We have been chatting with traders and community members about what changes they would like to see in Annerley.
We have set up a survey to find out some more about your thoughts on where we should set out sights for the future!
We really value your feedback and will use it to ask the Council for funding and rejuvenation in our area.
Some years ago, some Town Planning Uni students did a study on our area and how it could be improved for the future. They thought that it would be a great candidate for a 'cut and cover' style tunnel underneath Ipswich Road to reduce the arterial traffic and make the neighbourhood safer and calmer.
If you're unsure what a 'cut and cover' entails, look to Nundah's 2001 rejuvenation with a tunnel under the previously busy Sandgate Road. After receiving funding from the SCIP (Suburban Communities Improvement Program), the Nundah Village area is now home to lovely cafes, art installations and other community spaces. This has saved an otherwise dying community area and has given new hope to businesses and local residents for a shared future.
This idea was again put to the Lord Mayor last year but his response stated that it was not able to be considered at that time. His reasoning was that the cost and difficulty outweighed the benefits for the community. We were also not to be considered for the SCIP and have been denied this funding for over 30 years.
If you feel that this isn't a sufficient answer from the Lord Mayor and would like the issue to be revisited, please send him an email to let him know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We would love to see change in our community, you can help make it happen.
Annerley resident Kath Chown is the voice of the Annerley blog.