Toondah Harbour is the subject of letters to Redlands2030 this week, following Walker Group’s decision to submit a new proposal for environmental assessment.
The previous project referral was submitted 17 months ago and it seems that the Federal Government didn’t like it. The revised plan doesn’t seem to have changed much.
It seems that a game is being played but only the Government and the Walker Group know the rules. Is the community is being left on the sidelines? Local councillors seem to be out of the loop.
The Toondah PDA is not about an updated ferry terminal but a new highrise suburb.
What is Walker Group’s history with this form of massive high rise development? What cost is there to the rate payers if Walkers have financial difficulties?
Who owns the ocean floor, and is it a gift to Walkers? This area is supposed to be protected – the area is beautiful.
This proposed development is not about tourism, it is just another massive residential development. People come to Cleveland and Straddie to enjoy the area. Toondah PDA offers nothing of what people come here for.
My suggestions for Toondah are a jetty and a nice cafe and better parking and some upgraded port facilities. Sadly, most people don’t understand what is proposed and what will be lost if this goes ahead.
Open letter to Minister Frydenberg
Dear Editor of Redlands2030
Please find attached my letter to Minister Frydenderg regarding the Toondah Harbour PDA. I hope your readers will consider making a like plea.
Dear Minister I am disgusted, disillusioned and saddened by, as we see it, the arrogance of the Walker Corporation in manipulating your Department into giving them six referral decision suspensions over a period of 18 months for a decision that should have been made in 20 days. This has allowed the Walker Corporation to access community submissions, withdraw their original referral and present a new one some 400 pages in length (including attachments) with the expectation that the community will comment within 10 days and your decision will be given in 20 days. These timeframes are totally inappropriate for such a massive residential project that should never have been considered for Moreton Bay in the first place.
We have many talented experts in the Redlands who are appalled that 3,600 dwellings might be built IN Moreton Bay, a bay, which our Mayor says is “our greatest asset” (ABC News 23 December 2015). This residential area on reclaimed land would destroy the Bay’s wetlands, mudflats and mangroves, which protect the coastline, and would allow people to walk, at low tide, to Cassim Island, the migratory bird habitat. Surely the RAMSAR agreement and State Marine Park legislation by their very nature should protect this whole area from devastation!
All the community wants is an upgraded Ferry Terminal and facilities to encourage tourism, most of which is for Stradbroke Island. Tourists will not benefit from, nor will they appreciate, 3,600 dwellings IN Moreton Bay when they come to the area to experience the bird life, the koalas and the natural beauty and peacefulness of the whole bay area.
Once the fragile coastal environment is disturbed and gone it can never be replaced. Once damage is done by 20 years of construction and dredging, which will be continual and a cost forever on the local community, our ecosystem is destroyed. Hasn’t there been enough damage already done to Moreton Bay’s wetlands, flora and fauna!
We understand that New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania would not even consider such a high risk development which would destroy their coastal environments.
Please, Minister, do your job and protect our environment.
Cleveland QLD 4163
A fraud being imposed on community
As a resident of the Redlands community for 26 years, I marvel at the “any growth is good” mindset of the Redland City Council.
Alas I cannot say the same for the gushing and rushed endorsement of the Weinam Creek and Toondah Harbour PDAs as this was without caveats. This endorsement has flowed from the hollow mantra of “jobs for our children”; “jobs jobs jobs”, “open for business” and, of course, “putting Redlands on the map”.
Where was there any mention of protecting the quality of life, lifestyle and liveability of existing and future residents?
The Toondah plans now being pushed at the federal government are out of step with the community’s expressed views in the Toondah consultation, but worse, the PDAs are an assault on the Redlands Community Plan AND the Redlands Planning Scheme.
The Weinam PDA looks like a dead duck…but nobody wants to admit it!
Surely the current crop of Councillors have enough respect for the community that they will call a halt to the fraud being imposed on our community…at least some of them should do something about “protecting community values” after all they are very quick to say that community consultation has been done and the voice of the residents has been heard…as yet we are still awaiting evidence of being listened to!
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