Wharf bad for skaters says Sri

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - DARYL PASS­MORE

GREENS coun­cil­lor Jonathan Sri (above) says the $3 bil­lion Queen’s Wharf de­vel­op­ment should be blocked be­cause it will stop home­less peo­ple sleep­ing rough and de­ter skate­board­ers.

In a for­mal sub­mis­sion, he said at least a fifth of the 2000 lux­ury apart­ments planned for the new tourism precinct should be turned over to so­cial hous­ing.

In his ob­jec­tion to the Queen’s Wharf in­te­grated casino-re­sort, the Gabba ward city coun­cil­lor said: “At a min­i­mum, the Gov­ern­ment should have re­quired the de­vel­oper to pro­vide at least 20 per cent of new apart­ments on the site as af­ford­able com­mu­nity hous­ing or so­cial hous­ing.

“The fact that 2000 apart­ments and 600 lux­ury ho­tel rooms are pro­posed to be built on gov­ern­ment-owned in­nercity land with­out in­clud­ing even one sin­gle so­cial hous­ing dwelling is deeply em­bar­rass­ing to the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment and re­flects poorly on the val­ues of the de­vel­oper.”

Cr Sri at­tacked a crime pre­ven­tion de­sign rec­om­men­da­tion to counter skate­board tricks. “The sug­ges­tion that skate­board­ing in pub­lic places con­sti­tutes anti-so­cial be­hav­iour is a close-minded and of­fen­sive po­si­tion that is com­pletely out of step with con­tem­po­rary pub­lic sen­ti­ment.” He called for a ded­i­cated skate park in the de­vel­op­ment.

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