UPDATE: In August 2021, despite significant pushback from the community, the Sisters of Mercy site was sold to coal mining billionaire and LNP donor Brian Flannery. The purchaser did say that he plans to use the property for "not-for-profit" purposes, but didn't specify what that means. It's crucial the LNP-led Council keeps its promise to enforce the constraints of the Mt Coot-tha Neighbourhood Plan and the Biodiversity Overlay on the site, after they missed the opportunity to buy this land and properly protect it.
The Sisters of Mercy have recently put up their beautiful bushland site up for sale. The Bardon site could either be bought by developers or preserved for the community to enjoy for generations to come.
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”. Residents are concerned that this means the LNP Council could approve significant tree-clearing if they come under pressure from big developers.
Brisbane City Council should save this site by acquiring it using their Bushland Acquisition Fund. This is an amazing opportunity to protect the Sisters of Mercy site and create a new community hub.
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