Expressions of interest shows alternative interests in Macarthur Street land

Redland City Council will investigate broader opportunities in unlocking the potential of Council land at Macarthur Street Alexandra Hills after a 60 day campaign unveiled several potential options for the site.

Councillors earlier this month voted to continue discussions with four interested parties who provided submissions during a recent Expression of Interest (EOI) campaign.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said while the original EOI had focussed on tourism proposals, the submissions received had highlighted other potential uses that had significant community benefits.

“The four responses show there is a great deal of potential value of the site for community uses, including education and community use,” Cr Williams said.

“Council agreed to explore these alternate uses further.

“This will include undertaking additional planning investigation work to understand better the suitability of other uses to meet commercial and community outcomes.

“The Macarthur street site has conservation values and connects with recreational and environmental land and the adjacent Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Redlands Research Facility.

“Council purchased the 6.7-hectare site from State Government in 2016 for future community purposes, and this remains our focus for the site.

“Council’s aim through the recently completed expressions of interest process was to understand whether there was a demand from the market to develop the site for a particular tourism purpose.

“We now have a number of potential exciting partnerships to explore for the benefit of the community.

“While this work and interest must remain confidential for now, Council will bring details back to the community once there is a clear future direction for the site.”