Chamber of Commerce Presents 20-Year Plan for Redcliffe Bayside Area

Man-made island and floating water park are some of the ideas for the peninsula.

Redcliffe Peninsula Chamber of Commerce presented its 20-year vision for the Redcliffe bayside in a bid to spark business and economic growth in the area.

The proposal made by the group includes creation of a state-of-the-art maritime precinct and an artificial island. The chamber revealed the draft Redcliffe Foreshore Masterplan and Activation Strategy before the Moreton Bay Regional Council on March 17. More than 100 people attended the presentation.

The chamber, which represents businesses in the bay area, promises to continue its discussion with the government and the community as it proceeds to the second phase of the plan. The group has been invited by the council to a second meeting on March 29.

The council expressed that it is already considering some of the plans, including the construction of a floating water park, on-water services and coffee carts. Other projects that will be undertaken include a shuttle bus service around Redcliffe Peninsula, maritime taxis, creation of dive sites and single-lane Redcliffe Jetty Markets.

Appeal for Economic Stimulation

The community has been clamouring for the activation of a marina space in Redcliffe. One of the requests is for the return of the car barge from Redcliffe to Moreton Island.

The chamber already found support for its plans from Luke Howarth, federal LNP MP for Petrie, and Yvette D’Ath, state Labor MP for Redcliffe. Ms D’Ath emphasised the importance of a long-term development plan to spur economic growth while protecting community culture and lifestyle.

Chamber board member Brad Flynn said that the community needs a stronger economic base to help small businesses grow. Recent statistics showed that the Redcliffe Peninsula lagged behind Newport in terms of employment, income, housing and education.

Mr Flynn stressed the need to grow the number of visitors to the bayside to stimulate business and employment in the area.