Stradbroke Island Township Meeting Discussion Report
28 February 2015 – Dunwich Community Hall
One Mile Parking changes The plan does not include parking along the foreshore north of VMR and across the East Coast Road opposite Minjerribah Health Centre. Does that mean parking there will be prohibited?
Mayor: This area is outside the jointly funded Council and DTMR brief for works to formalise bus turn around and parking behind the One Mile jetty and along Yabby Street. Council has not given any consideration to the current informal parking in the area of foreshore north of VMR and across the East Coast Road opposite Minjerribah Health Centre, and has not suggested any changes in this area.
- The upgrades at One Mile were funded by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR).
- A requirement of this funding was that safer bus turnaround area was created.
- This has resulted in a loss of car parks close to the jetty.
- This has been offset by a new parking area at the old secondary school (approximately 200-300 meters from the terminal).
- Council has sent a letter to all island residents about changes t o parking at One Mile. Posters and flyers have also been distributed.
- Work to begin in March 2015 and should be complete by end of 2015.
Community member asked, “If work is starting in March, can we still take on community suggestions?” This person was concerned about mothers with children especially very little ones and inquired if there will be enough space for mothers to pick up children at the ferry.
Some said that it would make more sense to allow parking along the foreshore than at the school. People were concerned about the proposed solution. They said that there were not enough car spaces now and that the new plan has even less. They also said that the plan made people cross a major road to access the (new) additional parking.
Another resident asked if QYAC had been consulted the plan for additional parking in front of the old school. The issue was also raised that there had been no consultation with the community about the redesign of Yabby Street.
Cr Ogilvie: QYAC was consulted on this proposal. There is no further planned consultation on parking at One Mile, however, if you have suggestions please forward them to myself (Cr Ogilvie) or the Mayor.
In the past there have been a lot of suggestions about how to remedy parking at One Mile. These included using the camp ground land to the south. Discussion were held but without positive results. This land is now under lease to a third party.
The Councillor said that there is nothing stopping people informally parking along the foreshore.
Attendee said that having the ferries come in at the one location would do a lot to resolve the congestion issues.
Another attendees replied that there are also parking issues at Junner Street. They also said that Dunwich should not be a car park for the island.
Some said that we need to look at better public transport on the island and to consider the movement of people in the long term. They said that better public transport would resolve the parking issues in the long term.
State Member for Cleveland: We need better public transport both for residents and also to grow the tourism industry. At One Mile we need to look at the constraints. We need to look to the future and buses with greater capacity are part of that future.
The State Member said he was happy to hear about ways to deliver better public transport services.
Can something be done to slow traffic near One Mile?
Officer in Charge – Dunwich Police The 60km/h sign should be moved back to the bus depot or even as far as the Myora Caravan Park.
Resident said they have a got letter from the State Government saying that because there have been no falsities that no action will be taken.
Cr Ogilvie: The issues at One Mile have been raised to state on multiple occasions. Speeds and traffic solutions are assessed against a very narrow set of criteria that sometimes does not reflect the situation on the ground. One benefit of the current reconfiguration is that road environment has changed and so there is a change to what the state road engineers will consider.
Member for Cleveland: We regularly get requests to alter speed limits on east Coast Rd and there are very tight criteria on applying these conditions. The Local Member felt that local knowledge is not considered as part of making these decisions and he is happy to be part of an ongoing conversation on this topic.
Mayor: What we really need is a holistic transport solution that considers both the island and connection to mainland services. The current situation at One Mile is only tenable for five to ten years as there is no capacity for the ferry operator to expand.
The parking situation at One Mile was raised as safety issue two years ago. Because it was a safety issue it was critically important to do something to resolve the safety concerns raised by island residents.
Attendees were then asked to register their interest to join a community reference group. A number of those present indicated their interest and details were taken.
Stradbroke public transport
Why do we need such a big bus going from Dunwich?
