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Past Court Cases · Healthy Communities

Yeronga Park planning appeal

23 November, 2007

EDO Qld represented Ruth Woods in a successful planning appeal run jointly with other objectors to a development approval for a football field in a Brisbane park. This case is an example of what can be achieved by a motivated and well-organised community group.

Kirkham v Brisbane City Council [2007] QPEC 106

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In 2006 Brisbane City Council approved an application by the Souths Rugby Club to build a second rugby union field in Yeronga Memorial Park. Ruth Woods, a resident in Yeronga, along with members of the community group Friends of Yeronga Memorial Park, challenged the approval in the Planning and Environment Court under the Integrated Planning Act 1997.

The proposed football field was adjacent to a line of memorial fig trees planted in 1917 to commemorate local soldiers who did not return from World War I, and would affect both the trees and community use of the park.

Judge Brabazon found that the proposed development breached planning controls, and that alterations to the park and its proposed use would damage the landscape and the cultural heritage of the park. He set aside Council’s approval for the development.

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