Dunwich Harbour is widely recognised as the main entry point to North Stradbroke Island (NSI) – also known as Minjerribah to the island’s Traditional Owners the Quandamooka people. As the harbour provides visitors with their first impression of the island, it’s a vital component of helping create the vision for North Stradbroke to be Australia’s most desirable island tourist destination and community.
Developing a long-term master plan focused on Dunwich Harbour, waterfront and its surrounds will help with land use planning and drive future commercial, cultural and recreational investment opportunities once sand mining ends on the island.
For example, it may identify opportunities for a day visitor precinct at Dunwich that could offer visitors nature, adventure and education focussed tourism experiences. It will also consider transport infrastructure and amenities, as well as other complementary services.
Developed in partnership with the Dunwich (Goompi) community, the masterplan aims to reflect community aspirations and vision. It will highlight unique aspects of North Stradbroke Island and Quandamooka culture including features such as public art, recreation and cultural activities.
The Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning (DILGP) is project lead for the master plan.
Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
- Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation
- Redland City Council
- Straddie Chamber of Commerce
- North Stradbroke Island residents and business operators
- Other relevant Queensland Government agencies
Expected economic benefits
- Strengthen first impressions by island visitors that NSI is an attractive destination and community which, in turn, will help increase its appeal and economic activity.
- Create new development and investment opportunities
- Provide a framework for developing new day visitor attractions and amenities at Dunwich Harbour boosting business and job creation.
Expected social benefits
- Provide a framework for future development reflecting the community vision and aspirations
- Increase community prosperity through job opportunities created by new development
Expected cultural and environmental benefits
- Unique aspects of Quandamooka and island culture featuring in the master plan will promote cultural exchange and sharing of knowledge with the community and visitors.
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Images courtesy Redland Libraries Local History & Heritage Collection
Project achievements to date
- Queensland Government review of project scale and scope.
Project next steps
- Queensland Government decision on project scale and scope
- Investigation of areas for future residential, community, commercial, environmental and industrial uses
- Planning for required infrastructure
- Appointment of consultant by DILGP
- Community and stakeholder consultation to start