Organic gardening – a quiet revolution in Redland City

What’s a major trend that’s quietly sweeping the world – backyard by backyard? Organic gardening – and it’s alive and very well in the Redlands. Food production is part of the Redland City’s DNA and, while most market gardens and farms sadly have disappeared under dense urban sprawl, there’s a quiet revolution going on in […]

Redland City Council news – 30 August 2015

City Plan 2015 Scuttlebutt around Bloomfield Street is that the State Government has finally advised the Redland City Council that its draft City Plan 2015 can be put forward for community consultation. It is understood that this will be discussed at a Special Meeting on Thursday 3 September. Councils can decide how long the community […]

Letters about heritage assessment, the Bulletin, Council leadership and koalas

Letters to Redlands2030

What a grab bag of Letters to the Editor this week! First, Council’s curious disregard for Redlands’ heritage that could cost ratepayers bigtime; accolades to retiring Redland City Bulletin editor, Jeff Freak, for fearlessly giving the community a voice; comments about Council’s dysfunction and leadership void and the Koala Action Group’s expert response to the […]

Redland City PlanningAlerts now available

Lots of developments in Redland City are approved for construction without publicity. Residents can be surprised when heavy earthmoving machinery rumbles into their street at 6:00 am to start work on a new development. Under the current Redland City planning scheme, many developments are “Code Assessable” which means that the public is not made aware […]

Premier to protect Straddie environment from sand mining

In January this year the Labor party promised that, if elected, it would “immediately repeal the disgraceful North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Act Amendment Act 2013“. The promised repeal is now overdue. But for the first time, Premier Palaszczuk has personally publicly confirmed that her government will end sand mining in 2019. Newman Government’s […]

Redland City Council news – 23 August 2015

The next Redland City Council meeting is on Wednesday 26 August, starting at 9:30 am. Here is a link to the meeting agenda. A few items which may be of interest to residents and ratepayers are discussed below. Redland Investment Corporation Councillors will be asked to approve minutes of the Audit Committee meeting held on […]

Letters about koalas, Toondah Harbour and new apartment blocks in Capalaba

Letters to Redlands2030

This week’s community comments deal with the sad state of koala politics, missed economic opportunities for the new Toondah Harbour development to connect to the Cleveland CBD and the predicted traffic chaos on narrow Capalaba streets when six 6-storey towers are built. Koala politics – why people have no confidence in pollies One has to […]

Will mosquitoes be a risk to people at Shoreline?

Mosquitoes have long been known to infest the coastal area of southern Redlands. At present this area is not heavily populated so the risk of people contracting mosquito borne diseases is relatively low. This could change if plans for a major residential development are approved. Public health implications of locating people close to mosquito breeding […]

Redland City places of heritage significance

Redland City’s non-indigenous heritage includes a number of places officially recognised in the Queensland Heritage Register. There are also a number of places in Redland City which are recognised as being of local heritage significance. Redland City places in the Queensland Heritage Register Listed below are the 23 places in Redland City which have been […]

Redland City Council news – 16 August 2015

Redland City Council Meeting had a general meeting on 12 August 2015. Prior to the meeting several residents gathered outside the council’s chambers to protest about two issues: Development plans for Rushwood Estate in Thornlands; and The Translink levy imposed by Council on southern Moreton Bay island properties Here is a link to the Council’s […]

Letters to the editor – 15 August 20105

Your letters this week cover the sad loss of Cleveland’s heart, the Toondah Harbour PDA sleight of hand, a reluctant resident’s move out of our city because of over development and the Mayor’s role in ensuring the Redlands hasn’t enough sporting fields and green space. Keep those letters coming. Has Cleveland lost its heart? The […]

Let a community jury decide

How can local councils get the community more actively involved in decision making? One way of empowering the community is to set up community juries to deliberate on issues. This is not a new idea. Community juries (or citizen juries) were pioneered in the USA in the 1970s. Using a community jury A community or […]

The politics of fear have trumped the politics of courage – more’s the pity


There is now a clean break between the two main functions of Australia’s political parties: to get elected and to govern. In the past, there has been some overlap between these two. Politicians would derive the manner of the former from what they intended to do in the latter. If they intended to reform health […]

Translink levy is unfair say island residents

The funding agreement for ferry operations to the southern Moreton Bay island (SMBI) was on the agenda for Redland City Council’s meeting on 12 August 2015. Two representatives of island residents (Mr Clem Ebber and Mr Robin Harris) attended the Council meeting and addressed the Council during the public participation section of its meeting. They […]

Redland City Council News – 9 August 2015

Council General Meeting on 12 August 2015 The next meeting of the Redland City Council will be held on Wednesday 12 August, starting at 9:30 am. Here is a link to the meeting agenda. A few items which may be of interest to residents and ratepayers are discussed below. MCU013346 22-34 Collingwood Rd Birkdale SPRP […]