Southern Moreton Bay Island residents divided over Weinam Creek car park rally

CONCERNED: Junita Grosvenor, Steven Komorowski, Ian Mundey and Trevor Booton raised concerns about building on the Moores Road site last year. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough
CONCERNED: Junita Grosvenor, Steven Komorowski, Ian Mundey and Trevor Booton raised concerns about building on the Moores Road site last year. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

SOUTHERN Moreton Bay Island residents are divided over how to handle ferry terminal parking, island transport and a rally to discuss Weinam Creek parking problems.

The Moreton Bay Combined Islands Association, with Redland Bay Residents Action Group and lobbyists Redlands2030 will hold the event on Sunday to discuss parking needs and options for the Weinam Creek ferry terminal.

However, Lindsay Hackett, spokesman for Our Parking Spot Group, said the MBCIA was trying to destroy the work done by the community and governments over the past 10 years towards getting a sensible and achievable parking solution at Weinam Creek.

Rally organisers say the event is being held to talk about alternative traffic routes to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands which could relieve parking pressure at Redland Bay.

"We know parking is out of hand at Weinam Creek and the problem is getting worse as island resident populations increase," a spokesperson said.

"Moore’s Farm floods and is unsuitable for parking and it is 800 metres from the ferry terminal which is too far for elderly ferry passengers to walk to and from.

"There is a proposed concrete jungle high rise foreshore car park planned for instead of planning for alternatives."

Mr Hackett said the rally was to agitate against the council plan to build a multi-level car park and other facilities at Weinam Creek to provide affordable parking for islanders.

"The MBCIA is persisting in its desire for alternative barge routes," he said.

Mr Hackett said MBCIA was a reinvention of an organisation that pushed for a bridge or alternative barge route from the southern end of Russell Island to the mainland.

"Much work has been done by the state government, Redland City Council and the islander community in addressing this matter, including the employment of consultants by council," Mr Hackett said.

"The community has been consulted formally and extensively."

"The multi-level car parking station solution resulted from formal and extensive consultations with community organisations and community members, leading to the May 2014 submissions report produced under the Economic Development Act 2012."

Mr Hackett said the overwhelming conclusion was that bridges and barges were not viable. The only option was to improve Weinam Creek parking.

"Considerations of cost, the environment, Queensland coastal management legislation and the desirability of an equitable solution for all four of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands support maintaining the present barge and ferry routes," he said.

Mr Hackett said the Our Parking Spot Group had lobbied and held protests at Cleveland to push for increased parking.

Organisers of Sunday's rally said there had been no in-depth consultation with island and Redland Bay residents over the multi-level cars parks or Moore's Farm.

The rally will be at Weinam Creek ferry terminal at Redland Bay at 10am on Sunday.