Protestors chant, wave signs outside Redland City Council in protest of $1.4 billion Toondah Harbour development

PEOPLE from several community groups have rallied outside Redland City Council to protest the proposed $1.4 billion Toondah Harbour residential development.

The group gathered before a council meeting on Wednesday, waving anti-Toondah signs and chanting for governments to "stop the high-rises" and "just fix the port".

Protestors raised concerns on traffic, environmental damage, lack of consultation and project transparency.

NO UNITS: Judith Seaton of Victoria Point was one of about 30 protestors outside council rallying against the proposed Toondah Harbour development. Photo: Jordan Crick

NO UNITS: Judith Seaton of Victoria Point was one of about 30 protestors outside council rallying against the proposed Toondah Harbour development. Photo: Jordan Crick

Vicki Salisbury, who brought a petition with more than 600 signatures to council, said the community deserved updated information about the development.

"We want to know the economic cost/benefits and impact of an additional 10,000 people, a combined population of Wellington Point and Ormiston, living on the bay in Cleveland," she said.

"Commuting to work and school with an addition 10,000 cars, making and estimated 33,000 daily car trips, is a commuting nightmare.

"People are concerned about increased rates and taxes for needed infrastructure. Major concerns involve the logistics of coping with 20 years of construction."

AGAINST TOONDAH: Chris McIvor, Vicki Salisbury and Chris Bray hoist signs outside council on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jordan Crick

AGAINST TOONDAH: Chris McIvor, Vicki Salisbury and Chris Bray hoist signs outside council on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jordan Crick

Walker Corporation spokesman Dolan Hayes said the minority were out of touch with the majority of the community.

"We are only encouraged by the extremely positive support the new Toondah Harbour development has received on the Redland City Bulletin Facebook video post of the protest," he said.

"They dismissed the hypocrisy of protestors, who are selfishly putting the brakes on the livelihoods of future generations of families in the Redlands area.

"Toondah Harbour supporters slammed the protestors as public nuisances who are trying to stop a development that will create jobs during the construction and after the build is finished.

" ... They referred to the Redlands2030 group as an irrelevance representing 'a minority of, to be honest, hypocrites'."

Koala Action Group member Chris Bray labelled the development ludicrous and lamented development in the Redlands, which she said was taking up every corner of the city.

FIX THE PORT: Lavinia Wood led a Toondah ditty outside Redland City Council on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jordan Crick

FIX THE PORT: Lavinia Wood led a Toondah ditty outside Redland City Council on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jordan Crick

"It is all about greed and money," she said. "We have been fighting this since the beginning.

"We have been totally ignored despite our many rallies.

"Most local residents are in the dark and once you start telling them what is proposed to happen, they just can't believe it."

Redlands2030 president Steve MacDonald again questioned how the development had become so big, with 3600 units proposed to be built rather than the 800 that had been discussed originally.

ANTI-TOONDAH: About 30 people turned up to protest the Toondah Harbour development outside council offices on Wednesday. Photo: Jordan Crick

ANTI-TOONDAH: About 30 people turned up to protest the Toondah Harbour development outside council offices on Wednesday. Photo: Jordan Crick

"This is a gathering of people who are very concerned about the Toondah Harbour mega development," he said.

"At the end of the day, what we are talking about is 3600 units built out on reclaimed internationally protected wetlands," he said.

"It comes down to that. We are seeing the developer needs and a few citizen needs put over the broader community and environment."

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