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Redlands2030 Inc is an incorporated not-for-profit association. We are Redland’s only community run, ad-free, information source on all things that matter in the Redlands. We bring you news, views, interviews, videos, photos and more. From the people, for the people of the Redlands.

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  1. Redland 2030 sucks!!!! You not publicise anything you not like to hear. It’s all about progress. You not like to hear anything that may produce employment in Redlands.

    • If raping the Redlands of her atmosphere and character via over development in building the slum city estates and unit complexes by developers whose only concern is putting as much coin in their pockets and not the depressing legacy they leave behind is what you call progress then I seriously suggest you seek professional help.
      Don’t be fooled into thinking that the construction of all these dwellings is producing new jobs because they’re not. After 33+ years in the residential construction industry I can honestly inform you that developer/builders use the same subcontractors on every estate they build. One of the areas biggest, if not the biggest developers only uses two concreting businesses and combined you’d be lucky if they employed more than 15/20 people of which only about 5 reside within the Redlands.
      I’m not against development, its fed, clothed and housed my family all their lives but the development must suit the areas character. Its more about quality and less about quantity or lining the pockets of big business and politicians.

  2. You would think that the Palaszczuk State Labor Government would have learnt a lesson from the previous Newman LNP Government, who were kicked out on their derrieres after only one term because Newman and Seeney didn’t give a dam about the GBR or the Queensland environment. The current State Environment Minister adds insult to injury by offering up to $100,000 for research grants in relation to our declining koala populations. I have a PhD in Biology and I can tell you, we require urgent conservation of koala habitat, not more research.

    • Dennis, the “big boys” have had it their way for 20-25 years. They’ve just about got what they wanted….no koalas in their way. Everything goes through the filter of their money needs not the needs of the koalas. It’s down to a fine art with muzzling of voices. Better leadership and development ethics could have delivered the win-win outcome.
      Our koala ideology is scorned, tokened.

  3. I emailed the Premier direct about this horrible proposal about 2 years ago when I first heard of its impacts and her reply was a flick pass to her relevant minister only, nothing else. The relevant minister did not reply for about six months and when the election was coming up replied that I could take it up with the Council if I didn’t like it. That’s the extent of State Government care factor for the environment of this state apparently.

  4. Redlands Council has no financial or business plan for the future of our City. We need to grow the economic base with opportunities for small business, Learning Centres and I.T Hubs. We need local jobs, presently Redlands is a giant dormitory suburb feeding adjacent Cities. The exodus of workers each day, does not benefit our City. The Councils’ Rate base is too narrow reliance is too heavy weighted to residential properties. Inappropriate development, i.e Shoreline, Toondah Harbour, ect. are just a ‘sugar hit’ with no lasting benefits to Redlands. Commuters face a L.A style gridlock with inadequate public transport and road networks. We need a Council planning for the future! Development at any cost is a long term ‘impost’.

  5. breach national safety standards. Photograph: Suree Pritchard/AAP

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    Joshua Robertson

    Wednesday 17 December 2014 12.54 AEDT
    Last modified on Thursday 27 October 2016 10.36 AEDT
    A major hardware chain has claimed that air pollution in the Queensland mining town of Mount Isa was a likely cause of its employee’s damaging brain infection.
    Lawyers for Bunnings, fighting a $700,000 lawsuit in the supreme court, argued that sulphur dioxide emissions in the town were a plausible trigger for the woman’s meningitis and encephalitis.
    Janelle Cowen instead argued she fell ill from breathing in dust from spilled chicken manure sold as “Rooster Booster” fertiliser that she spent several hours sweeping up at Bunnings’ Mount Isa store in 2008.
    Cowen, 50, fell into an extended coma the following day and suffers from lingering “cognitive dysfunction”.

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    Bunnings denied the clouds of fine chicken manure dust caused her illness, instead arguing “the presence of atmospheric sulphur dioxide in Mount Isa” as well as her own history of smoking were “at least equally likely causes”.
    Mount Isa’s sulphur dioxide levels, which have been attributed to smelting operations by Xstrata-Glencore’s Mount Isa mines, regularly breach national safety standards, including 11 times in a single month last year.
    Long term exposure to the industrial by-product has been linked to respiratory illness and acidification of soil and waterways.
    Justice Alan Wilson in a decision delivered on Tuesday found in Cowen’s favour, saying she breathed in large amounts of manure dust which “seriously aggravated her upper respiratory tract” directly leading to her infection.
    “There was evidence that, in 2008, Mount Isa had ‘issues’ with respect to atmospheric sulphur dioxide and it is recognised in the literature that this is a risk factor for invasive pneumococcal disease,” he said.

