Construction works commenced this week (Monday 21 October 2019) for the new car park on Moores Rd, Redland Bay within the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area (PDA) project.
Redland City Council-owned subsidiary Redland Investment Corporation is working with Council to develop the car park within the PDA project.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the exciting project would provide valuable infrastructure for the community, including the ground level car park with a boardwalk and a footbridge connecting the Moores Road site to the Redland Bay Marina.
“Anyone who has been down to Weinam Creek knows how popular it is and so Council has listened to the community and is working to help meet the high demand for car parking,” she said.
“The final design plans for the overall masterplan and future stages of the project are currently being finalised and will include secure car parks and a multi-deck car park within the Redland Bay Marina precinct.
“Once the Moores Rd car park is complete it can be used for parking, allowing work to start on the extra car parking at the ferry terminal, which will provided additional parking for both island and mainland residents.”
Division 5 Councilor Mark Edwards said the footbridge will provide more direct access to the marina, accommodating foot traffic and bicycles as well as mobility scooters.
“Once the footbridge has been constructed, it will take on average five to ten minutes to walk from the ferry terminal to the car park,” he said.
“Other features of the plan include improved drop off and storage facilities for residents, more than 21,000sq m of new public open space, the rejuvenation of 46,920sq m of existing parkland, new pedestrian and cycle ways and the construction of a new public boat ramp.
“There will also be mixed use and medium density residential development, retail and commercial spaces including cafes, restaurants and grocery outlets, as well as the potential for a health precinct for mainland and island residents,” Cr Edwards said.
Cr Williams said the Weinam Creek PDA project provided a valuable opportunity to showcase the area as a community focal point and a regional gateway to the islands as well as creating jobs and supporting economic development within the region.
The construction of the stage one car park on Moores Road is expected to take approximately six months to complete, with plans for the new car park to be open to the public in April 2020.