Save Darra Community Centre

Principal Petitioner Emelie Watson, Darra
Date Closed Mon, 24 Feb 2014 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 76 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of the Lord Mayor and Councillors of the Brisbane City Council that the private owner of the Darra Community Centre site has proposed to sell or develop the site into residential properties. There is limited access to similar community facilities in our local area and the loss of the Darra Community Hall and Centre would mean community groups would no longer have a place to meet. These facilities were the hub for flood relief services during the 2011 floods and provided much appreciated services during the January power outages. The facilities are used by many groups including a playgroup, a martial arts school, a church group, the local community group, and is home to a resident. The Darra Community Hall was renovated after the 2011 floods and boasts a modern kitchen, polished timber flooring, air conditioning, a wide screen television, seating and tables for 50 people, toilets and showers. These renovations were provided through donations and government grants.

Your petitioners therefore request that Brisbane City Council investigate options, including those with other levels of Government, to purchase or otherwise secure the Darra Community Hall and Centre and ensure that these facilities remain available for use by local community groups.

Council response

 

Your petition has been investigated and it was considered by Council at its meeting held on 18 February 2014. It was decided that the petitioners be advised of the information below.

 Council has carefully considered your petition. As the property is contained within an overland flow path that was considered inundated in the 2011 floods, the decision has been made not to purchase or secure the property.

 Council appreciates that should the property owner sell or redevelop the property, local community groups will need to source other suitable facilities. Council has a number of community facilities, including other community halls, in the local area that can accommodate these users.

 Alternatively, if the property owner is interested in gifting the facility for community use, Council would be open to further discussions.

 Should you have any questions regarding booking of Brisbane City Council’s Community Halls, please contact Mr Neville Wilmott, Manager City and Community Halls on 3403 8888.

 Could you please let the other petitioners know of this information.

 If you have any further questions regarding this petition please contact Kent Stroud, Branch Manager, Community Facilities and Venues, in Council’s Brisbane Lifestyle Division, on 3403 8888.

 Thank you for taking the time to contact Council.