Wharf bad for skaters says Sri
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.