Straddie 'ignored' in economic strategy: Councillor claims

A REDLAND City Council draft economic development strategy has been questioned for neglecting North Stradbroke Island and aspects of tourism.

North Stradbroke Island councillor Craig Ogilvie has called for strategies for the island, which faced economic uncertainty over when mining would end. File photo:

North Stradbroke Island councillor Craig Ogilvie has called for strategies for the island, which faced economic uncertainty over when mining would end. File photo:

At Wednesday's full council meeting, North Stradbroke Island councillor Craig Ogilvie said the draft document needed to include strategies for the island, which faced economic uncertainty over when mining would end.

This month, the island's Quandamooka community challenged the state government's decision to extend mine leases until 2035 in the High Court, calling for it to end in 2019.

"The High Court challenge means Straddie now enters a period of economic uncertainty and the possibility that if the court rules in favour of the Quandamooka, mining will end in five years," Cr Ogilvie said.

"There is no arguing mining jobs and activity form an important part of the local economy but this document does nothing to investigate this further after mining."

The document, which covers economic development over the next 25 years, pushed for an annualised population growth of 1.2 per cent, a total of 60per cent employment self-sufficiency and a focus on tourism. It will be open for comment in July.