Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan Community Planning Team meeting notes

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Observations and input from CPT workshop activities, transcribed from notes and written comments on maps.

Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan

Community Planning Team meeting notes

Meeting no 2 – 9 March 2017

Notes from Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan Community Planning Team Meeting Two

Meeting details

Date: Thursday 9 March 2017

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point


Community planning team members:

David C, David M, Emma J, Greg, John, Lucia, Mirko, Nectarios, Paul Lu, Pedro, Ree, Richard D, Richard W, Sally, Stuart, Sylvana, and Wayne.

Council Officers and Consultants:

Nathan Bambling (project manager), Scott Beard (meeting facilitator), Bevan Lynch (Chair of Urban Renewal Brisbane and Chair of Urban Futures Brisbane); Rebecca Arnaud (Urban Renewal Manager), David Eustace (Senior Urban Planner), Ingrid Richards (Independent Design Advisory Panel representative), Rose Bateman, Kathleen Hook, Will Back, Michelle Lewin and Justin Lynham, (table facilitators and planners); Tony Dickson (Lat27), Damian Thompson (Lat27) and Brian Donovan (BVN) (project consultants), Brendan Barnes (Virtual Brisbane 3D modeller), and James Cole (note taker).


Councillor Jonathan Sri (Councillor for The Gabba Ward); Gemma Long (Policy Liaison Officer to Councillor Julian Simmonds, Chair of City Planning Committee); Omar Barragan (Urban Design Manager, City Planning and Economic Development), Amanda Doellinger (Communication and Publications Officer, City Planning and Economic Development).


CPT members Aaron, Amanda, Annu, Artemis, Cheryle, Emma C, Emma H, Kim, Paul Le, Peter, Seraphima, Uthaya; and Councillor Julian Simmonds (Chair of City Planning Committee).


  1. Welcome and Purpose of Meeting

  2. Overview of neighbourhood planning process

  3. Recap of CPT #1 – Issues and Opportunities (30 November 2016)

  4. Overview of draft precincts for the Renewal Strategy

  5. Workshop Activity – Ideas and Priorities

  6. Reporting on Workshop Activity

  7. Wrap-Up and Explanation of Next Steps

  8. Meeting Close

Welcome and purpose of meeting

Scott acknowledged the traditional owners of the meeting place, and welcomed everybody to this second Community Planning Team meeting for the Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan.

Scott went on to thank everyone for giving up their time to contribute to the Community Planning Team and explained that this evening’s workshop will build on the advice and suggestions received to date.

Next, Scott advised of an apology from Councillor Julian Simmonds, Chair of City Planning, who was represented by his policy advisor, Gemma Long. Scott also acknowledged Councillor Jonathan Sri, Councillor for The Gabba Ward, who was in attendance as an observer. Scott then introduced the Council team and the project consultants and advisors who will manage the planning process and assist to guide this evening’s activities.

An overview of the agenda was then presented to CPT members.

Scott then invited Nathan, as project manager for the neighbourhood plan process, to commence the formal meeting content.

Overview of the neighbourhood planning process

Nathan began by advising CPT members that the project was currently in the background research and community consultation phase, with CPT members’ input, across the three CPT meetings, forming an invaluable part of that phase. He indicated that it was hoped that the draft Renewal Strategy will be released for public comment in mid-2017.

Following consideration of all feedback, Council anticipates having a draft neighbourhood plan ready for further public comment, with adoption and gazettal of the statutory neighbourhood plan scheduled for mid-2018. Until that final step is completed, the current neighbourhood plan will continue to apply to the area.

Continuing, Nathan explained that a Renewal Strategy is a high-level document that articulates a vision for the neighbourhood and sets out the strategic intent for land use and development in the area. He pointed out that while the Renewal Strategy is not a statutory instrument and therefore cannot be used to assess development proposals, it will provide a framework for future development, will form the basis for preparation of the statutory neighbourhood plan, and will provide guidance for the delivery of future projects.

Next, Nathan explained briefly to CPT members what factors the project can influence within Kangaroo Point Peninsula and what is out of scope due to factors that the project is unable to influence. Nevertheless, issues of particular influence on the area’s future evolution can be raised for investigation, even if they are not strictly within the plan boundary.

