Redland City Council – week ending 30 May

Redlands2030 brings you a weekly summary of Redland City Council news, media stunts and photo opportunities. Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe visiting the Redlands The Council advised that the Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe Hōkūleʻa is visiting Redland City. The voyage will cover 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, and 26 countries as it sails around the world to promote […]

Opinion: The Council crisis we had to have

The Redland City Council is in full retreat from a mess of its own making. At best, it’s a precision display of naivety and incompetence, at worst, of stealth and duplicity. It’s all about (what else?) planning, property development and rezoning. City council officers owe their prime allegiance to the public good, repaying the community’s […]

Will Labor’s directions fix planning laws?

The Palaszczuk Government has asserted its commitment to planning reform. This is set out in a paper issued recently by Deputy Premier and Planning Minister Jackie Trad. “Queensland needs a fair and practical planning and development assessment framework to secure the long-term liveability, sustainability and prosperity for our communities, both now and into the future,” […]

Rushwood Estate residents meeting

Last night concerned residents met to discuss a development proposal  by Ausbuild which could impact significantly on properties in Rushwood Estate, Thornlands. The proposal (ROL005873) is for a reconfiguration of one lot into 43 lots, over two stages. The property address is 34-41 Wrightson Road, Thornlands. Information is available at PD Online Residents have made a […]

Residents discuss Dorsal Drive objections

About 150 residents attended a meeting this evening to discuss plans for a four story medium density residential development at Dorsal Drive, Birkdale. The meeting, held at the Mooroondu Sport & Recreation Clubhouse in Thorneside, was convened by Cr Paul Bishop. Local resident Stephen Sharry spoke and said that he hoped that more than 100 […]

Residents concerned about Dorsal Drive development plans

On Monday 25 May at 5:30 pm there will be a community meeting at the Mooroondu Sport & Recreation Clubhouse, Thorneside to discuss plans for a proposed four storey residential development in Dorsal Drive Birkdale. The deadline for making submissions about development application MCU013407 is Thursday 28 May. Development application for Dorsal Drive in Birkdale A […]

Redland City Council – week ending 23 May

Redlands2030 brings you a weekly summary of Redland City Council news, and other information. Issues discussed at Council Meeting 20 May Redland Bay sports field to be upgrade Council decided to spend $120,000 upgrading a mutipurpose sportsfield in Redland Bay. In its report the Redland City Bulletin said: “The field, in Denholm Boulevard, Redland Bay, […]

Straddie residents ferry fare protest

In spite of chilly, gusty conditions, about 150 people attended a rally at Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island to protest about recent changes to ferry fares. Many people including local councillor Craig Ogilvie spoke at the meeting. Cr Ogilvie said “Transport will make or break this island.” The crowd expressed unanimous opposition to Stradbroke Ferries […]

The Corporate Plan destroys 15 years of work!

Redland City Councillors voted to adopt a new Corporate Plan at a General Meeting on 20 May. There was much self congratulation about the new plan, especially the mission statement: Make a difference, make it count. Unfortunately, it seems that submissions about the draft plan by Redlands2030 and others in the community did not make […]

Residents to protest against Straddie ferry fares

Stradbroke Island residents are planning to hold a community meeting to protest about new fares introduced by Stradbroke Ferries. The meeting will be held on Saturday 23 May commencing 10:00 am at Ron Stark Oval, Dunwich. Of particular concern to residents are changes to the Day Shopper fare. Stradbroke Ferries initial proposal was to remove […]

Lets make Council meetings more public

Today Redland City Council wisely decided to think before acting to restrict filming of its general meetings. Cr Paul Gleeson moved  an urgent motion without notice that all recording and filming equipment be removed from the chamber. Councillors voted 6-5 to reject Cr Gleeson’s motion. It is likely that the issue will be discussed again […]

Redland City Council – week ending 16 May

Redlands2030 brings you a weekly summary of Redland City Council news, media stunts and photo opportunities. Redlands and Brisbane Transport Working Group On Monday the Bulletin got a not very exciting posed photo of 12 politicians. They were taking time out from an important discussion about fixing roads to Redland City. After three years in […]

Toondah awards suggest a parallel universe

“Lets give ourselves lots of awards.” Redlanders would have felt great pride, I’m sure, when they read Redland City Council’s recent Toondah Harbour  PDA news release. In case you missed it, here is a link: More award recognition for PDA projects. Once again, our Council has accepted an award for the quality of community consultation […]

We need to get smarter to save shorebirds from rising seas

The world record for the longest non-stop unpowered flight is held by a bar-tailed godwit that travelled 11,600 km from Alaska to New Zealand in just over eight days. This bird’s remarkable journey was part of one of nature’s marvels, the annual migration of five million shorebirds between the Arctic and Australia along a bird […]

Community concerns about chicken poo plant

Was the community given a fair deal when Redland City Council approved an 18 months extension for development of the chicken poo power plant at Mt Cotton? The Council’s handling of this contentious matter leaves many questions unanswered, such as:  Have local residents been dealt with fairly? Why did Council not oppose the 2011 extension […]