THE marina development at North Harbour, Burpengary, is a step closer after work in the Caboolture River was given the green light.
North Harbour developers North East Business Park, along with neighbouring developer Trask Development Corporation, applied to the State Government to carry out work that would allow construction of the marina on the south bank of the river.
The government wanted reassurances that the work would have no impact on the river, landholders and marine life.
It also wanted assurances on who would be responsible for managing eronsion on the northern bank, apposite the proposed marina.
Moreton Bay Regional councillors, at the December Coordination Meeting, agreed to take responsibility for the funding, ownership and ongoing maintenance of areas within the application area.
It was believed that Unitywater would also contribute to the erosion works.
North Harbour project director Peter Lightbody said there were still some steps to go before the marina went ahead, but it was an important step.
“There has been a lot of discusssion over who does what in the river,” he said.
“This council resolution means the council will look after the northern bank along with Unitywater with us as proponants on the southern bank.
“That means some entity has been identified for all componants and hopefully it is a way forward and a catalyst to get approval.”
Cr Peter Flannery (Div 2) said there would be significant economic benefits as a result of the decision.
“Caboolture River is currently eroding and I believe in the future we’ll have to take action to prevent erosion to our assets along there,” he said.
“The Federal Government has previously said they are happy for this to occur. There is a lot of community support for this, people are asking me when is it going to happen.”
Cr Adam Hain (Div 3) said once competed North Harbour would be “the most significant development in the northern end of the region” and a “game changer”.
Crs Darren Grimwade and Allan Sutherland declared a conflict of interest as one of the applicants was a political donor of theirs, left the Chamber and did not vote.
Trask Development Corporation owns land next to the North Harbour project and has been working with North East Business Park on getting approvals.
North Harbour developers North East Business Park, with neighbouring developer Trask Development Corporation, applied to the State Government to carry out work that would allow construction of the marina on the river’s south bank.
The government wanted reassurances work would not impact the river, landholders or marine life and to know who was responsible for managing erosion on the north bank, opposite the proposed marina.
Moreton Bay Regional councillors last week agreed to take responsibility for the funding, ownership and ongoing maintenance of areas within the application area.
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Brisbane Plans CBD Riverfront Renewal
New plans to revitalise Brisbane’s CBD riverfront, a 1.2 kilometre stretch of river frontage from the City Botanic Gardens to Howard Smith Wharves, has been released.
New ferry and CityCat terminals are included in Brisbane City Council’s draft master-plan, which aims to improve river access and cement the CBD river frontage into “a world-class employment and lifestyle precinct”.
The draft plan includes an increase of the current pathway to an eight-metre-wide promenade which would span the riverfront, and includes an increase of green-space, trees, and public art.
“This is just one of the ways we are making the Brisbane of tomorrow even better than the Brisbane of today,” Brisbane City Council said of the draft plans released on Thursday.
The riverfront precinct is currently home to more than 30 dining destinations and 1.6 hectares of parkland.
The draft plan also includes a proposed new green bridge connection at Kangaroo Point.
“It’s part of our bigger plan to connect people and places,” City Planning Chair Matthew Bourke said.
Bourke says the draft plan took cues from well-known waterfronts, including the likes of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and Singapore’s Marina Bay.
Property giant Dexus is under way on its $1.4 billion Waterfront project transforming Brisbane’s Eagle Street Pier.
Council’s draft masterplan for Brisbane’s riverfront will be open to public consultation from Monday 11 November through to early December.
The final masterplan will be released in 2020.
State Government Commits $60m to The Spit Masterplan
The Queensland government has unveiled three infrastructure projects it will begin work on as part of the $60 million commitment made earlier this year at The Spit on the Gold Coast.
The projects are slated for completion by November 2020, following the release of The Spit Masterplan in May this year that proposed to transform The Spit, located at the northern end of Main Beach on the Gold Coast, into an “Ocean Park”.
The projects chosen for delivery, an initial $6.8 million investment, include a 675-metre cycle pathway upgrade to the Seaway Promenade, community infrastructure works on the Moondarewa Spit and share pathways linking the Muriel Henchman precinct to Doug Jennings Park.
“The projects will be the opening wave of a series of public and private developments,” minister for State Development Cameron Dick said.
Gold Coast Waterways Authority chief executive Hal Morris described the Spit masterplan as a “game changer” for the precinct.
The Queensland government released the masterplan for The Spit following an 18-month process, addressing plans for development within each of the seven precincts. Plans include the potential for a cruise ship terminal located in the northern part of Philip Park.
Just this month, Meriton founder Harry Triguboff chimed into the case for a cruise ship terminal in the area calling it “a must have” for the city.
But local users of The Spit are divided on the proposal, with concern the area could become too overdeveloped.
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The Spit is a permanent sand structure that separates the Gold Coast Broadwater from the Pacific Ocean.
Work has already begun on planning and design on the Seaworld Drive shared pathways.
While design works on improvements to the Seaway Promenade and community infrastructure works on the Moondarewa Spit will commence shortly.
Gold Coast-based developer Sunland Group last month listed a 3.9hectare site it had owned for 20 years at The Spit, dubbed “the largest coastal strip development opportunity”.
Contractor on Queen’s Wharf Neville Bonner Bridge Announced
Fitzgerald Constructions Australia will build the Neville Bonner Bridge, a pedestrian link between Southbank and the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development.
The Neville Bonner Bridge, named after Australia’s first Indigenous member of the Parliament, will be Brisbane’s newest bridge in more than 10 years.
Estimates have put the project’s cost at around $100 million, but Destination Brisbane Consortium’s Simon Crooks said that the bridge “fits within the overall development budget” and that the consortium had not released a cost.
While the project still remains subject to approvals and state government endorsement, Crooks said initial works are expected kick off by March next year.
“The bridge will be built from South Bank first across the river to join with the integrated resort development’s retail, food and beverage level,” Crooks said.
The construction contract will take around 24 months to complete and cross over the top of the Riverside Expressway.
Works will start at South Bank between the Wheel of Brisbane and the river’s edge.
Bonner, born on Ukerebagh Island on the Tweed River, New South Wales in 1922, was named Australian of the Year in 1979.
When asked of his greatest achievement in the Senate, his response, “I think the fact that I was there. That an Aboriginal was there,” the Australian of the year honour roll reveals.
Fitzgerald Constructions, a specialist marine works and bridge building company, recent projects include the new road bridge at The Star Gold Coast.
The Cottee Parker-designed $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development, delivered by Destination Brisbane Consortium, is a joint venture led by The Star Entertainment Group, its Hong Kong-based partners, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium.
The private development will be managed by ASX-listed Star Entertainment Group for its 99-year duration lease from the Queensland Government.
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