Plans to Demolish St Luke’s Community Hall to Undergo Review

The Anglican Church is considering a childcare centre and new hall at St Luke’s Community Hall in Tarragindi, but these plans are still far from reality.

Brisbane City Council will review the Anglican Church’s plan after Labor councillor for Moorooka Steve Griffiths requested an urgency motion to protect the site in May 2019.

The premises will only be protected if a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) is in effect. A TLPI is an interim response that:

  • is put in place quickly to set out planning and development assessment policies to protect all or part of a local government area from adverse impacts in urgent or emergent circumstances
  • prevails over City Plan to the extent of any inconsistency
  • enables shaping of longer term planning provisions while it is in effect (an amendment to City Plan follows a statutory process that can take upwards of 18 months)
  • is effective for up to two years
  • can be repealed by Council.

Despite its 95-year existence and value, the community hall is not on state or council heritage registers.

A spokesman for the Anglican Diocese said it had been significantly modified internally, externally and underneath over several decades.

The Anglican Church said there are no heritage or traditional character overlays currently preventing them from building modern facilities for the southside community.

The spokesman assured they will continue to listen carefully and consult widely with parishioners, residents, the Theatre Society, family members associated with the Memorial Garden, BCC and other key stakeholders before proceeding with a development.