Cleveland residents are concerned about Redland City Council’s plans for Toondah Harbour according to Steve McDonald, spokesperson for Redlands2030.
Mr MacDonald said that:
“The Toondah Harbour scheme developed by Council and approved by the Newman Government will disadvantage existing residents, hurt Cleveland businesses and cause environmental destruction of marine and coastal areas in Moreton Bay. “
“There is a huge risk that development and infrastructure costs will have to be met by ratepayers through higher rates or increased debt.”
Specific reasons for concern about the Council’s scheme, if it goes ahead, include:
- Council will not keep G.J. Walter Park as local residents want it. The cricket oval and dog off leash area are not guaranteed to stay in the Government’s approved plan.
- Free Straddie parking for residents and visitors will be history. Everyone will have to pay to use a new, privately owned, multi storey car park. Just like Brisbane Airport.
- Dredging for a 400 berth marina will destroy the marine and coastal environment including fish breeding areas, the Moreton Bay Marine Park and internationally recognised Ramsar wetlands that support many vulnerable species.
- Koalas will be threatened by extra development in the G,J. Walter Park area.
- A large new retail centre at Toondah Harbour will devastate businesses in the Cleveland CBD who are already struggling due to other Council planning decisions.
- The scheme is only suitable for mega-developers. Local developers and builders will not get a look in, so any profits from development will likely flow overseas.
- The Mayor’s statements that we need $80 million of harbour infrastructure are not credible as they are nor supported by any detailed technical investigations.
- Ratepayers across Redland City could end up paying $MILLIONS for Toondah infrastructure to support a major developer.
- The Toondah Scheme ignores the Redlands 2030 Community Plan which records the community’s vision, goals and values based on input by thousands of residents.
Mr McDonald said that Cleveland needs a simpler Toondah scheme that improves Straddie ferry travel for residents and tourists and works for local residents, Cleveland businesses and Redland City ratepayers.
Concerned local residents have set up Redlands2030 with a website www.redlands2030.net, facebook page and YouTube channel for people to share information and discuss Toondah Harbour, development of the City Plan 2015 and other development issues.