Redland City Council this week opened the new Moores Road car park in Redland Bay.
Council partnered with Council-owned subsidiary Redland Investment Corporation to deliver the new car park, footbridge and connecting pathways which form part of Stage 1 of the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area (PDA) redevelopment project.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council is excited to provide this valuable infrastructure for the community, bringing some much-needed relief to some of the parking concerns for Southern Moreton Bay Island commuters.
â€œCouncil has listened to the community and is working to help meet the high demand for car parking,â€ Cr Williams said.
â€œThe Moores Road carpark will include about 500 additional car parks for Southern Moreton Bay Island commuters, with time limits to be considered and assessed.â€
The new footbridge and connecting pathways between the Moores Road car park will provide access to the Marina, accommodating foot traffic and bicycles as well as mobility scooters, taking an average of seven minutes to walk to the ferry terminal.
Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the addition of the new car parking area on Moores Road is an integral part of the overall masterplan and will serve as overflow parking while works on the northern side of the creek commence.
â€œThe overall masterplan and future stages are expected to be lodged for approval to later this month and will include additional on and off-street car parks and secure and public multi-deck car parking within the Redland Bay Marina precinct,â€ Cr Edwards said.
â€œOther features of the plan include improved drop-off and storage facilities for Southern Moreton Bay Island residents to store goods in lockers at the ferry terminal while commuters park and walk back hands-free. There will also be more than 21,000sq m of new public open space, the rejuvenation of more than 46,000sq m of existing parkland, new pedestrian and cycle ways, and the construction of a new public boat ramp.Â
â€œThere will also be mixed-use and medium-density residential development, retail and commercial spaces including cafes, restaurants and grocery outlets, as well as a health precinct for mainland and island residents,â€ Cr Edwards said.
Cr Williams said the project provided a valuable opportunity to showcase Weinam Creek as a community focal point and a regional gateway to the islands as well as creating jobs and supporting economic development within the region.Â
Once the overall masterplan has been lodged, it will be available for public comment.