Residents living in the vicinity of and utilising Weinam Creek recognise the need for urgent redevelopment of the area, particularly in relation to transport needs, but many object strongly to the Weinam Creek development scheme.
Their concerns are that the character of the Weinam Creek Development should be markedly different to that of Toondah Harbour. In this regard, the proposed redevelopment of Weinam Creek should be much less intensive and low key. Specifically, the natural environmental setting should be rehabilitated and enhanced. This could also include the provision of environmental interpretative facilities with improved public access to the foreshore.
Further, high-rise development should be significantly curtailed including the removal of all high-rise development south of Weinam Creek in favour of the creation of
new extensive parklands. Should any high-rise be absolutely necessary then the area behind the proposed new foreshore facilities should be restricted to up to 3 storeys in part only (not up to 7 storeys). If such curtailment of high-rise reduces the commercial viability of improving the access facilities and redevelopment of the foreshore, then public funds (State and Redland’s City Council) should make up a greater component of a funding partnership.
The issue of parking and access for transit passengers to the southern Moreton Bay Islands and for boat launching and trailer parking should be priority considerations.
The proposed structural element (PDA Scheme 3.3.2) concerning ‘relocating the boat ramp to the southern side of Weinam Creek’ should be further specified. It should have been added to this proviso that: ‘recognising that this facility provides the main protected boat ramp access to southern Moreton Bay from the Redlands, that the current capacity of 4 lanes, at least, be maintained and launching facilities improved with the provision of additional pontoons and additional boat trailer car parking’. Recognition of this important facility and the need for upgrade as part of the relocation should have ben embedded in the detailed outline of the plan.
These few suggestions would assist greatly in differentiating Weinam Creek to the development proposed at Toondah. Place based planning rather than more of the same should be integral to proper planning. This would create the opportunity for a beautiful new environmentally based asset to be established, whilst meeting the urgent need to address passenger and boating access, passenger transit and parking requirements.
Queensland is littered with developments that tried to emulate “another place”. The development schemes released for the PDAs in Redlands resemble that tied approach. This actually will constrain any developer keen to deliver a quality and economically sustainable outcome.
Place based planning starts with an appreciation of the values of the local community and the site itself. Both attributes lacking from the approved development scheme.