OLD SCHOOLHOUSE NEW TOILET BLOCK PROPOSAL MAY BE SUBJECT OF CR MITCHELL NOTICE OF MOTION A new toilet block facility for the Old Schoolhouse site at Amity on North Stradbroke Island may be the subject of a notice of motion to Redland City Council Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell says he has listened to the stakeholders at Amity and there is a clear demand for a new toilet block in the same location. Redland City Council removed the previous dilapidated toilet block following its clear unsuitability due to multiple safety problems. Cr Peter Mitchell says there has been significant community outrage at the loss of the amenity. Council stated at the time that the removal was due to very low usage and also the “nearby” availability of other amenities in the township. Cr Mitchell said that while he ‘respects’ the general “strategic reasoning” of council , the community of Amity is not convinced it passes the ‘pub test’. “And neither do I as the Councillor for North Stradbroke Island.” “I have continued to work with the community and the chief petitioners to seek a better outcome in line with what the Amity locals want. “I have had a number of meetings with Amity residents on site, with some significant progress and clear objectives for a replacement strategy. He said the options were to likely replace the toilet block or work with Council in good faith on a suitable alternative. He added that no-one had yet come up with a ’suitable alternative’. “That is why I propose to make the replacement of the toilet block the subject of a Notice of Motion at a forthcoming council meeting. “This will be either at the January of February monthly council meetings,”Cr Mitchell said. The Amity community made it abundantly clear that the previous toilet block suffered from lack of use due to its dilapidated condition. They also say the toilet block is in a strategic area that is important to the vibrant Amity tourism industry. Cr Mitchell says the issue has become ‘political’ rather than a “data driven” operational process of Council. “I need to stress to the Straddie and Amity community that I will need their help to lobby other councillors to support the toilet block replacement. “I will be having meetings with my fellow councillors to earn their support for the toile block replacement,” Cr Mitchell added.
• Cr Mitchell in front of the old Amity toilet block. HOLIDAY PAUSE FOR WORK ON COASTAL WALK PROJECT Work on the Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk project at Point Lookout (Mulumba) on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) has closed, to support local businesses and residents during the Christmas/New Year holiday period. The stage two works will recommence on Monday 23 January 2023. During the pause period the construction site area has been fenced off for public safety and an additional refuge area will be created to allow two areas for wildlife movement only. Pedestrians are being directed to walk along the path on the built-up side of Mooloomba Road, in accordance with the existing Traffic Management Plan set up for the site. Variable Message Signs, warning people to be aware of kangaroos on the road, will be installed at each approach to the project site and will remain in place until the works are completed. Work on stage two of the Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk is expected to be completed in late June 2023, weather and site conditions permitting. Stage two works include roadway upgrades, continuation of the pedestrian pathway and boardwalks from Frenchman’s Stairs to Point Lookout Village, completion of the renewal of Frenchman’s Stairs down to Frenchman’s Beach, renewed picnic areas and facilities, and additional car park spaces on the southern side of Mooloomba Road. More information on the project is available on Council’s Your Say webpage.