Residents Consider Legal Action To Stop Approved Aged-Care Facility Development at the Tarragindi Bowls Club

After more than a year of controversy, adjustments, and uproar, the Brisbane City Council has approved RetireAustralia’s development proposal for an aged care facility at the Tarragindi Bowls Club. As a result, residents are considering legal action against the DA.

The council approved the DA in the last week of January 2018, following an 18-month assessment and 1,800 public submissions. The developer plans to build 94 units ranging from three storeys to five storeys, along with a U-shaped structure around a championship bowling green to house the amenities. The development will also feature a new clubhouse and a park.


Betrayed & Disappointed

Residents feel betrayed and disappointed that the council still approved the DA despite their objections. Most of them haven’t backed down and carefully considering taking legal action to stop the development.

One of the issues that the residents raised is that the project is too close to their homes. They also launched an online petition that has gathered 1,030 signatures so far. Cr Steve Griffiths has expressed support for the residents and disappointment over the council’s decision.


A Win for the Community?

Still, the council thinks that they did what will best benefit the community. Cr Krista Adams shares the same sentiment as the BCC and thinks that the development is a win for the entire community. According to her, it not only provides a place for retirees but it also revitalises the bowls club.

Also, the developer has adjusted their plans to accommodate people’s needs and has reduced the height of their buildings..

Construction will begin mid- or late 2018. This will be the first retirement complex to be built on a privately-owned sport and recreation land under the council’s Retirement and Aged Care Accommodation Incentives (RACAI).

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Fate of Proposed Tarragindi Bowls Club Still Uncertain

The Tarrigindi Bowls Club has been the subject of redevelopment plans has been the subject of redevelopment plans and protests for the past years. Up until this day, there has been no resolution yet. Residents are still actively voicing out their protests against any redevelopment to be done on the site.

The club has been struggling to survive as the city population grows. For the past years, developers have expressed interest in redeveloping a chunk of the land into unit complexes. However, due to zoning regulations, development proposals have been unsuccessful.

A silver lining has presented itself to developers.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced last year that they would cut down infrastructure charges and relax building height rules for retirement villages to attract retirees to inner suburbs.

According to the Lord Mayor, they can’t just have retirement villages and aged care facilities outside the city. Reports indicate that the aging population in the city has grown, which is significant to developers as it translates into big business.

Such reports have attracted the attention of developers. Retire Australia, a for-profit organisation, started to pursue a plan to build a six-storey senior housing complex in the bowls club. The proposal includes leaving two bowling greens to be retained along with new facilities, in favour of the bowls club.

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This has caught the attention of the residents. Tarragindi Residents Alliance has expressed their dismay over the proposal, specifically the project size. The president of the alliance, Liza Wieland, said that the project is too close to their homes. She also mentioned that the entire neighborhood is considered a low density zone under the council’s neighbourhood plan but the property is clearly meant for medium density. An online petition has garnered 1,031 supporters against the development.

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Council has responded to the cries of the residents by reaching out to the developer, who has resubmitted designs and lowered its maximum height to five storeys. Still, a resolution has yet to be seen.

In March this year, Lord Mayor Quirk has said that the next move now lies with Cr Krista Adams as she hasn’t made her submission to the redevelopment of the bowls club public. Mr Quirk said that Cr Adams has been engaging with the local community during the development approval process. Cr Adams has heard what people have to say, which is why it’s now up to Cr Adams to make her submission public.

Cr Adams hasn’t released a comment yet on the bowls club.