Save Yungaba

About Yungaba

Yunguba, which lies directly beneath the Brisbane's Storey Bridge on Kangaroo Point,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. So, too, has much of the land on the opposite side of the Brisbane River including the Brisbane CBD and New Farm.
Plans to turn the Yungaba site into a historical museum have been abandoned when the Queensland Government recently agreed to sell the site to , a Singapore-based company, which specialises in selling Australian real estate. Australand plans to turn the site into a gated community of seven storey residential blocks.

The local community, led by the Yungaba Action Group opposes these plans. Iy you wish to support the YAG's fight to preserve Yungaba as public property please vist their web site at . Be sure also to vist if you want to help the Yunguba Action Group.

Virtual inaugural meeting of Immigrant's Memorial Association

Immigrants’ Memorial Association VIRTUAL PICNIC (at home!!!) There has been a change of date and venue of our inaugural meeting due to the difficulties of getting everyone together. A virtual picnic is now proposed so people everywhere can attend and vote. When: Sunday 19th October from 2pm-4pm Brisbane Time Where: email and telephone contact within group Who are we? The Immigrants' Memorial Association is being formed to commemorate the immigrants who through opportunity, sacrifice and good fortune have contributed to Queensland's civil society, prosperity and cultures. The current goal is to retain Yungaba in public ownership and develop it as a memorial where the immigration experience can be presented to the public, especially school groups. Picnic Programme 1. RSVP now by return email registering your email contact, telephone and name. 2. Between now and the Picnic register by writing to Hon Paul Lucas introducing yourself, stating who you would like to commemorate and why, and your interest in keeping Yungaba main building as an accessible memorial (see model letter below). Send a copy of your letter to me here mpecknox [AT] bigpond net au 3. A compilation of registrants emails will be sent to you. 4. If you wish, self-nominate for a committee position with a short statement of your relevant experience which I will distribute to the group for voting. 5. At the Picnic, vote by email on the issues and in the elections sent to you. 6. Discuss by email or telephone with others attending either individually or with the whole group, any matter. 7. Please write to Hons Anna Bligh, Paul Lucas, Robert Schwarten or David Eades, Chairperson of Qld Heritage Council as a member of IMA indicating the importance to the Association’s goal of retaining Yungaba. MODEL REGISTRATION LETTER deputypremier[AT]ministerial qld gov au The Hon Paul Lucas, MP Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Level 12, Executive Building 22/09/08 Dear Paul, I am writing to you as the Minister who has called-in Yungaba for consideration of the development application. I would like to commemorate my parents, James and Helga Robertson, who immigrated to Queensland in 1958 and all other immigrants. Without relatives here, their lives were without much support and sometimes difficult. However, they were successful in many ways and I believe they were an asset to Queensland’s development. They have passed away recently and they leave twelve descendents all living in Queensland. We would like to have a Yungaba museum where the members of our family can come together in their honour. Yours sincerely, (signed) Jan Bradley. 24 Emu Close, Bundah, Qld 4209 Tel: 07 3724 8651 RSVP now by return email, with telephone, saying Attending.Then write your registration letter. Regards Martin Knox Immigrants’ Memorial Association 0411 041 209