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Government faces acid test on Straddie mining transition


The Palaszczuk Government must back its North Stradbroke Island mining decision with funding in its coming Budget to start the transition, says Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

Cr Williams said while the decision of Parliament to re-commit to ending mining by 2019 ended uncertainty about the cessation date, it also presented enormous challenges.

“This is the Government’s action, their legislation and their silver bullet and they now must take full responsibility and get serious about properly funding the transition,” she said.

“We have already lost three years with the back and forth in State Parliament and we cannot wait until 2019 to put the building blocks for the new economy in place – we need to do that right now. To wait until 2019 would be to invite an economic disaster.

“North Stradbroke Island is an isolated community and the impact of the end of sand mining in 2019 is already being felt.

“The loss of mining jobs on Straddie and the hit on the local economy deserves the same level of commitment that we have seen from the Government in responding to the demise of Queensland Nickel in Townsville.”

Cr Williams said while she welcomed the Government’s promised $20 million for the transition, much more would be needed.

“This is a mere fraction of what is needed to ensure the transition does not spiral into an economic disaster,” she said.

“Redland City expects this political decision to be reflected in the next State Budget to prove the Government is serious about softening the impact and planning for the future.”

Cr Williams said the Government must commit to funding infrastructure if tourism was to become the alternative industry to sustain the island in future years.

“Tourism is touted by the Government as the silver bullet and there is no doubt it will play a vital role in providing jobs and economic opportunity on the island,” she said.

“We need to see something in the budget that adds connectivity of the island and to the island.

“The end of mining decision reinforces the importance of the Toondah Harbour development and the need for a comprehensive transport and infrastructure plan for Dunwich to the island through our city.

“The $1.4 billion Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area project will be a catalyst for Straddie to stake its position as a leading tourism destination.

“Council will stand side by side with the Government, the Traditional Owners and the island community to ensure transition is a success, but the Government now must back its words with dollars.”

Straddie decision reinforces need for Toondah project


The decision to end sand mining on North Stradbroke Island by 2019 reinforces the importance of the Toondah Harbour development, says Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

Cr Williams said the $1.4 billion Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area project would be a catalyst for Straddie to stake its position as a leading tourism destination.

“But the transition from sand mining to an alternative economy must be properly funded by the Government if we are to prevent a potential economic disaster,” she said.

“While the decision of the Parliament to re-commit to ending mining by 2019 finally put an end to previous uncertainty about the cessation date, it brings with it enormous challenges.

“The Government must acknowledge that this was its decision, and that they are responsible for providing the necessary funding for the transition.

“Council will stand side by side with the Government, the Traditional Owners and the island community to ensure transition is a success, but the Government now has a clear obligation to back its words with dollars.

“There can be no short-changing.  To do so will be to invite an economic disaster.”

Cr Williams said the decision to end sand mining on Straddie provided certainty for the island’s residents, Traditional Owners, business and wider Redlands community.

“We now have a clear date to work to but everyone must realise 2019 is just three years away – and much work and planning must be done before then,” she said.

“We have already lost three years with the back and forth in State Parliament and we cannot wait until 2019 to put the building blocks for the new economy in place – we need to do that right now. To wait until 2019 would be to invite an economic disaster.

“Everyone knew sand mining would end on Straddie at some time, but we need to acknowledge the huge impacts this decision will have on the island and the wider Redlands economy.

“You only have to look at the situation in Townsville with the closure of Queensland Nickel to see how the loss of large operations can affect the local community.”

Cr Williams said while she welcomed the Government’s $20 million transition package, it was a down payment.

“We need a lot more – and we need it now,” she said.

“With a State Budget fast approaching there is no better time for the Government to provide that financial security.”

Landmark Toondah Harbour project master plan unveiled


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has welcomed the decision by Walker Group Holdings to release its proposed master plan for Toondah Harbour.

Walker today referred the $1.3 billion Priority Development Area project to Commonwealth Environment Minister Greg Hunt, kick-starting the environmental impact assessment and approval process for the project that will deliver:

• A new ferry terminal and tourism precinct with no net loss of public car parking spaces
• New marina, marina plaza and waterfront boulevards
• Greater public open space and access to the waterfront, including a new public foreshore parkland
• A range of residential options
• More than 1000 construction jobs per year and 500 jobs per year on completion of the project
• An estimated $2.3 billion in economic activity in the region.

