Mayor welcomes interest in Toondah design


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is encouraging a team of designers who drew up alternate plans for Toondah Harbour at the weekend to work with prospective developers to make their concepts a reality.

The ideas developed at a two-day weekend workshop highlight the interest that exists in the Priority Development Area (PDA) of Toondah Harbour.

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Cr Williams congratulated those involved in the workshop and encouraged them to take their ideas to investor and developer groups to see what is achievable.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to put Redlands on the map so it is important we get the planning right, “ Cr Williams said.

“We want to ensure that better access and improvements at both Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek PDAs are funded by investors rather than ratepayers and that they remain first and foremost, effective gateways to North Stradbroke and the Southern Moreton Bay islands.

“The ideas from the weekend workshop, combined with all other formal and informal feedback, will certainly assist Council in drawing up its own development assessment criteria for a project that will provide infrastructure, including ferry ramps and passenger facilities, transport interchange and parking, improvements to the park and pedestrian links to the bay, worth more than $80 million.”

The draft scheme, developed by the State Government and Council, was designed by an expert team of award-winning urban design and architect consultants, including a respected Fellow of the Architects Institute of Australia. Leading environmental, stormwater, traffic and engineering consultants were also contracted to develop the draft scheme.

Council and the State Government are working to finalise the PDA schemes for both Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.

Once approved by the State Government, the PDA schemes will provide the framework for development applications from private investors which will be assessed by Council.

Expressions of interest from investors are expected to open in late April 2014.

The State Government received 827 submissions, including about 150 form letters, from individuals and groups regarding the draft schemes for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.

In addition, more than 2000 people have attended 10 community forums and provided online input about the PDAs.

2 thoughts on “Mayor welcomes interest in Toondah design

  1. Peter Turnbull

    “The draft scheme, developed by the State Government and Council, was designed by an expert team of award-winning urban design and architect consultants, including a respected Fellow of the Architects Institute of Australia. Leading environmental, stormwater, traffic and engineering consultants were also contracted to develop the draft scheme”
    This statement is not correct. It is understood that the consultants were commissioned to undertake their technical studies under the parameters of their brief but NOT to prepare the draft scheme. The resultant plan is the responsibility of Council and the State Government. Incidently, it is difficult to understand what these “award winning” practitioners have produced because Council has refused to release them. You can’t have it both ways – release the documents so the community can see what they say. Or is it that Council won’t release the documents because they don’t support the project ? This is NOT being “open and transparent”. More like secretive and selective with the truth.

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  2. Chris Walker

    The Government and the Council are rapidly losing the trust of this community in relation to their plans for redevelopment of Toondah Harbour. The PDA scheme released for consultation has been aptly described by the President of the Institute of Architects (Queensland Chapter) in his submission as:
    “a very poor quality piece of work and unworthy of the professionalism that should be expected and available in this part of the world and, what the residents of the Redlands deserve”.
    The Government and Council are hiding from the community the technical studies which were used to develop their plan. Presumably because they are worried that these studies are not good enough to withstand examination. They won’t even tell us the name of their award winning architects. What a joke.
    People in the community are actively indicating how unhappy they are with the PDA plan and process.
    1,211 people signed a petition calling for the Toondah Harbour PDA proposed development scheme to be withdrawn. This petition was presented to the Queensland Parliament on 4 March 2014.
    So far 300 people have signed an electronic petition about “Toondah Harbour” on change.org .
    We need a sensible plan for redevelopment of Toondah Harbour which can be properly explained to the community and supported with competent technical studies that can withstand independent review.

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