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    Premier of Queensland
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    WESTGATE PLAN INVOLVES MINIMAL DEVELOPMENT

    Premier of Queensland
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Wednesday, August 02, 2006

    WESTGATE PLAN INVOLVES MINIMAL DEVELOPMENT

    The 1,200 hectares comprising the Westgate area of Wacol will be subject to minimal development, Premier Peter Beattie announced today (Wednesday).

    “The Queensland Government has taken note of the wishes of local people and local MPs Julie Attwood (Mt Ommaney ) and Henry Palaszczuk (Inala) and we will retain open space between the prisons and Sumners Road at Riverhills,” said Mr Beattie.

    “Over the next three years the herd of cattle maintained by the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries on 200 hectares of land to the north of the prisons will be moved out of the area.

    “This land will become available for public recreation and open space.

    “But it makes sense to provide a bus-rail interchange at Wacol Station and allow the development of homes, shops and offices near the interchange.

    “This will enable people to live close to transport and also enable people from outside the area to catch trains or buses to the interchange for the shops and offices.

    “We asked the public for feedback on four options involving various amounts of development and the strong message we received was for the plan with least development.

    “There was strong opposition to a plan involving the relocation of the two golf clubs so in April I made it clear that both golf clubs would continue to operate at their present locations.

    “As a result of Cabinet’s decision we will now go on to give a detailed assessment of:

    • The development of shops, offices and homes around Wacol Station, creating a bus rail interchange and replacing the level crossing with a bridge over the railway;
    • Upgrading the Progress Road-Ipswich Motorway intersection;
    • Maintaining the existing State Government institutions and including the option for a police academy and other State Government facilities such as Child Safety and Emergency Services in the area near the river;
    • Bringing local roads up to Brisbane City Council standards;
    • Consideration of making up to 10 per cent of housing in the Wacol Station area available as affordable and social housing;
    • Demolishing any old or disused facilities not suitable for re-use.

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