QYAC and Toondah Harbour Redevelopment

Redlands2030 website reports

“The Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) recently explained its position on plans for development at Toondah Harbour.

QYAC is a Registered Prescribed Body Corporate created under the Native Title Act 1993to manage the recognised Native Title rights and interests of the Quandamooka People.

In 2015 the Redland City Bulletin  reported  “Stradbroke’s Quandamooka people back Cleveland Harbour revamp”. Since then, QYAC’s position on plans for development at Toondah Harbour has been the subject of some misconceptions.

In a carefully worded statement to many stakeholders (copy below), QYAC CEO Cameron Costello recently made a number of points which set out his organisation’s position on development at Toondah Harbour. Key points include:

  • QYAC has consistently supported an upgrade of Toondah Harbour but only if this brings about economic development opportunities for the Quandamooka People.
  • The Quandamooka People as Traditional Owners for the area on which the PDA is proposed should be appropriately consulted on the development.
  • QYAC was not consulted by either the Redland City Council or the State Government prior to the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area being declared in 2013.
  • QYAC reiterates comments made in its 2014 submission to the State Government (copy below) that the “preservation of and enhancement of public and open space is important” and that the “development is likely to impact upon sensitive environmental areas, and this should be addressed including in particular any concerns with existing Ramsar Areas” .
  • At no point has QYAC given support to any Master Plans provided by Walker Corporation.
  • Allegations that QYAC has received a financial gift from Walker Corporation are incorrect and false
  • QYAC lodged its Quandamooka Coast Claim (which includes the Toondah Harbour Area) in 2016 as a direct response to the Toondah Harbour PDA, to ensure that the Quandamooka People’s cultural heritage and native title rights and interests were protected”.

Full transcript is available at

https://redlands2030.net/qyac-comments-toondah-harbour-plans/

World Heritage Listing of Moreton Bay

The process to nominate Moreton Bay for World Heritage listing started in 2017. The state government has budgeted $1.3 million to develop the nomination of North Stradbroke and Moreton islands as a World Heritage Area.

QYAC chief executive officer Cameron Costello said that it was uncommon for a listing process to be led by traditional owners.

The proposed area for listing was 3200 square kilometres covering North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island and Moreton Bay. Retrieved from https://redlands2030.net/quandamooka-world-heritage-listing/

Dredging in the World Heritage Listed Moreton Bay would be prohibited, effectively meaning that  the Toondah Harbour redevelopment could not go ahead.