Nathan then reminded everyone of the project’s aim, which is to update the 20-year-old neighbourhood plan and respond to the current context, providing development certainty and facilitating positive public realm and built form outcomes. Input is welcomed from the community and from all interested stakeholders.

Recap of CPT 1 – Issues and Opportunities (30 November 2016)

Nathan began by reiterating that tonight marks the second of three CPT meetings, with the third meeting provisionally planned for mid-2017. Tonight’s meeting will focus on developing strategies for the area, to inform the development of the Renewal Strategy.

Referring back to the first CPT meeting in November, Nathan noted that members received a briefing on the broad characteristics of the area, including statistical community profiles. Initial responses to the community survey were also discussed. Members participated in a detailed workshop activity to consider the things that people liked and disliked about the area, and to identify some opportunities to enhance the area. Nathan highlighted that feedback included the following points:


  • Proximity to the CBD.

  • River access and amenity.

  • Heritage and character.

  • Mix of uses.


  • Development heights and parking problems.

  • Lack of local services.

  • Parking and traffic congestion.

  • Pedestrian and cyclist conflicts.

  • Bus frequency.


  • River activation.

  • Enhanced pedestrian areas.

  • Activation of spaces beneath the Story Bridge.

  • Improvements to parks and green space.

  • Extension of RiverWalk.

  • Main Street commercial activities.

  • Dry dock revitalisation.

  • Pedestrian / cycle bridge to the CBD.

Nathan then explained that the project aims to update the previous neighbourhood plan so that it responds to the current context. This will provide development certainty for the industry and community alike, and will facilitate positive public realm and built form outcomes. A key component of this process is the opportunity for community and stakeholder input.

Nathan advised that tonight’s meeting will build on the issues and information shared at the first CPT meeting, shifting the focus to a more detailed examination of the area’s precincts, and identifying priorities, solutions and opportunities to enhance and protect the area’s future.

To prepare for the evening’s major activity, Nathan provided members with an overview of the Brisbane Vision 2031 and how it might be applied in the Kangaroo Point Peninsula context. Nathan indicated that the Vision includes eight major goals for the city, as follows:

  • Our accessible, connected city.

  • Our active, healthy city.

  • Our clean, green city.

  • Our friendly, safe city.

  • Our New World City.

  • Our smart, prosperous city.

  • Our vibrant, creative city.

  • Our well-designed, subtropical city.

Nathan provided members with some points under each goal to think about in relation to the Kangaroo Point Peninsula area and encouraged all to share their ideas during the activity.

Overview of draft Precincts for the Renewal Strategy

Tony Dickson from the consultant team then gave members an outline of the draft precincts drawn up for consideration by the CPT. It was emphasised that the precincts were provisional at this stage, and any suggested changes were welcome. As a starting point, four precincts have been proposed, as follows:

  1. Main Street.

  2. Thornton Street.

  3. Dockside.

  4. Shafston Avenue.

In explaining that the establishment of precincts will allow for more place-responsive outcomes to be included in the neighbourhood plan, Tony advised that precincts are generally defined by elements including:

  • Place character.

  • Topography.

  • Land use.

  • Built form.

  • Public realm.

  • Movement networks.

The individual precincts were then described in detail, with the particular elements as listed above highlighted for each precinct. Tony added that while some elements had particular relevance to individual precincts, it was understood that many elements will have peninsula-wide relevance.

David Eustace then took CPT members on a virtual tour of the area, demonstrating through images the extent to which the area had changed since the 1960s, and in particular since the previous neighbourhood plan was developed.

Activity: Ideas and Priorities

During this activity, CPT members took part in facilitated discussions, with four tables each dedicated to one of the four draft precincts. Members moved from table to table on a periodic rotational basis, with all members having an opportunity to consider all precincts.

Table discussions centred on drawing out CPT members’ ideas for the future shape of each precinct, including both large and small ideas. Members also contributed their ideas about opportunities and solutions for the precincts’ future growth.

Members provided their input via drawings and notations on the plans provided as well as through written notes and discussions. Details of all issues raised and suggestions provided are included at Appendix B to these minutes.

