North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Group to be established

30 July 2014

Member for Cleveland Dr Mark Robinson today announced plans to establish a transition group to help chart the shift of North Stradbroke Island (NSI) from sand mining to an alternative economy.

Dr Robinson said he had the support of the Government to form a NSI Economic Transition Group to help plan for the island’s economic future and he had asked Redland City Mayor Karen Williams to share the role of group chair.

 “Much work will need to be done if we are to ensure a smooth transition over coming years from mining to an alternative economy,” he said.

“To achieve this aim we will need all parties to be working collaboratively towards a common goal – a sustainable future for the island and its people.

“The formation of an economic future group will run in parallel to the well-established Quandamooka round table formed to address the implementation of the important ILUA on NSI with the Quandamooka people.

“I would envisage that both groups will work together on a vision and strategy for the island’s future, with both the empowerment of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community in generating a real economically viable future for North Stradbroke Island as it transitions from a mining to an alternative economy.”

Dr Robinson said membership for the NSI Economic Transition Group could be drawn from business and community leaders who have both an existing interest in the island and a vision for its future. 

“Prominent business and government entities such as Straddie Camping, Straddie Chamber, Stradbroke Ferries, The University of Queensland, Sibelco and Redland City Council will work alongside community representatives who will be invited to join the group to investigate and help plan a viable future for the island,” he said

“Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has committed to delegating a senior officer from his Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning to be part of the group.

“Mr Seeney has told me that DSDIP will also provide support, including economic analysis and economic strategies, development facilitation and land use planning and development.”

Cr Williams said she was pleased to be able to play a role in the transitional process.

“We have to plan carefully to ensure we address the issues that could flow from the cessation of sand mining – job losses and a dramatic impact on the local economy and local residents,” she said.

“Redland City Council supports a well-planned approach to the future and is ready to support the Government in driving the actions needed for a successful transition.

 “The transition will require time and careful planning if we are to seize and maximise future opportunities.

“I have been supported by Dr Robinson in writing to the Government to outline the transitional group concept and to seek support and am pleased the Government agrees that we need to start the process of planning for the island’s economic future now.

“The formation of an economic transition group with appropriate representation of government, business and the community to advise government is critical to the future planning needs and economic development of the island.”