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 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 – preliminary investigation of options for safe and reliable vessel access to Peel Island, engaging suitable contractors to assess and report on the feasibility of each access option.
- Stage 2 – submission of recommendations to the NSI ETS Implementation Committee (NSI ETS IC) for consideration ahead of preparing a detailed analysis of the preferred access option.
- Stage 3 – carrying out a detailed analysis of the preferred access option informing an NSI ETS IC decision to proceed to construction/implementation.
- Stage 4 – if required, preparing a business case for further funding needed to progress to implementation.
- Stage 5 - once all approvals and funding are acquired, proceeding to implementation.
Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
- 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.
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Panoramic of Horseshoe Bay, Australia Day 2018
Project achievements to date
- Stakeholder advisory committee established.
- Consultations with a wide range of stakeholder groups.
- Detailed project plan developed.
- Heritage specialists procured to assess the Quarantine Station Jetty and SS Platypus.
- Hydrographic survey of the seabed and shoreline at feasible access points around the island commenced.
- Engineering specialist procured to carry out a preliminary access options analysis to determine the feasibility of various access options.
Project next steps
- Identify/report recommended options to NSI ETS IC to endorse a preferred option.
- Present the feasibility of each access option to the NSI ETS IC to decide on a preferred option(s) for detailed feasibility analysis.
- Carry out detailed analysis of preferred access option(s) to determine an accurate design and costing.
- Progress to the implementation of the preferred access option.