Redland City Council puts foot down about transport infrastructure ahead of South West Victoria Point Structure Plan

NOT GOOD ENOUGH: Councillors Paul Golle, Lance Hewlett, Karen Williams and Julie Talty near a section of Cleveland -Redland Bay Road that has not yet been duplicated.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH: Councillors Paul Golle, Lance Hewlett, Karen Williams and Julie Talty near a section of Cleveland -Redland Bay Road that has not yet been duplicated.

THE Transport Minister has accused Redland City Council of petty politicking after councillors refused to sign off on Victoria Point structure plans until the state government promises more transport infrastructure.

Mayor Karen Williams said the decision was about drawing a line in the sand by not accepting growth without essential infrastructure.

"We will continue to progress work on the South West Victoria Point Structure Plan, including submitting it to the state government for review and consulting with our community, but we will not include it in our city plan without the essential state transport infrastructure upgrades needed to support it," she said.

Planning Minister Cameron Dick said 17,000 more dwellings would need to be built to accommodate 36,000 extra people expected to live in the Redlands by 2041.

Council is planning facilities like sewerage, roads and parks, which would be funded by developers, but Cr Paul Golle said the government needed to invest into infrastructure - including emergency services - on a larger scale.

"The state government is basically telling us to increase our population base to meet their targets in housing, but they're not actually delivering on the infrastructure to support that."

But Transport Minister Mark Bailey said council's petty politicking was putting local jobs at risk.

"We've seen council already go slow on development applications recently, meaning uncertainty for local tradies and businesses while they wait and wait for council to finally make a decision," Mr Bailey said.

Cr Julie Talty said the community would no longer tolerate growth without appropriate state infrastructure.

Cr Lance Hewlett said duplication of Cleveland-Redland Bay Road between Victoria Point and Redland Bay was critical.

Mr Bailey said some councillors were ignoring state government investment, including $42 million which had been committed to upgrade the road.

State funding also included boosts to the hospital, Southern Moreton Bay Island ferry terminals and TAFE.

Earlier this year, council tabled a series of resolutions to the Local Government Association of Queensland, calling for clearer planning legislation and longer term infrastructure plans.

Mr Dick said it was council's responsibility to plan for population growth and ensure development was in line with community expectations.

"They agreed to work with the state government and all other councils in the south-east to achieve the plan's objectives and they agreed to deliver specific planning outcomes for their city.

"Now, when it comes to progressing the plan for the benefit of their community, they put the brakes on and cry 'too hard'."

Redlands MP Kim Richards said council should be working with developers to ensure the necessary road infrastructure was delivered to accommodate growth.