Minister gets whip cracking at TOD briefing

Brisbane’s proposed Transit Oriented Development at suburban Coorparoo received an overwhelming response at the first industry briefing yesterday

Minister gets whip cracking at TOD briefing
Minister gets whip cracking at TOD briefing

By David Goeldner | February 10, 2010

The terms of reference for a proposed Transit Oriented Development (TOD) at Brisbane suburb Coorparoo attracted 127 proponents to its first industry briefing convened by Queensland’s Department of Infrastructure and Planning yesterday.

Businesses, builders and suppliers interested in being part of the revitalisation of the Coorparoo Junction TOD were given an insight into the Queensland Government's vision for the site at the briefing.

Infrastructure and Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, pictured above, outlined how the planning framework and proposed busway network at the site would make it a landmark development in Brisbane.

"I'm determined to get cracking on this great project and the level of enthusiasm from local businesses and industry at the briefing about what could be achieved at this site was very encouraging," Hinchliffe says.

"I want to see this tired old building become a bustling precinct with shops, restaurants, cafes and even residential buildings, all integrated with the planned Coorparoo Junction busway station."

Member for Greenslopes Cameron Dick says the proposed redevelopment of Coorparoo Junction would be fundamental to helping this key suburban site recapture its former glory.

"We're looking for a developer with the vision and experience to deliver a first-class concept at Coorparoo," he says.

The industry briefing coincided with the Minister's signing of Brisbane City Council's Eastern Corridor Neighbourhood Plan.

The plan is a joint project between Brisbane City Council, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Department of Infrastructure and Planning to enhance public transport, employment opportunities and recreational activities at Buranda, Stones Corner, Langlands Park, Bennetts Road and Coorparoo.

Hinchliffe says the plan would be an exemplar of high quality urban design, providing more efficient and better connected public transport routes, with new walkways and cycle routes to link key destinations.

"Ideally residents and workers should be able to access everything they need within easy walking, cycling or public transport distance," he says.

"The site will be an integrated development, allowing people to choose to live and work close to facilities and services, as well as reducing their reliance on car travel."

Expressions of interest are open until Friday March 18, after which a shortlist of candidates will be asked to provide concept designs.

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