Protecting the Toondah Wetlands was the driving force for the Moreton Bay Ramsar Site

Research by Save Straddie reveals the very strong connection between past efforts to protect the Toondah wetlands and the listing of Moreton Bay under the Ramsar Convention for the protection of internationally important wetlands. The Palaszczuk Government’s highly controversial plan to allow the wetlands around Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour to be dredged and “reclaimed” is not […]

Straddie Markets 14 January

Redlands2030 will be at the Straddie Markets on 14 January.

Redlands2030 will be at the Straddie Markets at Point Lookout Community Hall (map) on 14 January to talk about Toondah Harbour and other issues of interest to Islanders.

Straddie issues

We are keen to meet with local residents and visitors to Straddie and find out your views on Island issues such as:

  • Access to the Island including implications of the proposed Toondah Harbour developments
  • Tourism development and the North Stradbroke Island Transition Strategy
  • Proposed World Heritage Area listing

We will be happy to answer Redlands2030 questions:

  • What is Redlands2030, what do we do?
  • How can people be involved in Redlands2030?
  • Why is Redlands2030 so concerned about Toondah Harbour development plans?

Toondah Harbour proposed development

The Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area (PDA) declared in 2013 was supposed to fix the Toondah Harbour ferry terminal.

But it turned into a plan for 3,600 apartments on dredged Ramsar wetlands between the Harbour, the Grand View Hotel and Cassim Island.

Much of the planning by Redland City Council, the State Government and the Walker Group is being kept secret from the community.

But the Infrastructure Agreement shows that the developer will spend very little on upgrading ferry terminal facilities and car parking convenience may be reduced.

Community opinion is turning against plans for residential development at Toondah.

This has been demonstrated though a petition to Council initiated by Redlands2030.

An on-line poll in the Redland City Bulletin in 2017 found no evidence of community support for the current Toondah development plans.

More about Redlands2030

Toondah PDA remains a priority for Redlands2030 but we’re also interested in governance, development planning and community engagement at all levels of government.

Core values of Redlands2030 Inc. come from the Council’s Redlands 2030 Community Plan published in 2010.

It remains the most credible expression of Redlands community values to this time.

Redlands2030 helps the community in a number of ways:

  1. Publishing news on our website and Facebook
  2. Distributing an email newsletter
  3. Holding meetings (monthly), rallies and other gatherings.

Straddie residents often attend our activities on the mainland. So this year Redlands2030 is coming to Straddie!

 

Redlands2030 – 6 January 2018

Date: January 14, 2018
Time: 08:00-12:00 a.m.
Event: Redlands2030 at the Straddie Markets
Topic: Redland2030 at "Straddie" Markets
Venue: Point Lookout Community Hall
Public: Public

Troy Robbins sings “Ramsar Sell-out”

Local artist and environmental defender Troy Robbins wrote this song in response to proposals for a massive residential development at Toondah Harbour. The first performance of this song was before 250 people gathered at the Welcome Back Shorebirds event on 9th December 2017. Poignant poetry, emotions and more… Ramsar Sell-out – by Troy Robbins   […]

Get the facts about Toondah Harbour

Councillors recently issued divisional newsletters. In Division 2 Cr Mitchell stepped into the Toondah debate with a “Toondah Harbour update” which would have benefited from some fact checking. Sadly, Cr Mitchell’s contribution contains some fundamental errors. He wrongly declared there was a “green light” to progress the environmental impact assessment (EIA). The Federal Minister for […]

DEMonOCRACY and fishy matters like Toondah

Geoffrey GT Harrison is more than old style public servant.  In 1961, he was appointed Queensland’s Chief Inspector of Fisheries and Senior Biologist.  The story following his appointment is the subject of his book. “DEMonOCRACY & OTHER FISHY MATTERS” was published by In House Publishing. The title is no accident.  It refers to “power of […]

Council petitioned to stop Toondah PDA support

Redlands2030 and members of the Toondah Action Group gathered 1,163 signatures calling for Redland City Council to withdraw support for the Toondah Harbour development. The petition was tabled before Council on 22 November by Cr Murray Elliot who received the specially wrapped petition from Steve MacDonald, President of Redlands2030. Council agreed to accept the petition […]

Toondah infrastructure agreement – Cui bono?

