Walker submits revised proposal for Weinam Creek redevelopment

PARKING POSER: Walker Corp's Plan B is being considered by Redland City Council. Public car parking will be a major issue.
PARKING POSER: Walker Corp's Plan B is being considered by Redland City Council. Public car parking will be a major issue.

THE major redevelopment of Weinam Creek into units and a multi-million dollar marine transport hub is up in the air, with Redland City Council and Walker Corp yet to agree on a final plan.

A revised proposal has been submitted by Walkers for the priority development which will include units, commuter parking and foreshore work.

Ratepayers may contribute to parking, with a council spokeswoman saying land might be bought if it helped get the project up.

“It is a priority to council to meet the needs of the community in the area,” she said.

As a public-private-partnership development, Walker Corp’s chances of making a profit on the sale of units become tighter for every public car park required for commuters.

Parking is already a major political issue for council at Weinam Creek, with island residents constantly complaining and pressuring council about insufficient parks and a lack of security.

Council’s latest operational plan refers to Weinam priority development area activities “that support equitable access”.

It says “Redlands Investment Corporation is preparing a masterplan for Plan B to be presented to council (this financial year)”.

Walker Corp spokesman Peter Saba said he was unable to comment on the revised proposal which was being considered by council.

Acting mayor Wendy Boglary did not respond to questions but a council spokesperson said a revised proposal had been received from Walker Group which was being worked through.

“As we are in the request-for-proposal phase of the project, the details about the plan Walker Group has submitted is confidential during this process,” she said.

“A final decision about the plan put forward by Walker has not been made.”

She said that in regards to the proposed Plan B in council’s operational plan, council remained committed to the revitalisation of Weinam Creek and was considering its options.

“At this stage, the proposed Plan B is still in very early stages and this option will need to be presented to council first,” she said.

Council will not give details about the broad background about what is planned like the number of units, number of public car parks, foreshore access and projected costs until a master plan is adopted.