View the proposed Toondah Harbour master plan

Toondah Harbour_marina plaza (5)

 

“This is a key and exciting milestone as it is the start of a robust and lengthy process to ensure this long-awaited project maintains the Redlands’ environmental character and meets community expectations,” Cr Williams said.

“As the master plan includes reclamation it will have to meet stringent environmental conditions and all the protections afforded under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

“It is important this project respects the special environment of Moreton Bay and Toondah Harbour and it is now up to Walker to conduct an environmental impact assessment process and the Federal and State governments to evaluate the proposal and condition it to ensure it does.

“Starting environmental assessments and sharing the proposed master plan are major steps towards transforming Toondah Harbour into the world-class destination we know it can become.”

Cr Williams said today’s referral by Walker brought the waterfront revitalisation a step closer to reality.

“This is great news for the Redlands community which has been calling for Toondah Harbour to be upgraded for 50 years,” she said.

“Community feedback sought by Council and the State in 2013 and 2014 has guided the project’s parameters to date and has ensured GJ Walter Park will be enhanced and building heights are capped at 10 storeys.

“In this next phase, the Federal Government will examine closely the proposed project’s potential impact on environmental matters of national significance like the RAMSAR wetland.

“I encourage all residents to have a look at the proposal and provide their feedback. I certainly will be and I will also be speaking with the Minister about the proposal on Monday when I am in Canberra.”

Today’s referral of the Toondah Harbour priority development area project to the Commonwealth Government will initiate a 10-day public consultation period in which the community can contact the Federal Government and outline any matters of national environmental significance they think should be taken into consideration in assessing the project under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

If the project is declared a controlled action by the Commonwealth Environment Minister, the State Coordinator-General will then consider whether to make the project a coordinated project for which an environmental impact statement (EIS) is required.

“Should the EIS process kick off in 2016 it will provide numerous further opportunities for the community to have its say on the project,” Cr Williams said.

Council financial spokesman Cr Mark Edwards welcomed Walker today quantifying more of the expected financial benefits of the project, including that Toondah Harbour is expected to deliver an extra $96.5 million a year to the local economy.

“It’s great to see quantified the massive financial gains we knew would result from a development of this calibre,” he said.

“Walker has today said they expect the project to stimulate $2.33 billion in economic activity in the region – more than $1 billion on top of the $1.3 billion construction costs.

“They have also said they expect the redevelopment will inject $78.1 million in retail expenditure into surrounding businesses in Cleveland and the broader region.

“This will buoy our local businesses as well as provide jobs for our tradies, retailers and hospitality workers. The whole community will benefit from the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area project, should it receive the necessary Federal, State and Local Government approvals to go ahead.”

You can find out more about the federal environmental assessment on the Department of Environment website or by phoning 1800 803 772.

More award recognition for PDA projects


Redland City Council has received its fourth commendation in less than six months for work on its two Priority Development Area projects.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the team was thrilled to receive the 2015 Excellence in Collaboration gong at the Local Government Managers Australia Awards in Brisbane last night.

“This is yet another major coup for these two exciting projects, at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek, and highlights Council’s commitment to engaging the community during every phase of these billion-dollar developments,” Cr Williams said.

“The award also recognises our extensive collaboration with the State Government to address the future needs of the Redlands’ community, and ensure these projects supercharge the local economy within designated timeframes.

”This collaboration has been integral in advancing what are the most exciting projects in this city for half a century.”

Cr Williams said this latest achievement followed a win at the Urban Development Institute of Australia awards, a commendation from the Planning Institute of Australia and a highly commended in collaboration with Economic Development Queensland from the Premier’s Awards for Excellence.

“This is a project for the community, by the community, which is why our team has gone to incredible lengths to make this process as transparent and collaborative as possible,” Cr Williams said.

“During the community consultation process, over 2000 people provided feedback which shaped the final planning schemes for the projects.

