Green light for $6.5m Macleay Island boat ramp and car parking

Redland City Council has given the green light to finalise approvals for the construction of a new recreational boat ramp, sea wall and car parking facilities on Macleay Island.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the estimated $6.5 million project would resolve long-term conflicts over the shared use of limited space at the Macleay Island ferry area.

“Today’s decision means Council can proceed to finalise necessary State Government development permits, expected by mid 2014, to allow for project construction.”

Division 5 Cr Mark Edwards said the development would substantially increase available commuter, disabled and recreational parking spaces, provide a new recreational boat ramp facility for islanders and visitors and provide a better design for the area.

“Council will contribute the funds for capping and the car park, while $800,000 in State Government funding will deliver the boat ramp.

“Works will commence in 2014-15 and subject to final design, will provide up to 89 new parking spaces, comprising 68 car spaces, two disabled spaces and 11 car and trailer spaces.”

Cr Edwards said Council’s plans for the construction of a sea wall to the Mean High Water Springs (MHWS) and capping of the land at 14-22 Russell Terrace Macleay Island for parking would provide a permanent asbestos treatment solution in the area.

“The capping of the land for parking is consistent with the recommendations of independent asbestos management reports to Council,” he said.

Council has left the door open to extend the development in future years to the Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT) point, conditional on funding from the state and federal governments.