Ten year Infrastructure Plan agreed for State review

Redland City Council has agreed to the Draft Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) outlining the type, timing and location of planned infrastructure for the city over the next decade to 2027.

The Draft LGIP will now go to the Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning for agreement from the Minister to publicly consult on the proposed plan for 30 business days.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the LGIP follows a series of State Government planning policy and legislative amendments, replacing the previous Priority Infrastructure Plan (PIP) and placing the LGIP into local planning schemes.

“This new infrastructure plan is fundamental to the way we propose to manage future urban growth in the city and predicts spending of $378.6mill on trunk infrastructure over the coming decade.

“Aligning predicted trunk infrastructure network requirements and funding with the City Plan is vitally important for future social and economic outcomes,” Karen Williams said.

“Informed by a range of planning studies, including the work behind the new City Plan, the LGIP also provides the basis for identifying developer contributions and the conditioning the cost of development outside service areas.

“The new LGIP Plan demonstrates the capacity to service future growth in the City through upgraded trunk water, sewerage, transport, and stormwater infrastructure networks, and parks and community facilities, with the largest future expenditure going to local roads.

“While the plan achieves the objective of efficiency and orderly coordination of infrastructure, it also demonstrates the ongoing squeeze on local government infrastructure funding.”

Cr Williams said Council would continue to strongly advocate for the State Government to substantially increase its investment in infrastructure in the Redlands.

“Local government collectively is calling for improvements to the infrastructure funding capacity of local governments that has been impacted by past State government decisions,” Cr Williams said.

“We want a firm commitment from the Government to fund vital infrastructure, such as the Eastern Busway to Capalaba, duplication of the rail line to Cleveland and links to the Port of Brisbane,” she said.

“We also want the State to accept its responsibility and fund upgrades to State-controlled roads and to improve public transport within Redland City and to properly fund infrastructure programs planned as part of the North Stradbroke island Economic Transition Strategy.

“These projects are vital for the continued growth of Redland City and successive governments have fallen well short in infrastructure investment here in the past.”

Parts of the City prioritised for the provision of trunk infrastructure up to 2027 include existing urban areas serviced by trunk infrastructure and those growth areas intended to be serviced up to 2027 and supported by the City Plan development controls.

A large portion of the growth is expected within the major statistical areas of Thornlands, Capalaba and Victoria Point with Thornlands is expected to experience strong growth.

Specific sites excluded from the PIA include the Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas (PDAs), the Double Jump Road Emerging Community zone and Southern Redland Bay.