ABOUT US

Newport is unique because of its beautiful bayside surrounds and its warm and cohesive community. Residents and visitors connect and identify with its special character.

Newport Action Group (NAG) is not against development. It is against inappropriate development that erodes or is inconsistent with Newport’s character and environmental amenity.

NAG was formed as a grass-roots response to a concern that Governments may endorse the sacrificing of a unique neighbourhood in the name of ‘progress’.

Our Objectives

  • To conserve the Character of Newport;
  • To protect the amenity of the environment of Newport;
  • To represent a community voice in relationship to government decision making; and
  • To monitor and evaluate major development proposals.

Since 2018 NAG members have committed to ensuring that the lifestyle and amenity that Newport offers its community are not overruled by inappropriate development or forgotten by its representatives.

LODGE A SUBMISSION OPPOSING 6 STOREY TOWER DEVELOPMENT AT NEWPORT

Please help to oppose inappropriate development from destroying the lifestyle and amenity of our Community. Help to stop dangerous precedents being set for the rest of the Redcliffe Peninsula.

By lodging a submission opposing the Aqua Street, Newport development application your voice can be heard and counted.

For more information on this development, please read our Latest News.

We have prepared a Draft submission for you to use.

Your submission can be emailed to: mbrc@moretonbay.qld.gov.au.

or it can be mailed to the address on the Draft Submission

Download your submission here:

Presentation to MBRC 19 November 2019

Mayor Sutherland, Councillors.                                                                                                     

When I last spoke to Council I referenced a block of land in Newport, located in the original Stockland subdivision. In flagrant disregard of the block’s 8.5 metre building height restriction, it was being marketed for sale with the potential to construct high rise units.

Council has now received a development application for that block. It includes a proposal to construct a 6 storey tower, being only Phase 1 of two stages. Phase 2 also includes a 6 storey tower.  

If these two towers are to fit within the 8.5 metre height restriction quite frankly, the only people capable of living in them will be Lilliputians. Clearly, a breach of regulations is being sought to increase the height to an actual 20.5metres.

Our community agrees with you – Six Storey towers are out of synch with the future you have planned for Newport.

Before Council zoned this land Next Generation Neighbourhood , the whole community, including the owner, was given the opportunity to have input before the plan was finalised

Yet still, this development application’s density of 110 dwellings per hectare is 35 dwellings more than the maximum of 75 allowed.

The 6 Storey Tower itself has a density of 166 dwellings. A staggering 99 more than the maximum allowed. 

This high concentration of dwellings in this extremely over height construction is not what the Council envisaged and not what the community expected or wants.

This site has been described as a ‘Superlot’. Special consideration is being sought. It is larger than the other lots. It could however be reconfigured. Its size does not preclude or excuse it from complying with zoning restrictions. Superman might be able to ignore flying regulations but he’s a fantasy character for a reason.

‘Superlots’ don’t get to ignore building codes. Nowhere in your Strategic Plan is provision given for special considerations for superman or ‘Superlots’.

The ownership of this estate is now comprised of hundreds of residents, not just the original owner. Their voices and opinions are curiously absent from this development application.  

The development application claims that these silenced people- who chose to live in Newport for the lifestyle it offered –  knew that these towers would be constructed. That the three D model in the Sales Office and ‘fly overs’ prove this. This would be more believable if the three D model in the Sales Office and ‘fly overs’ had actually reflected these high towers and their true scale and proportion, it would also be more believable if the height restrictions on the block actually permitted structures like these. The claim that people in the community ‘knew’ has been actively refuted by those very same people.

The complete lack of community engagement or consultation on this proposal flies in the face of good governance, community spirit and the MBRC. The developer didn’t seem interested in knowing the community, but we know, you are.

The Negative Impacts of a concentrated, high density, high rise population bubble on the surrounding unsuspecting neighbours would be significant: dominating, overshadowing, loss of privacy, parking congestion, traffic congestion and lack of pedestrian safety. Right next to a children’s playground.

Adding six storey unit towers , with their multi-car owning residents and visitors to an already busy community– it’s clear why  you had the foresight to recuse this kind of building from the Next Generation Neighbourhood. You planned for the community’s liveability and safety and we thank you.

