Community and stakeholder consultation has now opened on the Scarborough Boat Harbour Draft Master Plan, providing an opportunity for locals to have their say on the long-term vision for the popular harbour.
The draft master plan has been informed by initial ideas and feedback gathered from community members and stakeholder groups in 2021. It aims to protect and guide future development at the boat harbour, which is an important part of the social, cultural and economic fabric of Redcliffe Peninsula and the broader Moreton Bay region.
Consultation on the draft plan is critical to ensure community and stakeholder input is incorporated before the master plan is finalised. The finalised document will be used by decision-makers as a strategic tool for protecting and developing the boat harbour.
Scarborough Boat Harbour is one of eight government-owned and operated marinas along the Queensland coastline. Originally constructed in the 1960s and 1970s to encourage recreational boating, these harbors were intended to give boaters safe, all-tide access to the water as well as spur the growth of commercial marine enterprises.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey strongly encouraged community members and stakeholder groups to provide feedback on the draft plan.
“In doing so, it will provide safe and efficient access to Queensland waters, promote activities that are commercially and environmentally sustainable, support the maritime industry, generate local employment and tourism, and improve the harbour’s appeal for the community and visitors,” said Mr Bailey.
Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said she welcomes consultation on the draft master plan for the harbour.
“This is an important step in planning for the future of the Redcliffe Peninsula and I look forward to working through the feedback,” she said.
Feedback is open until 11 December 2023 via the Department of Transport and Main Road’s website. Community members are encouraged to review the draft master plan and provide their perspective on the long-term vision proposed for Scarborough Boat Harbour.
Following the community consultation on the draft master plan until December, the Master Plan is expected to be finalised by mid-2024.