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    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Redlands set for major transformation

    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Friday, June 21, 2013

    Redlands set for major transformation

    Local tourism, small business and jobs are set for a major boost with the Queensland Government’s declaration of two Priority Development Areas (PDAs) in the Redlands region.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said Economic Development Queensland would work with Redland City Council to prepare development schemes for both the Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek PDAs to transform the underutilised areas.

    “The Newman Government is about growing the Queensland economy, supporting local business, tourism and creating jobs and the Redlands PDAs will deliver on all of these commitments,” Mr Seeney said.

    “I congratulate Redland City Council for identifying the sites and for their hard work supporting Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) to reach this milestone.”

    Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson said the declaration was fantastic news for the residents of Cleveland, North Stradbroke Island and all of the Redlands.

    “The Toondah Harbour upgrade has been a long anticipated piece of infrastructure that will improve transport, tourism and boost local business and will also generate many much-needed local job opportunities,” Mr Robinson said.

    “This upgrade at Toondah Harbour is one of the most anticipated infrastructure developments within the Redlands and it is great that after many years of advocating it has been confirmed.”

    Member for Redlands Peter Dowling said the Weinam Creek PDA declaration showed the Newman Government was serious about boosting the local economy.

    “I was pleased to be able to work proactively with Jeff Seeney, Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning to bring this to fruition for the greater benefit of the Redlands,” Mr Dowling said.

    Mr Seeney said the PDAs had been declared under the Economic Development Act 2012 which the Newman Government introduced to help councils facilitate economic development that may not have been deliverable under other legislation or council planning schemes.

    He said the preparation of the development schemes was a 12-month process and the community would have the opportunity to comment on the draft documents to ensure any plans for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek were in line with the community and the council’s expectations.

    “Both development schemes will detail the infrastructure required to support all development that will occur throughout the life of the projects,” Mr Seeney said.

    “In the meantime Interim Land Use Plans are now in place for the next 12 months to enable development to be considered on key sites within both PDAs.

    “The declaration of the Toondah Harbour PDA and the Weinam Creek PDA is showing Queensland how the government is driving growth to help repair the State’s finances.”

    Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour PDA is approximately 67 hectares in size comprising 18 hectares of land, which is predominantly local and state government owned, and 49 hectares over water. The site currently consists of ferry terminals and associated car parking to service North Stradbroke Island and the Bay Islands.

    The Weinam Creek PDA is 42 hectares including approximately 36 hectares of land, also predominantly local and state government owned.

    Further information about the Toondah Harbour PDA and the Weinam Creek PDA is available from www.edq.qld.gov.au

    [ENDS] 21 June 2013

    Media Contact:
    Kate Haddan 0418 373 516