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A Plan For Our Future

Story: Sandgate Guide
Aug 31, 2018
A Plan For Our Future
It’s been around two decades since Brisbane City Council last established a
Local Area Plan for Sandgate. To update plans for our growth and development
beyond 2018, a similar process will soon commence through the creation of
The Sandgate and Districts Neighbourhood Plan.

In a recent announcement, City Planning Chairman Councillor Matthew Bourke stated that preliminary research for the plan would be conducted over the coming months, with the community engagement process occurring in early 2019.

“ This process will identify future opportunities to revitalise the local economy and support small business so it continues to thrive in Sandgate, realising the many economic and tourism opportunities available,” Cr Bourke said.

“As our city grows, we are committed to preserving and enhancing our diverse local neighbourhoods as part of our plan laid in Brisbane’s Future Blueprint.”

Everyone in the area will have the opportunity to voice their views about how Sandgate should be encouraged to evolve over the next few decades.

Councillor for the Deagon Ward Jared Cassidy said, “Talking to residents, they really value the preservation of our character housing, our open spaces and access to Moreton Bay. I would like to see our parks and open spaces preserved and enhanced, and while I think there is definitely space for extra density in some places to help accommodate population growth, that shouldn’t be at the expense of our enviable lifestyle.”

Cr Cassidy continued, “It will be important for people to really engage in this process, because without an active community providing feedback, we will end up with a plan that Council wants, not one the community can own.”

The plan will be one of only two undertaken by Council in 2018/19, and Sandgate’s Chamber of Commerce has been an integral part of bringing the region to the fore.

Chamber President Bill Gollan tells us, “In 2016 we undertook a process of talking to the community about what they wanted for this area, and that process was called the Sandgate 2020 Vision. Out of that process we created a report, and we then asked Brisbane City Council for a plan.”

“It gives us a say in our future. We’ve got a unique bayside lifestyle here and we need to capitalise on it.”

To learn more about Brisbane City Council’s neighbourhood planning visit and stayed tuned for the chance to have your say on Sandgate’s future!