No extension to Toondah feedback

THE state government has refused to grant Redland City Council an extra month to conduct public consultation on a development scheme for Toondah Harbour.

The scheme includes overhauling the ferry terminal with a restaurant precinct and high-rise buildings, car parks and an 800-berth marina.

A six-week public consultation period closed on Monday, with more than 2000 submissions made about the draft scheme, drawn up by Economic Development Queensland.

Council asked for the extension following its February 12 meeting, when Cr Craig Ogilvie said ratepayers believed the draft scheme was flawed.

A spokesman for the office of Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, who is responsible for the project, said the extension was not granted "given that community consultation and engagement began last August with council-led public forums and has continued since then".

Mayor Karen Williams said she was not concerned about the refusal and would continue to take "informal" feedback, which would be used to draw up development assessment criteria.

Cr Williams said the extension application was made towards the end of the consultation period and it was difficult to change legislative processes.

Cr Ogilvie said he was disappointed with the refusal and wanted ideas from a group of planning and design experts, meeting today and tomorrow, to be heard.

A spokesman for Cleveland residents Steve MacDonald, said refusing the extension, which all councillors and the mayor asked for, proved Mr Seeney was not listening to residents.

"If council can't get a four-week extension from their PDA partner, what hope is there of council influencing an outcome?"

o SUBMISSIONS also closed for a similar state-council priority development at Redland Bay's Weinam Creek ferry terminal.

Southern Moreton Bay Island residents wrote to Mr Seeney complaining plans to relocate the ferry terminal to the top of the creek would cost upwards of $17 million, add time to journeys, be unsafe and include costly dredging expenses.

A submission from the SMBI Forum said island residents were concerned parking would not be a priority for a private developer and called for all parking to remain government owned.

The submission also called for alternative barge routes from Victoria Point to North Macleay and a commercial car share project.

Redlands MP Peter Dowling said he had a list of "non-negotiables" including ensuring parking near bus and ferry terminals and open space.

The current Toondah Harbour ferry terminal

The current Toondah Harbour ferry terminal