Protected Area Strategy – rushed consultation

The Palaszczuk Government is consulting on a draft Protected Area Strategy, giving the community about three weeks to read, consider and respond to the draft document by 24 February 2017. Why has the Minister allowed so little time for the community to engage in discussion about this important issue? A Protected Area Strategy deserves better […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Koalas need protection now dear Minister

After acknowledging an 80% decline in the number of koalas in parts of south east Queensland from 1996 to 2014, State Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles announced additional koala protection funding of $12 million over four years with an expert panel “to kick-off discussions on how best to move forward to better protect koalas”. Redlands resident […]

SEQ and Redlands to 2030 and beyond

How do you see Redland’s role and future in the greater South East Queensland? Now is the time to put on your thinking hats Redlanders because the Queensland Government has kicked off a review of the existing South East Queensland Regional Plan. Think about the big picture Regional planning provides the big picture for where […]

Reactions to sand mining report

State Parliament’s Finance and Administration Committee recently published its report on the Stradboke Island Sand Mining bills, rejecting a Katter Party bill proposing a 2024 end date. The Government Bill which reinstates Labor policy to substantially phase out mining by 2019 was supported by the ALP members of the Committee but rejected by the LNP’s […]

Parking, pageantry and pickup of bulky rubbish on agenda for Council meeting tomorrow

Redland City Council’s next general meeting is on 11 May commencing at 9:30 am. Meetings are held at the Council Chambers in Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. Members of the public are able to observe meetings from the public gallery except for items which councillors discuss in ‘closed session’. At each general meeting members of the community […]

Nature is neglected in this election campaign – at its and our own peril

The electioneering has begun. In a campaign set to be dominated by economic issues, the Coalition and Labor are locking horns over who can best manage our finances, protect jobs and make housing more affordable. The Greens predictably decry the major parties, including their cavalier climate-change policies. These are important issues, but are they highest […]