Transport challenges and opportunities in the Redlands in this week’s letters

Letters this week are about the worsening transport challenges that the Redlands faces. One local thinks we should follow many other Australian and overseas communities and offer regular free minibus transport to get around during the day. And another resident asks if the often-spruiked dedicated bus lane between Coorparoo to Capalaba is just a cruel joke. […]

Redland’s scenic amenity needs protection in City Plan 2015

What’s a view worth? The scenery and beauty of Redland City is often mentioned by the Council but its Draft City Plan  does nothing to protect our best views. We need a planning tool to ensure that our scenic amenity is protected and managed. The good news is that there are ways of doing this. […]

Raby Bay Ratepayers discuss Toondah PDA

The Raby Bay Ratepayers Association met 5 October 2015 and Chair  Zrinka Johnston introduced the speakers: Mayor Karen Williams and President of Redlands2030 Steve MacDonald.  She commenced the proceedings by describing the Economic Development Act 2012 under which 23 Priority Development Areas (PDAs) have been declared to boost Qld growth. She cited 9 important PDAs including […]

Letters to Redlands2030 – 23 October 2015

Letters to Redlands2030 this week discuss population growth in the Redlands, plans for sale of Council land and the local government elections in a few months time. If you have something to say, and you want to say it to a lot of people, send an email to: Save Redlands from becoming a dormitory […]

Toondah project could have 10,000 residents

The Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area could accommodate up to 10,000 people, under plans being developed by preferred developer Walker Corporation. Mayor Karen Williams and Redlands2030 President Steve MacDonald discussed Toondah Harbour plans at the Raby Bay Ratepayers’ Association (RBRA) meeting on Monday evening. While there was a clear clash of ideas between the two […]

City Plan 2015 points to an unpleasant future

The Draft City Plan 2015 is a sloppy and inadequate piece of work. The Redland City Council is actively planning for a huge 50,000 increase in population without explaining how employment and infrastructure will be provided to support these people. Impacts on the area’s environment and heritage are not explained either. Redlands would change from […]

Transitioning Queensland to Clean Energy

Our Sunshine State has a world class solar resource, and good wind, wave and biomass resources. So people often ask me, “What would it take for Queensland to transition away from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy (RE), combined with energy efficiency? Is it technically and economically possible to do this?” The answer to the […]

Broadband is the key infrastructure for the 21st century

Earlier this month, the US Broadband Opportunity Council declared that broadband is “taking its place alongside water, sewer and electricity as essential infrastructure for communities”. Descriptors like “very fast” (Australia), “superfast” (UK), “ultra-fast” (New Zealand) or “ultra-high speed” (Singapore) reinforce the message that speed is an essential component of good broadband. But what would a […]

BPA says Council should protect our heritage

Preserving 150 years of heritage was the subject of an address to Redland City Council at its General Meeting on 23 September. President of the Birkdale Progress Association, Pam Spence, urged councillors to act now and purchase Willards Farm so it can become a a cultural hub for tourism that generates local jobs and supports […]

Questions about ‘operational’ role of Redland City Council’s Development reference group

It’s 10 months since Redlands2030 started to investigate the Redland City Council’s Development Industry Reference Group. We’ve uncovered a tale of regular closed door meetings between senior council planners and major developers so secret not even the names of those present were ever to be publicly released. The conversations were just as secret until Council […]

Redland City Council News 2 August 2015

Redland City Council Meeting had a general meeting on 29 July 2015 Here is a link to the meeting minutes. You can watch a video of the meeting or listen to an audio recording. Some matters discussed and decided at the meeting are discussed below: A sporting Council? (Items 12.1 and 14.1.1) The Council, elected […]

Redland City Council News – 26 July 2015

The next meeting of the Redland City Council will be held on Wednesday 29 July, starting at 9:30 am. Here is a link to the meeting agenda. A few items which may be of interest to residents and ratepayers are discussed below. Proposed service station in Redland Bay (Item 11.3.3) The officers report says: The […]

Why we should love the Redlands’ mudflats

Many Redland residents know that the early explorer Matthew Flinders landed on Coochiemudlo Island. Locals and visitors alike are soon to celebrate this occasion. But fewer know that amongst Matthew Flinders notes are references to the vast mangrove forests which first greeted the early European explorers. So extensive were the mangroves that they obscured the […]

Tackling housing unaffordability: a 10-point national plan

The widening cracks in Australia’s housing system can no longer be concealed. The extraordinary recent debate has laid bare both the depth of public concern and the vacuum of coherent policy to promote housing affordability. The community is clamouring for leadership and change. Especially as it affects our major cities, housing unaffordability is not just […]

Who’s trashing North Stradbroke’s economy?

Redlands Mayor Karen Williams, Andrew Laming MP and Cleveland MP Mark Robinson stand guilty of actively talking down North Stradbroke Island’s economic future. These community leaders – who all should know better – negate anything positive they may have said in the past by piling on the negativity now. Andrew Laming’s website has this: ‘Its […]