The Queensland government has formally endorsed a Toondah Harbour revitalisation project in the Redlands, which is expected to create thousands of employment opportunities in the region.
According to Acting Premier Jackie Trad, more than 1,000 construction jobs in Queensland will be generated during the building phase of the initiative. The harbour is also due to create approximately 500 vacancies a year once completed.
“The project will revitalise the local tourism industry by delivering a world-class ferry terminal and marina, waterfront retail and commercial space, apartments and public parks on the 67-hectare Cleveland site,” she explained.
Don Brown, Local State Member for Capalaba, said the revitalisation scheme would be crucial for boosting the economy and delivering jobs. Mr Brown has been a vocal supporter of the initiative since it was tabled.
“This development will deliver high-quality public infrastructure to support the Redlands community and ensure the region has a strong, self-sustaining economy,” he explained.
It is not clear in which sectors the 500 operational jobs will arise each year, although the project’s focus on tourism may provide encouragement for people seeking traineeships in hospitality and related industries.
Ms Trad confirmed the Toondah Harbour upgrades will “transform” the Moreton Bay and North Stradbroke Island Gateway, providing substantial support for businesses and employment.
Project moves forward
The Walker Group has been chosen as the preferred developer for the scheme, with the Queensland government expected to work closely alongside the company and Redland City Council.
A development agreement needs to be formalised before the parties involved can begin planning the project in detail. Ms Trad said the government must now engage with communities and assess the environmental impacts.
Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams welcomed state government support and lauded the development, which she claimed is the biggest of its kind in the city for 50 years. Ms Williams commented that the council advocated a market-based approach to the project, rather than paying for the work through taxpayers’ money.
“By delivering this approach, we have ensured our community will gain all the benefits of better infrastructure, a deeper harbour and world-class waterfront boulevards and open spaces without the burden of having to pay for it,” she said.
The news comes just days after Redlands City Council announced its five-year strategy to build tourism in the region. The sector currently contributes 1.4 per cent to the city’s GDP, but it is hoped this will rise to approximately 3 per cent by 2041.
By Leanne Macnamara, Public Affairs Coordinator