State Member for Cleveland: There is a trend across the state to provide bigger buses. This has created problems in some places such as One Mile. Bigger buses make more sense as they have greater capacity; however it is a reasonable question to ask if a smaller bus is suitable for local needs.
Resident said that “We need to create a through road at One Mile so the bus does not need to turn around.”
The State Member agreed replying that generally the DTMR prefer a one way bus flow. It is difficult to achieve this at One Mile because of constraints on land.
Councillor Ogilvie supported the State Member’s comment adding that there are complex land tenure issues at Once Mile that make it difficult to create a through road.
A number of those present reported that the bus travelled too fast down Yabby Street and without consideration for local conditions. They said that Council needed to talk to the bus company before talking to residents.
One attendee said that it was not the bus that was causing the problem. The person reported that people are inconsiderate around the ferry and that there are a whole range of issues the main one being there are just too many cars going down Yabby Street in a chaotic and inconsiderate fashion at peak times.
Officer in Charge – Dunwich Police said that Yabby Street is too narrow and cars are parked on both sides. Bus is probably going under the speed limit so can’t be booked but is driving without regard to the conditions. Police have spoken to the bus company about speed along Yabby Street. Police are concerned that parking at school may be too far for elderly people.
Mayor replied that as a community we need to discuss who most needs to park close to the ferry. The Yabby Street terminal was never designed for commercial use.
Heritage causeway at Dunwich
Repair to the causeway leading to the barge landing ramp in Dunwich. When will it happen? Could the substance being trialled on Raby Bay retaining walls be a solution to preventing further erosion?
Mayor: “A preliminary brief for the work has indicated that repairs to the convict heritage wall may need to be made by hand, adding to the significant cost involved in the repair work . The solution being trialled at Raby Bay may not be appropriate for these repairs. Given the cultural heritage significance and cost of the project, Council has deferred the project until external State or Federal funding can be explored to support the necessary repair work.
There was considerable discussion on the value of cultural heritage and its priority in relationship to transport infrastructure. The representative from QYAC reminded the room that cultural heritage is for everyone and that the causeway is part of the Stradbroke Story. Cr Ogilvie noted that heritage is regulated through a statutory body is outside the control of local government.
Member for Cleveland: State Government has a role in this issue. As a local member it is not always easy to get money for local projects. The current financial climate has been difficult. We need to look at where the money comes from.
QYAC: The causeway project may qualify for the SIBELCO Community Fund.
There needs to be better invalid parking. Currently the invalid parking is across from the shops in the middle of the town. There should be an invalid space right outside each of the major services.
Mayor: As a community we need to encourage our neighbours to be considerate.
Stradbroke Island land tenure
Tracks for bush dwellings need to be upgraded and maintained for access in emergency events. Is there a land tenure map for the island?
Mayor: This is an ongoing process between RCC, State Government and QYAC.
Cr Ogilvie: Land tenure on the island is not clear. Broadly speaking Council’s responsibilities for land are a lot smaller than people think. Most of the land such as national parks is under State Government control. The Rural Fire Brigade should be an active partner in maintaining bush tracks. Land management plan is on-going discussion between QYAC and the State Government.
QYAC: This is a process
Attendee asked for update on changes to Dunwich sewerage system.
- Project nearing completion- should all be complete by beginning of April 2015. Around 200 additional properties added to sewer system.
- Even when houses have the sewer line completed they still have to go through the formal process of applying to Council to connect.
- 75% of Dunwich will be sewered when complete
- Illawong and Rainbow Crescents (remaining part of township) will be considered for sewerage as the need and future funding arises.
- Residents have received a letter with the process for connecting to the sewer system.
- Project was originally scheduled to be completed December/January but had some delays due to poor weather and bedrock.
- Residents will be charged for sewerage from 1 April 2015 (see above dates for completion). Some residents may be concerned that they will be charged for sewerage when the project isn’t yet complete and homes aren’t yet connected.
- Sewer rates per quarter for this financial year will be $165.06 per quarter for the average house.($660.25 P/A)
- To connect: Domestic Plumbing and Drainage connection fees for the same period will be $676.00.
