Marriage equality gets support in Thornlands, from Andrew Laming’s neighbours

A GROUP OF residents in the federal electorate of Bowman in South East Queensland – currently held by Andrew Laming for the Liberal Party – is petitioning locals about their views on marriage equality. They began in the semi-rural Redlands suburb of Thornlands, in the streets around Mr Laming’s place of residence. Labor’s candidate for […]

Tracey Huges wins Division 8

Tracey Huges is set to win Division 8. Mayor Karen Williams’ team will win only four of the ten divisions, falling one vote short of controlling Redland City Council for the next four years. The Mayor’s “supportive” councillors will be incumbents Mark Edwards, Julie Talty, Paul Gleeson and probably new councillor Peter Mitchell in Division […]

‘The 30-minute city’: how do we put the political rhetoric into practice?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promoted the benefits of a “30-minute city” in explaining his approach to cities and urban transport. The opposition infrastructure spokesman, Anthony Albanese, notes he talked about this idea at the National Press Club in 2014. The reality is that the 30-minute city is hardly a new idea in town planning, […]

Underwood concedes mayoral contest to Williams while Council makeup becomes clearer

This evening Greg Underwood congratulated Cr. Williams on her election as Redland City Mayor. He also thanked the community for their work and support over the last few months, saying: I believe the community is sending a clear message that it wants more independent councillors and a more united Council. I am very proud of […]

Redlands election results as at close of counting on polling day – updated Sunday 7:00 pm

Incumbent Karen Williams looks likely to be reelected as Mayor of Redland City. With nearly half the vote counted she has 57.24% of the formal votes, challenger Greg Underwood has 42.76%. Here is a link to Redlands mayoral results on the ECQ website. Update 7:00 pm Sunday Noteworthy changes to the vote count during Sunday: […]

Redlands election – all the candidates

The local council election features a choice between two mayoral candidates, each with a team of candidates for divisional roles who they would prefer to work with. The core issue is development: contentious residential projects like Shoreline, Toondah Harbour, Weinam Creek and many planned subdivisions. The mayoral candidates offer different approaches: Karen Williams says “Lets […]

Treetop training centre planned for Victoria Point

Victoria Point could have an adventure training centre if Redland City Council approves a development application lodged recently. The developer is Tree Top Challenge Southside P/L who already operate similar facilities at Mt Tamborine and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast. The adventure centre is to be developed on land adjoining Eprepah Creek. This […]

Redland City finances and infrastructure spending

Mayor Karen Williams and her challenger have different views on the health of Redland City’s finances. Mayor Williams says that $100 million of Redland City ‘s cash reserves can be lent to the State Government to help it fix state roads between the proposed Shoreline development and Cleveland. The Council has offered to lend money […]

Letters to the Editor 17 March 2016

This week a SMBI writer says “Do we follow the illusions of the big juicy Williams’ carrots like donkeys”, a Straddie local questions a proposal to establish a sailing school on Sibelco land at Deanabilla Bay, and a Redland Bay resident questions how a small lot development that contravenes the City’s road design scheme could be […]


Coming home to roost

All of the political turmoil in the Redlands in recent times can be explained by one simple question, asked of the current Mayor and her supporting councillors – whose values do they hold? THE COMMUNITY’S VALUES The community’s values are clearly articulated in the Redlands 2030 Community Plan: Creating Our Future (April 2010) – the […]

Grumblings on social media about Shoreline

Conflicts of interest are an ongoing area of concern in local government. It’s often been said over the years that perceptions of a conflict are just as significant as any actual conflict of interest. In concluding a recent assessment of Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) decided to take no further action […]

Housing policy is captive to property politics, so don’t expect politicians to tackle affordability

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s recent warnings that house prices would fall steeply under a Labor government confirm the underlying politics of housing policy in Australia. The default position for politicians is to sound concerned about housing affordability, but do nothing. In a recent paper, we draw on the notion of “policy capture” to understand why […]

Filmmaker says think before you vote

As a Redlands resident living on North Stradbroke Island I am deeply concerned about the prospects of Karen Williams and her team of pro-development councilors being re-elected. The current Toondah Harbour Development plan proposed by the Walker Group, in collaboration with Karen Williams and pro-development Redlands councilors and with State Government backing will have catastrophic […]

Candidates for the Redland City Council election

The jobs of Redlands mayor and 10 divisional councillors will be decided on 19 March. There are two candidates for mayor; challenger Greg Underwood is taking on Karen Williams. The core issue is development: contentious residential projects like Shoreline, Toondah Harbour, Weinam Creek and many planned subdivisions. The mayoral candidates offer different approaches: Karen Williams […]

Ratepayers worry about land valuations

Recently announced land valuation changes have provoked concerns from some Redlands property owners that this may lead to increases in their Council rates. The Bulletin reported recently that  Wellington Point and Ormiston land valuations increased by more than 20% compared with a 14.6% city wide increase in residential land values. Two days later, Redland City […]