    “It was submitted that the plaintiff, as a resident of and worker in that town, had been exposed to that gas on a chronic rather than an acute basis.
    Wilson said while there was “evidence of a ‘spike’ in airborne sulphur dioxide concentrations on (the day in question)”, that reading was taken too far from the Bunnings store to be useful.
    Contracting the brain infection via either exposure to sulphur dioxide or cigarette smoke was possible but required “awfully bad luck”, he found.
    That she fell ill soon after exposure to the manure dust “accords with common sense and provides an acceptable causative pathway, according to the appropriate legal test”.
    Wilson ordered Bunnings pay her $700,000 in damages as well as her legal costs.

  6. When it comes to community issues none remain more prominent than the provision of parking. A review of Redlands2030’s Facebook page and Redland City Bulletin highlights how high on people’s list of council priorities it is. People complain about the “lack” of parking, how “atrocious” parking is. Now personally I have never had an issue with parking in Cleveland and cannot remember the last time I had to walk more than 200m to get to where I wanted to go. That is my perception and the provision of parking locally meets my expectations. But I realise that others have a different perception and perhaps different needs.

    As a bit of a test I headed into town (Sat 10th Sept, 10:30 AM) to look at the parking provision for the average shopper. Now 10:30 AM on a Sat morning must be one of our peak times but I found a parking space immediately within 25m of the rear entrance to Woolworths and many within 50m. Across the road at Coles there was space in the covered area and if you have a big 4×4 that does not fit there then there was space across the road within 100m. I finished up by driving down to Toondah harbour. Was it busy, yes but if we are to rely on tourism for Stradbroke Island then that is no bad thing. Does it need improved parking, yes. Did I find parking, yes, and there was also plenty of space in the pre paid area. Now I know there are other areas and requirements but it was an interesting snap shot somewhat at odds with the reports of some.

    This presents a challenge for council, business and developers because like it or not parking costs money. Which ever way you dress it up you and I will pay for parking, be it through our rates, in the cost of the products we buy or directly at the point of use. So the question for council and planners is what level of parking provision, and at what cost, is acceptable to the residents of Redland? The answer will be somewhere on a continuum. At one end everyone will have their own personal parking space outside every venue they are likely to visit, well that’s just not going to happen. At the other end is no parking which is simply unacceptable to the residents and business. So there has to be a measurable standard somewhere in the middle. We talk about targets being smart, i.e. specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound, so why can’t the residents have consensus target or standard? That way as the population grows we can assess the impact against that standard or target.

    So here is the challenge to Redlands2030. Establish a group representative of Redland residents and develop a target or standard for parking provision within the area. It could have a commuter, shopping and tourism standard. This target is clearly going to be a consensus with some people thinking that it is excessive and others thinking it is too little, but hey life’s tough. That target might establish cost at point of use, acceptable walking distances, waiting times to get a space etc. Why not approach council and see if they would provide a small council grant to fund an academic to assist with the workshops? You have your first volunteer right here and I am happy to approach my division 3 councillor for a grant or support at council. Do it right and you never know Redland City Council might take it on board.

  7. This plan is fundamentally flawed. Environmental protection is further removed from the 2006 Plan and more land is proposed to be upzoned – especially land that has been “banked’ by developers. Councillors must realise that the Draft Plan in no way aligns with the 2030 Community Plan. No amount of sandstone blocks, organic produce or eat-street markets will compensate me if someone builds a block of units next to my home or fells the trees in my street. Please stop gilding a dying lily and attend to developing a Plan that reflects the values of Redlanders.

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  9. Had it not been for the hard work of the dedicated people that make up Redlands2030 I truly believe the demise of the Redlands we all know and love would have occurred without it being questioned. Keep fighting the good fight, it’s appreciated by many of the Redlands residents.

    • Redlands2030 are a great bunch of people and we are so lucky to have them standing up for us in The Redlands. Thanks to you all and keep up the good work.

  10. Thank you for your posts and information on what is happening in our beautiful shire and the unfortunate direction this council is taking. Unfortunately they seem to have no idea of what the residents (other than developers who live here) want. Keep up the good work.

    • They know exactly how we feel but have a book full of buck passing excuses. That’s what happens when people in power have a personal agenda

  11. We can’t decide if you are ‘independent’ or not as your articles do not have the authors name shown?
    For the sake of transparency the author should be clearly shown?
    Who makes up the ‘independent community network’ – is it team CARP back under a new banner?

