Councillor complaints under State spotlight

The councillor complaints process is being reviewed by the Queensland Government and you have until 23 September to make comments and suggestions for improvement. Queensland has a well established process for people to make complaints (allegations) of corrupt conduct, misconduct or inappropriate conduct against local councillors. Complaints can be assessed and determined by a Council, […]

‘Missed’ dredging costs put Council into deficit

Redland City Council “missed” two significant items of dredging expenditure from its 2016/17 budget according to Chief Executive Officer Bill Lyon. Councillors approved extra expenditure of $920,600 for dredging the Raby Bay eastern channel at their meeting on 24 August. The work is regarded by Council as urgent, to allow continuous access to the bay […]

Dogs and wildlife in Letters to the Editor

Letters this week are about wildlife and dogs – discussing the regulation of dogs in koala habitat areas, the things that dogs do and people don’t pick up and caring for orphaned wildlife. Dogs and koalas I read with interest that Council has now highlighted certain areas in Redlands as koala habitat and included conditions […]

Toondah Harbour decision delayed for fifth time

Walker Corporation’s proposal to dredge and reclaim coastal wetlands at Cleveland is experiencing further delay in getting Federal Government environmental approval. The project, which includes plans to dredge 1.85 million tonnes and reclaim 43.5 hectares of land for construction of 3,600 apartments around Toondah Harbour, was referred to the Federal Government for environmental assessment in […]

Redlands City Plan needs a strategic framework

All too often people don’t understand the devil in the detail of city planning schemes. Then development applications are submitted which can’t be stopped even though the community considers the proposals to be inappropriate. To help people understand their city’s planning scheme, the document should include a well written Strategic Framework. In State Government guidelines, […]

Koala protection laws on Council’s agenda

Local laws for koala protection will be discussed by Redland City Council on Wednesday. Changes to local laws to improve protection of koalas were instigated in April 2015, 16 months ago. During a series of non-public workshops and general meetings councillors decided to expand identified koala area mapping to include five additional areas where dog […]

Community opposes Alma Street development

Plans for a town house development at 24 Alma Street in Thorneside face continuing community opposition. Despite a reduction in the number of units from twelve to eight, the proposed density of 1 unit per 378m² is less than the 1 per 400m2 probable solution for this area’s zoning. The revised application will be considered […]

Donald Simpson Centre building plans queried

Plans for a ‘community hub’ now threaten to dwarf the Donald Simpson Centre in Cleveland and may involve development on neighbouring parkland. Donald Simpson Centre opened in 1987 to provide social, intellectual and physical activities for the seniors of the Redlands community. It has thrived at its Bloomfield Street location and is a popular meeting place with […]

Robinson slams lack of train station parking

Plans to construct 124 apartments in the northern car park of Cleveland train station will no longer have the support of State MP for Cleveland Dr Mark Robinson. In a speech to Parliament on 18 August the LNP backbencher accused Labor of stealing car parks from his electorate. “Tonight I announce that I am withdrawing […]

Residents write about Toondah and Cleveland

Toondah Harbour’s proposed redevelopment provokes letters to Redlands2030 with one person saying it’s deeply disappointing and another issuing an apology of sorts to Walker Corporation. Brian Whitelaw’s article, Cleveland – it’s now Builders Paradise, also prompts a letter. Cleveland the “Builder’s Paradise” I was interested and enjoyed your article re Cleveland being a “Builder’s Paradise”. […]

Station Master’s Cottage on the move again

The historic Station Master’s Cottage is to be moved from the RSL Club to the ‘old Cleveland Town’ precinct. Ratepayers will pay for relocating the cottage and re-establishing it with power, water and sewerage. Although the vote for removal was in an open council meeting on July 27, the decision followed discussion of a confidential […]

Shorebirds at risk from Toondah project

Critically endangered shorebirds are at risk from Walker Corporation’s proposed development at Toondah Harbour according to a specialist study group. In their submission to the Federal Government, the Queensland Wader Study Group says it is: …extremely concerned about the potential impact of the proposed Toondah Harbour development on the ecological character of the Moreton Bay […]

Queensland wildlife gets increased protection

Hawksbill turtles, greater gliders and various shorebirds are some of the Redlands wildlife to benefit from increased Queensland Government protection measures. State Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles has confirmed that Queensland’s Species Technical Committee (STC) wants 21 species given increased environmental protection. The Committee has recommended nine species be reclassified as ‘endangered’. The criteria for […]

Redlands ferries help Sealink to record profit

Moreton Bay ferries helped power Sealink Travel Group to a record profit in 2016 with the company announcing a 139% increase in net after tax profit to $22.3 million. The strong financial performance by Australia’s largest marine tourism and transport company was boosted by contributions from the following ferry and barge services recently acquired from […]