Community voices of all ages question the real benefits of the Toondah Harbour mega development and express dismay at the environmental impacts on the wonderland that is Moreton Bay. Environmental tourism on Straddie must be protected and enhanced post mining, not devastated by massive apartment towers on reclaimed land. Parking solutions to meet the real needs of Toondah Harbour and, now, the major redevelopment of the Donald Simpson Centre are still missing in action.
Toondah parking needs to be fixed and free
I am a 76 year-old grandmother and live in Cleveland. I attend the Donald Simpson Centre Monday, Wednesday and Friday for sewing, yoga and Pilates.
I have grave concerns about the Toondah Harbour redevelopment. Already the many cars of island visitors and residents are parked right up to the Cleveland township on weekends and holidays, and you want to build 3,600 more units? The Cleveland CBD already has so many empty shops, why build more? Why pull custom away from our town centre? We should instead be investing in local businesses – not driving them to the wall.
Toondah Harbour parking for island visitors and residents needs to be fixed and free. This will encourage people to visit the islands – not burden them with more costs.
I hear the Donald Simpson Centre is going to be redeveloped. Why? Why hasn’t anyone spoken to my sewing group of over 60 women, to ask what our needs are? Based on the way this Council conducts business, I have no faith in its ability to address the simplest of community needs such as adequate parking.
Don’t destroy the Cleveland foreshore
I am 11 years old and have grown up on North Stradbroke Island. I have experienced the ocean, beaches, foreshores, lakes and waterways in the Bay. I attended Dunwich Primary School and learnt about the Bay and its amazing creatures; the turtles, dugong, manta rays and sting rays also mangroves and seagrasses.
The redevelopment of the ferry terminal in Cleveland is so big. The ocean is already suffering with pollution and so many animals and birds have already lost their homes due to construction on the water’s edge. Why do we need to keep doing that? When I was younger I loved to visit the neighbouring islands and snorkel around loads of special spots in Moreton Bay. If things like this keep happening people won’t be able to grow up and experience the amazing things I grew up with.
This project will destroy the Cleveland foreshore even more than it is already. You plan to take these beautiful places away from not just the animals and birds, but the people who live here. I am always doing beach clean-ups, filming soldier crabs, photographing birds and saving little animals. I won’t be able to care for the environment if you destroy it with huge developments like this. You shouldn’t have that right to take these treasures from us.
Every foreshore site is precious
I have lived on North Stradbroke Island for the last 15 years. I am a property investor, both on island and mainland locations, also a professional and academic.
A big attraction for me moving to the island was its unique environment. In a post mining economy across the country I understand that environmental tourism presents wonderful opportunity. There are many island businesses built around environmental tourism and there is considerable effort gone into the branding of the island and Bay as a world-class environmental and cultural destination. Why do anything to threaten that? Doctoring the unique ecology of Toondah Harbour by building out into the Bay itself with reclaimed sand, will cause untold devastation to the habitats in and around the harbour.
People don’t want to come to see buildings. Discerning tourists will want to see facilities sensitively designed to be in unison with the natural ecology – not bulldozing, dredging and a built environment which pays no regard to stakeholders which include business owners, architects, culture workers and the children who will have to pay in perpetuity for the devastation this initiative engenders.
When does this stop? In ten, 20 or 200 year’s time? Put a stop to it now. Due to diminishing foreshores across the world, every site remaining is precious. For goodness sake we are identified as part of a Ramsar site – an ecological wonderland of remarkable diversity. Why undertake anything that threatens that? How uncannily short sighted to put the glitzy pizzazz of a maxi development by a global corporate ahead of community, common sense and the fragile ecology of our regions greatest asset.
Be a leader by stepping into a space of global preservation rather than devastation.