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 […]

Saving Australia’s migratory shorebirds

A new plan to help protect 35 species of shorebirds was launched by the Australian Government and Birdlife Australia recently at a summit in Melbourne. These birds regularly travel thousands of kilometres along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway to visit our shores during their non-breeding season. They rely on Australia’s coastal and freshwater wetlands as places […]

Treetop training centre planned for Victoria Point

Victoria Point could have an adventure training centre if Redland City Council approves a development application lodged recently. The developer is Tree Top Challenge Southside P/L who already operate similar facilities at Mt Tamborine and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast. The adventure centre is to be developed on land adjoining Eprepah Creek. This […]

Filmmaker says think before you vote

As a Redlands resident living on North Stradbroke Island I am deeply concerned about the prospects of Karen Williams and her team of pro-development councilors being re-elected. The current Toondah Harbour Development plan proposed by the Walker Group, in collaboration with Karen Williams and pro-development Redlands councilors and with State Government backing will have catastrophic […]

Bird-brained and brilliant: Australia’s avians are smarter than you think

Calling someone a “bird brain” is not usually meant as a compliment. But as research continues to reveal, birds are much smarter than was once thought. Australian birds are arguably among the smartest in the world. Some display complex behaviours such as problem solving, learning and tool use comparable to behaviours observed in great apes. […]

Queensland land clearing is undermining Australia’s environmental progress

Land clearing has returned to Queensland in a big way. After we expressed concern that policy changes since 2012 would lead to a resurgence in clearing of native vegetation, this outcome was confirmed by government figures released late last year. It is now clear that land clearing is accelerating in Queensland. The new data confirm […]

Bar-tailed godwits taking off from Oyster Point

Bar-tailed godwits taking off

Find out about the amazing birds of southern Queensland at a free workshop in Cleveland.

Beginners, families and kids are all welcome!

DATE: Friday 19 February
TIME: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
PLACE: Lions Hall, 122 Shore Street North, Cleveland

Workshop details

Caspian tern at Toondah Harbour

Caspian tern at Toondah Harbour

This workshop is hosted by Birdlife Southern Queensland.

It’s part of Birdlife Australia’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) program.

People attending the workshop will:

  • Learn about the amazing feats of migratory shorebirds
  • Spot and identify shorebirds during a field trip to nearby Toondah Harbour
  • Find out about conservation of woodland birds
  • Enjoy a BBQ lunch/sausage sizzle (if you are busy working just join us for this Meet and Greet at 12:30)
  • Get a gift bird book if you sign up for membership of Birdlife Australia on the day

Speakers at the workshop include:

  • Mick Roderick (Woodland Birds Project Coordinator)
  • Dr Golo Maurer (IBA Project Manager)

More information is available in this flyer

Are you coming?

Bring binoculars (if you have them), a water bottle and sun-smart gear (hat, sunscreen etc).

RSVP: by 17 February to Golo Maurer

  • Email:
  • Phone: 0467 444 114
Date: February 19, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Event: Amazing birds of southern Queensland
Topic: Amazing birds of southern Queensland
Sponsor: Birdlife Southern Queensland
Venue: Lions Hall
Public: Public

Caretaker period for Council ahead of elections

With the holidays over we’re back to providing a weekly report on Council issues. This week’s report includes: Community workshop discussing environmental aspects and impacts of the controversial Toondah Harbour project Matters discussed at the Council’s meeting on 27 January including water based play, CBD and tourism development incentives, bushland conservation and the St James […]

Environmental impacts of a massive dredging and development project at Toondah Harbour will be discussed at a workshop in Cleveland on 30 January

Environmental impacts of planned development at Toondah Harbour will be discussed at a workshop in Cleveland.

DATE: Saturday 30 January
TIME: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
PLACE: Lions Hall, 122 Shore Street North, Cleveland

Environmental impacts

The workshop will discuss environmental assessment of Walker Corporation’s Toondah Harbour ‘Master Plan’.

  • Migratory shorebirds and Moreton Bay
  • Marine life of the area
  • Toondah Project an engineering overview
  • Federal Government environmental assessment of environmental impacts
  • Previous environmental assessments of the area


Community and environmental groups attending:

  • Australian Marine Conservation Society
  • Birdlife Southern Queensland
  • CARP
  • Friends of Stradbroke
  • Koala Action Group
  • Redlands2030
  • SEQ Catchments
  • SIMO
  • University of Queensland (academic staff)
  • Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld

This workshop is being convened by Redlands2030.

A limited number of places are still available for attendance at this workshop. If you wish to attend please email advising your interest.


081 Eastern curlew G.J. Walter Park beach Cleveland 15 February 2015

Migratory shorebirds like the critically endangered eastern curlew feed in the Toondah Harbour area

Date: January 30, 2016
Time: 10:30
Event: Environmental impacts of Toondah Harbour development
Sponsor: Redlands2030 Inc.
Venue: Lions Hall
Location: 122 Shore Street North
Cleveland, queensland 4163
Public: Private

Deputy Premier: End the rort, just fix the port

The proposed marina and residential development at Toondah Harbour has all the hallmarks of a major planning disaster. What started as a plan to improve access to North Stradbroke Island has morphed into a sleazy Joh era coastal land grab. Parking and traffic issues have not been properly considered at any stage of the project’s […]

Toondah Harbour development threatens critically endangered shorebirds

BirdLife Southern Queensland will be asking the Queensland State Government to review the Master Plan of the Toondah Harbour Development in Cleveland as, in its current iteration, it will involve the destruction of critical shorebird feeding grounds and high tide roosts. Australia is a destination for many non-breeding migratory shorebird species. On the East Coast […]

Find yourself in Macro Nature Photography

Historically, time in nature has been prescribed for the convalescence of body, mind and spirit. There is a simple reason for this. There is little for the thinking mind to go to work on in nature. So being in nature is, fundamentally, a holiday from the thinking mind. This is how I started doing macro […]

Redlands photos you liked in 2015

In 2015 many people contributed their photos to Redlands2030. To showcase this talent we present a gallery of 20 photos each by a different photographer. Details for each photo include a date link to its original posting on the Redlands2030 facebook page. Cleveland Point Sunrise by Hannah Frey posted 24 July 2015 Would you like […]

World Wetlands Day – 2 February

World Wetland Day celebrates wetlands around the world

(click to enlarge)

World Wetlands Day is held each year on 2 February.

In 2016 the theme is:
Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods

2 February is the anniversary of the Ramsar Convention – an international treaty promoting  conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Australia’s Ramsar sites

Moreton Bay Ramsar site is a large area of wetlands close to Brisbane

Moreton Bay Ramsar site (click to enlarge)

Australia has listed 65 Ramsar sites including the Moreton Bay Ramsar site.

In managing its Ramsar wetlands Australia is required to promote conservation and wise use – broadly defined as maintaining their ecological character.

World Wetlands Day in Australia

The Wetlands in Focus photography prize for pictures of Australian wetlands is open to photographers of all ages. Competition rules and entry information are available here.

Birds feeding on werlands near Toondah Harbour

Birds feeding in the Moreton Bay Ramsar site near Toondah Harbour


Date: February 2, 2016
Time: 00:00 am
Event: World Wetlands Day on 2 February 2016
Public: Public