Last week Moreton Bay Regional Council voted to reject Kindred Development’s Application to change the use of Newport Marina.

The community of Newport, which has been vocal in its opposition, lodged 676 submissions with Council opposing this development.

The Councillors who ensured that the use of Newport Marina’s land will stay as Marine Industry are:

Matthew Constance

Peter Flannery

Adam Hain

Brooke Savige

Denise Sims

Koliana Winchester

These Councillors listened to the Community and supported their Strategic Plan.

This is a great outcome not only for Newport but also for the future security of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Strategic Plan.


Town Planners Support Kindred Proposal – ACTION NEEDED

This Tuesday, at Council’s General meeting, the Town Planning Department of MBRC will be recommending to Councillors to vote in favour of Kindred Development’s Plans for Newport Marina.

This is despite Town Planning Reports pointing out every contravention of the zoning and building codes governing the site.

This is despite 676 residents lodging submissions opposing the application.

The Town Planning Department offers no good reason for approving this proposal.

It also does not mention that of the 800 odd submissions received, 676 opposed the application!!!!

In the next 42 hours we will need to do everything we can to send a strong message o our Councillors who will be voting on this!!!! You can find their contact details at the end of this report.

 Please email them NOW to urge them to vote NO.

We need as many people as possible to attend the Council meeting on Tuesday to show our Councillors our opposition and encourage them to vote NO. 

The meeting information is:

Time: 10.30am

Address:   Strathpine Chambers of MBRC

220 Gympie Road,



Councillor Brooke Savige – Division 1

Councillor Peter Flannery – Division 2

Councillor Adam Hain- Division 3 Adam.Hain

Councillor Julie Greer – Division 4                

Councillor James Houghton- Division5

Councillor Koliana Winchester – Division 6

Councillor Denise Sims – Division 7

 Councillor Mick Gillam- Division 8     

Councillor Mike Charlton- Division 9   

Councillor Matthew Constance – Division 10

Councillor Darren Grimwade- Division 11

Councillor Allan Sutherland – Mayor     

FEDERAL Luke Howarth    

STATE Yvette D’Ath

You can read the Town Planning recommendation on page 24 of the council agenda

Council Recommendation

President’s Address to MBRC 23 July 2019

There are few things in life that we can be certain of. The old adage of death and taxes rings a certain truth.

Fortunately, although life may have its uncertainties, Australia’s government and justice system give us reliability, security and a community backbone we can trust

MBRC’s 2016 Strategic Plan is a part of the system we trust in. The result of collaboration between the community and the Council it provides security and a reliable source we can refer to, to see your commitment to the community. Meeting the community’s needs and wants, the Council has through this plan promised a future for a strong and special Region.

Its underpinning stratagems represent the best interests of the community, creating certainty and trust. It is the backbone of the Council’s actions and decisions and gives certainty to our understanding of what will happen in our area and inspires our trust that the Council will ensure adherence to the Plan.

Development Applications are currently before Council that do not reflect the requirements of the Strategic Plan. They appear to place increased profits over the interests of the community and fly in the face of the direction set by you.

With unfounded, misguided and flawed claims of working towards so-called ‘community needs’, these applications are not in keeping with the plan, do not reflect the needs of the community and do not respect the foundation of trust the Council has created with the community.

In breach of community trust and expectations, they have no place in the Strategic Plan.

We do not support applications that negatively affect the amenity and lifestyle that our community enjoys and that the Council’s own Strategic Plan promises.

The interests of the individual or corporation should not outweigh the expectations and plans of the community and its Council. This would be a betrayal of trust and would not reflect the spirit of Australia’s respect of the rule of law by providing reliable and consistent regulations and rules.

Kindred Developments application to change the use of Newport Waterways Marina is fraught with negative impacts. It has caused great concern in the community. Proposing to remove rare Marine Industry Precinct Land that holds so much potential, and replace it with a block of flats, is short-sighted and ignorant. This is an important community site that the Council has recognised as important to protect, by restricting the kind of development that can occur on it. This special site is not designated by Council for multi -storey housing development and the proposal to put a multi-storey development on it is an affront to the community and to Council’s planning scheme .

