Redlanders would have felt great pride, I’m sure, when they read Redland City Council’s recent Toondah Harbour PDA news release.
In case you missed it, here is a link: More award recognition for PDA projects.
Once again, our Council has accepted an award for the quality of community consultation embodied in this project. Our Mayor is reported to have said:
This is yet another major coup for these two exciting projects, at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek, and highlights Council’s commitment to engaging the community during every phase of these billion-dollar developments.
This is a project for the community, by the community, which is why our team has gone to incredible lengths to make this process as transparent and collaborative as possible.
Am I living in a parallel universe to the one inhabited by the Mayor and her PR team?
The Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area (PDA) project is not complete. In fact it hasn’t really started. The community consultation undertaken to this point has been poor at best, with much of the community’s input ignored or downplayed.
This Council took matters out of the hands of the Redlands community by having PDAs declared by the State Government. Decision making is now totally in the hands of the State Government and the community’s consultation rights have been treated with disdain.
A community consultation activity conducted by Redland City Council in August 2013 was pointedly ignored when the PDA consultation process took place. The local residents must have got the wrong answer !
The community still has no idea about the scale and true nature of what has been planned. Transparency – almost none.
Having treated the community with such contempt, any person or organisation accepting awards for community engagement must be way out of touch with reality.
How many more silly awards will this project get in its parallel universe, where the opinions of local residents don’t seem to matter?
It is a bit like “every child gets a prize”.
Doug Cox – 16 May 2015
Redlands2030 views on the Toondah PDA community engagement process were set out in Toondah PDA – consultation or deception?
If you are concerned about the current proposal for Toondah Harbour development, consider signing this petition to Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.
You could also email the Deputy Premier and ask her to make sure that any necessary redevelopment of Toondah Harbour is properly planned with genuine community consultation.
Ms Trad’s email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org