Vote to unblock solar energy in Queensland: by Trevor Berrill

Australians strongly support the use of solar energy as they know it saves them money, creates jobs and is clean. So you would think they would like to vote for a government that supports the solar industry’s continued growth. Solar system costs have fallen dramatically since 2000 when strong policies to support solar and help […]

North Stradbroke Island commitments from Labor and the Greens

The Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) represents the Quandamooka People who are the traditional owners of North Stradbroke Island. QYAC has issued this media release ahead of the Queensland election on 31 January 2015. QYAC Media Release: Labor and Greens commit to Quandamooka (North Stradbroke Island) Traditional Owners: Promise to repeal ‘disgraceful’ mining legislation $20M […]

Southern Moreton Bay Islands Candidates Forum

Candidates for the State seat of Redlands were invited to discuss issues concerning the southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) at a forum on the evening of 27 January. Candidates attending the forum were were: Matt McEachan (LNP), Deb Kellie (ALP), Susan Bylett (PUP) and David Keogh (Greens). Two candidates were unable to attend and sent […]

Fewer Councillors or better local government?

Is reducing the number of councillors the highest priority in improving local government in Redland City. It seems that the Mayor and her faction are set on cutting elected representatives from ten to eight or possibly six. Redlands2030 has already commented on this issue in two earlier posts: Musical chairs at Redland City Council Eight […]

Robinson strikes out in Cleveland!

Despite the absence of community support or any publicly available business case, Cleveland MP Mark Robinson has been a consistently vocal supporter of a large real estate and marina development at Toondah Harbour. Why? Is it a safe bet? In baseball, its three strikes and out. Lets look at Mark Robinson’s three strikes on Toondah […]

Queensland voters misled about North Straddie

Queensland voters, you were misled about North Straddie at the last election. During the 2012 State election Queensland voters received information attacking agreed sand mining laws for beautiful North Stradbroke Island. Most of the information was paid for by Belgium-based company, Sibelco, whose North Stradbroke mining interests the LNP promised to favour. The Liberal National […]

New planning laws threaten community rights

If a project developer wanted to build something next to your house that might block your views, increase noise levels and disturb native wildlife would you be happy? New building projects of all sizes often cause conflict between developers and the existing community about issues such as quality of life and environmental impacts. For many […]

Eight divisions for Redlands Council?

Plans to reduce the number of Redland City councillors were recently canvassed on radio 612 ABC. It is understood Council officers have examined options for six, eight and ten Councillors and a number of electoral distribution maps for each of these options. The option favoured by Council’s dominant faction appears to be for eight divisions […]

Musical chairs at Redland City Council

Redland City Council must review the Council division boundaries before the next election in May 2016. This is because at least one division (Number 5) will exceed the average number of electors by more than 10%. It seems that the electoral redistribution process will be combined with a proposed reduction in the number of councillors, […]

Candidates and ballot positions for State election

At the Queensland Parliament elections on 31 January there will be 12 candidates for the three seats in the Redlands. The deadline for nominations was noon today. Following the close of nominations the order of candidates on the ballot papers was determined by drawing names from a hat. Candidates for each Redlands seat and their […]

Have your say about issues for the Queensland 2015 election

What are the important issues for the 2015 Queensland election? The major parties have policies to address the issues that they think are important. Here are links to their policies: Katter’s Australian Party Liberal National Party Palmer United Party Queensland Labor The Greens But do any of these political parties understand what the electorate is […]

Redland City koala mapping shows way forward

Koala mapping data helps us to understand which parts of Redland City need to be left undeveloped if we are to preserve a viable population of koalas. Despite repeated requests, and research showing that the survival of the Koala Coast koalas are dependent upon the protection of urban bushland, the Redland City Council has not […]

2015 Corporate Plan Survey: Failed

Redlands 2030 encouraged participation in a “40 minute survey to assist in developing the new Redland City Corporate Plan. However, feedback to date has been negative. The need to hold the survey, over the Christmas holiday period, was not explained. People who have attempted to complete the survey find the format and questions difficult to […]