Better Infrastructure and Planning Needed for our Growing Community

An update from the Ferny Grove and Upper Kedron Residents Association

Ferny Grove, Upper Kedron and Keperra have developed over the last 20 to 30 years through many small-medium scale greenfield subdivisions. While the next ABS census will shed light on our population growth, for context we know that in the five years prior to 2016, there were 780 new homes built in Upper Kedron communities such as The Palisades, Cedar Vue, Jarrah Estate and Parks Edge Estate. Combine this with the forecast 865 homes within Ellendale, a range of smaller approved developments and an average household size of 3.4, that’s a lot of additional people in an area that has had little to no new infrastructure to support the growth.

FGUKRA calls on authorities and developers to apply more holistic planning and better access to public transport and alternative road connections for our suburbs.

COMMUNITY VOICES HEARD

In November 2020, the FGUKRA lodged a submission to Brisbane City Council against some aspects of the Development Application for Stage 5 of Ellendale at Upper Kedron. (Stages 1 to 4 are already approved).

Our primary objections related to the significant altering of the topography of the site, the destruction of its natural waterways, gullies and corridors as well as the number of small housing lots proposed.

In early April, Council notified us that they had refused the developer’s application for reasons consistent with our objection, and other objections submitted, with an additional point that the application did not comply with the Bushfire overlay code.

Ellendale could appeal the decision or lodge a new application that addresses the Council’s reasons for refusal. Whatever their path, our Association is committed to continuing to work productively with Ellendale on good outcomes for our suburbs.

MT NEBO ROAD CONNECTION

We continue to support general traffic access between Canvey Road and Mt Nebo Road as we believe it will improve traffic distribution and public transport options as our suburbs expand.

WATERPARK PARKING

In late 2020, FGUKRA distributed over 800 flyers to users of the water park on Upper Kedron Road encouraging them to contact Council regarding insufficient and unsafe parking. We’ve recently learned of some planned roadworks that may be connected with improving the situation, and will make further enquiries with Council.

GENERAL MEETING

Our next General Meeting is 2pm Sunday 16th May at the Upper Kedron Community Hall. All welcome.

SUPPORT YOUR SUBURB

FGUKRA researches and advocates for residents to all levels of government on local issues. To join for a once only $10 fee, please contact us at fguk.communications@gmail.com

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