Where is the land?

    The land purchased by Council from the Commonwealth Government is at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale. The land is bounded by Tingalpa Creek and historic Willard’s Farm, close to Capalaba as a regional centre and approximately 23 kilometres east of the Brisbane CBD.

    How large is the parcel of land?

    The land occupies a total of 61.78 hectares. 

    How much did it cost to purchase?

    Council paid $4.1 million and thanks the Federal Government for agreeing to the sale. Council negotiated over many months to have the Commonwealth reduce the asking price from the original amount to a figure that provided value for money for the community.

    Why was the land purchased?

    The land was a strategic purchase by Council for the community. There was some concern that the Commonwealth would sell the land for residential subdivision. Council successfully acquired the property off-market to prevent this potential use. 

    What is the history of the site?

    It was previously used by the Federal Government's Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for radio communications infrastructure.

    Located on the land is a building constructed by the American Army Corp that was used to house a US Army Radio Receiving Station during WWII. The radio station is believed to have received the first message in Australia in August 1945 that the Japanese had surrendered. The radio station was built on one of Redlands Coast's earliest farms. The WWII building was used by General MacArthur while he was in Australia and has been relatively undisturbed since the end of the war. It allowed General MacArthur to keep in radio contact with Washington.

    The land also has known Aboriginal cultural heritage sites, which Council will ensure are protected.

    Will the cultural heritage, historical and environmental values of the land be protected?

    The off-market sale included a Security of Purpose condition and a Conservation Agreement in line with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (Cwlth) Act 1999. The conservation agreement requires the conservation and management of the flora and fauna within the existing zoned conservation areas, and for heritage assets (Aboriginal and European) on the land.

    What cultural heritage, historical and ecological studies and reports have been done to understand the values of the site?

    When purchasing the land Council considered the following reports and investigations:

    ·  Environmental Investigation.

    Prepared by Environmental Resources Management Pty Ltd, the purpose of this report dated April 2018 was to identify any constraints and opportunities at the site pertaining to matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) protected under the Environmental Protection and Biosecurity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

    ·  Indigenous Cultural Heritage Assessment.  

    Prepared by Everick Heritage Consultants and commissioned by Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, the purpose of this Part 6 Cultural Heritage Study report dated April 2018 was to assist The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in their proposed redevelopment of the land. 

    ·  Heritage Assessment.

    Prepared by Jacobs, the purpose of this report dated December 2016 was to identify potential historic and Indigenous heritage values to meet the requirements of the Environmental Protection and Biosecurity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

    ·  Due Diligence Report.

    Prepared by Herbert Smith Freehills Lawyers, this report dated July 2018 outlined the findings of 24 individual Statutory Searches and Enquiries and 25 Property Searches. 

    ·  Site Planning and Constraints Memo.

    What will the land be used for?

    There have been many discussions regarding potential uses for the land, including for education, a university, recreation, sporting facilities and environmental reserves. Council has committed to engaging with the Redlands Coast community regarding protection of the site’s values as well as potential future uses for it.

    What could the land be used for?

    The Security of Purpose condition and Conservation Agreement negotiated with the Commonwealth Government at purchase require that the flora and fauna in existing conservation areas, and Aboriginal and European heritage assets be conserved and managed. The potential uses that the balance of the land could be put to would be governed by the zones and overlays that apply to it.

    What planning scheme zones apply?

    The 61.78 hectare site comprises approximately 44.78 hectares of land zoned Conservation, and approximately 17 hectares of cleared area zoned Community Purposes.

    What is the purpose of the Conservation zone in Redland City Plan 2018?

    The purpose of the Conservation zone code is to provide for the protection of land which supports significant biological diversity and ecological functions. This purpose would be achieved through: maintenance or enhancement of landscape qualities, environmental values and ecological functions of the land; small scale development limited to management and conservation activities, or nature-based education, tourism and recreation; avoiding further fragmentation of the land; and ensuring that any development is compatible with flooding and storm tide hazards or other drainage constraints affecting the land, and minimises adverse impacts on scenic and natural values of the land.

    What is the purpose of the Community Purposes zone in Redland City Plan 2018?

    The purpose of the Community Purposes zone code is to provide for community related activities and facilities that meet the needs of the existing and future users.

    What planning scheme overlays apply?

    The City Plan overlays identify the site as being affected by a range of environmental values and potential hazards that may limit development potential in parts of the site subject to further technical assessment and design responses:

    1. Environmental Significance: The site contains Matters of State and Local Environmental Significance. The areas identified as MSES and MLES generally align with the high and medium koala bushland habitat and the regional ecosystem. However, some additional areas of MLES are identified within the community purpose zoned portion of the site.

    2. Flood and Storm Tide: Parts of the site are identified as being affected by storm tide inundation and overland flooding during 1 in 100 year events.

    3. Bushfire Hazard: Consistent with the State Planning Policy, the City Plan identifies the site is affected by bushfire hazard. Almost the entire site is identified as being exposed to high and medium potential bushfire intensity or located within potential bushfire impact buffers.

    4. Landslide Hazard: A relatively small portion of the site along the creek embankment identified as being affected by high, medium and low landslide hazard. This area is located within the conservation zoned portion of the site.

    5. Coastal Protection: Consistent with the State Planning Policy and Coastal Act, the site is identified as being located within a coastal management district.

    6. Waterway Corridor and Wetland: The strip of land adjoining Tingalpa Creek and included within the conservation zoned portion is identified as a waterway corridor.

    7. Transport Noise: The site adjoins a designated road transport noise corridor.

    In addition to the Planning Overlay values and hazards any future development will be subject to the Conservation Agreement and site based Heritage Management Plan. 

    Are there any other constraints on the land?

    Additional obligations include that:

    ·  Council must continue to allow Air Services Australia access to their property, and

    ·  Prior to any development occurring on the land, Council must prepare and implement a Heritage Management Plan for the Indigenous Heritage and Heritage values identified and found on the land.

    What stakeholder engagement regarding future use is planned?

    Council has committed to engaging the community on this strategic parcel of land. In Phase 1 Council will seek feedback from the community to better understand site values. In Phase 2 Council will seek feedback from the community concerning potential future uses.