“Council also spearheaded Australian-first community engagement exercises, including the use of 3D visualization technology through a downloadable app to give locals an insight into the scale, design and overall vision for both waterfront precincts.

“These projects are about creating a world-class legacy for our community to enjoy for generations to come.

“To be recognised again on a state-wide arena is a real buzz that I’m sure will only be surpassed by the completion of the project itself.”

Reports provide independent analysis of Toondah Harbour PDA proposal


Two expert reviews have provided an independent analysis of the Walker Corporation’s proposal to revitalise Toondah Harbour.
 
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the detail of the reviews was confidential at this stage due to the commercial nature of the Walker proposal, which was yet to receive final approval.

“These reviews were commissioned by Council as part of our due diligence process to ensure the Priority Development Area (PDA) proposal was sound on engineering and financial grounds,” she said.
 
“It means the community can be confident the proposal to upgrade Toondah Harbour has been analysed by independent experts, as well as Council and State Government specialists, to ensure it measures up.

“Contingent on approval by the new State Government, the Walker Corporation can then advance to the next stage – preparing a Development Management Agreement and seeking associated approvals.

“This will include assessment against legislation including the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, which will include three separate opportunities for public consultation.

“The notification processes included in these approvals will see further details of the proposal made available to the community for feedback.  These opportunities will be communicated at the appropriate time and the community will be encouraged to be part of these important processes.”
 
Council’s infrastructure spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said the independent reviews also assessed potential risks to Council and the State Government and recommended ways to avoid these risks.
 
“The first review was conducted by consultant Aurecon and looked at the engineering elements of the proposal to see that it was achievable, while a second review looked at the proposal’s finances and was conducted by BDO Australia,” Cr Gleeson said.
 
“As with any business proposal, the detail remains commercial in confidence at this time, but the community can be confident these independent reviews have provided invaluable information for Council to benchmark the Walker Corporation proposal against.
 
“The community can also be confident that further community feedback will be sought as part of the next stages.”

Today’s decision was only in relation to the Walker Corporation’s Toondah Harbour Proposal. Work is continuing on a separate proposal at Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek Priority Development Area.

Green light for Walker Group to continue Toondah masterplan negotiations, extension for Weinam Creek plans


Redland City Council yesterday gave the green light to the Walker Group to continue work on its preliminary masterplan for the redevelopment of Toondah Harbour that will create thousands of jobs in the Redlands.

An extension was also granted to Walker Group to continue work on a master plan for Weinam Creek that delivers Council and community requirements, while also being economically viable for the developer.

Council would also like to see the preliminary masterplan, together with supporting background studies, made available to the public once they have been completed to the satisfaction of Council and the State Government.

Yesterday’s s decision confirms Council’s decision to appoint the Walker Group as Preferred Developer for the Toondah Harbour project.

Mayor Karen Williams said next year would be an exciting time for the Redlands as the preliminary masterplan for Toondah Harbour would be released.

“The design will transform this important gateway into a regionally significant tourism destination in its own right and provide employment opportunities to thousands of Redlanders over many years,” she said.

“I am committed to creating local jobs and stimulating the economy and this significant project has the potential to create thousands of jobs.

“Importantly, Toondah Harbour will also continue to operate as a transport hub for North Stradbroke Island residents and visitors and will include recreational areas, as reflected by the community’s feedback to Council.

“Negotiations for the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area will continue, with the aim of achieving a masterplan in 2015 that meets Council and community expectations and stacks up economically for the Walker Group.”

The masterplan for Toondah Harbour still requires further design development and will  require a range of planning approvals. Walker Group will be responsible for obtaining those approvals, which will public notification and are expected to be available to the public in the first half of 2015.

Walker Group working on PDA vision detail


The highly respected Walker Group has been selected to provide its vision for the future of Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek marine hubs after winning the expression of interest process as preferred partner for the two declared Priority Development Areas (PDAs).

Artists concept for PDA consultation only - not a Walker Group design

Artists concept for PDA consultation only – not a Walker Group design

The timetable set for the two PDAs managed by Economic Development Queensland and Redland City Council aims to see the first sods turned in 2015.

