Call for consultation on State vision for Minjerribah

Redland City Council has today repeated its call for the State Government to undertake comprehensive community consultation on its plan for North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah, including land use changes to meet the aspirations of the Traditional Owners.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Julie Talty said Councillors today supported a Council resolution asking for the State Government to increase consultation on the future of the island, including their recently announced changes to Council’s Redland City Plan to rezone 25 land parcels covering 94 hectares.

“Council fully supports the return of land to Traditional Owners, however there has been no public consultation with island residents and visitors, raising concerns as to the future of this very special place,” Cr Talty said.

“Following today’s decision, Council will also send the report to the State Government and request the incoming government respond to Council’s requests and concerns.”

On 15 September 2020 the State Government introduced a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) which amends zoning of the Redland City Plan for two years, with applications to build on the rezoned land parcels able to be made immediately.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the State Planning Minister had recently advised of his intention to issue a Ministerial Direction to Council to amend the Redland City Plan to align with the changes under the TLPI.

“The State has advised that public consultation on the zone changes, given effect through the TLPI, will occur through a formal major amendment process required to be undertaken by Council,” Cr Mitchell said.

“While Council is absolutely committed to comprehensive consultation over these changes, it would be most appropriate for the State to take an active role in it and even lead it, given the proposed land rezonings are part of a confidential State Government agreement.

“It is also unclear what scope there is for Council to ‘consider’ any submissions as the land use changes are understood to be reflective of State Government commitments to Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation.

“The future of the island is important and holds significant opportunity for the entire city and beyond, and Council stands ready to work with the State Government and Traditional Owners to realise these opportunities through a collective and collaborative approach.”