Toondah Harbour - Development Update May 2017
 
Toondah Harbour - Development Update

TOONDAH HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT UPDATE – MAY 2017

In November 2015, Walker Group Holdings (Walker) referred the Toondah Harbour project to the Federal Minister for Environment and Energy for a decision on whether the proposal was a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Walker has decided to modify the proposal and submit a new referral after working with the Federal Department of Environment and Energy for 17 months. Walker hopes a decision will be made about the project proceeding to a full environmental impact assessment before the middle of the year.

The assessment process will involve extensive community consultation, and will allow all of the relevant scientific and technical information to be gathered relating to the project. It will also allow potential offsets and benefits to be considered, as well as plans for managing potential impacts of construction activities and increased traffic.

The changes reflected in the new referral include:

  • Reducing the size of the development, or its footprint, to increase the buffer between the proposed development and the shorebird high tide roost site at Cassim Island to a minimum of 100 metres and up to 200 metres.
  • Engaging an independent expert to develop a methodology for assessing potential impacts on the ecological values of the wetland, acknowledging the importance of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland. The methodology that has been developed mirrors one used by the Queensland Government for identifying the local expression of Outstanding Universal Value within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
  • Conducting an assessment of potential impacts to the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland using this methodology.
  • Updating technical reports to inform the referral, incorporating new data and addressing key issues in relation to endangered and threatened species.
  • Refining the referral area through a more detailed analysis of environmental constraints and engineering design requirements.

This $1.39 billion private investment in the Redlands will support 1000 jobs each year during the 15 to 20 year construction phase and 500 jobs a year within the Toondah Harbour PDA on completion. Resident spending associated with the development will provide a much needed boost to the local economy and Cleveland CBD, while visitor spending is expected to support a further 500 tourism jobs each year in the region.

Walker’s proposal to transform Toondah Harbour into a world class tourism and waterfront precinct for the Redlands and south east Queensland follows the declaration of a Priority Development Area (PDA) in 2013 and a public tender process jointly run by Redland City Council and Economic Development Queensland in 2014.

In January 2016, the Queensland Government, Redland City Council, and Walker entered into a development agreement and infrastructure agreement, which will see Walker deliver $116 million of transport and community infrastructure at Toondah Harbour at no cost to the ratepayer or taxpayer. This catalyst infrastructure will include a new ferry terminal, increased car parking, and a tourism precinct.

The new referral is now available for public comment on the Department of the Environment and Energy’s EPBC Public Notices website.

Walker appreciates your ongoing interest in the Toondah Harbour development.

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