Anger over Straddie waterfront deal

A MEETING will be held at Dunwich Community Hall tomorrow to discuss Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's plans for Crown land on the waterfront at Deanbilla Bay.

DEANBILLA BAY: the RQYS wants to put down mooring buoys in Deanbilla Bay and rezone leased land on the waterfront at Dunwich. PHOTO: Judith Kerr

DEANBILLA BAY: the RQYS wants to put down mooring buoys in Deanbilla Bay and rezone leased land on the waterfront at Dunwich. PHOTO: Judith Kerr

The yacht club took control of the land's lease in May after a $1 deal with Stradbroke Island mining company Sibelco. 

Straddie residents decided to organise the meeting after members of the Indigenous community said they had not been consulted about the use of the land.

The yacht club said it would not attend tomorrow's meeting.

The transfer of residential leasehold land from Sibelco, which must end island mining by 2019, was in conjunction with a RQYS announcement to members that Deanbilla Bay would be central to expansion plans.

The club has a 600-berth marina and facilities at Manly in Brisbane.  

RQYS has told members it has state government support for its application to change the zoning of the former Sibelco land from residential leasehold to freehold or long-term sporting use.

The extent of the club’s plans, initially announced only as a sailing academy, were questioned by the island’s traditional owners and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation.

It has caused uproar among boaties and recreational users of Moreton Bay who have also formed a group to oppose the move which they say will effectively close the bay to anyone but RQYS members. 

Deanbilla Bay is a traditionally safe anchorage for recreational boaties.

The club already has 10 moorings in Deanbilla. It claims Queensland Marine Safety welcomed its offer earlier this year to manage two thirds of an additional 66 category one moorings. 

The Save Deanbilla Bay group has been seeking answers from RQYS for more than a month, mainly through questions to its general manager, Shawn Ket.

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