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

    Fresh future for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek

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

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

    Fresh future for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek

    Community feedback has shaped new development plans released today for two prime locations in the Redlands Council area near Brisbane.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the Queensland Government had worked in partnership with the Redland City Council and the Redlands community to plan the future of Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas.

    “The Redland City Council first came to the State Government in January 2013 requesting we declare the two precincts as Priority Development Areas to help grow the local economy and create vibrant waterfront communities,” Mr Seeney said.

    “We supported their request and, since the official declaration of the Priority Development Areas in June 2013, a community consultation program has been undertaken to decide the type of development opportunities the region wants and needs.

    “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.

    “We are also committed to empowering local governments and I congratulate Redland City Council for identifying the need to redevelop these areas to create jobs and support growth in local business and tourism.”

    The development schemes released today will guide future land use, planning and development decisions in the two areas. In response to community feedback a number of changes were made to the draft development schemes including:

    • reducing building heights at Toondah Harbour from 15 to 10 storeys
    • ensuring no net loss of public open space including to GJ Walter and Sel Outridge parks
    • halving the maximum number of proposed marina berths from 800 to 400 at Toondah Harbour
    • reinforcing the requirement to co-locate any new passenger ferry and bus terminal with car-parking at Weinam Creek.

    Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the community had been calling for many years for these important water-front precincts to be upgraded.

    “These are the most exciting projects the Redlands has seen for many years and they will deliver badly-needed upgrades to harbour and transport facilities at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek,” Ms Williams said.

    “From the outset council has said the redevelopment of these key sites should be taken up by the market rather than left to the ratepayers and I think the development schemes that have been approved will help achieve that.

    “Council listened to the community by asking the State Government to amend the schemes based on feedback we received throughout the process. 

    “I congratulate the State Government for taking these requests on board as we now have approved schemes that balance the needs of the community with plans that will attract investors to the Redlands.

    “Now the planning is in place, council’s next step is going out to market to attract industry to these multi-million dollar projects.

    “This will be a significant campaign for Redland City Council and more information about how council will be seeking industry involvement will be released soon.”

    A copy of the approved Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek PDA Development Schemes and the accompanying submissions reports can be viewed at

    [ENDS] 31 May 2014

    Media Contact: Jane Paterson 0417 281 754


    Priority Development Areas are parcels of land within Queensland, identified for specific accelerated development with a focus on economic growth. The Queensland government works with local councils to streamline the planning, approval and development processes to achieve results.

    Development schemes
    Each PDA is subject to a development scheme - a regulatory document that controls land use, infrastructure planning and development in the area.

    Economic Development Queensland
    Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) is the state government's streamlined business unit and supports economic development by resolving complex property issues and fast tracking opportunities for land development across the state.