The Queensland Government and Redland City Council have a shared vision for the revitalisation of Toondah Harbour and the existing marine facility area.
Both levels of government see the revitalisation of Toondah Harbour as an opportunity to harness private sector investment to transform the area into a dynamic waterfront precinct and enhance this bayside destination for South East Queensland.
The redevelopment of Toondah Harbour will attract private sector investment to improve harbour facilities and other public and private infrastructure, which will stimulate economic development and improve amenity for both the local community and visitors to the area.
These facilities will offer a broader range of experiences for visitors through provision of accommodation, improved infrastructure and various activities at Toondah Harbour that will enhance access to the attractions of the bay and North Stradbroke Island. Opportunities for sustainable tourism growth will become increasingly important as sand mining operations on North Stradbroke Islands are phased out.
Yes. This project will deliver significant new and upgraded infrastructure for the local community, which will enhance the lifestyle of the community and improve facilities and access to the bay, including improvements to the foreshore area, significant public open space, transport and community facilities. These will include:
- a new waterfront plaza
- ferry terminals
- ticketing and information centre
- capital dredging of the Fison Channel and swing basin
- contiguous waterfront boardwalk promenade
- improvements to GJ Walter Park
- car parks associated with the ferry terminals
- a new bus interchange.
It will also create and support employment opportunities and new business opportunities, including more than one thousand jobs during construction and 500 ongoing jobs based on the proposed scale and mix of uses. Opportunities for a range of new cultural and tourism products and services will also help to facilitate establishment of local businesses, particularly small to medium enterprises.
The Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area (PDA) covers a total area of approximately 67 hectares, including 17.5 hectares over land and 49.5 hectares over water within Moreton Bay.
The mixed-use project will include residential, retail, and marina development, hotel site, road and water based transport facilities and tourism infrastructure.
Housing development will include a diversity of low, medium and higher density housing, including attached and semi-detached dwellings, which are suitable for people of all life stages including couples, single person households, families and retirees.
Yes. Feedback from the community from the original consultation phase resulted in amendments to the PDA development scheme to reinforce the protection of existing parks and ensure there is no net loss of public open space.
Plans for Toondah Harbour aim to take advantage of its bayside position by enhancing existing public parkland and providing more open space. This includes potential public amenity such as a marina promenade civic space, extensive boardwalks and bike paths, creating a similar community space as that seen in areas such as South Bank, as well as improving access to the bay.
The Queensland Government and Council will also ensure that significant additional public parks will be included in the PDA, ranging from residential pocket parks, to major new foreshore parks and environmental reserves.
Yes. Led by Redland City Council, in partnership with the Queensland Government, comprehensive public consultation on the development scheme was undertaken in two separate phases. The first phase occurred in August 2013 and the second consultative phase occurred between 10 January and 24 February 2014. In total, there were 10 community forums, an online submission process, distribution of five community mail-outs, advertisements and public displays.
Over 3,000 people participated in these engagement activities and 583 submissions were received and were carefully assessed in a submissions report ( 258 KB).
Yes. Following feedback from the public during the consultation on the draft development scheme, elements of the development scheme for Toondah Harbour were amended. This included reducing maximum building heights from 15 to 10 storeys, no net loss of public open space within the PDA, greater protection for the recreational function of GJ Walter Park, and reducing the size of the proposed marina from 800 to 400 berths.
The development scheme was also amended to reflect establishment of a vegetated corridor for wildlife habitat for koalas and their safe movement.
Yes. Before development can commence, the project will require development approval under the Economic Development Act 2012 and a range of local, state and federal environmental approvals under various Acts, including changes to the Marine Parks Act 2004 to allow construction of a marina and extraction of quarry material under the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995.
Yes. The approval process will provide a number of formal opportunities for community input.
An environmental impact assessment process to investigate the project's potential impacts and mitigation strategies will entail a minimum of three formal public notifications with opportunity for public comment.
Under the Economic Development Act 2012, the community will also have an opportunity to provide feedback on the plan of development for Toondah Harbour during the development assessment process.
These processes will be conducted separately over several months, as there are different requirements and legislation governing each, but they are expected to run concurrently.
Public notice advertisements will be placed in local and/or national media and on state and federal government websites.
The relevant authority will also advise stakeholders and information will be available on the council website before each public notification period commences.
Toondah Harbour is located in an area of environmental significance and the proposed development will require a number of federal and state environment approvals.
Areas of interest to be considered include, but may not be limited to, impacts on the marine park, RAMSAR wetlands, ecological and fisheries values, protected species and their habitats, and social impacts of the proposed development.
The community will have an opportunity to provide input into what should be considered in the Terms of Reference for an environmental impact assessment, which will inform the way the assessment is conducted and what it will cover.
Walker Group will be the applicant for the environment impact and development application process.
The project environmental assessment and approval process is projected to take approximately 12-18 months but the duration will ultimately be determined by how long it takes the developer to gather the data necessary to address the regulatory requirements.
No. The proposed development at Toondah Harbour cannot be undertaken without the required State and Federal environmental approvals. While the development application will be decided under the Economic Development Act 2012, all required environmental approvals and resource allocations must be in place prior to the commencement of development.
Yes. The development application will be assessed against the Toondah Harbour PDA Development Scheme. The developer will be required to publicly notify the major development application once lodged.
Public notification of the development application will include the final design, including details on the design and layout, housing mix, community infrastructure, parks and open space, and services, including roads, water, and sewer etc.
Native title may exist over some unallocated state land within the Toondah Harbour development footprint, mostly below high water mark. A thorough native title investigation is currently underway.
Where native title exists, the State Government and council will liaise with all relevant stakeholders with a view to negotiating an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA).
ILUAs are voluntary agreements on the use and management of an area of land or water between the native title party and other parties. Once an ILUA has been registered with the National Native Title Tribunal, it is binding between a native title group and the other parties.
A native title public notification process will be undertaken to identify the respective native title holders.
The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 binds all persons to provide effective recognition, protection and conservation of Aboriginal cultural heritage. For this project, cultural heritage matters will be addressed as part of an ILUA for the project.
Council estimates that approximately $80 million in community infrastructure is currently needed at Toondah Harbour, including upgrades to ferry terminals and passenger facilities, better transport interchange and parking, enhancements to parkland and improved pedestrian and cycle links to the bay.
This project will see this infrastructure provided through private development by the preferred development partner Walker Group, meaning ratepayers and taxpayers will not incur infrastructure costs.
The timing and delivery of any marina or dredging will be subject to detailed assessment and approvals for development under the Marine Parks Act 2004.
The current swing basin and channel at Toondah Harbour are already subject to periodic maintenance dredging, which requires a Marine Park Permit under the Marine Parks Act 2004.
The method, volume and location of any capital dredging or reclamation works associated with the project will be determined through the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process and will subsequently need to be authorised by Marine Parks Permit.
Post-development, ongoing maintenance dredging of the marina, harbour facilities and channel will require a Marine Parks Permit each time dredging is proposed.
Additional information about the preparation of the development scheme is available from the Priority Development Areas section of the department's website.