The massive urban development masquerading as the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area is still being “discovered” by many residents across Redland City. Many people living close to the site are unaware of the scale of the proposed development.
Consequences of the Toondah development will include financial risks, congestion, economic impacts, lifestyle changes and social impacts. While Division 2 will wear most of the pain, adverse impacts and costs will spill across the city.
The Toondah community consultation process was flawed and the development proposal should be a key election issue for everyone at the local government elections on 19 March 2016.
Making Toondah an election issue
Redlands2030 is distributing a “Community Alert” across the city. The striking flyer will appear in letters boxes in the near future. Consider the flyer…and make your views about Toondah known to candidates at the up-coming election. Ask your local candidates their views about this proposed development. Unless they support a new planning process, or “starting again” put your faith in a different candidate.
Find out if they support the established community view which opposes the proposed development plan.
Ask them to support actions to withdraw the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area and “start again” through a full and proper community consultation process. People want a Toondah development that is:
• based on community vision and values;
• focussed on upgrading the ferry terminal facilities.
The Important Toondah links
The Community Alert flyer gives actions suitable for everyone concerned about the Toondah development plans. The actions offered under “Please help save Toondah Foreshore and the Bay” are found in the following links:
- The letter to THE HON JACKIE TRAD, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning is located at “STOP THE RORT – JUST FIX THE PORT”
- Queenslanders only: SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION calling for the Government to re-think plans for Toondah Harbour Parliamentary PETITION (2537-16 )
- Everyone (Queenslanders and people across Australia and abroad) sign the online Change.org petition Stop the rort: Just Fix the Port
- Join the data base of friends and helpers by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
- “Like” “Share” and “comment” on the following community based Facebook pages:
Election implications in Division 2
The Toondah Harbour development proposal has city-wide implications and people are increasingly concerned with the ramifications. However, the development is a real threat to the lifestyle, and quality of life of the ratepayers in Division 2. This proposal is the most significant issue for Division 2 in the upcoming election. The community must make sure the next divisional councillor fights for the interests of the ratepayers across the city but especially those in Division 2.
The long argued position of the community is that the Toondah Harbour planning is for the Council and the State Government to withdraw the master plan and “start again” through a full and proper community consultation process and focussed on upgrading the ferry terminal facilities.
If you are a Redland City Council Division 2 voter – there are three candidates standing for election on 19 March 2016. These are sitting Councillor Craig Ogilvie, Tom Taranto, and Peter Mitchell. The choice is clear, and briefly the positions of the three candidates on the Toondah development are:
- Councillor Craig Ogilvie has been the people’s champion in fighting the currently proposed development and recently exposed problems with car parking which will impact residents of “Straddie”.
- Tom Taranto has been a longstanding critic of the “top down” Toondah PDA process and as a community activist has been working to restart the planning process so it is in line with community values. He is alarmed at the secrecy surrounding so many aspects of the Toondah development, especially the infrastructure agreement that was approved by Council.
- Peter Mitchell is a self-proclaimed “solid supporter” of the Toondah development. Ratepayers concerned about the adverse impacts of Toondah Harbour should put Peter Mitchell last in their preferences, when they vote.
Previous articles about Toondah Harbour are easily found in the Toondah Tab at the top of this page. A full history of the development and the failed consultation processes is found at: History of Toondah PDA Consultation
A recent article examined the sad history of the community defending the environmental values of the Toondah site including the very effective campaign by the STIR committee in the late 1980’s. See the full story of Residents petition for a better Toondah plan Redlands2030
Redlands2030 -2 March 2016