They claim they are about to invest $30 odd million in new ferry terminals for all 4 islands, so I don't think a bridge will be happening too soon. I think, anyone, needs to come and live on the islands, to then judge for themselves whether they think a bridge is a deal breaker or does not really effect them. In the long run? It is a very individual thing
A tax payer funded bridge would double land values overnight. A return to tax payers of just 2% of the unearned free capital gain would pay for the bridge toll free and lift values in perpetuity. Likewise for ALL tax payer funded road & rail (utility & services) infrastructure. https://www.prosper.org.au/land-value-capture/value-capture-a-historical-perspective/
Hi Kathy, My name is David Prince and I wrote the comment above. Please don't think our Council is responsible for us not having a Bridge. We have an excellent Council! This is and always will be a 100% Federal members costing with State Government assistance and approval. I have lived on Russell for 12 years and have watched this Leverage Market unfold. History tells a very significant truth, A Strong Mayor once supported a Bridge to all the Islands. He was taken out in a wrong turn political behavior. The Federal member for Bowen could tell us all about it! But he won't, or at least, not the truth. The Federal and State members need to Build this Public Bridge to Russell Island Now to show they are not abstaining their DUTY OF CARE. History will show this TRUTH!
Infrastructure is tax payer money given to private land owners. Its announced only after major land developers / political donors have bought up land benefiting from it. If urban they buy up cheap houses then seed the rentals with criminal tenants to depress prices. Then they secretly buy up max land. Then clean up after infrastructures announced and their land is rezoned. Rezoning is a racket: publicly granted gift to private land owners. 80%+ of major rezoning is granted to political ‘donors’.
Hi, has there been any update for bridge access to these islands ? thanks
Seems to me people want a bridge for their investments.Since coming to QLD all i have been hearing the words investments money .How about fun quite places a majority of Gold coast people are like that money money money. Back to Tassie im going and the rates that redlands council charges its way to high crooked place
My understanding is that it's not a Russell island bridge, it's a Stadbroke island bridge, with Russell island being the stepping stone island. It will benefit Russell island, but the real money is on Stradbroke island.
Hi Kathy, some people here have very strong opinions re the bridge. When I first came to the islands nearly 5 years ago, I too seemed to be a bit obsessed with that question, but after living here for 5 years, I personally now don't want a bridge. It is so special here the feeling of the islands (I live on one of the smaller islands out here) quiet, isolated - in a good way. If the bridge goes ahead, it will just be another suburb of the Redlands and all the crime, crazyness, cars etc will just come here. When you live here, you have to come to the realisation that it is a balancing act, that the benefits outway the disadvantages and if you don't feel that way, you will soon leave and go back to "Australia"!