Having completed the rotations across all four tables / precincts, members then participated in a fourth rotation to brainstorm and shortlist the ideas presented through the course of the activity. The shortlists are provided at Appendix A to these minutes. Next, all CPT members indicated their priorities for the shortlisted big or small ideas by placing coloured stickers alongside their preferences.

To conclude the activity, Nathan highlighted the top ideas that emerged from the group discussions and the priorities identified through the informal voting process. These are summarised as follows:

Table 1 – Main Street Precinct (David facilitator; Rose planner):

  • Explore opportunities for an additional CityCat terminal.

  • Maintain existing building height restrictions to protect views to the Story Bridge.

Table 2 – Thornton Street Precinct (Rebecca facilitator; Kathleen planner):

  • Provide a pedestrian / cycle bridge connection to the CBD.

  • Widen river’s edge for pedestrians and cyclists and facilitate separate pedestrian and cycle routes.

Table 3 – Dockside Precinct (Nathan facilitator; Will planner):

  • Revitalise the dry dock.

  • Provide an overpass connecting the potential Kangaroo Point – CBD bridge to Dockside.

Table 4 – Shafston Avenue Precinct (Michelle facilitator; Justin planner):

  • Connect RiverWalk from Mowbray Park to the peninsula.

  • Ensure that development complies with Codes.

Next steps and meeting conclusion

Scott then thanked all present for their enthusiasm, passion and commitment to tonight’s activities, and advised that all information provided during the meeting will now be collated and used as valuable input as the Renewal Strategy is drafted.

Notes from the meeting will be made available on the website in the near future and CPT members will be advised accordingly. Additional input and comment is welcome at any time and should be directed to the Urban Renewal Brisbane Team on the contact details below.

Members were invited to complete and evaluation form to help Council to conduct future meetings in the best way possible.

The meeting closed at 8.05pm.

Further Contact

Phone: Nathan Bambling on 3403 8888

Email: kangaroopointpeninsula@brisbane.qld.gov.au

Minutes checked/approved

Checked: DE

Approved: RA


CPT workshop activity feedback: Precincts – Shortlisted Big Ideas, Small Ideas, Opportunities and Solutions

Table 1 – Main Street Precinct (David facilitator; Rose planner):

Table 2 – Thornton Street Precinct (Rebecca facilitator; Kathleen planner):

Table 3 – Dockside Precinct (Nathan facilitator; Will planner):

Table 4 (Michelle facilitator; Justin planner):


CPT workshop activity feedback: Precincts – Detailed Big Ideas, Small Ideas, Opportunities and Solutions

Table 1 – Main Street Precinct (David facilitator; Rose planner):

Big Ideas:

  • Explore an additional CityCat terminal with possibility of locating a separate City Hopper terminal elsewhere.
  • Inclusive and safe design to make the area accessible to people of all abilities – Main Street footpath.

  • Main Street style boulevard – Note that a High Street study was completed in 1997.

  • Public realm improvements around the entire river’s edge.

  • Better utilised spaces underneath the bridge and set it up with the basic services (i.e. power, water, wifi) to support temporary events.

  • Deliver cross-block linkages that aren’t only stairs and inclusive for the elderly through redevelopment

  • Captain Burke Park maintenance improvements to deliver a high amenity, passive park experience.

  • Retail pockets, not strip retail, near Wharf and Main Streets. Investigate opportunities to facilitate finer-grain retail in side streets off Main Street.

  • There may be a market for artisanal ‘crafty’ retail (small tenancy).

  • Investigate potential for piazza under bridge near Shape Fitness.

  • Transform Story Bridge depot into a ‘town centre’ with shops and community uses.

  • Captain Burke Park requires activation under the bridge, including commercial activation.

  • Deliver a continuous and connected RiverWalk with consistent lighting and path width all around the peninsula.

  • Think about the Story Bridge undercroft as the reverse of the New York Highline (under bridge activation).

  • There are a range of cultural sites in KPP, Main Street should be part of a cultural trail – connect this with the RiverWalk, extend to the peninsula. Indigenous history should also be considered.

