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Council to sell off surplus Wynnum Road, Kingsford Smith Drive land

The total value of the land is redacted in council documents as commercial-in-confidence.

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Acting lord mayor Krista Adams told the council chambers on Tuesday the land would all be sold as it was surplus to the council’s need.

Greens councillor Jonathan Sri, in whose ward part of the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade was in before boundary redistributions, said congestion had not eased after the project’s completion and all of the land resumptions on Lytton Road had not been necessary.

Cr Sri said the council should retain the land for public housing, and noted some residents who had been forced to give up their homes had to leave the area as they could not afford to buy again in the same suburb.

Cr Adams said the council always resumed land at market value.

“Today we’re seeing those sites are being sold back to the private sector in a neighbourhood that has a dire need for public space and public housing,” Cr Sri said.

Cr Sri said he was concerned the money collected from the land sales on Lytton Road would not be put back into the local neighbourhood but rather redistributed across citywide projects.

Another parcel of land at 605 Kingsford Smith Drive in Hamilton will also be sold off, previously the location of the road upgrade’s site office.

The 2571-square-metre site is split zoned for industrial investigation and emerging community, but its total value has also been redacted.

Opposition leader Jared Cassidy said that while the total value of the land to be sold off by the council was redacted, it was “quite significant”.

Cr Cassidy moved an urgency motion calling for the council to commit to spending the money from the proposed land sales on reinstating kerbside collection, which was paused for three years as a cost-saving measure by the LNP administration.

“This is urgent because we need to direct and assign this money before the lord mayor wastes it,” Cr Cassidy said.

“We know what residents want, they want kerbside collection back and it should never have been cancelled in the first place.”

The motion was defeated.

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