Campaign Update

Thank you to those members of our community who have been writing to our Councillors and Politicians, your voice is having a significant impact.

This week is going to be a busy one.

NAG will be speaking to the MBRC Council Meeting on Tuesday morning in Redcliffe, outlining our opposition to the Newport Marina development. We will be highlighting the negative impacts on our community and the inappropriateness of the proposal.

We will also be arranging meetings with our Political leaders and offering them an opportunity to meet you and hear your concerns. We will let you know as soon as a date is confirmed and encourage you to attend to make your voices heard.

Please keep sending in your comments about the proposal, they have been very helpful!

Over the last weeks, NAG has held discussions with a number of people involved in development in the area.

From these discussions one thing has been made clear. If this proposal is approved, it will encourage other developers to lodge Applications for multi-level buildings. Our fight is an important one!

Please keep spreading the word and talking about this. Direct friends to our website and/or Facebook page to stay informed.

Following our Press Release on the 19 August 2018 our members have advised us that Mr Kindred has now approached some of them, organising a number of meetings at his office.

Unfortunately these can only be sales/information meetings, as the Development Application has already been lodged. The time for genuine community consultation was prior to this happening.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with our letterbox drop. Many hands made light work!

Kenlie Williams – President 
Newport Action Group (NAG)

Newport Consultation Sham

Newport Action Group
19 August 2018

On Friday 17 August,  Joshua Kindred of Kindred Developments advised Queensland that he had spent the last eighteen months consulting with the community regarding his proposal to build two ten storey towers in the heart of the suburb of Newport, at the Newport Waterways Marina.

This is not true.

The first that the residents around the Marina knew of this ‘consultation process’ was five weeks ago when a few people were summoned, individually, to the Kindred offices.

Eighteen months is at best, an exaggeration.

At Mr Kindred’s offices, residents were given inconsistent presentations consisting of a very brief outline of his plan, a few slides and information that the Development Application was imminent.

Asked for feedback, residents were shocked when in response to their questions Mr Kindred warned
‘if this doesn’t go through, you won’t like what I will put there’ (vis a vis- the Marina site).

The lack of consultative process and Mr Kindred’s aggressive response to concerns, demonstrated arrogance and disdain for the community that will be most affected by this proposal.

Not only does Mr Kindred’s behaviour show a complete lack of respect for the community, he has used social media in attempt to blackmail residents into complacency, by threatening ‘heavy industry and noxious industry’ on the site if his Towers are opposed.

Mr Kindred has displayed unusual confidence that the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Environmental Protection Agency will
approve this threat to introduce a toxic heavy industrial development in the middle of the Newport residential area.

Such blatant disregard and lack of care for the local community has left residents reeling with concerns that it is inevitable their home and family friendly suburban culture will be destroyed.

Licensed bars and convention areas inevitably lead to a reduction in the freedom of our children, the safety on our roads and waterways, overcrowding, and the breach of privacy and peace of the local

The proposed Towers development will overshadow and dehumanise Newport.

The media has reported impossible visions of super yachts sailing through a shallow bay that would run them aground and billionaires spending their money just to visit Newport’s suburban pocket of domesticity.

Who knew two multi storey buildings overshadowing backyards, invading privacy and reducing the safety of the local children would be so desired by billionaires around the world?

The community of Newport deserves better than to be treated like second class citizens in its own home.

Developer “Spin” Continues

7 News this evening featured the planned Newport Marina Development.

Federal Minister Luke Howarth and State Minister Yvette D’ath met with our local Developer in the Newport Marina carpark and waxed lyrical about the exciting project of  “completely changing the face of Redcliffe”.

The total disregard for what the existing residents love and enjoy about their home and community, in order to prioritise the needs of the4,000,000 potential visitors and visiting super yachts” beggars belief.

The only upside was the giggle to be had from the prospect of superyachts dredging Albatross channel for us, as they dodged the stationary boats lined up to wait their turn for the Stocklands lock!

Time to let our politicians know what we think of two 10 storey towers in the middle of residential Newport. Get writing!

Federal MP Luke Howarth

State MP Yvette D’ath

MBRC Mayor Allan Sutherland

MBRC Acting Mayor Mike Charlton 

Local Councillor James Houghton

Local Councillor Koliana Winchester

Saving Newport:

NO 10 Storeys 

What We Understand

A Development Application was lodged on August 10th 2018 by Kindred Developments Pty Ltd with Moreton Bay Regional Council for the construction of:

  • Two TEN STOREY Towers at Newport Waterways Marina, in the middle of the residential suburb of Newport.

    • Tower 1: Hotel and Convention Centre
      144 Short stay accommodation rooms
      *Licensed Bar and shops*
      Approximately 40 metres high

    • Tower 2:  93 Appartments
      Approximately 37.5 metres high

The Application allows for 226 Car parking spaces  – only 4 more than are currently on-site

Marina Berths will remain in place.

The Development Application was lodged by Kindred Developments Pty Ltd. Mr Joshua Kindred has identified himself as the Developer’s representative.

