Residents oppose 36-hectare school sports complex

More than 100 Corinda residents have opposed a move by Brisbane Boys’ College to build a huge sporting complex in the suburb.

After buying Corinda Golf Course the Toowong-based private school has made a second attempt to get council approval for a sporting complex on the 36-hectare site at Cliveden Ave and Oxley Rd.

Long-term Corinda resident Jenny Joyce addressed the Brisbane City Council last week, chastising the school for their “callous disregard” for the many residents who are not “contactable”.

“I am both astonished and appalled that an entity such as Brisbane Boys College would act in this manner,” she told the council.

A Development Application notice was put up calling for public response. However many residents are still displaced after the floods and won’t be back until Christmas.

BBC intend to build 10 tennis courts, two rugby fields, two smaller rugby fields, two soccer fields, two smaller soccer fields, one multi-use oval, one hockey field, one junior sports field and an additional 12 cricket nets with eight multi-use courts.

All are to be night-lit.

“Lighting will be an enormous intrusion on our lives and privacy,” Mrs Joyce said.

Irene Miles and Jen Midkiff, both Corinda residents, also object to the development.

They said the after-hour functions would disturb a quiet neighbourhood.

“That many tennis courts in our faces is just not on, with lights and people banging,” Mrs MidKiff said.

The proposed complex is 40 meters from Mrs Joyce’s front door with Mrs Miles and Mrs Midkiff’s homes only a stone’s throw away.

The infringement on their privacy is not the only concern: the ecological effect of building hydraulic fences on a flood plain is causing anxiety with the January floods still fresh in their memories.

“Next time it floods there is going to be more (water) because everything is building up and it has to go somewhere,” Mrs Miles said

Residents said they were not closed to the idea of using the site for sport and recreation but feared for the serious environmental concerns and the invasion on their privacy.

“Floods and insurance companies have robbed us of our homes and possessions, please do not allow Brisbane Boys College to deprive us of our neighbourhood,” Mrs Joyce told the Council.

Chair of the council’s Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment committee Amanda Cooper said the scale of the project was a “legitimate concern” and the council would be reviewing the application.

“It would be premature to say what any decisions may be,” Cr Cooper said.

Residents have sent 103 submissions opposing the application and will have the right to appeal if the application is approved.

Brisbane Boys College declined to respond to questions from Newsbytes about the residents’ objections.

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