Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area: Commission of Inquiry

Eligibility - Queensland residents
Principal Petitioner:
Stephen MacDonald
104 Channel Street
Total Signatures - 6,063
Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament
Posting Date: 29/1/2020
Closing Date: 30/7/2020
Tabled Date: 11/8/2020
Responded By: Hon Kate Jones MP on 10/9/2020
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draw to the attention of the House increasing community concerns about proposals to construct up to 3,600 apartments on wetlands in Moreton Bay, at Toondah Harbour in Cleveland.

Your petitioners request the House to call upon the Government to establish an independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate plans for residential and associated development on land and waters in the place known as the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area (PDA).

Your petitioners request that matters to be investigated by such an Inquiry should include:

  • The reasons why the Toondah Harbour PDA was established, in 2013, largely over wetlands which are part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and the internationally recognised Moreton Bay Ramsar site.
  • The adequacy of initial planning work, studies and community engagement managed by Redland City Council in 2013 and 2014.
  • The probity and soundness of decisions made by the State Government and Redland City Council in relation to award of agreements for development within the Toondah Harbour PDA, and subsequent decision making pursuant to these agreements.
  • A comprehensive assessment of the costs and benefits to the community of the development which is being proposed within the Toondah Harbour PDA.