Council threatens Eprapah Creek wildlife habitat

Rare bushland at Eprapah Creek in Victoria Point providing scarce habitat for wallabies, birds and other wildlife is threatened by Redland City Council’s plans for construction of a bridge and pathway which are opposed by the local community. Redland City Council is proposing to force developers into constructing an unnecessary pedestrian and bike path from […]

Koala rescue, infill parking and council services

Is Redlands Council requiring enough car parking for new infill development? A resounding ‘no’ says one resident who has looked at the impact of this gross underestimate in his neighbourhood. Another local questions whether the high rates we pay are mainly subsidising development rather than providing much needed community facilities when compared to other nearby […]

Councillors comment on making a new City Plan

Community reactions to the Draft Redlands City Plan 2015 are clear and consistent. With 6,400 submissions Redlands’ response was ten times greater than that of the Gold Coast City (on a per capita basis). Community concerns included risks to lifestyle, livability and quality of life through traffic congestion, small lot development, medium and high rise […]

Let’s not fear diversity in Australia

While Donald Trump was vowing to ban Muslims during the 2nd Presidential debate in America something very interesting happened a world away in Australia’s Federal Parliament. Prime Minister Turnbull and Opposition Leader Shorten passed a bipartisan motion condemning racism in all forms and calling for a respectful and unified nation. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also […]

The chicken-poo power Magical Mystery Tour

Back in 2004 Cleveland Power applied to build a chicken-poo incinerator adjacent to the Golden Cockerel chicken processing plant in Mount Cotton. Impact assessable because this is a heavy industry in a rural zone, it attracted three hundred and thirty three (333) submissions with only one in favour of the development. It took until 2007 […]

Redlands slow to adopt community panels

More than a year ago Redlands’ elected councillors asked CEO Bill Lyon to prepare a report on use of community panels as reference, advisory and/or review groups. The CEO says the research was completed and the report prepared many months ago. So why has the report not been discussed at a council meeting? Back in […]

Solar power and plane crash on Council agenda

Proposals for investing $3.6 million in solar power generation over the next four years will be considered by Redland City Council at its general meeting tomorrow. The meeting commences at 9:30 am in the Council chambers in Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. Members of the public can observe proceedings from the public gallery, except for items which […]

Greater glider conservation in the Redlands

The plight of koalas in the Redlands is well understood by the local community but another local marsupial, the greater glider, is also vulnerable to extinction. What are greater gliders? The greater glider, known scientifically as Petauroides volans, is the largest of Australia’s gliding marsupials reaching total length of up to a metre (up to […]

Open for business or just more development?

Coming home to roost

All too often,  proposed new residential developments in Redlands are upsetting local communities when project plans go well beyond the expectations or experience of existing residents. Development outcomes are being promoted which are beyond the layman’s interpretation of the planning scheme and people feel that higher density developments threaten their quality of life and our […]

Koalas are an asset for Redlands tourism

I find myself surprised and delighted that someone in a leadership role in South East Queensland has embraced the obvious. Hats off to Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk who understands how our iconic koalas can make a huge impact to the local tourism economy. As recently reported in the Brisbane Times, he intends to take […]

Letters about Toondah development plans

Community voices of all ages question the real benefits of the Toondah Harbour mega development and express dismay at the environmental impacts on the wonderland that is Moreton Bay. Environmental tourism on Straddie must be protected and enhanced post mining, not devastated by massive apartment towers on reclaimed land. Parking solutions to meet the real […]