A six-week consultation process will help determine where, and how, the Quandamooka People can redevelop land on Minjerribah, formerly known as North Stradbroke Island.
Redland City Council will conduct the consultation on behalf of the State Government, which ordered the city’s planning scheme be amended under a long-standing Labor commitment to support the traditional owners and transform the island following the closure of its sand mine.
Given the proposals have already sparked controversy, the council has emphasised it is acting on direction from the government, and will pass on any submissions for the government to consider before a final decision.
“Council is progressing the amendment on the State Government’s behalf and recognises it will provide a number of important social, cultural, housing and economic opportunities for the Quandamooka People on Quandamooka Country,” the council said.
“The proposed future uses could include low-density residential, tourist accommodation, community facilities, emerging community, local and neighbourhood centres, low and medium impact industry, waterfront and marine industry, recreation and open space.”
Changes have been proposed for Gumpi (Dunwich), Pulan Pulan (Amity), and Mulumba (Point Lookout), where Quandamooka plans for a whale centre have already attracted protects.
The whale centre remains under a cloud – work was halted almost as soon as it started – and could potentially be built somewhere else.
A spokesperson for the Quandamooka People could not be contacted on Friday.
Mulumba has been earmarked for low-impact industry and tourist accommodation and community facilities, while all areas have been identified as future low density residential sites.
Submissions on the proposed planning changes will close in mid-July.
Once planning changes are made, the council will still be required to consider and assess development applications on most parcels of land.