City Plan 2015 ignores public opinion

City Plan being discussed at the Cleveland Markets

Draft City Plan 2015 is a developers’ dream but a nightmare for the community. Long term Redlands residents are expressing outrage over “battery style” housing across the City – especially developments on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road just north of the Faith Lutheran College. Development outcomes of the current planning scheme fail the taste test. Local groups […]

Memories of ducklings!

Pacific black ducklings

Ducks! Mentioning the word ducks brings back fond memories of some pacific black ducklings I raised when we were living on an acreage the other side of Samford, before we moved over to the Redlands. Firstly, there were Huey, Dewey and Louie. A phone call came from a man with three ducklings only a couple […]

Thumbs down for Council’s park sell off plans

Writers give a big ‘thumbs down’ to Council’s proposed rezoning and sell-off of 16 parks for development in the draft City Plan. Some parks were bought with environmental levy funds because of their important conservation status – and residents wonder what’s changed. And in a interesting Tale of Two Cities, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk […]

Redland Council should protect our heritage

The new Draft City Plan confirms the very obvious lack of concern shown by Redland City Council for matters of cultural heritage – in particular our rapidly disappearing heritage buildings. The Plan’s section on Environment and Heritage has almost nothing to say about preserving our built heritage. By saying nothing, it speaks volumes. The sad […]

Koala protection reduced and Ausbuild development refused by Redland City Council

Council Meeting 21 October Here is a link to the Council’s meeting minutes. You can watch a video of the meeting or listen to an audio recording. Some of the matters discussed at the meeting are detailed below. Three Councillors were physically absent form the meeting including Mayor Karen Williams, and Cr Wendy Boglary who […]

Raby Bay Ratepayers discuss Toondah PDA

The Raby Bay Ratepayers Association met 5 October 2015 and Chair  Zrinka Johnston introduced the speakers: Mayor Karen Williams and President of Redlands2030 Steve MacDonald.  She commenced the proceedings by describing the Economic Development Act 2012 under which 23 Priority Development Areas (PDAs) have been declared to boost Qld growth. She cited 9 important PDAs including […]

Letters to Redlands2030 – 23 October 2015

Letters to Redlands2030 this week discuss population growth in the Redlands, plans for sale of Council land and the local government elections in a few months time. If you have something to say, and you want to say it to a lot of people, send an email to: Save Redlands from becoming a dormitory […]

Draft planning bills submission due 23 October 2015

The Queensland Government is seeking community feedback about its proposed new planning laws – the planning laws which underpin what our Council’s do. Submissions are due by 6pm Friday 23 October. Instructions on how to submit are provided below at end. Redlands2030 has prepared a short submission which people may wish to use as a template for their own […]

Stand up for the Redlands – we need a better future for our city!

A life long resident speaks out The present situation in our City compels me to speak out on behalf of the Redlands. I am a life long resident of 50 years having been born here in 1965. I am the youngest of five children, with all but two members of my family still residing within […]

Thornlands, Ormiston and Redland Bay developments on the Council agenda

Redland City Council next meets on Wednesday 21 October commencing at 9:30 am. Here’s a link to the meeting agenda. The agenda includes controversial plans by Ausbuild for a 43 lot subdivision in Thornlands at Wrightson Road  (item 11.2.5) . Residents of Rrushwood Estate have strenuously opposed the new subdivision having road access via two […]

Who set the City Plan population target?

In recent times the Mayor and some councillors have claimed that the State Government has directed Redland City Council to make plans for the City’s population to increase by 50,000 over the next 25 years. In the Council’s news release about public access to the Draft City Plan, Councillor Julie Talty was quoted as saying: […]

Aussie Backyard Bird Count starts 19 October

Next week you can join thousands of people doing a stocktake of Australia’s birdlife. More than 800,000 birds from 672 species were counted last year. This work was done by 9,000 people who each became a citizen scientist for the week. This year the Aussie Backyard Bird Count will be held from Monday 19 October […]

New planning laws need more community input

Redlands residents were urged to have their say about new planning laws at a meeting in Cleveland last night. Megan Bayntun, Director at Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, said that the Government had made considerable efforts to encourage community input into the new planning laws during the consultation period which ends on Friday […]

Donations, trees and Toondah Harbour’s litter

Political donations leads the letters this week, followed by views on conservation of bushland in Capalaba and a comment about unsightly litter at Toondah Harbour. Finally a bit of a touch up for Redlands2030 from a prolific local commentator. If you have something to say send your letter by email to: Political donations The […]

Redlands2030 maps the City’s hotspots

Across the Redlands people are concerned about overdevelopment and its impact on communities and the environment. In some cases, people have been opposing a planned development for many years while other issues have arisen recently. Some issues are very localised such as plans for a particular development which would change the character of a neigbourhood, […]