Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area (PDA)
1 April 2016: First step of environmental assessment underway
step of assessing the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area (PDA) master
plan’s potential environmental impacts and benefits is underway with the Commonwealth Environment Minister considering
Walker Group Holding’s referral of the project.
Commonwealth Environment Minister considers the project under the Environmental
Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) and the project’s
potential impact on matters of national environmental significance.
If the project is declared a controlled action by the Commonwealth
Environment Minister, it will see a stringent assessment of the project start at both a State
and Commonwealth Government level that will likely include a detailed
Environmental Impact Statement process during which there will be up to three
further opportunities for residents to share their views on the project.
Walker Group Holdings requested the Department of Environment suspend the
referral decision timeframe to allow more time for meetings and assessment of
the referral and for Walker to gather any information if required.
It is important the
Commonwealth Government takes the time it needs to determine the right
environmental assessment methodology for the Toondah Harbour PDA project. You
can get more information on the Commonwealth Government's website
25 November 2015: Toondah Harbour master plan unveiled
The proposed master plan for the $1.3 billion redevelopment of Toondah Harbour, the gateway to North Stradbroke Island, was released on 25 November 2015 by preferred developer Walker Corporation. You can view it and get more information on Walker Group's website.
Since the release of the draft plan, there has been frequently asked questions from the community on subjects like proposed ferry terminal car parking [PDF 112KB] and ferry terminal facilities.
Walker Corporation has also referred the project to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC). This initiates a 10-day public consultation period in which the community can contact the Federal Government and outline any matters of national environmental significance they think should be taken into consideration in assessing the project under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. You can get more information on the Commonwealth Government's website.
If the project is declared a controlled action by the Commonwealth Environment Minister, the State Coordinator-General will then consider whether to make the project a coordinated project for which an environmental impact statement (EIS) is required. Should the EIS process kick off in 2016 it will provide numerous further opportunities for the community to have its say on the project.
The redevelopment of Toondah Harbour will provide:
- a new ferry precinct with barge and passenger ferry terminals, ticket and tourist office, bus interchange, ferry plaza and no net loss of public car parking spaces
- diversity of housing: approximately 3,600 dwellings from detached houses to multi-unit apartments, with no buildings higher than 10 storeys
- greater public open space and access to the waterfront, including a new public foreshore parkland and enhancement of GJ Walter Park
- convenience and boutique retail
- more than 1000 construction jobs per year and 500 jobs per year on completion of the project.
Redland City Council has championed the redevelopment of Toondah Harbour, a project that has been discussed for 50 years, and was declared a Priority Development Area in June 2013.
19 June 2015: New State Government supports Toondah Harbour redevelopment
A revitalised Toondah Harbour is one step closer after Acting Premier Jackie Trad pledged her support for the $1.3 billion project today.
The next step will include the developer Walker Group applying for a range of environmental and planning approvals from the State and Commonwealth Governments. This process will help ensure the redevelopment protects the environmental character of the area, while at the same time delivers better infrastructure, a deeper harbour, world-class waterfront boulevard and improved open spaces.
Read the media release issued from Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad or view new artists’ impressions of the project.
Redland City Council has released its first community newsletter which outlines the next steps in the approval process.
18 September 2014: Preferred development partner selected
Cleveland and Redland Bay residents are a step closer to vibrant waterfront developments and new jobs after the State Government and Redland City Council today announced Walker Group as the preferred partner to develop Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Jeff Seeney today joined with Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Walker Group Executive Chair Lang Walker to announce the Walker Group as the preferred partner for both Priority Development Areas at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.
The Walker Group were selected from eight expressions of interest with a reputation for producing exciting projects that maintain the values of the community, the importance of the environment and the significance of cultural heritage, while generating considerable economic return for the local area.
There is no detailed design for either site – that will be worked through with the Walker Group and key stakeholders but final design will reflect the needs of the community as outlined during the original consultation phase.
The next step of the process is for a detailed design to be developed that matches the final development scheme.
28 July 2014: Expressions of Interest Closed
- August: Expert panel formed to assess potential investors.
- September: Request for Proposals begins.
