In June 2021 we heard the Sisters of Mercy are selling their former convent site on the slopes of Mt Coot-tha in Bardon. The site is massive - about 15 hectares or 150,000sqm on a huge block of bushland across Simpsons Rd from suburban homes, and next to the entrance to the walking tracks in Brisbane Forest Park.
On paper, this beautiful site is protected by Council rules against tree-clearing, thanks to its high ecological value. Unfortunately, the real estate agents are still claiming that buyers could build “multi-residential, retirement, gated community, health and wellness precincts or a major home site for a high-net-worth private investor”. I’m very concerned that this means the LNP Council could approve significant tree-clearing if they come under pressure from big developers.
A number of local residents in Bardon and surrounds have contacted me, wanting to make sure this site is protected. I have written to the Lord Mayor asking him to publicly confirm that Council will enforce their own Neighbourhood Plan and tree clearing rules, and urging Council to consider buying the site. You can read the letter here.
I would like to see Council use their Bushland Acquisition fund to buy the property and protect it, with the existing convent buildings to be used for the benefit of our community.
If you agree, you can sign the petition, asking for the Brisbane City Council to protect the Sisters of Mercy site.
I also think it would be great to fill the Lord Mayor's inbox with emails requesting the same thing. You can get in touch with him via [email protected] and CC me in at: [email protected]. You can also get in touch with your local Councillor, Peter Matic (Paddington Ward), or Steven Toomey (The Gap Ward).
As your MP I want to hear what you think, so I will be holding a streetside Community Meeting about the future of this site at 8 am on Wednesday 21 July. I’ll be outside the site at 371 Simpsons Rd, Bardon and I’d love to see you there for a chat. If you plan on attending, please RSVP for this event here.
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