In the Stockland subdivision is a six storey building. We acknowledge that Council gave approval for this for special reasons-  Retirement Living.

It is flawed however to assume that because there is already a six storey building in the area then this next application should be automatically approved. With that logic, we would have six storey buildings anywhere and everywhere. If a boat takes on water and no action is taken to stop more water from being added, the boat will sink.

It is also flawed logic to claim that because the original subdivision chose not to make use of the maximum 75 dwellings limit, then this block of land should be able to compensate by increasing its capacity. If a boat has a 75 person limit but only takes 50, that doesn’t increase its capacity the next time to take 100 people. The boat will sink.

Our planning scheme is there to protect us.

MBRC is our community’s lifeguard. The future of our neighbourhood rests within your Strategic Plan and the faith you have in your own foresight.

Kenlie Williams

Stockland Proposal Threatens Newport

An application has been lodged to construct two six storey towers in the Stockland subdivision at Newport on Aqua Street.

Along with 108 units, it is also proposed to construct 45 townhouses and 6 villas.

The applicant is, according to News reports, Traders in Purple, identified as Newport Waterfront Unit Trust in the development application and the owner of the land is Stockland.

This application is in breach of Moreton Bay Council’s Planning Scheme and is not reflective of Newport’s low rise residential buildings nor the community’s expectations.

The land is zoned Next Generation Neighbourhood which has a height limit of 8.5 metres and a population density limit of 75 dwellings per hectare. The application has a 20.5 meter height limit and a population density of 110 dwellings per hectare.

The towers will overlook a significant portion of Newport’s homes.

 Development Application

This is devastating news in particular for those newest members of our community who have invested their savings, hopes and dreams in the construction of their homes in the Stockland subdivision. They moved to Newport because of the lifestyle of this low rise, residential community.

The negative impacts of such a congested population bubble on the already stretched infrastructure and amenities of Newport will be significant.

Whilst we encourage growth and development, we will make every effort to ensure that Newport is protected from inappropriate development.

This is inappropriate development..

We need to send a very clear and strong message to our decision makers and the developer.

Newport Says NO !

Please join us in Saving Newport.

Go to the JOIN US button on this home page.

Membership is free, without obligation and open to residents of Newport and its surrounding suburbs.

You will be kept up to date with what is happening and more importantly, you will be joining the other members of our community who are committed to protecting the lifestyle and amenity of our beautiful area.

Newport Action Group is a large group of residents who care very much about our home, Newport. We are careful and thoughtful in all our approaches and treat everyone with respect.

NEWPORT MARINA UPDATE

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.

MBRC TO VOTE ON TUESDAY

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,

Strathpine

 MBRC COUNCILLOR CONTACT DETAILS

Councillor Brooke Savige – Division 1 Brooke.Savige@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

Councillor Peter Flannery – Division 2 Peter.Flannery@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

Councillor Adam Hain- Division 3 Adam.Hain @moretonbay.qld.gov.au

Councillor Julie Greer – Division 4 Julie.Greer@moretonbay.qld.gov.au                

Councillor James Houghton- Division5 James.Houghton@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

Councillor Koliana Winchester – Division 6 Koliana.Winchester@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

Councillor Denise Sims – Division 7 Denise.Sims@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

 Councillor Mick Gillam- Division 8 Mick.Gillam@moretonbay.qld.gov.au     

Councillor Mike Charlton- Division 9 Mike.Charlton@moretonbay.qld.gov.au   

Councillor Matthew Constance – Division 10 Matt.Constance@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

Councillor Darren Grimwade- Division 11 Darren.Grimwade@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

Councillor Allan Sutherland – Mayor mayor@moretonbay.qld.gov.au     

FEDERAL Luke Howarth luke.howarth.mp@aph.gov.au    

STATE Yvette D’Ath redcliffe@parliament.qld.giv.au

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

Council Recommendation

     https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/files/assets/public/council/meetings/2019/gm20190813-agenda.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0RdFJ39EWzoOK3c8I55wMoF3uTcwA3v21cJFWihowqJ2Z5R0AEF0e75CY#page24

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
JOIN HERE