Parliament hears petition demanding new Toondah plan

A PETITION with 1211 signatures calling on the state government to withdraw a planning scheme for Toondah Harbour was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday morning.

The petition claimed the scheme was an over-development of the site and called for it to be scrapped.

Principal petitioners Brian and Jeannette Douglass also called for limits on high-rise buildings to be consistent with existing structures.

They also called for a halt on developing G. J. Walter Park and preserving the marine environment.

The petition came after a weekend think-tank, which brought together designers, architects and planners to draw up a community version of the scheme.

Australian Institute of Architects Queensland president, Shane Thompson, who convened the workshop, called for the scope of the Toondah project to be broadened to include Cleveland's CBD.

"Just focusing on Toondah Harbour is short-sighted and it means that less-risky, better short and long-term development opportunities in Cleveland have been overlooked," he said.

Redland mayor Karen Williams encouraged the team of designers to work with prospective developers to make their concepts a reality.

"The ideas from the weekend workshop, combined with all other formal and informal feedback, will certainly assist the council in drawing up its own development assessment criteria for a project that will provide infrastructure, including ferry ramps and passenger facilities, transport interchange and parking, improvements to the park and pedestrian links to the bay, worth more than $80 million," she said.

Both council and the state are working to finalise the schemes for both ferry terminals.

Once approved by the state government, the schemes will provide the framework for development applications from private investors, which will be assessed by council.

Expressions of interest from investors are expected to open in late April 2014.

The state received 827 submissions for both projects, including 220 for Weinam Creek and 2000 people attended 10 community forums and provided online input.

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