The Walker Group’s clear commitment to community values was a key part of the decision to select it as the preferred partner to take the two projects to the next phase. The group will now be involved with developing the detail of the projects in consultation with Council, the State Government and a stakeholder advisory group.

The final design will reflect the needs of the community as outlined during the original consultation phase, including public open space, with the Walker Group keen to maintain and enhance community facilities.

The Walker Group’s planners have been analysing every public submission relating to each project which were lodged during the community discussions that preceded the Group being named the preferred developer. This has included the outcomes of the extensive Council engagement which followed the declaration of the Redlands’ Priority Development Areas by the State Government.

The Walker Group has identified community interests as a pivotal first step in creating a detailed master plan that will bring a product mix of open space and amenities, boating facilities and marina, and food and beverage precinct that the community will embrace.

 

PDA projects win double award recognition


Redland City Council and Economic Development Queensland received two major planning awards in November in recognition of the project work for the two Priority Development Area projects at Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek.

The two Priority Development Area projects were judged the best for any Queensland-based project by the Planning Institute of Australia (QLD).

The commendation for Excellence in Public Engagement and Community Planning recognised the efforts of Council and Economic Development Queensland in communicating the plans for the billion-dollar waterfront precinct projects to the community.

Council and EDQ have been committed to ensuring the community and industry have been properly and meaningfully involved in helping shape these vital transport hubs.

The community consultation process saw more than 2000 people engaged with their feedback helping to inform the final planning schemes for the projects.

The Priority Development Area projects were also winners of a second major accolade at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Wildcard state awards for innovative projects that contribute to the environment and community.

Both awards acknowledged the team’s use of Australian-first 3D visualisation technology through a downloadable app that allowed users to appreciate the scale, design and overall vision for both precincts.

This cutting edge technology was part of the project team’s comprehensive community engagement strategy that also used traditional engagement methods such as face-to-face meetings and a survey of the Redlands community, so that broad community perceptions and attitudes towards developing these key economic areas could be fully understood.

Second planning gong for Redlands’ waterfront precincts


Redland City’s Priority Development Area projects have received their second major accolade from the Queensland planning industry in as many weeks.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the exciting waterfront projects at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek had won an Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Wildcard Award at the state awards on Friday night.

“This award is fantastic news and shows that these projects are not only exciting for Redland city residents but they are also recognised as leading the way on a state-wide stage,” she said.

“This UDIA award follows a commendation from the Planning Institute of Australia only two weeks ago for excellence in public engagement and community planning.

“These awards recognize the effort put into informing and engaging with the community and industry on the Priority Development Areas and show that they will create a positive legacy for the community.”

Cr Williams said the UDIA Wildcard Award category was for innovative projects that contribute to the environment and community.

“This award had a list of very high calibre entrants and recognised the team’s use of Australia-first 3D visualisation technology through a downloadable app that allowed users to appreciate the scale, design and overall vision for both precincts,” she said.

“This cutting edge technology was part of the project team’s engagement strategy that ensured the community and industry could understand the opportunities that both sites offered.

“Council and the Government also used traditional engagement methods such as face-to-face meetings and a survey of the Redlands community, so that broad community perceptions and attitudes towards developing these key economic areas could be fully understood.

“Council and Economic Development Queensland officers involved in this process can be proud that their commitment, professionalism and ingenuity have been recognised by leading industry bodies.

“These projects have achieved Queensland wide recognition twice, and we are yet to start construction, so the real excitement is still to come.

“All this is helping pave the way for the transformation of two run-down transport terminals into vibrant marine precincts which will be drawcards for locals and visitors alike while retaining their primary focus of being community gateways to Moreton Bay.

“The end result will be two magnificent waterfront precincts that we can be proud of.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said he welcomed industry recognition of these two great Priority Development Areas.

“I congratulate Redland City Council for recognising the tourism and development potential of these two sites and working with Economic Development Queensland within my department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning to make them happen,” he said.

“Our government promised at the election to deliver better infrastructure and planning and Priority Development Areas such as Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek are strong examples of our policies at work in cities, towns and suburbs across Queensland.”