Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) residents are being urged to have their say on the Gumpi (Dunwich) draft Master Plan.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning Steven Miles said the draft master plan provides a blueprint to guide future residential, commercial, community, environmental and industrial land opportunities.
“I am calling on residents to play a part in helping decide the future growth and prosperity of their community,” Mr Miles said.
“The master plan can help drive their community’s economy and this is a chance for them to decide what is significant for their community.
“The draft master plan provides a basis for how to build on the township’s existing economy and position Gumpi as a gateway to the island by supporting its cultural, social and environmental values.
“Prior to COVID-19, we released a series of master plan options for comment which has helped shape the current draft master plan.
“Now it’s time to hear from the community on the draft plan’s vision and strategies along with a series of six catalytic projects to kick start improvements on the island.
“We want to identify future economic development opportunities in Gumpi which the community supports before we deliver the final master plan to ensure the final master plan reflects the aspirations of its people.”
The draft master plan aims to:
- identify areas for future residential, commercial, community, environmental and industrial land uses
- explore ways to better tell the Quandamooka story to visitors
- identify necessary upgrades to infrastructure and services to improve liveability
- acknowledge and respect cultural, social and environmental values
- enhance the area’s role and appeal as a tourism-friendly destination and gateway to Minjerribah.
The Gumpi (Dunwich) Master Plan is one of 23 Queensland Government initiatives under the Minjerribah Futures Program (previously the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy) which aims to diversify and expand the island’s economy.
“The Gumpi (Dunwich) Master Plan will be key to shaping the future development of the township leading to jobs and long-lasting economic benefits for the broader Minjerribah community,” Mr Miles said.
“I strongly encourage as many residents as possible to take the opportunity to ‘Have your say’ through the consultation and take part in delivering a bright future for Gumpi.”
The Deputy Premier also directed Redland City Council to amend its planning scheme to reflect the Temporary Local Planning Instrument No. 2 of 2020 – Quandamooka Land Aspirations Area (TLPI) that was made in September last year.
“The Queensland Government made the TLPI last year to ensure the Quandamooka people’s Native Title rights were recognised in relation to 25 parcels of land that provide for residential and commercial opportunities on Quandamooka Country,” Mr Miles said.
“I am now directing Redland City Council to amend its planning scheme to include the provisions of the TLPI, including the bushfire mitigation measures to give the Quandamooka people long-term certainty.”
Mr Miles said the 25 land parcels on Minjerribah are in Dunwich (Gumpi), Amity (Pulan Pulan) and Point Lookout (Mulumba).
“This will give the Quandamooka people important land and residential opportunities and encourage investment, economic resilience and economic diversity for the community.”
The TLPI is in place for up to two years until 14 September 2022 providing council with the opportunity to amend its planning scheme.
All proposed development over the 25 land parcels must address development constraints and will require development approval from the Redland City Council and, in some instances, may require approval by the department’s State Assessment and Referral Agency.