676 submissions opposing this application, plus a community petition are clear indications of the community’s distress and its rejection of this application.

Recently over 1 hectare of land was advertised for sale in the Stockland Newport subdivision. This whole subdivision is a General Residential, Next Generation Neighbourhood precinct. The land however was marketed with a concept of 7 storey buildings housing 149 flats.

Stockland Development’s has also lodged an application with council to construct Townhouses in this new subdivision.

Neither the marketing concept nor the development application fit within Council’s Planning direction for this precinct.

Proposals such as these show little respect for MBRC’s Strategic Plan, which is only 3 years old and little respect for the community that lives in the area.

None of these proposals reflect what the quiet, residential community of Newport expects, needs or wants, or has been promised by MBRC.

Development Applications that do not conform with the Planning Scheme create an apprehensive, confused and uncertain community. They threaten the good relationship built on trust between the community and its Council. Right now, we have an unhappy community with seriously undermined confidence.

We trust MBRC will continue upholding the Strategic Plan and the codes that support it. We urge you to encourage developers to comply with our Planning Scheme. Build what they are allowed to build, where they are allowed to build it and allow the community to enjoy the lifestyle and amenity that this Council, through its prescient planning, has afforded us.

Thank you for your care for the community, your well thought out Strategic Plan and for your attention today

Kenlie Williams,  President


What is Happening in Newport?

Newport Waterways Marina

MBRC started its decision making process on Monday 8 July 2019. 35 business days are allocated to reach its decision. If Council and the applicant agree, this time can however be extended.

Thank you to everyone who promoted our Petition, which was lodged with Council last Monday.

We are all hoping that good sense will prevail and that MBRC will support its Strategic Plan.

On Tuesday 23 July, our President spoke to the General Meeting of MBRC regarding the importance of adhering to the Strategic Plan for Moreton Bay Region.  You can read this speech in our latest news section.

Stockland Development Application

Next Generation Neighbourhood Precincts can be found across the Peninsula and the Moreton Bay Region. ‘Stockland Newport’ is one of them.

Stockland has currently lodged four development applications for Newport. One application, to change one lot into 26, is impact assessable because of a number of non-conformances with the Planning Scheme.

Its non-conformances will cause unexpected, negative impacts. If approved, a precedent for future applications will be set.

NAG has lodged a submission opposing the application, based on the non-conformances and in the hope that Stockland will revise its application to conform with Planning requirements.

MBRC Planning Scheme Amendment

 Many of you will have looked at MBRC’s planned changes on the Council website. There is a lot of reading!

One proposed change is in the Next Generation Neighbourhood Precinct. It proposes to remove the maximum density of 75 dwellings per hectare, allowing setbacks, site cover and building height requirements to determine the maximum density instead. We have reviewed the likely impacts.

On certain lots, more than 75 dwellings per hectare could be constructed. In comparison, the Town Houses that are built next to Newport Marina have a density of 49 dwellings per hectare.

We have lodged a submission to Council which voices our concerns regarding removing the maximum density restriction.

A recent editorial in the Redcliffe and Bayside Herald reminds us of why we are here:

“We need to ensure Redcliffe keeps its identity and remains unique, not become a replica of other seaside locations….it is important that residents have their say on the Moreton Bay Master plan, when given the opportunity to voice concerns and share their ideas.’

Focus – Newport Marina

We need our Marine Industry Land. We need to save Newport Marina

A Development Application (DA) has been placed with Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) by Kindred Developments, seeking a Change In Use of the Newport Marina Land from Marine Services to allow a 6 Storey, Multi-dwelling, Multi-storey with retail, food and drink outlets. 

This will be located on the eastern half of Newport Marina’s land.
However, the DA is asking for a change of use for the whole of Newport Marina’s land

Current zoning does not allow this.

The loss of vital Marine Services Land is of great concern.
A short-sighted, devastating impact on a community surrounded by water.
Our Peninsula is continuing to experience rapid population growth.
Our need for Marine Services is growing.

The negative impacts of a Multi-storey Development on quiet, low set communities of the Peninsula will be considerable.

If MBRC approves this, the likely risk of future Multi-storey Development Applications in inappropriately zoned areas is high.

