November WBTNI CLG South meeting notes

Another Community Liaison Group meeting for the WBTNI has been and gone. A lot of new faces attended the south CLG meeting, primarily they were made up of WBTNI and/or government people and a few that could not make the first meeting. What follows is the WBBAG account of what was presented and discussed.

Western Bypass in the media

With the election campaigning is full swing, the Western Brisbane Bypass
has been mentioned by both major parties recently. This story in the Courier Mail, as well as this one. Despite whatever promises are made, the WBTNI will run to completion and hand down a recommendation which will no doubt futher influence future political opinion and positioning.

Scope Documents and Updated Milestones

By request, the WBTNI has made the scoping table documented at the September CLG available for everyone. This table helps to show what they are considering and more specifically, what they will not be considering. They also have updated the community engagement milstones. The net effect is that mid-2008 is still the close of this initial investigation.

Community Liason Group Minutes (Sep. 07)

Official minutes/notes from both the first North and South CLG meetings that took place late in September are now available via the WBTNI Website. The minutes/notes in PDF format are available as CLG meeting #1 (North) and CLG meeting #1 (South).

Final Terms Of Reference Available

The WBTNI has published the ammendments to the Draft Terms of Reference with the result being the Final Terms of Reference (TOR). The WBTNI has a side by side comparison of the draft and final TOR. The changes to the draft TOR are in response to feedback from the community.

WBTNI Community Liaison Group Update

The WBBAG has been fortunate enough to secure a position on one of the WBTNI Community Liaison Groups (CLG). The WBBAG will be represented at the "South" group meetings, the first of which took place on Wednesday, 19th of September.

WBBAG/REPA meets the WBTNI

The WBBAG and REPA met with the WBTNI on Thursday the 23rd of August, 2007. The meeting was arranged as a follow up to the WBBAG response to the WBTNI Draft Terms of Reference. One of our primary objectives for the meeting was to have the WBTNI address a list of questions we have put together based on feedback and questions from the community. With that in mind, those questions and our interpretation of the WBTNI answers follow along with a short summary of interesting points we noted during the meeting.

Brickbats for bypass proposal

http://www.questnews.com.au/westside_news.html

"BOTH sides of politics have voiced their opposition to a Western Bypass that would pass through Brookfield and The Gap."

The July 2007 edition of the Westside news, page 9, went on to refer to the closing date for comments on the WBTNI Draft Terms of Reference (July 31st) and the short time allowed for community feedback and awareness. Both Labours Ross Daniels and the Liberals Bruce Flegg voiced their opposition to an inner Western Bypass.

Call to action - Respond to the WBTNI Draft Terms of Reference Now !

As you may or may not know the Western Brisbane Transport Network Investigation (WBTNI) is calling for comments on their Draft Terms of Reference. They also include several other avenues of involvement as well. The deadline for comment is the 31st July, 2007, so less than two weeks to respond. We have included our proposed response below for reference.

The Local Bulletin 6 July 2007 - IT’S ANOTHER BYPASS!

http://www.thelocalbulletin.com/article.asp?a_id=4294

"There is widespread concern that the State Government’s Western Brisbane Transport Network Investigation will recommend a highway cutting through this beautiful part of Brisbane, including the natural areas of Mt Coot-tha and Brisbane Forest Parks."