In the last few days news has broken about the Scarborough Marina closing which is currently operated by Compass Marina Australia. Now this is all available information that I found on Google but it did take some digging. I apologize in advance for the length of this post but it was unavoidable.
I want to make it clear from the outset that this is just a lot of information that I found on google without asking the people in the know what is really going on. Why have I not tried to confirm any of this… It is simple really, I do not believe I would be told the truth. Past performance tells me they wouldn’t tell us anything until it is too late and if they do tell us anything substantial now it is only because an election is looming but I like to call a spade a spade so here is what I have found.
This is a quote on the Compass Marina Website - Compass Marina was established in 2010 with the vision of creating Redcliffe’s premier modern maritime facility, as well as revitalising a previously under-utilised precinct of the beautiful Scarborough Precinct. The complex is an ongoing project, with future stages planned.
Next I found the Port of Brisbane’s Annual Report 2009/2010. If you have a read of the entire document you can see more about what their vision for the future was back then. This is found on page 30 but there is more mention of the marina throughout the document. http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/Documents/TableOffice/TabledPapers/2009/5309T1196.pdf
Next I would like to draw your attention to a recently announced strategic plan made by the Moreton Maritime Alliance that makes mention of the Scarborough Marina and others within the Moreton Bay Area. This doesn’t exactly tell you what the planned upgrades are but it does say they are approved and coming, just doesn’t tell us what or when.
Moreton Maritime Alliance Strategic Plan - https://www.moretonmaritime.com.au/vision-strategic-plan?fbclid=IwAR0W7J_FFgveV9CA8MWOG_lRqcoXfJrZC0IxBlMbI8aitfdC7tEni1ZHEHM
News articles say Compass Marinas have been in a battle with the state government over rent costs but I wonder if there is more to the story now that I have read all this information. In the Port of Brisbane’s 2009/2010 Annual Report it makes mention that Compass Marina was unable to secure approvals for upgrade back then. So I am wondering if they really do owe back rent or this is a battle because they could not gain approvals for upgrades back then? Or has there now been an approved application for a major upgrade of this facility and for whatever reason Compass Marinas can no longer uphold their end of the deal which is why it is closing? All valid questions but I doubt anyone wants to answer them.
This is the article in the Redcliffe & Bayside Herald, published on on 20/02/2020 is about the marina closing after an 8 year legal battle - https://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/moreton/tenants-given-weeks-to-find-a-new-berth-for-their-vessels/news-story/0109c5c71e22a21134d2fdba866ca171
Now this is where I find it gets interesting. Redcliffe & Bayside Herald wrote this article on the 4/10/2019 about Uni Students who came up with a state of the art maritime facility on the Scarborough Marina Land. I have to say it does look pretty amazing, the Moreton Bay Region has some world class educational facilities available so this would be a great addition in the future if done with minimal to no environmental impacts - “The plans include hotels, ocean baths, maritime museums, community buildings, ocean and wildlife research centres, ferry terminals and boat building facilities.”
This tends to be in line with the information in the PoB’s Annual Report 2009/2010 as well as everything else I have found while researching. I am not saying this is why they are closing nor am I saying this kind of development will happen but there is a lot of secrecy around this closure and no one is talking.
The only thing we do know is that the State Government are pushing hard of growth in this region which is to be expected but poorly managed progress has to stop. It’s time we use a little common sense and a lot of foresight before saying yes to developments. So have a read of all the links I have included and do some research yourself because this coming election will be a game changer in our region.
#ScarboroughMarina #Tellustherealtruth #Timeforchange #MBRC #CheriePorterMBRCMayor2020
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While there is alot of controversy about how we came to have the USC Moreton Bay Campus it is hard to deny it's importance in our region.
We have some exceptional schools in Moreton Bay and it's only right we have a place to further that education without having to move away from the family home.
Only a few more weeks till open day.
