Australian Red Cross Centre in Greenslopes Up for Demolition

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Despite an initial plan to rehabilitate the former Australian Red Cross Centre in Greenslopes, changes are now underway to demolish the old building and put a public park in its place. 

The intention to buy the land on Headfort Street from the Department of Veterans Affairs was laid out in a Council letter to residents. The decision was deemed the more cost-effective solution to the historical site, which has been highly contaminated and closed off to the public since 2013 due to the presence of asbestos. 

The cost of retaining and renovating the building would set back the government between $5.4 to $7.5 million. On the other hand, full demolition and removal of all hazardous material would cost $1.8 million.

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The creation of the parkland will preserve most of the heritage-listed elements of the property. A portion of the area will also be allocated for the headquarters of Legacy Queensland, a non-profit that supports the families of the veterans if they decide to erect a building.

On 16 September, EPB Notice 2021/8997 was issued approving the demolition of all hazardous materials and removal of contaminated soil from the site. Following the earthworks, the land will be turned over to Brisbane City for community use. 

Councillor Fiona Cunningham said that the residents of Greenslopes have asked for the park since there is no such public space for families within the precinct. They will work with DVA to plan out a “heritage strategy” in designing the new public space. 

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“Council has also had discussions with Legacy, an organisation with deep connection to this site, about a portion of the land being used for their services for the families of our veterans,” the councillor said. 

“While it is sad to see the buildings go, I believe it is important to provide certainty to residents about the future of the site. I am also pleased that we will be able to provide new parkland for local families and community use that will honour the site’s history.”