MBRC finalised all zonings on the Peninsula in 2016 , after years of Consultation.
We expect any Developer to adhere to the zoning of a site.

The negative impacts of such Developments in established residential areas is of major concern.

Impacts may include:

  • Overshadowing and dominating suburbs
  • Loss of privacy
  • Traffic congestion
  • Parking overflow
  • Traffic and pedestrian safety issues
  • Noise

We do not want to see Multi-storey Developments being encouraged in areas of the Peninsula which were not zoned for them.

Send a message to our local Council – Enough is Enough!

Say NO!

Sign our Petition HERE

Send a message to MBRC – SAY NO!

Run out of time for a submission?
Sign our Petition HERE

If your household has more than one eligible person able to sign the petition please ask them to sign.

Any submissions forwarded to MBRC after June 6th, 2019 will still be read – but are outside the proper acceptance time-frame. They will not be considered “Properly Made”

If you prefer to use a NAG submission template to lodge a late submission –
click either link at bottom of this post

If you are not already a member, we invite you to join NAG.
All Peninsula residents are welcome.
Membership is free

Address to Moreton Bay Regional Council 16th Oct 2018

General Council Meeting – NAG President speaks on behalf of NAG members to MBRC Mayor, Councillors and Council Officers

Lord Mayor, Councillors thank you for giving me the time to talk to you today.
I represent the Newport Action Group- NAG.
NAG’s membership currently stands at just under 600 residents.

In 2016 MBRC ratified its Strategic Plan, outlining the future for our region. In that plan MBRC identified two areas on the Redcliffe Peninsula that were to be used exclusively for Marine Industry, thereby ensuring the future protection of those sites that provide a most important service to boating in Moreton Bay.

There are staggeringly over 3600 registered boats on the Peninsula. This number is about to grow exponentially along with our booming population growth. Every one of these boats requires maintenance, service and a place to be kept.
Marine Industry Precinct is a MBRC specialist industry zoning allowing for waterfront- based industry, activities that require direct water access and which relate to Marine industry.  MBRC zoned the sites as Marine Industry Precinct to service our ever growing boating fraternity.

Our two precincts are located at Scarborough on the northeastern edge of the Peninsula and the other, smaller one is Newport Waterways Marina, nestled amongst the residential canal estate of Newport.
Between them they hold 629 berths. Not many when you consider the thousands of boats on the Peninsula and the explosion that is about to occur. Both provide good parking facilities, which are essential for the use of boat owners and space to develop Marine Specific Industries.

The Newport Waterways Marina was established over 30 years ago to service the dry block owners of Newport and its neighbours, it has carried out its job successfully in that time. Over that period it has embedded itself into the fabric of Newport life and provides an essential service to Newport and its neighbours. It is truly a community Marina. It has also become a notable sight on Moreton Bay’s memorable Tourist Drive.

Currently this Marina is operating at 80% capacity (Joshua Kindred), it only has 41 remaining Berths available for rent.
With nearly 2000 families mooted to settle into the Stockland’s Newport Development alone, it is reasonable to project that the Marina’s capacity will reach 100% in a short period of time.
The positioning of Newport Waterways Marina to take up some of that extra demand is perfect. It is also reasonable to expect that both Marinas will reach their full capacities following our population expansion.

Even now, current supply of Marine Service industries does not meet the demand for it. Peninsula residents are taking their boats outside of the Peninsula to access service.
This demand will only increase as our population grows.
Newport Waterways Marina has the space for those industries to establish themselves. Whilst still retaining the necessary parking areas that Marinas must have.
With the growth of these industries come jobs and skills. The Peninsula should be known for its Marine Industry Services.

This is what MBRC understood and zoned for accordingly.

The current owner of Newport Marina has lodged a Development Application with Council requesting a removal of the Marine Industry Precinct zoning to allow two ten storey towers of apartments and hotel facilities to be built.
In its Economic Benefits Analysis, it paid no attention to the impacts caused by the loss of Marine Industry zoned land to the Peninsula and Moreton Bay Region; it even stated that removing the zoning would have ‘no effect on the availability of marine industry land’.
This is blatantly untrue unless you consider losing half of our available marine industry land as having no effect!