  • Captain Burke Park could be improved similar to Northbridge Piazza (WA) example:

    • Community meeting space.

    • Draws in young people.

    • Large screen with movies / documentaries.

    • Concerts.

Small Ideas:

  • Maintain existing building height restrictions at the northern end of the peninsula to protect views to the Story Bridge – Council has done a good job in maintaining this so far.

  • Keep historical design and limit modern townhouse design.

  • The area needs a stronger Neighbourhood centre (retail and street feel in Main Street).

  • Connect Holman Street to the eastern riverside open space and other streets.

  • Explore opportunities for more shade for park areas by way of vegetation (Holman Street).

  • Improve the pedestrian connection between Holman Street and the eastern RiverWalk, possibly with retail.

  • Enable rooftop public realm activation including small bars.

  • The closest dog park is in Raymond Park which is 1.5km away from the tip of the peninsula.

  • Car pooling and enabling car share to take place.

  • Riverside walkway / bikepath, designed so that commuters can coincide safely.

  • Widen footpaths and de-clutter paths along the river to eliminate ‘pinch points’.

  • Mangroves need to be managed/maintained.

  • Provide berths adjoining Captain Burke Park to dock boats/recreational vessels/public access.

  • Explore potential connection to Bright Street (CityCat).

  • Look at potential for farmers markets in Captain Burke Park.

  • CityCat service to Holman Street, to relieve pressure from CityHopper.

  • Include ferry to South Bank north (GoMA and library).

  • Investigate opportunities for water taxis.

  • South of Scott Street has no connections to the river walkways.

  • Utilitarian public assets and recreational objects.

  • Alternative forms of transport (such as kayaks and jet skis) on the north-eastern edge.
  • More lights and safer bikeways.

  • Heritage trails.

General Ideas (from maps):

  • Need for new family opportunities in Captain Burke Park.

  • Need shade and green walls, roofs etc to reduce urban heat along Holman Street.

  • Kayak beach with jetty / ramp (sand) at eastern side of Captain Burke Park.

  • Provide public dock at existing ramp at Mackenzie Street.

  • Explore potential for a dog park on the river between Wicklow and Mackenzie Streets.

  • Pinch point for bikes at eastern end of Holman Street due to street furniture, and also at river’s edge near Wharf Street.

  • Active frontages / outdoor community.

  • Sidewalk safety and accessibility on Main Street.

  • Activate understorey of bridge without impacting property (support services) e.g. Highline.

  • Provide jetty / mooring facility in river off Bright Street.

  • Opportunity for higher development further from the bridge – questions around where the height can be increased from?

  • Paris / Melbourne examples of using under bridge for events (depot).

  • Connections required between river and Main Street at Scott Street and cross-block link to the north.

  • Community:

    • Younger demographic is growing.

    • No cars.

    • City workers.

    • Shared access.

    • Rooftop uses (activation).

    • Exercise equipment.

  • Transport:

    • Car pooling.

    • Ferry – Holman Street already suitable with businesses surrounding who would benefit; connect to South Brisbane / GoMA.

    • Water taxis.

    • Kayak / jetski parking.

    • Multi-mode connections.

  • Public realm:
    • Main / Holman Streets.

    • Surrounding along riverside.

    • Public access through new development sites.

Table 2 – Thornton Street Precinct (Rebecca facilitator; Kathleen planner):

Big Ideas:

  • Provide a pedestrian / cycle bridge connection to the CBD.

  • Master plan for St Vincent’s site.

  • Revitalise St Vincent’s into new community / publicly accessible use.

  • Brisbane’s greenest suburb.

  • CityCat to stop at Thornton Street Terminal.

  • Create plaza over highway connecting east and west sides of bridge.

  • Activate precinct to create entrance to plan area / suburb.

  • Provide connections through precinct (not just along Main Street).

Small Ideas:

  • Widen river’s edge for pedestrians and cyclists and facilitate separate pedestrian and cycle routes.

  • Improve the maintenance of river stops.

  • Concerns about safety of ferry stops at night.

  • Safety concerns with the ingress and egress of vehicles at St Vincent’s Private Hospital (vehicle entering and exiting the site, poor sight lines).

