Toondah views to be considered

OFFICERS from the state government's Economic Development Queensland will have two months to redraw a development scheme for Toondah Harbour.

Last month, Redland City Council recommended the state amend the draft scheme to allow buildings of up to 10 storeys, a 400-berth marina and protect G. J. Walter Park.

On Friday, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney told the Bayside Bulletin he had received council's recommendations and assured residents their views would be considered.

He said as soon as his department had finalised the development scheme, expressions of interest would be taken.

"I look forward to receiving a full report and amended development scheme from my department for consideration," Mr Seeney said.

"These Priority Development Areas are a partnership between the state and Redland City Council to ensure communities have a say in their future economic growth."

The state has until May to adjust the scheme before council asks for expressions of interest to develop the Cleveland site and the Redland Bay ferry terminal in June.

The council, which spent $600,000 on public consultation and preparation of the scheme, said it had not been formally advised of the EDQ board's response.

Cr Craig Ogilvie (Div 1), who asked council to scrap the scheme, said if the state were to accept council's suggestions it would have to completely redraft the plan.

" I'm still hopeful but dubious that this expensive process will deliver improvements to the area, but I'm feeling pleased and vindicated that the state has accepted that the plan needs to be re-done."

But Mayor Karen Williams said the draft PDA schemes would not have to be thrown out and the process started again.

She said some sectors were trying to sabotage the process, which relied on the state and local wishes.

"The PDA process has worked in reflecting the wishes of the community and the process is exactly where it should be, with the submission to the draft scheme proposed by Council reflecting the wishes of community," Cr Williams said.

"If the state government accepts council’s submission, the draft PDA schemes will not have to thrown out and the process will not have to be started again."

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