Draft plans for two new residential and tourism hubs in the Redlands region were released last Friday - the Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas.
The State Government has declared the areas Priority Development Areas (or PDAs) under the Economic Development Act 2012 (Qld). PDAs effectively allow the State Government to fast track development in a particular area.
Development projects in declared PDAs are subject to a different development assessment process that is separate and independent from the process under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld). There are also limited appeal rights under this process. While the public generally has the right to object to proposed developments, if the area is a PDA the scheme itself determines the public's objection rights.
This may be your last chance to have your say on the future of Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek. Public consultation is open until 24 February 2014.
The Minister for Economic Development Queensland and the Redland City Council will use public feedback to consider what amendments may be necessary to make to the proposed development schemes.
The Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek area are home to numerous animals, including the vulnerable dugong, particularly susceptible to boat strikes and threats of diminishing food sources.
The public is invited to the following Queensland Government community information forums:
Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area
- Saturday 1 February 2014, 1-3pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal
- Friday 7 February 2014, 3.30pm-5.30pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal
- Saturday 8 February 2014, 1-3pm at Dunwich Community Hall, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island.
Weinam Creek Priority Development Area
- Thursday 30 January 2014, 5-8pm at Redland Bay Community Hall, Redland Bay
- Thursday 6 February 2014, 5-8pm at Macleay Progress Hall, Macleay Island.