Who will benefit (cui bono) from Walker Group’s proposed Toondah Harbour development plans and in particular from any investment provided for in the project Infrastructure Agreement? Redland City Council claims that Walker Group’s proposed Toondah project will deliver “nearly $116 million worth of community improvements”. Based on information that’s publicly available it appears that much […]

Shorebirds in flight

Shorebirds like these Bar-tailed godwits are amazing long distance fliers

Redlands2030 and Birdlife Australia are holding an inaugural Welcome Back Shorebirds event to celebrate the safe return of thousands of migratory shorebirds to Moreton Bay over the past few months.

Each year the adult birds fly thousands of kilometres to breeding grounds in places such as Siberia and Alaska. Then they return to their feeding areas in the southern hemisphere, usually to the same place every year.

Event details

DATE: Saturday 9 December 2017

TIME: 9:00am to 10:30am

PLACE: G.J. Walter Park in Cleveland

Access is via Shore Street East. The park has a playground, picnic facilities and toilets .

Activities

  • Watching various shorebird species through high power birdwatching scopes
  • Experts talking about the migratory shorebirds which feed in this area
  • Discussion about threats to shorebirds including coastal development
  • Wildlife protection – Marine Park, Ramsar site and plans for World Heritage Area listing
  • Update on the Toondah Harbour project

Koalas as well

As well as birdlife, G.J. Walter Park and its surrounding streets are home to koalas. If you want to see these iconic creatures in the wild, this is one of the best locations in south east Queensland.

Breakfast with the shorebirds

We will have breakfast with the birds but we won’t be eating what they feed on.

We will have tea/coffee, sizzled sausages and buns.

To help with numbers for catering please RSVP to:

thereporter@redlands2030.net

 

Redlands2030 – 10 November 2017

 

 

Date: December 9, 2017
Time: 09:00-10:30 a.m.
Event: Welcome Back Shorebirds celebration
Topic: Welcome Back Shorebirds
Public: Public

Labor policies conflict with Toondah project

The proposed Toondah Harbour residential development project, for 3,600 apartments on dredged Ramsar listed wetlands, conflicts with policies set out in the Labor Party’s current policy platform. Labor Party policies Labor’s 2017 policy platform was approved at the Party’s conference in July. Hundreds of policy statements are set out in a 127 page booklet. A […]

Toondah project proposal is 99% housing

Redland City’s Mayor says: The $1.4 billion Toondah Harbour redevelopment will see the tired ferry terminal transformed into a regional tourism attraction, but will it? Reality test for Toondah In 2011 Redland City Council (RCC) documents refer to a provision of 200 dwellings to support 200 wet berths and 350 dry berths to service a […]

Straddie tourism workers need accommodation

Residents this week raise questions about affordable accommodation for Straddie’s casual workers and the impacts of trucking fill and spoil between Toondah Harbour and a major quarry/disposal site. If you have something to say to people in the Redlands email: theeditor@redlands2030 So everyone loves coming to Straddie The excitement of getting onto the barge and […]

Birdlife says reject Walker Group’s Toondah plan

Walker Group’s proposed Toondah Harbour development is clearly unacceptable and should be rejected said Birdlife Australia in its EPBC submission to the Federal Government. Points raised by Birdlife Australia include: The project would encroach on 43 hectares of the Moreton Bay Ramsar site which is not permitted under the Ramsar Convention where the project is […]

Community support for Toondah Rally

Residents write about the Toondah Rally and formation of the Toondah Action Group to protest against the proposed $1.4 billion mega residential development at Toondah Harbour . Another local asks why fauna spotters are not being used when important trees and vegetation are being removed for development in the Redlands. If you have something to […]

Mayor Williams’ Toondah claims need testing

A letter from Mayor Karen Williams to the Federal Government was one of the many Toondah submissions obtained through Redlands2030’s recent Freedom of Information (FOI) inquiry. As a letter of support it was in very exclusive company. The Government said only eight submissions supported the project compared with 1,411 opposing submissions when it consulted about […]

Community rallies against Toondah plan

More than 300 people, supported by a local koala, gathered in G.J. Walter Park on Saturday to voice concerns about plans for 3,600 apartments to be developed on dredged Ramsar wetlands. Aboriginal elder Norm Enoch was the first person to speak. He explained the importance of this area and its cultural heritage to Traditional Owners […]