Stage One works for Redland City Council’s Weinam Creek redevelopment project, which will ultimately transform the waterfront of Redland Bay and provide a huge boost to the Bay Islands, will commence later this year.
The announcement of the work start, has been made by Mayor Karen Williams.
The Mayor said stage one would provide valuable infrastructure for the community, including ground-level car parks and a footbridge connecting the Moore’s Road site to the Redland Bay Marina.
“Residents have told us they want Weinam Creek upgraded and we are working to help meet the high demand for car parking,” Cr Williams said.
The first stage will clear the way for the other stages directly on Weinam Creek to be developed as per the detailed plan for the precinct.
Cr Williams said a footbridge would provide more direct access to the marina, accommodating foot traffic and bicycles as well as mobility scooters.
“Once the footbridge has been constructed, it will take, on average, five to ten minutes to walk from the ferry terminal to the car park.”
Lighting and other security measures will be incorporated as part of the design process.
Division 5 councillor Mark Edwards will be advocating for CCTV to be installed at every stage of the development in order to reduce the property theft and other criminal activity.
Plans for future stages of the project include additional ground-level car parks, secure car parks and multi-deck car parks within the Redland Bay Marina precinct.
Stage one will also include site preparation for future residential dwellings, including nine house lots fronting Moore’s Road and a one-hectare lot with potential for medium-density development.
Council-owned subsidiary Redland Investment Corporation will work with Council to develop stage one of the PDA project.
Other features of the plan include improved drop-off and storage facilities for Redlands Coast Southern Island residents; more than 21,000 sq m of new open space; the rejuvenation of 46,920 sq m of existing parkland; new pedestrian and cycle ways; and construction of a new boat ramp.
There will also be mixed use and medium density residential development and retail and commercial amenities, including cafés and restaurants as well the potential for a health precinct for mainland and island residents.
Cr Williams said the project provides a valuable opportunity to showcase Weinam Creek as a community focal point and a regional gateway to the islands as well as creating jobs and supporting economic development within the region.
Cr Edwards added, "This has been a journey to get to this stage and I am sure the community is ready to see development begin on the ground.
“There will be inconvenience however being able to find a car park is a huge move forward and once the multi level car park is built, next to the ferry terminal, it will be a wonderful outcome."
The total area of the Weinam Creek PDA is approximately 42 hectares, including 36 hectares over land and nearly six hectares over water.
• An artist’s impression of Weinam Creek