February 2nd is World Wetlands Day. There are festivities all around the region so I went Osprey House to learn more. There is lots to see and do. #MBRC2020 #OspreyHouse #WorldWetlandsDay #OurHome #ProtectOurWaterways
Good Morning Moreton Bay! Let’s talk about election signage!
Yesterday after work I had a meeting with a local print designer for election advertising material and it comes as no surprise to people but the amount of signage, how to vote cards and in your face advertising you are allowed is just out of control.
Did you know a Mayoral candidate can display 300 disposable plastic signs as well as how to vote cards, tv/radio advertising, websites, social media, advertising on shirts, business cards, car stickers, etc. Some of which also have time restrictions on their display or distribution.
There is no denying that the idea of roadside advertising signage does have advantages but there is a lot to consider when it comes to deciding how you advertise. There is a lot of legislation about the design, the material it is made from, the placement around the region, the timing with which you are allowed to display different types of advertising, not to mention requiring public liability insurance on roadside advertising. Some of which must be authorised and approved before you are able to distribute them.
That is a lot of time and money spent on something that goes in the bin because the law does not allow them to be displayed after the election. I am genuinely undecided on the path of advertising I take because while I know it has some advantages, I personally do not like the idea of contributing to the excess wastage we see in elections.
Read the local laws here - https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/…/Licences…/Election-Signs
Let’s hear your point of view when it comes to advertising in elections.
#MBRCMayor2020 #Timeforchange #Doingitdifferently
Parking in and around the Redcliffe Hospital has been an issue for far too long. While they are finally building the hospital there is no guarantee it will change the parking in neighbouring streets due to the cost of parking.
I have only had to deal with this a year but neighbours have put up with this for 20+ years. Ignored by local council, the hospital have no jurisdiction over this, the local member is also only offering lip service.
Everyone tells me to get them towed but it just doesn't seem right nor does it solve the problem. One gets removed another parks in its place.
Imagine having to deal with this everyday and being told too bad just be careful leaving your driveway by everyone who is meant to uphold the local laws.
Being a citizen of the region who has had their issues fall on deaf ears is what has lead me to run for council.
Here we go again.
Sandstone Point Hotel has submitted a Tourist Park Extension for an additional 124 sites. http://pdonline.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/…/Appli…/default.aspx…
Our council is in limbo with so many conflicts of interest even voting on lunch comes with its own set of challenges and yet the Sandstone Point Hotel is attempting to expand again despite a large number of objectors to their previous application change to raise the number of major events as well as holding multi day events to be classified as one major event.
I started a facebook group (Moreton Bay Area - Rants, Raves & Traffic) which was originally for the residents of Sandstone Point who were feeling ignored and bullied in this area by big businessmen and the very council they elected responsible for their homes. I know because I was one of those objectors who did not accept these terms of change yet like always felt like my opinion fell on deaf ears. This quickly gained the attention of those big businessmen and their associates and before long I was in the firing line for not being a supporter of the changes.
A ‘NO’ uttered with the deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘YES’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
No more extensive development at the Sandstone Point Hotel site without being held responsible for the negative impacts to the area such as the environment, the residential neighbouring properties who never thought they would have an open air concert arena next door or the rest of Bribie Island and Surrounding Area which is suffering as a result of these approvals prior to the road infrastructure being upgraded.
If this is something you disagree with please be sure to make a submission to the Moreton Bay Regional Council before the close of business on the 10th of February 2020.
“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” - Thomas Jefferson
It is with great pleasure that I have announced my Candidacy for Mayor of Moreton Bay Regional Council in the March election.
This has been a dream of mine all my life. I have no developer connections and no friends in high places. I am just a single mum who has decided to chase her dream of making a difference in her beloved community.
I was born in the Redcliffe Hospital and was raised on Bribie Island. I have lived in many different areas of our council and will always call this area my home.
I am not going to pretend to know it all about the inner workings of the Government but it is time Local Councils held the State and Federal government accountable for their responsibilities within our region. We are in control of town planning and the road infrastructure simply has not kept up with growth.
Enough is enough. It's time for a real change in our council.