- December: Council works with selected developers on designs and approvals.
- Early 2015: Shortlist of potential developers.
19 June 2014: Expressions of Interest Launch
Mayor Karen Williams and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney invited expressions of interest for the Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek PDAs.
View the Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek short film featuring the investment opportunities of these two prime waterfront locations.
Expressions of interest are now open and will close on Monday 28 July 2014.
To register your interest, contact:
- Mark Creevey, Ray White 0408 992 222
- Jacob Swan, JLL on 0402 704 896
Following the close of the EoI campaign the Request for Proposals stage will commence in August 2014 where developers will be assessed against PDA criteria in order to achieve the best outcomes for both waterfront sites.
29 May 2014: Queensland Government approves final schemes
Redevelopment of Toondah Harbour is a step closer following State Government approval of the overarching plan for the prime waterfront site.
Following this formal adoption of the final scheme on 29 May 2014, investors will soon be invited to submit their plans for Toondah Harbour.
Expressions of Interest will be called in June, with the final development plan for the Toondah Harbour PDA to be marketed both nationally and internationally.
Visit the EDQ website
to view the Toondah Harbour final development scheme and to read the submissions report.
19 March 2014: Council voted on recommendations
The Toondah Harbour redevelopment is one step closer after Council on Wednesday 19 March 2014 voted to make some recommendations on what these key areas could look like.
The recommendations to the State Government are part of the planning process and reflect a range of community and commercial views.
Council is committed to getting the balance right to attract investors who will fund better access to the foreshores and improvements in these critical areas, rather than ratepayers funding the $80 million cost required to do this work.
This includes improved ferry ramps and passenger facilities, better transport interchange and parking, enhancements to parkland and improved pedestrian and cycle links to the bay.
To achieve this balance, Council has recommended:
Building height reduced by one third, now capped to 10 storeys (down from up to 15 storeys in the original draft scheme and an increase of three storeys to the seven storeys currently allowed at the site)
No net loss of public open space (including GJ Water Park which remains as public open space)
Marina berths halved to 400 (down from possible 800 berth in the original draft scheme)
24 February 2014: Statutory consultation closed
Public notification of the Toondah Harbour PDA Development Scheme was undertaken under the Economic Development Act 2012 from the 10 January to 24 February 2014. During this period all interested stakeholders including the community, residents, and business operators were invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission for consideration by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ).
The public was advised of the public notification through advertisements in the local newspaper and information provided on the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website. The development scheme was also available for inspection at several locations in the Redland area during public notification. RCC in partnership with EDQ conducted community information sessions in the local area on the proposed scheme.
All submissions received during public notification were considered by the MEDQ in consultation with RCC. A submissions report has been prepared which summarises the submissions received and the merits of those submissions. In some cases amendments were made to the proposed scheme as a consequence of issues raised in submissions.
August 2013: Community Engagement - What you told us (Phase 1)
Great progress has been made gathering stakeholder and community views and information for the Redlands’ two special interest areas. Community engagement meetings, forums and surveys produced a wealth of good ideas for both of these prime waterfront areas. This information has been turned into a proposed development scheme for Toondah Harbour.
About the Toondah Harbour PDA
An exciting new era for Redland City is under way following Toondah Harbour’s declaration by the State Government as a Priority Development Area (PDA) on Friday 21 June.
Toondah Harbour was only the second in Queensland to gain the State Government’s support as a PDA. The area is little more than a basic ferry terminal and car park at the moment but could be a dynamic and thriving area with a range of exciting marine activities, marina, attractive public spaces, boardwalks, cycling paths, parks, apartments, office spaces, restaurants, shops and a boutique hotel with conference facilities.
Read more about the fast tracked planning and development of Toondah Harbour
You can also read more about Redlands – Open for Business and Investment
and watch Council’s promotional video that showcases the city. You can also find out more about the Cleveland CBD Incentives Package
and other red tape-reducing incentives.Recent PDA media >>
Find out more about the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area.
Read more about the timeline of activities for the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area.
Applying for Development Approval
have been prepared by Council and must be used for all development applications lodged within the Toondah Harbour PDA.