DA application. On what basis does a for-profit developer build a private hospital in such proximity to hospitals built at such public expense?
20 Jan 2021