The Mayor would like to delay these charges until the next rate when the sewerage upgrade should be complete.
The growing amount of plastic on the beaches is an increasing concern and that the plastic is now going into the food chain which is a concern for marine life. (Pictures of rubbish were shown to the room).What can be done about the increasing problem with land-based marine rubbish? Can the Council of Mayors discuss to look at gross filtering devices to minimise this problem?
Mayor: That is an issue. One of the priorities for the Council of Mayors is waterways. We need better compliance for development upstream on waste by creating a resilient rivers approach. RCC has taken strong hand in this and will continue to keep pushing this.
Member for Cleveland – Research on this goes back a long way. We need to look at research on what types of plastics that have biggest environmental impact. More investment in research has to go into that area which needs to be linked to industry to transition away from most damaging plastics.
There was considerable discussion from the room about growing amounts of rubbish on the island. It was suggested that bins be placed near the beaches.
Cr Ogilvie: We had this same discussion at the last meeting. What we have found is that bins create more rubbish and create more rubbish in the environment.
An attendee suggested that the wildlife group on the island could deal with this. The issue needs to be dealt with at the source of the problem.
One attendee suggested that NSI become the first island in Redland to ban plastic bags. One attendee previously had a business on another island that successfully went plastic-free.
Mayor: We can note that but this needs to be a community decision.
Attendee said that rubbish collection was missed over Christmas.
Mayor: This is contractual issue and must be reported on
A concern was raised about campers not being able to take their rubbish to the waste transfer station. It was suggested that a separate container for tourist rubbish be available during the peak holiday periods.
Other issues raised
From room: The pontoon at One Mile fills every time it rains.
From QYAC: There should be allocated parking for residents at Toondah Harbour during holiday periods.
From room: There is orange netting blocking access to Cylinder Beach. Others in room said that the beach had become unsafe. Cr Ogilvie undertook to look at the situation and the Mayor spoke briefly about city wide erosion management planning.
From room: Attendee asked for update on sandmining on Stradbroke. The Member for Cleveland said he was trying to understand the implications of a letter that was sent to the Labor Party. The Mayor said she has written to the new minister to discuss the economic transition of the Stradbroke economy from mining.
From room: There is major parking issue here in the middle of Dunwich. Understand that there was a streetscape that was not completed. Cr Ogilvie: would like to see this completed. The Mayor acknowledged there is value for public transport and this should be addressed as part of the bigger picture problem.
From room: Attendee concerned about the amount of cars parked for long periods on the land opposite the police station. What can be done to curb long term parking in this location? Cr Ogilvie: This land is State Government owned and trusted to RCC.
From room: Will Toondah harbour go ahead? Mayor: it is business as usual and no indication from State Government otherwise.
From room: What solution is Council working on at South Gorge and that is man-made. Mayor: Due to the erosion following heavy rain we are looking at drainage that is causing run off. There have been on site inspections. The room asked if Bushcare could be in the loop on this issue.
From QYAC: Develop a community swimming pool like the Russell Island pool. Mayor: The community really wanted a pool and managed to pay for that pool through a levy. Council with SG created an arrangement for EQ to take over the management of the pool.
From room: The community put money into the school pool. How can we open up school pool to the community including life guards? Mayor: We will work with whoever we can to see if we can make it happen. Then it will be over to the community to run the pool.
From room: What is happening with the Bradbury Beach caravan park? Cr Ogilvie: This is not Council controlled.
From room – Can Council look at how we can control cats on the island? Mayor:
We have cat registration in Council. Cr Ogilvie: The Straddie wildlife forum have convened a meeting to raise this issue to Council. Mayor: The issue with local laws is enforcing compliance
From QYAC: Bill Clifton is working to get a RSPCA desexing unit over to Straddie. From room: if anyone sees feral dogs please let Bill Clifton know so they can be captured.
From room: Has council plans to do sewerage on other parts of the island? Mayor: Not at this time.