Cleveland station needs parking not apartments

Plans for development of a mainly residential project in the northern car park of the Cleveland train station were considered at Redland City Council’s meeting on 25 January. Most councillors recognised that the community was unhappy with the proposed development’s inadequate provisions for commuter car parking. Community views were clearly expressed as comments to a […]

Letters about development in the Redlands

Letters this week focus on Redlands’ woeful infrastructure planning and impacts of the proposed Toondah Harbour mega development. Possible consequences of the new Mt Cotton hard rock quarry on the health of locals – particularly children – are also discussed. A letter from an informed resident questions why dust emissions and plumes from hard rock […]

Local government electoral laws – submission

Improving trust and transparency in local government was the subject of a recent post by Redlands2030. Following a report by the Crime and Corruption Commission, the Government proposes to amend laws about the disclosure and reporting of donations. The Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee of State Parliament is conducting an inquiry into the draft […]

Ombudsman slams Redland City Council

Questions about the integrity of decision-making by Redland City Council’s Mayor Karen Williams, CEO Bill Lyon and General Counsel Andrew Ross are raised in a scathing report by the Ombudsman. What the Ombudsman said The Ombudsman is an independent officer, reporting directly to State Parliament, who investigates complaints about the administrative actions of public sector […]

Trust and transparency in local government

Transparency and accountability in local government should be improved says the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC). A report on the CCC’s investigations into “Transparency and accountability in local Government” was tabled in Parliament in December 2015. The CCC recommendations called for legislative reform to improve transparency and accountability in local government electoral disclosure requirements. The […]

Cleveland station approvals on Council agenda

Redland City councillors will discuss plans for development of 124 apartments in the Cleveland station car park at the Council’s first general meeting of the year on Wednesday 25 January. This project was publicly unveiled by Redlands2030 in a story published 12 months ago which pointed out that the project was: sub-optimal use of the […]

Letters: Toondah JAM, Regional Plan

In Letters this week, concern raised over the impact of 3,600 apartments on our roads, and how the current draft SEQ Regional Plan is ignoring a decade of previous planning based on community values. One resident highlights how the planned Toondah Harbour mega development is a recipe for traffic disaster with up to 10,000 new residents […]

Redland City Council’s non-public meetings

For some time Redlands2030 has been concerned about the amount of business transacted at secret meetings by Redland City Council. In a democracy it’s normal for elected representatives to discuss issues, make decisions and legislate in public. The media can report on what is being done and said. People can sit in a public gallery […]