A South Bank-style foreshore pool, conservation park and wetland education centre all feature in a major overhaul of Cleveland’s ambitious Toondah Harbour Development, the Brisbane Times reports.
Walker Group’s $1.3 billion plan also calls for 3600 apartments; bird hides for endangered eastern curlews, critically endangered great knots and vulnerable bar-tailed godwits; and a 1.5-kilometre walking and cycling trail.
The new plan was built upon feedback from environmental groups, a wetland expert, the federal government and the public, with changes including moving accommodation back from the water’s edge behind foreshore parklands. The redesign means 12 hectares less land would be reclaimed from the low-lying harbour than originally planned.
“This provides more access to waterways and the creation of a 3.5-hectare foreshore conservation area with a proposed wetland education and cultural centre, bird hides and low-impact walking trails,” Walker Group general manager Peter Saba told the Times.
But the Toondah Harbour development has been marred by disputes between Walker Group and conservationists. Birdlife Australia’s southern Queensland convenor, Judith Hoyle, told the Times that the improvements didn’t go far enough.
“They can improve the amenity of the area without encroaching on the feeding grounds of the eastern curlew … Our main objection is that the development is encroaching on the RAMSAR site and that hasn’t changed,” she said.
The community has until the end of Friday to comment on the latest proposal.
Read the full Brisbane Times piece here.