Candidates for the 25 November state election are being asked to commit to a long list of projects and community services on Redland City Council’s wishlist.
The document Redland City priorities for the 2017 State election was approved at the Council’s general meeting yesterday.
Straddie transition is top priority
Redland City Council says its number one ask is for the State Government to fully fund the economic transition of North Stradbroke Island at an estimated cost of $110 million.
The need for this funding has not been substantiated with a detailed breakdown of proposed work and cost estimates, so it’s not clear how much thought has gone into the wishlist.
Previously, Mayor Karen Williams has called for $200 million in Straddie transition funding.
The Council advocacy document mentions a few examples of projects and services it would like funded by the state government including:
- Implementing the Dunwich Masterplan
- Delivering a Great Walks of Straddie trail similar to Three Capes Walk in Tasmania
- Improving public transport and subsidising the cost of travel to the island
- Building facilities for eco-tourism, schoolbased visits and tertiary research
- Funding marketing campaigns and seed funding for local business opportunities
The council also wants more funding for the southern Moreton Bay islands, saying they require equivalent access to funding as is made available to all other rural and remote Queensland communities.
About $2 billion of transport infrastructure is included in the Council’s state election wishlist including:
- Extending the Eastern Busway to Capalaba at an estimated cost of $1,730 million
- Duplicating the Manly to Cleveland train line at an estimated cost of $180 million
- Upgrading Cleveland Redland Bay Road and Moreton Bay Road
- Ferry terminals on Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands at an estimated cost of $26 million
- Other marine infrastructure including boat ramps and pontoons
Social and community services
A proposed $71 million rebuild of the Cleveland Aquatic Centre will require state government funding says the Council which has only budgeted about $20 million for the project.
The Council also wants ongoing state funding for the Donald Simpson Community Centre. Earlier this year the Council voted 6/5 to cut its $100,000 per year operational funding support for the Centre.
Crisis accommodation for victims of domestic and family violence is identified by the Council as a growing need for Redland City.
Mosquito spraying on state land currently costs Redland City Council $800,000 per year and the Council would like greater financial assistance.
To boost employment opportunities and reduce the need for residents to leave the city each day for work, the Council wants the State Government to establish satellite offices in the Redlands.
Leslie Harrison Dam is not on the wishlist
Despite frequent grumbling on social media from at least one councillor, restoring the Leslie Harrison dam gates at an estimated cost of $18 million is not in the Council’s long list of priorities.
The Dam’s current owner, SEQ Water, says there would be minimal benefit to the security of the region’s drinking water supply if the dam’s full supply level was restored.
Council is asking for a reduction in State-imposed bulk water cost increases.
What about the Toondah Harbour ferry terminal
Another item noticably absent from the Council’s wishlist is a few million for a modest upgrade of the Toondah Harbour ferry terminal.
The current plan for this to be done by Walker Group, in return for being allowed to develop 3,600 apartments on dredged Ramsar wetlands lacks community support.
An on-line poll in the Redland City Bulletin shows more than 80% of respondents want the current Toondah Harbour PDA proposal to be abandoned.
Redlands2030 – 9 November 2017