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About Yungaba

Yunguba, which lies directly underneath the Brisbane's Storey Bridge on Kangaroo Point. It was built in 1877 as an immigrant hostel. It is one of the very few publicly owned open spaces. Nearly all the surrounding land in Kangaroo Point, including the neighbouring land formerly owned by Evans Deakin shipyards, has been turned into a concrete jungle of high rise residences.

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Protest Sunday 13 December to save Yungaba

The Queensland Government and the Brisbane City Council plan to allow developers to turn Queensland's historic Yungaba immigration hostel into yet another luxury gated residential housing development against the overwhelming objections of local residents.

Protest against this planned cultural vandalism on the grass on the river side of Yungaba at 10am-12.30pm Sun 13 December.

Update, 30 Jan 10: Although Yungaba has been sold undemocratically to Australand, it's not over. Delene Cuddihy writes of our prospects.

What else you can do: Sign the e-petition which calls for the immediate resignation of the Queensland Govenment and new elections on the grounds of not consulting public on privatisation.

See also: www.yungaba.org.au, "Yungaba's is a history that should not be lost" by Australian author David Malouf in the Australian of 5 Dec 09, "Ghost of Cloudland back with a vengeance" by Rosemary Sorensen in the Australian of 5 Dec 09, "Govt rejects tag of 'red-neck developer'" by Tony Moore in the Brisbane Times of 5 Dec 09.

Historic Yungaba to become a gated community of luxury apartments - candidates' responses

Whilst hopes to save the historic Yungaba migrant hostel have been dashed by Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Paul Lucas's decision to use extraordinary powers to 'call in' the development application for Yungaba. Nevertheless, the Yungaba Action Group believes that the responsible politicians, including those now standing for re-election, should be held to account for their defiance of community wishes.

Virtual inaugural meeting of Immigrant's Memorial Association

The Immigrants’ Memorial Association is having a virtual inaugural meeting on Sunday 19th October from 2pm-4pm Brisbane Time.

The Immigrants' memorial association is currently fighting to save the historic Yungaba hostel from being turned into a private gated community by the Singapore-based Australand property development company.

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A tale of two buildings ... Lucas fails Queenslanders

The Queensland Government has threatened to fine the owners of the heritage listed "Keating House" $75,000 for allowing it to fall into disrepair, yet when large parts of historic Yungaba House, the responsibility of the Queensland Government itself, have been condemned as unsafe due to its own negligience, the problem was 'solved' by selling it off to a Singapore-based developer to be turned into a gated community, against heated community objections.

What you can do: attend Virtual Inaugural meeting of Immigrants' Memorial Association to be held 19 Oct 08.
What has been done: Protest at Community Cabinet at 12:45PM on Sunday 14 Sep at Belmont State School, Old Cleveland Road, Carindale to protest Minister Paul Lucas's decision to disallow the appeal.

Your urgent help needed to save historic Yungaba

Last week BCC posted the long-anticipated negotiated development approval on their website - it will see the guts ripped out of Yungaba, the last remaining intact 19th century immigration depot left in Australia, leaving only a shell for the public to view from outside a gated community. Yungaba Action Group needs your help to launch a legal fight against the development approval - no amount is too small to give!

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Yungaba Action Group continues fight to save historic hostel

The Yungaba Action Group is resisting the plans by the Queensland Government and the Brisbane CIty Council to allow to the historic Yungaba migrant hostel to be turned by the Singapore owned Australand into a private gated residential complex. (Originally published on this site on 15 Jun 08.)

Coming up: Fund-raising river cruise stopping at Yungaba on August 23rd.
What you can do: Nominate Yungaba as a site worth retaining.

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