Aura’s village development with Coorparoo Bowls Club and village development incentives under cloud – petition attracts 1,400+ signatures

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The new wave of consumer advocacy: The Courier-Mail is reporting plans for the 80-unit eight- or nine-storey development are “in serious doubt” after the Council put forward plans to Planning Minister Cameron Dick to amend its incentives for village and aged care developments to not “compromise” any sporting or recreation facilities.

It is a case where Brisbane Council has put in place a policy strategy to attract retirement living to the greater city area but is crumbling under local NIMBY advocacy.

The Club is also dealing with opposition from the local community. A petition by the Save Our Community Green committee has so far attracted over 1,400 signatures and the group says they are also sourcing “alternative proposals” from their supporters – another case of advocacy groups ‘advising’ on projects.

Bowls Queensland chairman Peter Williamson says they are currently seeking clarification from the Minister’s office on the conditions.

Founded by Tim Russell and Mark Taylor in 2016, Aura has been actively seeking deals with clubs, signing memorandums of understanding to develop retirement villages at the Parkwood, Toowoomba and Indooroopilly Golf Clubs.

They now have eight sites in development with funding from Singapore’s SC Capital Partners Group.

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