Current zoning does not allow the construction of hotels or dwellings on the Marina site.

We Need the support of the Peninsula to Say NO

If this can happen in the residential suburb of Newport, where else can it happen?

A motivated Developer can assemble large land allotments by purchasing adjoining blocks of land in any neighbourhood.

What We Think

Residents of Newport and the surrounding area are shocked, dismayed and disappointed. A development like this would irreparably change the Newport that we know. The proposal is completely out of step with the expectations of Newport and Peninsula residents.

 It sets a dangerous precedent for the rest of the Peninsula if approved.

The Developer is stating that he is ‘giving back to the community’, that the development will ’reduce local traffic’ and employ ‘many local people so our community can live, grow and play here’.

We have all heard this Developer’s rhetoric before and know that a Developers’ first responsibility is to its shareholders, not the wellbeing of the Community that they have targeted.

The Developer is claiming that the current planning would allow him to construct ‘4-5 storeys of Heavy Industry type stuff like metal works and noxious industry’.

This is not our understanding of the current zoning and we question the Developer’s assumption that the Moreton Bay Regional Council would approve such industry in the midst of a residential area.

What Do We Want

We want our politicians to stop allowing property developers to decide how our neighbourhood will change, what it will look like and who will profit from it. We want them to consider a Newport and Redcliffe Peninsula that goes beyond a dormitory for property developers.

What We Will Do

We are saying NO in a loud voice and we would like you to join us.

JOIN US in saying NO on this website.

We will keep our members continually updated.

Newport Towers Proposal Out of Step With Community Expectations

The proposal to construct two 10 storey Towers on the Newport Waterways Marina site is out of step with Newport and Peninsula residents’ expectations for the site. It sets a dangerous precedent for the rest of the Peninsula.

What we would like to see is a modern, clever development that represents the culture and liveability of the Newport area.

Newport is a residential area consisting of mainly low-rise homes. It has a strong, cohesive community with a keen sense of identity and respect for each other.  Our children and grandchildren live in a safe area defined by trust.   An area where families and friends enjoy peace, serenity and open space. An area where we know our neighbours are looking out for one another.

Two Towers, including a Hotel, being constructed in the middle of our residential community would irreparably change the culture of this area we call home. People who choose to move to Newport are escaping from higher residential densities and enjoy the culture and lifestyle that our area offers.

The most alarming impact would be the dramatic change in the character of the area, with buildings lacking human scale and overshadowing a suburb which has a pleasing sense of space. An influx of transient visitors and two looming multi-storey structures would not only be completely at odds with the community that has developed over more than a century but would seriously alter how residents and particularly children, would be able to enjoy the gentle and friendly lifestyle of Newport.

Developers are driven by commercial interests, aiming to ensure that not only they but their financial backers are guaranteed solid profits. Commercial gain comes first.

‘Developers’ Rhetoric’ with catchphrases such as – ‘we are giving back to the community’ or ‘we are responding to demand fuelled by Australia’s soaring population’-   are words that communities right across Australia are familiar with. A community can develop and grow while maintaining it’s essential character and liveability. These catch phrases do not excuse a blatant disregard of what would actually be suitable and what would actually enhance the lives of the people who already live in the community as well as those who will join in the future.

The truth is, that a Developer’s desire for commercial gain comes first and foremost. They may attempt to offer ‘sweeteners’ to encourage support which may never have been offered otherwise, but they do not prioritise the potential aftershock of their developments.  The fact is that the interests of the local community are not the Developer’s greatest concern.

Who should be concerned?  Our elected representatives. The Councillors and Members of Parliament who we have entrusted to make decisions in our best interest.

We understand that Moreton Bay Regional Council is operating under directives from its State and Federal counterparts. These directives should be undertaken in the spirit of the best interests of the community ensuring development reflects the culture, wants or needs of the residents in the politicians’ electorates.

We want our politicians to stop allowing property developers to decide how our neighbourhood will change, what it will look like and who will profit from it. We want them to consider a Newport and  Redcliffe Peninsula that goes beyond a dormitory for property developers.

Say No to Ten Storey Towers at Newport Marina

Newport residents have been presented with a proposal to construct:

  • Two TEN STOREY towers at Newport Marina:
    • Tower 1 – 90 plus apartments; and
    • Tower 2 – 140 plus Hotel rooms with facilities for licensed premises, function rooms and shops.

Mr Joshua Kindred made the presentations, identifying himself as ‘the Developer’. He advised that a Development Application to Moreton Bay Regional Council is imminent.

Some Community leaders believe that one of the buildings will house a substantial Convention Centre.

Residents felt overwhelmed, distressed and pressured. The enjoyment of being a resident of Newport and the lifestyle it offers appeared threatened.

Our Perspective

  • This proposed development will mean drastic changes to the existing Newport neighbourhood, its liveability and character; and
  • Resultant pressures on the Peninsula’s infrastructure and services will impact broadly.

We will keep you up to date as news comes in when you Join Us in saying NO to Newport Towers. Please help spread the word.