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 […]

ShapingSEQ – four more megatrends examined

The ShapingSEQ regional plan claims to have examined “megatrends” or “important pattern of social, economic or environmental activity that occurs at the intersection of many trends” . Arguably the urban expansion of SEQ over the past 30 years is itself a megatrend… a trend to a 200km city which can be seen happening in a […]

Koala strategy and more Ausbuild development

In the last general meeting of 2016 Redland City Council will consider a number of development applications by Ausbuild and other contentious issues including a koala strategy and possible third extension of time for the Mt Cotton chicken poo plant. Items on the agenda include applications by Ausbuild for development of residential dwellings at 399-413 […]

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 […]

Megatrends and SEQ regional plan consultation

Megatrends which could have major impacts on south east Queensland over the next few decades should be taken into account when preparing the new regional plan. But has the government done a good job of picking and dealing with megatrends? If we have learnt anything over the last few decades it’s that governments don’t always […]

Council backs away from kindergarten land deal

Kindergarten

Land tenure for the St James Kindergarten playground in John Street Cleveland will be discussed at Redland City Council’s meeting on Wednesday 23 November. It appears the Council is backtracking from its “in principle” decision on 27 January 2016 (Item 12.1 Mayoral Minute) to negotiate a “lease to purchase” deal with the Lutheran Church who […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]