Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has spruiked the benefits of two harbour developments in Redland city in a bid to attract investors to the multi-million-dollar projects.
An artist’s impression of a developed Toondah Harbour.
Mr Seeney said he expected high levels of interest from investors to develop the ferry terminals and associated waterfrontat Redland Bay and Cleveland.
Investors have six weeks to express their interest in either or both projects with the closing date July 28.
Speaking at the Redlands Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Mount Cotton’s Sirromet Winery this morning, Mr Seeney said projects atToondah Harbourand Weinam Creekwould create jobs and boost the local economy.
State Government/Redland City Council promotional video He also said the marine environment would be protected and there would be no loss of foreshore parks after the state and council “listened” to residents’ complaints.
An artist’s impression of the developed Weinam Creek ferry terminal
The state government approved overarching plans for the two sites on June 1. The designs now include residents’ requests for a 10-storey cap on building heights, keeping open space and respecting the harbours’ character, views and breezes.
“We are confident developers will share our vision to enhance the role of Toondah Harbour as the gateway to Moreton Bay and North Stradbroke Island and Weinam Creek’s role as the gateway to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands,” he told the breakfast crowd.
“The developments planned for these sites will help grow the local tourism industry and create vibrant waterfront communities for residents to enjoy.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney with Redland City mayor Karen Williams meet with some of the city’s business leaders in an effort to drum up support for two ferry terminal projects. PHOTOS: Judith Kerr
“Redland City is located in one of the fastest growing areas in Australia and the development of these areas marks a new economic era for the region.”
Cleveland MP Mark Robinson said planners ensured the Toondah scheme would strike the right balance between the environment and business.
“It will rejuvenate Cleveland’s CBD and transform what was ‘dead-lands’ into a thriving and growing Redlands City.”
Redland City mayor Karen Williams said desired outcomes for Toondah Harbour included a plaza, passenger ferry terminal, marina, residential units and tourist destination.
At Weinam Creek, she said there was the potential for a waterfront esplanade lined with shops, cafes and apartments as well as a marina.
She said the next six weeks was Redlands’ chance to sell the city “to the world” to secure investors.
“The community has been calling for these two sites to be developed for many years so there is a real sense of excitement now,” she said.
Jeff Seeney calls for expressions of interest and explains what both projects entail
“Council has always said the redevelopment of these key sites should be taken up by the market rather than left to the ratepayers.At the same time, it is also important to ensure locals have the amenity and services they require including sustainable long-term parking for island residents and facilities for existing community groups.”
An aerial view of the Toondah Harbour priority development area.
The Weinam Creek priority development area
Weinam Creek where there is a proposal to relocate the ferry terminal. PHOTO: Judith Kerr
A fisherman at Weinam Creek. PHOTO: Judith Kerr
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