Local government electoral laws – submission

Improving trust and transparency in local government was the subject of a recent post by Redlands2030. Following a report by the Crime and Corruption Commission, the Government proposes to amend laws about the disclosure and reporting of donations. The Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee of State Parliament is conducting an inquiry into the draft […]

Ombudsman slams Redland City Council

Questions about the integrity of decision-making by Redland City Council’s Mayor Karen Williams, CEO Bill Lyon and General Counsel Andrew Ross are raised in a scathing report by the Ombudsman. What the Ombudsman said The Ombudsman is an independent officer, reporting directly to State Parliament, who investigates complaints about the administrative actions of public sector […]

Trust and transparency in local government

Transparency and accountability in local government should be improved says the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC). A report on the CCC’s investigations into “Transparency and accountability in local Government” was tabled in Parliament in December 2015. The CCC recommendations called for legislative reform to improve transparency and accountability in local government electoral disclosure requirements. The […]

Cleveland station approvals on Council agenda

Redland City councillors will discuss plans for development of 124 apartments in the Cleveland station car park at the Council’s first general meeting of the year on Wednesday 25 January. This project was publicly unveiled by Redlands2030 in a story published 12 months ago which pointed out that the project was: sub-optimal use of the […]

Redland City Council’s non-public meetings

For some time Redlands2030 has been concerned about the amount of business transacted at secret meetings by Redland City Council. In a democracy it’s normal for elected representatives to discuss issues, make decisions and legislate in public. The media can report on what is being done and said. People can sit in a public gallery […]

The age of foolishness – in Redland City

Writing about the French Revolution, Charles Dickens opened ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ with: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.” Fast forward to the Redlands now – it is just the worst of times and the age […]

Koala strategy and more Ausbuild development

In the last general meeting of 2016 Redland City Council will consider a number of development applications by Ausbuild and other contentious issues including a koala strategy and possible third extension of time for the Mt Cotton chicken poo plant. Items on the agenda include applications by Ausbuild for development of residential dwellings at 399-413 […]

Fernbourne Road development application

The leafy streets and relaxed lifestyle of Wellington Point is under threat, according to a growing number of angry and concerned locals.  They are concerned about an application to build a 5 storey complex of 41 apartments at 7-11 Fernbourne Road in Wellington Point. Using the magic of Queensland’s performance based planning system and the […]

Council rejects Teak Lane development plans

Redland City Council made decisions about the Teak Lane development application, St James Kindergarten playground tenure and future of Indiscapes at its meeting on 23 November 2016. In the absence of Mayor Karen Williams, the meeting was chaired by Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary. It’s understood that Mayor Williams was in Hobart attending a conference about […]

Megatrends and SEQ regional plan consultation

Megatrends which could have major impacts on south east Queensland over the next few decades should be taken into account when preparing the new regional plan. But has the government done a good job of picking and dealing with megatrends? If we have learnt anything over the last few decades it’s that governments don’t always […]

Council backs away from kindergarten land deal

Kindergarten

Land tenure for the St James Kindergarten playground in John Street Cleveland will be discussed at Redland City Council’s meeting on Wednesday 23 November. It appears the Council is backtracking from its “in principle” decision on 27 January 2016 (Item 12.1 Mayoral Minute) to negotiate a “lease to purchase” deal with the Lutheran Church who […]

Teak Lane residents want to save their trees

Residents in Victoria Point will find out on Wednesday if a major developer will be allowed to convert a court mandated environmental buffer zone into 230 extra shopping centre car parks. This long running saga has already seen local residents in Sycamore Parade betrayed by Redland City Council when it handed back its trusteeship of […]