This project will evaluate the feasibility of alternative options associated with accessing Peel Island (Teerk Roo Ra).
Peel Island, a 519-hectare island four kilometres east of Cleveland, is an Indigenous Joint Management Area (IJMA) under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Teerk Roo Ra National Park and Teerk Roo Ra Conservation Park). The island is surrounded by mangroves and fringing reef, except for a sand beach on the southern side that forms Horseshoe Bay. The bay and Platypus Bay are popular recreational boating and overnight anchorage locations.
As part of the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy (NSI ETS), the project aims to identify options for improving access to the island, unlocking tourism potential associated with its rich natural, cultural and historic assets. These include Quandamooka and European culturally significant sites as the area served as a quarantine station (1874 to the 1890s), was a lazaret housing leprosy patients (1907–1959) and home for 'inebriates' (1910–1916).
Potential access options include a jetty, pontoons, beach landing craft, mooring buoys for snorkelling and use of tenders for larger boats.
Most of the island, including the lazaret, is currently a restricted access area closed to the public to help conserve and minimise risks to historic heritage assets. Improving access to the island could potentially create opportunities for culturally and environmentally sensitive sustainable tourism experiences capitalising on the island’s assets.
The project will:
- estimate financial and non-financial benefits for North Stradbroke Island residents and businesses associated with identified access options
- identify potential further funding sources for work after completion of the feasibility study.
Delivery will include:
- Stage 1 – Investigating options for safe and reliable vessel access to Peel Island
- Stage 2 – Engaging a suitable contractor to assess and report on the feasibility of the preferred options including:
- evaluating current and future capacity for tourism and access
- assessing regulatory, environmental, cultural and technical considerations affecting approval, design, construction and operation
- identifying potential use and/or logistical opportunities and constraints
- estimating design, timeframes and approvals, obtaining stakeholder views and construction and maintenance costs
- recommending a regime for asset ownership and maintenance.
- Stage 3 – Submission of recommendations to the NSI ETS Implementation Committee for consideration ahead of preparing a business case for the preferred option. The feasibility study will provide the NSI ETS Implementation Committee with an indicative cost estimate and technical specifications of the required works to inform any decision to proceed to construction.
Department of State Development
- Redland City Council
- Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC)
- Straddie Chamber of Commerce
- Queensland Recreational Boating Council
- Other Queensland Government agencies.
Expected economic benefits
- Development of Peel Island tourism
- New employment opportunities from potential construction and future tourism projects.
Expected social benefits
- Increased connection to Peel Island country
- Educational opportunities for local and tourism markets.
Expected cultural and environmental benefits
- Aligns with Quandamooka cultural, environmental and Native Title aspirations
- Allows new tourism products to be created that respectfully and sustainably draw on the island's environmental and cultural strengths.
Project achievements to date
- Stakeholder advisory committee established
- Project scope refined
- Project plan developed.
Project next steps
- Recruit qualified consultant to conduct project work
- Identify/report recommended options to NSI ETS Implementation Committee to endorse a preferred option.