      • Not sure how transparent – three gentleman mentioned but I notice that none of them has replied to comments? I assume you are Penny who ran for the greens at the state and federal elections?
        Again I ask – shouldn’t the articles have the authors credited?
        I also note no direct yes or no answer to the query on CARP rebranded – I think we can work that one out:)

      • Hi, Julienne. No, ‘Penny’ is not the former ‘Greens’ candidate. She is not involved with running this site. And, no, none of us has been involved – at all – with CARP. We are politically independent concerned citizens with long history in planning and government who became concerned about what we were seeing happen around us – to the place we love. We welcome all contributions: comments, articles, photos etc. This site is for Redlanders from Redlanders. The ‘community vision’ as expressed through Council’s 2030 community plan is our compass. Where articles are not attributed to authors then you can assume that we have worked on them together. We are a bit like the Beatles – some songs have more Lennon in them than McCartney, and others, vica versa 🙂

  12. We the people of the Redlands need to be aware of our political structure and know exactly what it means when you cast a vote. So many have fallen for the obvious face on a poster and thought she’ll be right mate, when in fact, that face on the poster is possibly in very tight with property developers and other politicians that have their own best interest at heart not yours, Redlands2030 is a site dedicated to awareness, awareness of what’s happening in every division of the Redlands, who is selling you out and who is a true independent thinker, jump on board and find out whats happening in your community, you’ll be surprised.

    • Byron. Thankyou for your supportive words. Redlands2030 is here to inform and empower the Redlands Community. Our goals are to ensure that our valued community are provided facts (not political spin) so they can make informed decisions. We advocate the Redlands2030 Community Plan which some 3,000+ residents committed themselves to – a bit more representative than the Council’s recent EDStrategy ‘community consultation’ consisting of having some 60 people listen to a 1 hour talk about the Economic Strategy which will have significant ramifications on the future of our Redlands. Cheers.

  13. Redlands planning Officers seem to think the answer to accomodating a shortage of housing is to have all those with 800m blocks or larger to break them up for 2 or 3 dwellings. How do the 800m blockers feel about that?

    • SannyP,
      Sadly your comment attacks the hammer not the Carpenter, I think the policy is being driven by the Councillors (mayoral bloc) and the $#@(*^()* State LNP Damagement. Both have been too influenced by developers big and small.
      I suggest you look at the amount of ‘banked’ underdeveloped land held the big developers…. then ask why?
      PS I don’t believe that there is a ‘lack’ of houses in the Redlands….any more than there’s a lack of houses on the moon. Capitalism 101 tells us that the ‘demand’ exceeds the the easily/ sufficiently profitable ‘supply’.
      ‘Not enough houses’ is an emotive (business) marketing phrase……i.e. I’d like to live in comfort on the moon but it’s not yet economically easily profitably enough.
      Personally, I’d would have liked the Redlands to have remained as it was pre-Seccombe.

      • Plenty of high rise units available in Brisbane, actually an oversupply. Now would be a great time to buy one if that is your thing. Handy for the CBD and no commuting.

      • The Gold Coast is unit heaven, and there are plenty of vacancies and a wide range of prices and settings down there.

        The little dose of the Gold Coast “magic” is not needed at each and every bay, or town up the Queensland Coast. And certainly not on the Cleveland coast.

        Of course the social and health impacts of high rise living are not suited to all. Then there are the scenic amenity impacts on nearby properties, which can be measured … it is negative by $100 000’s per house. In our economically rational planning world perhaps those people nearby can be compensated for their loss?

  14. We used to live at 58Shore St;East, Cleveland. and know the value of the G J Walter park to local residents.
    Therefore we are 100% against the current development plans. We only moved from the above address because developers had submitted plans to build a 35 unit , 5 storey complex and the exit from the below-ground car park would have passed by our main bedroom window. Unfortunately we moved to soon because nothing eventuated. We wish you success in this endeavour.. Regards,

    • Precisely. No need for high rise development at every location.
      If people desperatly need bay views anything over 4 stories located in the Woolworths carpark could give that. It seems perverse to destroy the water front view by building in it.

      • Robert,
        We live one street from the bay.
        When our house was built 30 years ago we could see the bay clearly and easily now a few developers and rich people have built Mc Mansions on land that has a 19th century title right on the high tide line and have denied every one of that view.
        It seems to me that common sense should prevail and the height level restrictions should be tiered so that everyone gets a view. Also all properties should have space for children and small pets. The children shouldn’t be caged solely in the house nor to be forced onto the streets to play.
        Like you said apartments should not preclude others from a view ergo they should be sited and located accordingly.

      • Seems to me Exterminator Ant in post below needs to look at Council’s “View Enhancement” Policy.
        Yes, I know….you’d think architects and builders would look at the good neighbour thing.
        Perhaps try a petition– you only have to get thirty plus signatures, give it to local MP. It gets handed on to Council, not necessarily minuted, but it’s effective! Council will come out and cut down the trees blocking your view.
        But that’s an exaggeration—they probably don’t remove houses.

  15. Love that you put in that Cleveland town has taken some hits. It’s Councils fault. Your onerous parking conditions for shoppers meant we all had to go elsewhere. You even did a parking survey for Cleveland about ten years ago and ignored the result. Good luck with getting support.