More than 300 people, supported by a local koala, gathered in G.J. Walter Park on Saturday to voice concerns about plans for 3,600 apartments to be developed on dredged Ramsar wetlands.
Aboriginal elder Norm Enoch was the first person to speak. He explained the importance of this area and its cultural heritage to Traditional Owners the Quandamooka people. He said that many of his people were opposed to the proposed project.
Project details were then discussed by a range of speakers including local residents and conservation group representatives.
From Redlands2030 Chris Walker spoke about the overwhelming opposition to the project recently conveyed to the Federal Government with 1,411 opposing submissions and just eight supporting submissions, mainly from vested interests.
A petition was launched at the Rally calling on Redland City Council to withdraw support from a project which the community finds “clearly unacceptable”. More details about the petition are provided below.
Protests songs were performed by local environmentalist Troy Robins and songster John Rush.
Rally chairperson and Redlands2030 President Steve MacDonald officially launched the Toondah Action Group.
Activities concluded with residents starting the wall of Toondah Defenders on a fence in the park.
The Toondah Rally in pictures
Politicians at the Rally
Attending the rally to meet with residents and hear community concerns were State MP Mark Robinson (LNP), Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary and local councillor Peter Mitchell.
At a recent Redlands2030 public meeting, Mark Robinson expressed his concerns about the size and scale of the proposed development.
Local councillor Peter Mitchell (Division 2), a member of Mayor Karen Williams’ team, is one of the Toondah project’s strong supporters. It’s a stance likely to put him further offside with voters – many are already upset about him voting for Council to cut funding for the Donald Simpson Community Centre.
Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary spoke briefly at the end of the Rally. She commended the crowd for attending the rally. It’s understood that clauses in Council’s secret agreements with the Walker Group prevent councillors from making comments which object to the proposed Toondah project.
Community petition about Toondah
A petition was launched at the Rally calling on Redland City Council to withdraw support from a project which the community finds “clearly unacceptable”.
In response to Redland City Council’s petition procedures, Redlands2030 is collecting old fashioned signatures on paper forms. Two different versions of the form are available:
One is for Redland City Residents
The second form is for anyone else, the City’s past present and future Visitors
The petition requests Redland City Council to:
- Withdraw its support for Walker Group’s proposed Toondah Harbour residential development which the community considers to be clearly unacceptable
- Work with the State Government on a new plan to upgrade the ferry terminals and associated car parking areas at both Cleveland and Dunwich which:
- Avoids dredging or other environmental harm in the Moreton Bay Marine Park and Ramsar Site
- Protects the local koalas from any loss of habitat and major increase in traffic
- Ensures any development near Toondah Harbour is consistent with the Redland City Plan
Any questions about the petition including how to obtain forms and what to do with signed forms can be addressed to email@example.com