Macleay Is foreshore redevelopment a step closer with invitation to tender

Another major milestone has been reached this month with Council advertising for tenders for the multimillion dollar Macleay Island Foreshore redevelopment, one of the largest single infrastructure projects currently planned for Redland City.

The tender invitation calls for civil and marine engineering to construct a new seawall and sealed carpark, associated road works and ancillary marine infrastructure, a queuing beach, and new two lane recreational boat ramp and access stairs

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the estimated $6 million project represented part of the substantial ongoing investment in the City’s unique Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) communities.

“The community has been calling for this project for a number of years and the advertising of this tender signifies a major step towards its delivery,” she said.

“This project has been a particular challenge with significant project design hurdles to overcome over several years, including negotiation and planning approval involving the state government and separate marine authorities and utility providers, in order to reach this important stage.

“Subject to a successful tender process with tenders closing on 2 March, we anticipate work could start as early as this financial year.

The completed work will provide substantial long term improvements to island parking issues, seal asbestos contamination on the foreshore and provide recreational boat access improvements.”

Divisional Councillor Mark Edwards said the foreshore project was just part of Council’s ongoing commitments to improving SMBI infrastructure, parks and community facilities and strengthening island economies.

“The Macleay foreshore upgrade dovetails well with the separate ongoing State and Redland City Council joint project work towards future upgrades of the ageing island jetties, new recreational boating facilities and the substantial investment underway by the state government in new public transport facilities at Weinam Creek.

“Council’s own Green seal funding initiative aimed at improving SMBI island roads is also continuing apace with over 26 kilometers of roads already sealed and a further 14 kilometers expected to be sealed this financial year.

‘The SMBI are a unique and vital part of our City and I believe the momentum of these investments will make a strong contribution to the appeal of the islands for business and jobs as well as unique places to live.

A draft outline of planned foreshore improvement work is available for viewing on Council’s website.