Council announces master plan for Redcliffe foreshore activation
In a pilot program for South East Queensland, Moreton Bay Regional Council has today unveiled its master plan and long-term vision for Redcliffe’s foreshore precincts, which will see council slash red tape to incentivise, trial and attract inflatable water parks, food trucks and other pop-up vendors at nine key locations.
Moreton Bay councillors adopted the Redcliffe Foreshore Master Plan and Activation Strategy at their Co-ordination Committee Meeting on Tuesday, October 3 following an extensive consultation period that included two rounds of community and stakeholder engagement, more than 600 survey responses, local business forums and one-on-one interviews.
Mayor Allan Sutherland said the master plan covers 15km and 30 parks of the Redcliffe Peninsula foreshore in nine key locations to open up to new opportunities for temporary and semi-permanent activities like food trucks, paddle-board hire and tourism-based operators, as well as a trial of an inflatable water park at Pelican Park, Clontarf.
“Residents, visitors and businesses have long been calling for new opportunities along our beaches and seaside parks, and it’s why I’m pleased to announce the new Redcliffe Foreshore Master Plan and Activation Strategy,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“The master plan will overhaul the previous application process, which business and community told us was too cumbersome, and introduce a new streamlined booking system for pre-approved businesses who will be scoped through an EOI process.
The new booking process will also include flexibility for one-off applicants.
“Survey respondents also overwhelmingly told us they wanted an inflatable water park, which is why I’m also pleased to announce that as part of the master plan, council is working with the state government and private operators to trial an inflatable water park at Clontarf.
The nine key locations:
Precinct 1: Clontarf Beach, Pelican and Bells Beach Parks
Precinct 2: Bicentennial and Woody Point Parks
Precinct 3: Scotts Point, Progress, Lahore and Gayundah Arboretum Parks
Precinct 4: Suttons Beach and Margate Beach Parks
Precinct 5: Settlement Cove, Redcliffe Jetty and Captain Cook Parks
Precinct 6: Queens Beach and Grant Parks
Precinct 7: Scarborough Beach Park and Bill Marsh Lookout
Precinct 8: Thurecht, Jamieson and Tingira Parks
Precinct 9: Endeavour Park
“What type of activities can be held at each of the nine precincts has been based on what the community told us, the individual character of each location and extensive technical assessments."
Division 6 Councillor Koliana Winchester said she looked forward to seeing the types of businesses that could potentially utilise Redcliffe’s beachside and outdoor areas.
“Under the new master plan, places like Suttons Beach will be able to open up to deck chair and umbrella hire, while areas like Bicentennial Park at Woody Point can be utilised for Eat Street-style markets," Cr Winchester said.
“Whether you’re an existing business in Redcliffe who wants to extend their footprint, an established food truck operator or someone who wants to explore new business ideas that utilise our foreshore areas, the overwhelming feedback has been to open up opportunities to utilise our beaches and foreshores.
"I'm excited to see the types of opportunities residents and visitors will be in for."
Mayor Sutherland said from more mobile, small and medium activities like deck chair hire, coffee carts and outdoor exhibitions to large-scale uses like water parks, monthly car shows and annual events, the master plan is the catalyst to unlocking new, exciting opportunities so our community can enjoy even more of our vibrant peninsula.
"The new master plan will add to council's continued investment in economic development for Moreton Bay, including the new train line, which connects residents along the Sunshine Coast line and the rest of SEQ to Redcliffe via rail," Mayor Sutherland said.
“Additionally, the master plan sets-up long-term strategies to look potentially look at more frequent use of places like Pelican Park for motorised water sport activities and Bee Gees Way for event bookings.
“Already we’re seeing elements of the master plan in action with the new ferry service from the Redcliffe Jetty to Moreton Island, and a trial of an off-leash dog area in Scarborough.
Mayor Sutherland said council would now work towards implementing the new assessment system and EOI process as well as exploring some of the longer terms opportunities identified in the plan.
“The master plan is a pilot trial for the region that could pave the way for future activations in foreshore areas at Bribie Island and other outdoor public areas across the region.”
Division 5 Councillor James Houghton thanked the community and local businesses for their input, with many key themes raised during consultation forming the basis of the final plan.
“In engaging with the community and stakeholders, council received more than 600 online survey responses and almost 200 ideas from its public displays,” Cr Houghton said.
“Among the themes taken forward from the consultation period: opportunities for greater diversity in the food and markets on offer, facilitating a wide variety of inclusive activities and attracting visitors to business hubs.
“Importantly, elements like making sure any activation complements our existing businesses and retains the character of each individual location have been brought into the master plan.”
For more information or to download a copy of the new Redcliffe Foreshore Master Plan and Activation Strategy visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/redcliffe-foreshore-masterplan.