  • Improve underpass – upgrade, involve local business, and incorporate a ramp for cyclists.

  • Improve amenity of underpass including access (ramp).

  • Concerns with building bulk.

  • Improve river access / activation of river frontage.

  • Revitalise riverfront public space.

  • Safety concerns with pedestrian / cyclist relationship in Deakin Street.

  • Opportunity for artwork on Deakin Street wall.
  • Opportunity to provide educational facility / library on St Vincent’s site (site to remain a community use and accessible to the public).

  • Need to identify strategies for displacement of homeless persons.

  • Kangaroo Point to become a destination rather than thoroughfare with park and ride issues.

  • Reinstate access from Shafston Avenue to north.

  • Car parking issues.

  • Commuters working within close proximity to the plan area are using long-term parking for day parking whilst at work (park and ride issues).

  • Reconsider the location of pedestrian / cycle bridge, topography closer to St Vincent’s may assist with design and better connection to the precinct.

  • Provide additional signage for underpass.

  • Provide exercise equipment in parks.

  • Provide natural acoustic barrier to Story Bridge.

  • Increase bus frequency into and out of area.

General Ideas (from maps):

  • Reconsider the end point of the pedestrian / cycle bridge.

  • Connect east and west sides of the peninsula to the pedestrian / cycle bridge.

Table 3 – Dockside Precinct (Nathan facilitator; Will planner):

Big Ideas:

  • Revitalise the dry dock including the following ideas:

    • Council take ownership of the dry dock and redevelop.

    • Council should engage with the body corporates about activation, particularly around the dry dock.

    • Potential for commercial uses near / along dry dock.

    • Redevelop around the dry dock – long-term ambition, potential for developer to create an asset for the city.

    • Fill the dry dock and use as a public space – beach, a la South Bank?

  • Lack of connectivity.
  • Improve road configuration – pedestrian / cyclist / car conflicts and movements along Deakin and Cairns Streets:

    • More pedestrian crossings.

    • Markings.

    • Intersection upgrade at Deakin / Cairns / Bradfield Highway.

  • Dockside requires activation – improve connections.

  • Safety upgrades, particularly for cyclists, at Lambert / Cairns Streets and Lambert / O’Connell Streets.

  • Take on body corporate re connection to Mowbray Park.

  • Address RiverWalk maintenance and safety issues.

  • Road configuration.

  • Building height consistency.

  • New development rights for upgrades? (car, rates?).

  • Change traffic configuration to improve access as the area suffers from poor access.

  • Christchurch example – boats, water taxi service.

  • Connection to Mowbray Park.

  • Tunnel to link dry dock to RiverWalk (New Farm).

  • Tunnel for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Link to Mowbray Park.

  • Royal Yacht Edinburgh – tourist attraction; opportunity to dock a famous ship as a tourist attraction.

  • Canal linking river to river “Bris-Vegas”.

Small Ideas:

  • Provide an overpass connecting the potential Kangaroo Point – CBD bridge to Dockside.

  • Maintenance of RiverWalk to improve safety.

  • Underpass upgrade – dock – Ferry Street – ferry connection.

  • Control heights – maintain views to the river.

  • O’Connell / Lambert Streets – parking restrictions required.

  • Enforce subtropical architecture – Buildings that Breathe.

  • Offer free plants to apartment residents for their balconies.

  • Need to maintain post office in KPP.

  • Underpass needs to be upgraded to accommodate bikes / equitable access / parents with strollers.
  • Improve signage / mark to underpass.

  • Cyclists use Deakin Street very often, needs to be widened to create bicycle path.

  • More consistency on building heights – low form (equivalent to 10 storeys).

  • More activation of the ground plane.

  • Improve pedestrian / cyclist access.

  • Pop-up café at corner of dry dock – use as a destination to bring activity / pedestrians back to the view of the dry dock.

  • Pop-up vendors.

  • RiverWalk.

  • Quality of boardwalk – needs maintenance / improvement.

  • Traffic on Deakin Street need to improve safety too narrow at present, problem of compatibility.

  • Road planning to enable left-turn at Cairns and Deakin Streets.

  • Water taxi service.

  • One-way Goodwin Street (tbc).

