Advocacy Group Fights for Development Priority for Suburbs

As development projects continue to pour into Brisbane CBD, an advocacy group is fighting to make suburban areas such as Chermside, Springwood and Ipswich become the priority for funding and infrastructure projects.

Suburban Alliance believes that policymakers are overlooking the suburbs as they continue to focus on urban renewal. The city has achieved great strides in urban development in the last 15 to 20 years, but throughout those years, the suburbs have been neglected.

Ross Elliott, a property industry figurehead, noticed that while the number of jobs in the suburbs accelerated faster than inside CBD, this has not translated to similar increase in development projects in the suburbs.

Mr Elliott believes that there should be more focus to turn suburbs such as Chermside, Ipswich, North Lakes and Springwood into centres for education, employment, health, business and technology.

Master-planned business park projects in Eight Mile Plains and Cannon Hill are just two examples of business hubs being built outside the CBD. Mr Elliott thinks that creating such suburban hubs would help address property affordability issues across Queensland.