Priority Development Areas (PDAs) are an undemocratic planning tool used by the Queensland state government to manage large, often controversial, development projects. Once a Priority Development Area is finalised, local planning rules can be ignored and there is next to no community consultation.
The initial Gabba Priority Development Area included just the Gabba Stadium and the block surrounding the Gabba Cross River Rail Station. But earlier this year, the Labor government announced a much bigger PDA, which covers residential homes and businesses - the map below from the state government gives an indication of what they are planning. For more information on what we know so far about the Gabba PDA, head here.
Developers already have their eyes on the area, with one luxury developer announcing plans for a large 5-building hotel, commercial and residential complex on the Chalk Hotel site - you might have remembered this development as the one the Deputy Premier co-announced with lots of smiles and handshakes.
We need parks, schools, affordable housing, and usable community spaces, not expensive luxury developments that just make property developers richer.
Join your local state MP, Amy MacMahon, and Gabba Ward Councillor, Trina Massey, for a community forum about how the Gabba Priority Development Area will impact you and your community. We’ll also be discussing our push for real community consultation, and we are keen to hear from you about what kind of infrastructure and services you think this neighbourhood really needs.