  • Need to improve safety down Deakin Street – too narrow at present, problem of compatibility.

  • Opportunity to ‘green’ the precinct – street trees.

  • Improve Ferry Street – underpass to ferry connection.

  • Safety in existing underpass – install camera / lighting, with monitors to let people know they’re being watched.

  • Access, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists.

General Ideas (from maps):

  • Pool / beach at dry dock.

  • Walk / cycle way on eastern side, south of dry dock.

  • Bridge from dry dock to eastern suburbs.

  • Tunnel linking dry dock to western river’s edge?

  • Activation area – community hub between Ferry Street and dry dock.

  • Pedestrian / cyclist interface issues on Deakin Street.

  • Nodes on Ferry / Deakin Streets, Pixley Street, and at end of Rotherham Street - provide connectivity across them all.

Table 4 (Michelle facilitator; Justin planner):

Big Ideas:

  • Connect RiverWalk from Mowbray Park to the peninsula.

  • Improve public access to river.

  • Better public transport – more frequent buses to Valley and City.

  • Create a destination to generate demand that enables better public transport.

  • Free public transport.

  • Underpass / overpass across Shafston Avenue (around Castlebar Street).

  • Separate paths for pedestrians and cyclists – wider footpaths.

  • Connect RiverWalk – missing link should have been built by now.

  • Vehicle access to get onto the Clem 7 tunnel – particularly an issue for international visitors.

  • Bridge to New Farm.

  • Cyclist connections on the river to make it easier to get through.

Small Ideas:

  • Ensure that development complies with Codes.

  • Any non-compliance must provide significant community benefit.

  • Limited site cover.

  • Allow for deep planting.

  • Protect existing trees.

  • Improve right turn into O’Connell Street from Bradfield Highway in off-peak (high volumes).

  • More landscaping at ground level – trees are good.

  • Interesting built form – deep balconies.

  • Heights should respond to contours – don’t allow highest buildings on the ridge lines.

  • 15 storeys might be ok, 30 storeys is crazy.

  • Activating the street – some retail, casual surveillance.

  • Cafes (if any) along the river – gets foot traffic, nice outlook.
  • Food trucks / coffee carts at the river – temporary daytime activation to reduce noise complaints from neighbours.

  • Mix of unit sizes, not all small buildings.

  • Building separation needs to be generous.

  • Building heights away from the water’s edge – reaffirm natural contour.

  • Planted edge along the southern side of Shafston Avenue to protect amenity of residents – green buffer.

  • Subtropical boulevard along Shafston Avenue creates an attractive environment.

  • Cyclists need to follow the road rules.

  • Better signage for pedestrian and cycle paths to encourage sharing.

  • Pedestrian crossing at tip of Shafston Avenue / Main Street.

  • Improve east-west connections for cars, bikes and pedestrians.

  • Change timing of signalised intersections to give priority to pedestrians.

  • Building setbacks need to be greater – contribution to local character different to other precincts.

  • Respect for heritage sites – step back, don’t overshadow.

  • Getting back public access along the river through incremental development.

  • A congregational gathering space for people to meet up – shops.

  • Pedestrian crossing over Cairns Street, towards dry dock.

  • On-street parking on Cairns Street needs to be rationalised to improve sight lines of pedestrians.

General Ideas (from maps):

  • Reinstate entry into Main Street from Shafston Avenue.

  • Heritage area to south of Cairns Street.

  • Pedestrian crossing needed between Cairns Street and dry dock.

  • On-street car parking needs to be considered on Cairns Street – pedestrian safety.

  • Kayak launch / landing area south of dry dock.

  • Decrease the amount of traffic on Lambert Street.

  • Right turn from Shafston Avenue into O’Connell Street needs to be easier for cars in off-peak.
  • Prioritise pedestrians at Shafston / O’Connell intersection.

  • Need pedestrian crossing at northern part of Shafston Avenue.

  • Access via tunnel / underpass / overpass across Shafston Avenue at Castlebar Street.

  • Connectivity from Mowbray Street.

  • Building heights not critical in this area.

  • Provide daytime activation in area between Thorn Street and Shafston Avenue – retail / commercial.

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