On 6 August 2015, members of the Indooroopilly Community Association met with Scott Emerson MP at his Indooroopilly office. Minister Emerson listened to our concerns and was supportive of our objections to the University being granted a CID extension at the Long pocket site.
Mr. Emerson reiterated that the KEY issue is the Community Infrastructure Designation (CID). If UQ are granted a CID for the Long Pocket site, then the university will be able to develop the site free from the usual city council planning and development requirements that would otherwise consider the interests of the community.
Mr. Emerson encouraged residents to continue to be vocal in their opposition to UQ's expansion, by posting signs and by writing to the UQ senate.
We appreciate Mr. Emerson taking the time to meet with us.
Cr Julian Simmonds attended a meeting of Long Pocket residents at St Andrews Place on Thursday night 2/7/14, regarding the UQ development at the old DPI site at Long Pocket . A range of issues were discussed. The essence of these was general community opposition to UQ being granted an extension to their CID extension application for the Long Pocket site, which would allow UQ to develop the site free from council regulation .
The reasons behind the community's objection to the CID extension relate to:
In essence the community would like UQ's development and activities to stay within the confines of the site, and not spill out and adversely affect the local community. The DPI, CSIRO, and Sugar Research Australia have all existed harmoniously with the local community. So too should UQ.
As a community we are very grateful to Cr Simmonds for attending the meeting and for his attention to our concerns.