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 […]

Redland City Council news – 27 June 2015

Redlands2030 brings you a weekly summary of Redland City Council news, and other information. Federal land at Birkdale Decisions about the future use of land at Birkdale could be made in the next few months according to Councillor Paul Bishop. The Council  is negotiating with the federal government to buy two parcels of bushland south […]

How best to invest in infrastructure!

The community spends an awful lot of money on infrastructure. But does it get spent wisely? And what could we do to ensure that we get better value for taxpayers and ratepayers. Infrastructure is normally defined as facilities, shared by a community, that are necessary preconditions for economic activity. Commonly there are three forms of […]

Redland City’s population growth rate dips

Redland City’s population growth has slowed dramatically according to a recent report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The latest population estimates raise questions about the planning assumptions being used by Redland City Council for its new planning scheme, City Plan 2015. As at 30 June 2014, Redland City’s “Estimated Resident Population” was 148,641. This […]

Does Redland City need Shoreline?

Should the Redland City Council approve the proposal by two major land developers to develop 4,000 homes south of Redland Bay? The Shoreline development application was submitted to Council in mid 2014. The public had an opportunity to make comments from  20 October to 26 November 2014. The State Government has reviewed aspects of the proposal […]

The 2015 Intergenerational Report

The Treasurer wants Australians to discuss his 2015 Intergenerational Report over the BBQ

The 2015 Intergenerational Report released this week offers a view of Australia in 2055. The Federal Treasurer wants his Intergenerational Report projecting Australia in 2055 to begin a conversation with the Australian people. Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen says the document is too politicised to be taken seriously. Greens leader Christine Milne says the report is […]

Economics of mining on North Stradbroke Island

Howard Guille follows up his recent article, Politics of mining on North Stradbroke Island, by discussing the economics of sand mining including its contribution to employment of Island residents. The economics of sand mining Sibelco has repeatedly emphasised what it says is the economic contribution of mining to North Stradbroke Island (NSI). In 2013 Sibelco […]

Industry Reference Group kept secret

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Does the Redland City Council have an Industry Reference Group? In May 2013, Council promoted its “Redlands – Open for Business and investment” campaign with a colour brochure. It includes the following words: “An Industry Reference Group (IRG) that meets monthly to ensure Council and industry stakeholders are working in partnership to deliver benefits to Redland […]

Vote to unblock solar energy in Queensland: by Trevor Berrill

Australians strongly support the use of solar energy as they know it saves them money, creates jobs and is clean. So you would think they would like to vote for a government that supports the solar industry’s continued growth. Solar system costs have fallen dramatically since 2000 when strong policies to support solar and help […]

Corporate Plan survey over Christmas period

Over the Christmas period, Redland City Council  is inviting residents to spend up to 40 minutes completing on-line surveys. The survey results will help Council identify important activities to be included in the draft Corporate Plan for the five year period 2015-2020. Despite the survey period coinciding with the Christmas holidays, Redlands2030 urges readers to […]

Council backflips on Villa World discount deal

Koala rights protesters out the front and a packed public gallery added some excitement to Wednesday’s meeting of the Redland City Council. Did the community attention influence Council into voting against a significant cut in infrastructure charges for property developer Villa World? This recommended discount deal was discussed before the meeting in a report by […]

Developer seeks 44% reduction in infrastructure charges

At its General Meeting on 10 December the Redland City Council will be considering a request by property developer Villa World Developments Pty Ltd to approve a 44% reduction in infrastructure charges. Villa World Pty Ltd is considering a 134 lot subdivision on land at 401-451 Redland Bay road, Capalaba. The reductions sought by Villa […]

Cleveland’s struggling business district

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Cleveland’s struggling business district? The small Ross Court shopping centre in Cleveland is experiencing particularly difficult times, especially in light of the recent closure of Video Ezy. Four other shop premises are currently vacant. Cleveland’s many shopping complexes are peppered with vacant spaces, few of […]

Russell Island Bridge past and present

The recent post by Redlands2030 titled Bridge project needs investigation prompted two residents of the southern Moreton Bay islands to submit this article. It summarizes the history of plans for a bridge to Russell Island and then discusses current issues of concern. The 1970s – first mention of a bridge The idea of building a […]