Jackie Trad’s public asset give-away to developer could result in hundreds of $Millions in private profit
Probably the most watched electorate in this month’s State Election will be South Brisbane. Former Deputy Premier, Treasurer, and Minister for Aboriginal Partnerships, Jackie Trad, held on to the seat in 2017 when the LNP changed its mind at the last minute and recommended voters preference Jackie Trad ahead of the Greens Amy McMahon. No doubt the LNP was pressured into that decision by property developers who had no problem with Trad. The LNP’s backflip saved Trad from defeat. This time, the LNP has again vowed to recommend voters preference McMahon ahead of Trad. But again the LNP is under pressure to backflip!
At the last election, Save Straddie published online a leaflet which was distributed in South Brisbane by a group then strongly opposed to the Toondah Harbour real estate scheme, which extends over more than 40 hectares of publicly owned Moreton Bay Ramsar protected tidal wetlands at Cleveland – where the ferries leave for North Stradbroke Island. The Toondah PDA also includes an historic waterfront public park, GJ Walter Park, and the habitat of a colony of Koalas, now known as the Toondah Koalas (google to find out more).
• the astronomical profits Walker Corp stands to make from the extra 2,800 high-rise units under Labor – with no explanation for the 450% expansion of the scheme;