Rosslyn Bay - No more bitumen, please
Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour there is a small block of public land behind
the Caltex Service Station which the state government is planning to
clear, flatten and cover with bitumen. This is for an additional
car/trailer park to be used when the existing carpark is full.
problem is - the existing carpark is very seldom full. This would
cost a million dollars of taxpayers' money, and the block of land
be far better used as a picnic site.
An old shady Euroschinus falcatus that TMR plan to buldoze
1. The parcel of land is described as Lot 129 on
CP854911, and has an area of 3886 square metres. It is freehold tenure
but owned by the state government. It is the last area of vacant
public land at Rosslyn Bay. The land is mostly cleared, with a
number of large native shady trees. A few of them are very old and
quite picturesque. The cleared areas are mainly covered in Guinea
Grass, and needs mowing and proper maintenance. The land was
transferred from Dept. of Natural Resources and Mines to Dept. of
Transport and Main Roads (TMR) in May 2016 for the purpose of turning
it into another carpark, because of a perceived shortage of parking
2. In November 2015, in an effort to beautify the
area and reduce the amount of Guinea Grass, a large number of community
volunteers planted hundreds of native trees in four separate
clumps. This was organised by the then Fitzroy River and Coastal
Catchments and other community groups, and was part funded by XXXX at
the end of their lease of Pumpkin Island. In late 2015 and early
2016 other volunteers spend considerable time and effort watering,
weeding, mulching and whipper-snipping around these trees in order to
give them the best chance of survival.
3. While Rosslyn Bay has wonderful marine facilities,
first class accommodation and restaurants, two sections of the
Capricorn Coast National Park, and access to Kemp Beach, the one thing
missing is green open space for recreation and relaxation, in natural
shade. The only family-friendly space is the northern end of Kemp
Beach, but when the tide is high and the SE wind is blowing, it is not
very pleasant. As public green space, with some tables and
possibly barbecue facilities, Lot 129 would be an ideal rest area, not
just for visitors to Rosslyn Bay, but also for walkers and cyclists on
the proposed Coastal Walkway/Bikeway. The nearest other
family-friendly picnic areas are at Lioness Park Lammermoor Beach and
at Bluff Point National Park. Both of these are well used at
4. Under the Livingstone Shire Draft Strategic Plan 2016
the subject land is part of a ‘Nature Corridor or Link’
within the ‘Nature Conservation and Open Space’ classified
5. Most of the Rosslyn Bay precinct is already
bitumen and allocated to car parking. The area of existing public
carpark is about 35,000 square metres not including the Capricornia
Cruising Yacht Club’s own carpark. This caters for 250
car/trailer (double length) spaces and 360 single spaces. Lot
129 is 3886 sqm. and would only provide about an additional 33 car/trailer
spaces. This would cost
6. Some of our members have written to TMR on a
number of occasions requesting that they (a) provide evidence of how
often the existing carpark is full, and (b) if no data exists, to stop
the project. There have also been two meetings with TMR
officials, including one with Brittany Lauga MP, Member for
Keppel. In all of the responses, TMR was unable to provide
any evidence of how often the existing carpark is full. In spite
of the lack of justification, TMR have not moved to change their plans.
It seems that this project had resulted from strong lobbying from the
previous State Member for Keppel during the height of the mining boom,
and now that the project was on their books, they were determined to go
ahead with it, regardless.
7. In March 2017 Livingstone Shire Council called for
pubilc submissions on this Development Application. About 30
submissions were received, ALL objecting to the carpark. However
LSC's terms of reference only allowed it to consider whether the TMR
proposal conformed with the Shire's zoning plan, not on the merits or
otherwise of the proposal. LSC was not able to express an opinion on
what land use would be most beneficial
for the community as a whole.
8. In February 2017, TMR removed all the surviving small
trees planted by volunteers in November 2015. This pre-emptive
action shows that even TMR think so little of the Public Submission
process that they have assumed their approval of this project by LSC is a forgone conclusion. Again, this indicates
that the Public Submission process is a farce in that TMR intend to
take no notice of what the public may think.
9. As of May 2017, TMR was still has NO DATA whatsoever on
how often the existing carpark is full. After another meeting
with TMR officials, TMR released a consultant's study "Queensland Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study
". This study
attempted to determine how many boat ramps and carparks were needed
based on boat registrations in every local government area in Qld.
However, this Study was analysed and found to be so full of
unjustified assumptions and errors as to make it totally useless.
This Analysis of the 2016 Study can be viewed here. When this was pointed out
to the TMR Minister, his reply dated included the statement: "TMR
has received and released the study, not adopted it." If this is
the case then TMR is still without ANY JUSTIFICATION for the
construction of extra carparking.
10. In Jan 2018 TMR issued an update to the Study called "Queensland Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study
it has some minor corrections and updated population projections, it
still has not addressed most of the issues raised in the 2016
Analysis document. The Analysis of the 2017 Study can be viewed here.
In summary the key issues still are:
A. TMR’s stated policy for the provision of infrastructure for recreational boating is to aim to satisfy average demand rather than peak demand . . . Provision is not made by TMR for peak boating periods such as Christmas, Easter, school holidays, and long weekends.
B. TMR's formula for the provision of car/trailer parking spaces is to have 22.5 car/trailer
parking spaces for every Boat Ramp Lane. There are Eight (8) Boat
Ramp Lanes at Rosslyn Bay which would justify 180 car/trailer parking spaces. There are already 246 car/trailer
parking spaces existing. TMR then uses an escalation factor of
+50% because of the queueing benefit of having a floating walkway, so
they claim that the 8 Actual Boat Ramp Lanes should be regarded as 12 Effective Boat Ramp Lanes. This would require 270 car/trailer parking spaces based on the 1:22.5
formula. There is no justification in the Study for the 50%
escalation factor. These huge variations in the so-called demand
for car/trailer parking spaces, based on an unexplained fudge-factor, make a mockery of this whole theoretical exercise.
C. TMR still has no data on how many days per year the existing carpark
has been full. Despite many requests for records, TMR don't even
seem to be interested in this information, instead relying on
theoretical office-based numerical studies.
11. It is dissapointing that Livingstone Shire Council (LSC) is closer to
the community that it serves than state govt. departments and therefore
has a responsibility not to remain silent on this
issue. Rosslyn Bay is a key feature of the Capricorn
Coast, and LSC quite rightly spends considerable time and effort in
promoting the attractiveness of the Capricorn Coast to visitors to the
region. It would be remis of councillors not to do everything
possible to provide a ‘whole of community’ focus on Rosslyn
13. At present this site is an eyesore, making it very
unattractive and off-putting for anyone visiting the area.
However with a little bit of vision and forward thinking, what an
opportunity it presents to provide a usable and attractive addition to
the amenity of Rosslyn Bay for all members of the community. If
this land were to be mown and developed with a few tables and BBQ
facilities it is certain that far more people will use this area, far
more of the time than if it were to become a last-resort bitumen
What can be done?
If you agree that Lot 129 should not be turned into a bitumen carpark
that will hardly ever be used, please send an email to Brittany Lauga
MP, Member for Keppel at Keppel@parliament.qld.gov.au and to Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, email@example.com asking them to put a stop to this project.
Also send an email to LSC at firstname.lastname@example.org
asking that Councillors take a more active role in stopping this
project. All councillors except the Mayor have given us verbal
assurance that they support our stand. However some are not
inclined to take any action because they think it is ‘out of
their hands’ as Lot 129 is owned by the state