The chicken-poo power Magical Mystery Tour

Back in 2004 Cleveland Power applied to build a chicken-poo incinerator adjacent to the Golden Cockerel chicken processing plant in Mount Cotton. Impact assessable because this is a heavy industry in a rural zone, it attracted three hundred and thirty three (333) submissions with only one in favour of the development. It took until 2007 […]

Greater glider conservation in the Redlands

The plight of koalas in the Redlands is well understood by the local community but another local marsupial, the greater glider, is also vulnerable to extinction. What are greater gliders? The greater glider, known scientifically as Petauroides volans, is the largest of Australia’s gliding marsupials reaching total length of up to a metre (up to […]

Letters about Toondah development plans

Community voices of all ages question the real benefits of the Toondah Harbour mega development and express dismay at the environmental impacts on the wonderland that is Moreton Bay. Environmental tourism on Straddie must be protected and enhanced post mining, not devastated by massive apartment towers on reclaimed land. Parking solutions to meet the real […]

Stop environmental destruction at Toondah

Environmental destruction is a key theme for letters to Redlands2030 this week. A young Redlander has started a petition drawing attention to the environmental impact of the Toondah Harbour project– and invites you to sign. Another resident says it’s hypocritical for Council to hand out grants for conservation of Moreton Bay salt marshes, migratory birds […]

Toondah Project a dangerous precedent

Urban development in a Ramsar site would set a dangerous precedent said the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland Bayside Branch in its submission about Walker Corporation’s Toondah project. The Redlands based conservation group said the Federal Government should reject the proposal because: There are a wide and diverse range of State and National Matters of […]

Dogs and wildlife in Letters to the Editor

Letters this week are about wildlife and dogs – discussing the regulation of dogs in koala habitat areas, the things that dogs do and people don’t pick up and caring for orphaned wildlife. Dogs and koalas I read with interest that Council has now highlighted certain areas in Redlands as koala habitat and included conditions […]

Toondah Harbour decision delayed for fifth time

Walker Corporation’s proposal to dredge and reclaim coastal wetlands at Cleveland is experiencing further delay in getting Federal Government environmental approval. The project, which includes plans to dredge 1.85 million tonnes and reclaim 43.5 hectares of land for construction of 3,600 apartments around Toondah Harbour, was referred to the Federal Government for environmental assessment in […]

Koala protection laws on Council’s agenda

Local laws for koala protection will be discussed by Redland City Council on Wednesday. Changes to local laws to improve protection of koalas were instigated in April 2015, 16 months ago. During a series of non-public workshops and general meetings councillors decided to expand identified koala area mapping to include five additional areas where dog […]

Donald Simpson Centre building plans queried

Plans for a ‘community hub’ now threaten to dwarf the Donald Simpson Centre in Cleveland and may involve development on neighbouring parkland. Donald Simpson Centre opened in 1987 to provide social, intellectual and physical activities for the seniors of the Redlands community. It has thrived at its Bloomfield Street location and is a popular meeting place with […]

Residents write about Toondah and Cleveland

Toondah Harbour’s proposed redevelopment provokes letters to Redlands2030 with one person saying it’s deeply disappointing and another issuing an apology of sorts to Walker Corporation. Brian Whitelaw’s article, Cleveland – it’s now Builders Paradise, also prompts a letter. Cleveland the “Builder’s Paradise” I was interested and enjoyed your article re Cleveland being a “Builder’s Paradise”. […]

Shorebirds at risk from Toondah project

Critically endangered shorebirds are at risk from Walker Corporation’s proposed development at Toondah Harbour according to a specialist study group. In their submission to the Federal Government, the Queensland Wader Study Group says it is: …extremely concerned about the potential impact of the proposed Toondah Harbour development on the ecological character of the Moreton Bay […]

Queensland wildlife gets increased protection

Hawksbill turtles, greater gliders and various shorebirds are some of the Redlands wildlife to benefit from increased Queensland Government protection measures. State Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles has confirmed that Queensland’s Species Technical Committee (STC) wants 21 species given increased environmental protection. The Committee has recommended nine species be reclassified as ‘endangered’. The criteria for […]

Koala group calls for Toondah plan’s rejection

In a submission to the Federal Government, the Koala Action Group says Walker Corporation’s proposed Toondah Harbour project is “unacceptable” and it should be rejected by the Federal Government. In commenting on environmental aspects of the Toondah Harbour project, KAG says: There is a wide and diverse range of items of State and National Matters […]

Where’s the Ramsar site management plan?

Toondah Harbour plans shouldn’t be assessed until a management plan for the Moreton Bay Ramsar site has been put in place says  Friends of Stradbroke Island (FOSI) In its submission to the Federal Government, FOSI says: …a twenty two year delay in creating a management plan “to promote the wise use and conservation of” the […]

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 […]