THE state government has released the much-anticipated draft Dunwich master plan, outlining how it wants to boost the town's economy in the post-sand mining era.
Residents are being urged to submit feedback on the plan, which the government hopes will serve as a blueprint for future residential, commercial, community, environmental and industrial land opportunities.
The draft document has revealed government plans to improve ferry infrastructure, foreshores, car parking, land use, township navigation and the economy.
Deputy premier Steven Miles said the master plan would position Dunwich as the island's gateway and help build the town's economy.
"I am calling on residents to play a part in helping decide the future growth and prosperity of their community," he said.
"The master plan can help drive their community's economy and this is a chance for them to decide what is significant for their community.
"Prior to COVID-19, we released a series of master plan options for comment which has helped shape the current draft master plan.
"We want to identify future economic development opportunities in Gumpi which the community supports before we deliver the final master plan ... "
The draft plan has revealed the state government wants to upgrade jetties at Junner Street and One Mile.
It has also uncovered plans for changes at several island locations, including Sibelco mining assets and the Riverside Sands loading site.
A tourist information centre, camping permit office and ranger base were intended to replace the Sibelco administration site.
Getting parking in order at places like the Little Ship Club, Yabby Street and Ballow Road was also outlined as a priority under the plan.
Mr Miles has directed council to amend its planning scheme to include provisions for a state government planning instrument introduced in September last year.
"The Queensland Government made the temporary local planning instrument last year to ensure the Quandamooka people's native title rights were recognised in relation to 25 parcels of land ...," he said.
"I am now directing Redland City Council to amend its planning scheme to include the provisions of the TLPI, including the bushfire mitigation measures to give the Quandamooka people long-term certainty."
The 25 land parcels were located at Dunwich, Amity and Point Lookout.
The planning instrument is in place for up to two years, meaning council had until September 14, 2022 to amend its scheme.
"This will give the Quandamooka people important land and residential opportunities and encourage investment, economic resilience and economic diversity for the community," Mr Miles said.
Proposed development on the 25 land parcels would require approval from council, or the department's state assessment and referral agency in some instances.
Consultation on the draft master plan is open from Thursday, July 29 to Friday, September 3.
See the draft master plan here.
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