Proposing to take away the small amount of available Marine Industry Precinct land that the Moreton Bay Region has, to replace it with uses that do not reflect the industry and which could be located elsewhere is unreasonable, not viable, and seriously undermining of MBRCs 2016 Strategic Plan.
It would steal an essential service from the community.

We live on the Peninsula because of our love of Moreton Bay, our communities need berths and local access to Marine services. It would be extremely shortsighted to even consider such a decision.
In fact the community of Newport would be delighted if some of the Marine Services that were removed from the Marina would be returned.

You have all been provided with a copy of NAG’s submission to Council, which highlights all of the negative impacts of this proposal. It does not meet MBRC’s or our Communities’ expectations. A short sighted, ill informed proposal that flies in the face of MBRCs long term objectives should not be tolerated.

We urge you not to think ‘this is out of our hands’ but rather to stand by your Strategic Plan. .

Lord Mayor, Councillors- this is very much in your hands.

Address to Moreton Bay Regional Council 28th Aug 2018

General Council Meeting – NAG President, Kenlie Williams, speaks on behalf of NAG members to MBRC Mayor, Councillors and Council Officers

Lord Mayor, Councillors, thank you for giving me time to speak to you today. I am the President of the Newport Action Group, representing members of the Newport Community. We are seeking your support in saying No to plans for a development which does not meet our community expectations .
Newport is a beautiful water centric residential suburb, built around the Newport Waterways Marina. Newport’s peaceful surrounds, relaxed feeling and sense of open space are magnets for those families looking to escape from a high-rise city life to a more gentle, less hectic amenity. Over the years we have seen our area develop under the Council’s guidance into the suburb that it is today. The Council’s planning has displayed a forethought and understanding of what Newport is.
The proposed plan for the Newport Waterways Marina threatens what has taken so long to achieve. This particular proposal is divergent to Council’s intention and vision for the area.
A Ten storey hotel, with a convention centre, bars and offices PLUS a Ten storey Apartment tower plonked right in the middle of our one and two storey homes is not a consistent plan for the Newport area.
10 storey constructions, lacking human scale, will completely dwarf us.
Overlooking, overshadowing, Noise, Traffic congestion , reduced safety, a myriad of problems will be imposed on the lifestyle of residents of Newport by these Towers. Homes close to the construction will not see the sun until late in the morning. Their access to summer breezes diminished.
The amenity and nature of Newport will irreparably be altered.
Even though Council identified that the plan would require at least 575 car parks, the Application allows for only 226. The overflow of cars that cannot be accommodated by spaces in the development must go somewhere. Our quiet local streets, largely consisting of culs-de-sac will become the obvious choice for the hundreds of extra cars seeking space.
The resultant bottle neck and traffic problems caused by the single, shared easement access to the site will be considerable and a danger to our children.
Our streets are not equipped to deal with this level of traffic, parking, pollution or the resultant noise these engender.
The noise factor is not just limited to the streets. Noise is amplified when travelling over water. This is an aspect of living on the water which Newport residents have happily and successfully managed through sensitivity and good relationships.
The proposed development plans to introduce a transient population, in a concentrated space that will not have this understanding or consideration.
Bars, a restaurant, convention centre – all noisy places. People want to enjoy themselves in these places. It is expected that they may become loud and raucous! It is impossible to stop such noise.
All of this, placed right on the edge of a water, surrounded by family homes? The noise will have a huge impact on the community, destroying its peace and tranquillity.
Advertising Promotions for the development build images of a tourist Mecca, with people flocking to it by air, road and super yacht. This is not Hobart Marina ladies and gentleman, situated in the midst of a well developed Commercial area on the banks of the deep Derwent River. This is Newport Marina, sitting in the midst of a quiet residential area, on a manmade canal fed by a shallow Bay.
Redcliffe Peninsula has wonderful areas already established, where a hotel, convention centre and apartment development would be integrated comfortably into the surrounding environment and not impact upon the character and well being of the surrounding suburb.
Bramble Bay, Scarborough and Redcliffe Beach so near the Redcliffe CBD all offer the deep water , services and amenities which a development such as this would require.
Please support us in saying no to such an inappropriate proposal, point the developers to the Commercial areas on our peninsula that you have designated for such uses. The destruction of our wonderful Community is not what we ever expected or would ever have asked for.

