Redland City Council should 'reveal the deal', says Redlands2030

RALLY: Redlands2030 and community members rallied outside the council chambers on Wednesday calling for council to "reveal the Toondah deal".
RALLY: Redlands2030 and community members rallied outside the council chambers on Wednesday calling for council to "reveal the Toondah deal".

LOBBY group Redlands2030 has rallied outside Redland City Council, calling for council to "reveal the deal" and make public contractual arrangements relating to the $1.4 billion Toondah Harbour development.

About 30 members protested outside the Bloomfield Street council chambers before Wednesday's general meeting in a bid to get council to make the information available before the March election.

Redlands2030 president Steve MacDonald said about 450 people had signed a petition, concerned about confidential arrangements between council, Walker Corporation and the state government that underpinned the Toondah Harbour development agreement.

The petition was received by the chief executive and a report is set to come back to council.

Cr Paul Bishop said constituents expected honesty from their elected representatives and any matter of relevance should be public.

Mayor Karen Williams said the report would show the community that all details that could be released without putting the project at risk were already publicly available.

"The only detail that isn't in the public domain is commercial in confidence information including Walkers' business affairs. The release of this detail is the subject of a current court case.

"Council offers no objections to the release of this information (and) there are other parties to the agreement who the petitioners should lobby rather than council. This petition... just before a council election ...shows the request is more about politics than the actual issue."

Redlands2030 secretary Chris Walker said the group wanted a truthful and comprehensive summary of key aspects of the contracts, including the rights and obligations of both parties. He said there was nothing to stop council from liaising with Walker about releasing the information.