Mayoral candidate Claire Richardson proposes technology park for Ormiston property

Claire Richardson wants to use council's recently purchased 20 Ha property near the state-owned Redlands Research Station to build a technology park.

TECH SMART: Claire Richardson recently toured the Redlands Research Station at Ormiston.

TECH SMART: Claire Richardson recently toured the Redlands Research Station at Ormiston.

Ms Richardson said under her leadership, she would strive to have council place genuine support into local economy by creating and supporting sustainable jobs of the future.

"I believe the research station would be a catalyst for developing a modern council-owned Redlands technology park. It would be an innovation hub providing opportunities for local employment in smart, technology-based industries," Ms Richardson said.

"For years, council has touted the need for a clean, green technology park. Here, we have a natural synergy that could finally start to transform our local economy which would be regionally recognised as one clearly aimed at the future.

"When six out of 10 people leave Redlands for work every day, we need to take a modern approach to providing good, sustainable jobs for locals. It would take people off the congested roads, allow for a more balanced lifestyle and boost our local economy," she said.

Ms Richardson added, that the land in Ormiston has a suitable cleared site with several old buildings, making it a great blank canvas.

"I believe a well-designed, low impact, technology park could be designed to complement the area."

At council's general meeting tomorrow (February 12), Redland City Council will consider plans to seek expression of interest proposals for this land. It suggests activities such as nature-based tourism, an RV tourist park, camping as well as proposals such as a water-park and recreational trails.