Newport Needs You

Over the past few weeks our Community has rallied together with a singular focus – to stop the inappropriate proposal of two Towers at Newport Marina.  A proposal that threatens our neighbourhood and lifestyle.

We have made phone calls, sent letters and emails, made visits and ensured that everyone we know is aware of how we feel.

Our actions have ensured that every Government decision maker on the Redcliffe Peninsula knows that this community of Newport is against changing Newport Marina into a multi tower edifice.

Our combined voices are being heard.

The Developer has employed a Marketing firm to bombard the community with stories of what a wonderful proposal he has.  Promises of glorious moments spent at the two Towers – a Mecca for every tourist.  Being practical people and not without a sense of humour, we have dealt with these claims with aplomb and at times, scintillating observations.

We have been threatened with toxic and heavy industry in the place of the Towers.  We have dealt with those claims by thoroughly investigating the zoning regulations for Marine Industry – laying false, the claims made by the Developer.  Time and again we have dealt with falsities and threats.

Redcliffe Peninsula residents have joined our voice.  They know that our battle is an important one, not only for the future of Newport, but also for the whole peninsula.

On Tuesday, 11 September at 7.30pm, we will meet together as the Newport Action Group, finalising our campaign to stop this development. 

An update and an overview of the most important part of our campaign – preparing submissions for Council will be the focus of the meeting and assistance will be available.

The meeting will be held at Waters Edge (formerly Sunset Blue), Bird O’Passage Parade, Scarborough – next to Morgans Seafood.

There is a lift available for those members who prefer not to use the stairs.

We are looking forward to sharing this most important evening with you.

Kenlie Williams
Committee President
Newport Action Group

Tired of being told

Message – Kenlie Williams
Committee President
Newport Action Group

Is This Our Marina??

Over the past weeks, the community of Newport has been told about a brownfield site – a sad, destitute, run down piece of land, of no current value or use.

And we asked :

Are they referring to our Marina?

We have been told about a site that is ‘currently underutilised’ and ‘has always been destined for development’-

And we asked :

Are we sure they are referring to our Marina?

We have been told about giving back to the community, with the inference that this ‘brownfield’ site is not connected to our community at all.

And we asked:

Could they really be referring to our Marina which so many of us use to berth our boats and, when we pass it by each day, gives us the certain and satisfying knowledge that we are home?


We have been told that Two Ten Storey Towers are the only option for this sad, destitute site that no-one would want to use or visit!

With all of this telling, our hearts and minds are grappling with a proposal that goes against every grain of our comprehension.

And then our Voice said NO, we won’t be Told.

Today, over 430  Newport voices are saying we do not want this.  More voices from the Redcliffe Community have joined us. We are challenging the assumption that the Marina must be developed into a stopping spot for hundreds of itinerant visitors or that we need a ten storey high rise of apartments. In the not too distant future we will already be getting almost 2000 extra homes in our area. What proportion of these families will want to put a boat in our Marina? How many of  the new proposed apartment owners will?

This is a local community use asset and was designed to be so.

The advertisement for the sale of the marina to the current owner stated that the net income of the marina operation was $732,251 pa during 2014/2015. This is clearly a viable business in its own right. ( Colliers International)

Many members have written to us clearly identifying what the negative impacts of the proposal will be.  From noise, traffic congestion, parking congestion, overshadowing, overlooking, lack of privacy, visual impact, lack of safety. We all know that ‘expert’s are only as good as the information they are given.  We will be living in the reality.

 Some of our members have taken the time to put aside what the developer wants. They have outlined  their views of what our Newport Waterways Marina should be and they are very different to what the developer wants.  

We would be very interested to hear what everybody thinks.

On a final note,

Experience Newport  Flyer

Some of us have received flyers from the developer. Telling us about our ‘transformation’ and turning the Developers’ opinions into ‘FACTS’. 

How do we respond to this flyer?

This response from one of our members is definitely succinct: ‘ ….please don’t insult our intelligence’!