Wildlife tourism in Africa and the Redlands

Local tourism operator Dr Dennis Tafe shares his thoughts on opportunities for nature based and education based tourism in Africa and the Redlands. R2030               You’ve been successfully managing educational marine trips for our local colleges and overseas students since 2009. Where do you take them and why is […]

Redlands ferries boost Sealink’s interim results

Sealink Travel Group, the owner and operator of ferries and barges servicing North Stradbroke Island and the southern Moreton Bay islands, has announced record sales and profit in all its businesses. For the six months to December 31 2016, Sealink posted a net profit after tax of $13.1 million, an increase of 52% compared with […]

The age of foolishness – in Redland City

Writing about the French Revolution, Charles Dickens opened ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ with: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.” Fast forward to the Redlands now – it is just the worst of times and the age […]

Letters about Toondah Harbour development

Plans for a massive residential development on protected wetlands at Toondah Harbour and recent Federal Government delays have provoked many letters to the editor. If you have something to say, email us at theeditor@redlands2030.net  More Delay for Ferry Terminal Upgrade The further suspension of the timeframe for the Federal Environment Minister to make a decision […]

Council rejects Teak Lane development plans

Redland City Council made decisions about the Teak Lane development application, St James Kindergarten playground tenure and future of Indiscapes at its meeting on 23 November 2016. In the absence of Mayor Karen Williams, the meeting was chaired by Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary. It’s understood that Mayor Williams was in Hobart attending a conference about […]

Teak Lane residents want to save their trees

Residents in Victoria Point will find out on Wednesday if a major developer will be allowed to convert a court mandated environmental buffer zone into 230 extra shopping centre car parks. This long running saga has already seen local residents in Sycamore Parade betrayed by Redland City Council when it handed back its trusteeship of […]

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 […]

Slow internet holds back Redlands businesses

Poor internet connectivity in parts of the Redlands is holding back small businesses and hurting our local economy. There is no point in spending a tidy $90 a month on a wireless 25 GB data plan that your kids can’t even do their school work with; it’s an indisputable rip-off! Being a local webhosting entity, […]

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 […]

Eat Street to eat up Cleveland CBD carparks

Controversial plans for an “Eat Street” type market to operate in the car park behind Cleveland Library will be considered by Redland City Council on 10 August. The proposal is for a number of food and drink outlets to operate from facilities in the Cleveland Library car park for three days each week – Friday […]

Old Harley’s don’t die

Small and innovative businesses are the backbone of the Redlands economy and owner operators work hard and for long hours to meet the needs of customers. Rusty Clark is the owner of  Rusty’s Bayside Custom Cycles, of Shore Street Cleveland, specializing in Harley Choppers, Bobbers and Harley parts. His story was told to one of […]

Birdwatching can be big business for Redlands

The so-called genteel pastime of birdwatching, or birding can also be…. big business.  In fact in academia it has its own term: avitourism. The benefits of avitourism is relatively familiar to Northern Hemisphere recreationists, especially USA, German and UK residents. There are thousands of tourists from the northern hemisphere travelling the world annually with the […]

Flour Monkey Bakery looking to expand

Small businesses are the backbone of the Redlands economy, working hard for long hours to provide customers with goods and services while dealing with red tape. In response to subscriber feedback, Redlands2030 is exploring our local small business sector. Trish and Warwick are owners of The Flour Monkey Bakery operating at Capalaba Central Shopping Centre and Carina. […]

Top 10 reasons to support locally owned businesses

How can we improve our local community’s economic resilience? A sustainable local economy means having lots of eggs in lots of baskets. One approach, put forward by the USA’s Institute for Local Self-Reliance, is to champion locally owned businesses. They’ve prepared a list of 10 reasons to support locally owned businesses which we reprint below. […]