Regional Plan prepares us for the big squeeze

More than 900 ideas have been put forward by the community to help with development of south east Queensland’s new regional plan. If you haven’t told the Government what you think there’s still time to have your say, but only until 5:00 pm on Wednesday 29 June. Ideas can be suggested on the Government’s Shaping […]

“The Rocks” creek crossing at Capalaba

Redlands’ early transport history can be explored at The Rocks Crossing in Capalaba. At John Fredericks Park, just a short walk from Capalaba Regional Park via the path that goes under the busy bridge taking Old Cleveland Road across Tingalpa Creek, you can see where Redlands’ pioneers would ford across Tingalpa creek at low tide until […]

Koalas soon to be extinct in Redlands

After 20 years of buck passing between three levels of Government, Redlands is on the verge of a koala free landscape.  Successive councils, councillors and State and Federal members of parliament can all share in this sad legacy. Yet the community has long argued that koalas are a priority, saying: “Koala habitats are to be […]

Crystal balls and tree clearing in Redlands

Letters to Redlands2030 this week are about coastal development, tree clearing and speculative ‘crystal ball gazing’ arguments being used to gain Council approvals for proposed developments. Ormiston tree clearing I received an urgent call Tuesday morning that large gum trees on two large blocks were being cleared.  I drove to Sturgeon Street Ormiston and witnessed […]

Council’s ‘quickie’ raises transparency questions

Redland City Council has developed a way of getting through business at general meetings quick smart with little transparency. Matters requiring approval are discussed beforehand in meetings which are not open to the public and which don’t have publicly available minutes of matters discussed and decisions made. So at general meetings, decisions can be rubber […]

Marriage equality in the Redlands

  In recent times, marriage equality has becomes a hot issue across the globe. The United States, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Latin America, and much of Western Europe have legalised it in recent years with increasingly bipartisan support on the issue. Kevin Rudd was the first sitting Prime Minister to endorse the issue with […]

Public spaces, regional planning and koalas

Letters to Redlands2030 this week address efforts to promote discussion about the South East Queensland Regional Plan and the plight of south east Queensland’s koalas which should be a key issue in regional planning, but doesn’t seem to be. Thought leadership series…was it serious? I had no idea what I was walking in to when […]

Does Andrew Laming vote for you?

Forget what politicians say. What truly matters is what they do. And what they do is vote, on the laws which affect us all. With the Federal Elections now approaching, many of us are deciding which candidate to elect as our next Federal Member for Bowman (Redlands). When a sitting member of parliament is seeking re-election, their […]

Koalas need protection now dear Minister

After acknowledging an 80% decline in the number of koalas in parts of south east Queensland from 1996 to 2014, State Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles announced additional koala protection funding of $12 million over four years with an expert panel “to kick-off discussions on how best to move forward to better protect koalas”. Redlands resident […]

SEQ Regional Plan: Projections are not destiny

Redlands2030 continues assessing the South East Queensland Regional Plan review process.  Today we look at the Grow theme which deals with the implications of continual population growth within the region over the next 25 years. Another 1.3 million people could be living in south east Queensland by 2014 according to the Government’s population forecasts. The […]