World Heritage listing for Quandamooka country

Moreton Bay’s traditional owners, the Quandamooka People, believe the Bay region is of such outstanding universal natural and cultural value they want it listed as a World Heritage Site. What is World Heritage A World Heritage Site is a place listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) because it has special cultural or physical […]

Submissions about councillor complaints laws

What do you do if you think a mayor or local councillor has acted corruptly, inappropriately or not complied with required rules such as declaring conflicts of interest? Queensland Parliament is considering laws which would change the process of handling complaints about councillors and mayors. You can have your say by making a submission to […]

Fire, water and RIC on Council meeting agenda

A three month progress report on improving fire management practices will be considered by Redland City Council at its general meeting on Wednesday 18 October. Fire management In July the Council received a scathing report from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services which contained 56 recommendations grouped into the following themes: Illegal dumping and hoarding Low […]

Have your say on local government reforms

Operation Belcarra recommendations

Over the next few days Queenslanders can have their say about new laws to ban political donations from property developers and better regulate how  local councillors deal with conflicts of interest. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk introduced legislation to Parliament on 12 October. The proposed new laws are in response to recommendations from the Crime and Corruption […]

Another crash on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road

Accident on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road 8:10 am on 10 October 2017

Yet another crash on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road at the Giles Road intersection happened earlier this week, three cars involved and one person taken to Redland Bay hospital. In February there was a fatal accident at this spot. In June a person was injured here in a two vehicle accident. Eleven years ago I was the […]

Why did Karen Williams get a $5,000 gift?

Mayor Karen Williams has urged the State Government to rush through laws to stamp out council/developer corruption, in line with Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) recommendations. But hasn’t she exploited the very loopholes and back doors the CCC is trying to close with its recommendations set out in the Operation Belcarra Report? Her donations register […]

Birdlife says reject Walker Group’s Toondah plan

Walker Group’s proposed Toondah Harbour development is clearly unacceptable and should be rejected said Birdlife Australia in its EPBC submission to the Federal Government. Points raised by Birdlife Australia include: The project would encroach on 43 hectares of the Moreton Bay Ramsar site which is not permitted under the Ramsar Convention where the project is […]

Community support for Toondah Rally

Residents write about the Toondah Rally and formation of the Toondah Action Group to protest against the proposed $1.4 billion mega residential development at Toondah Harbour . Another local asks why fauna spotters are not being used when important trees and vegetation are being removed for development in the Redlands. If you have something to […]

Mayor Williams’ Toondah claims need testing

A letter from Mayor Karen Williams to the Federal Government was one of the many Toondah submissions obtained through Redlands2030’s recent Freedom of Information (FOI) inquiry. As a letter of support it was in very exclusive company. The Government said only eight submissions supported the project compared with 1,411 opposing submissions when it consulted about […]

Toondah petition to Redland City Council

Redland City Council will be asked to withdraw its support for Walker Group’s proposed Toondah Harbour project in a petition initiated by Redlands2030. Petition wording We, the undersigned Residents of Redland City request that Council: Withdraw its support for Walker Group’s proposed Toondah Harbour residential development which the community considers to be clearly unacceptable Work […]

Ramsar Secretariat warns on Toondah impacts

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Australia has been reminded of its obligations to protect internationally significant wetlands and protected species by the organisation which manages the Ramsar Convention. The Ramsar Secretariat, based in Switzerland,  made one of the 1,411 submissions opposing residential development in the Moreton Bay Ramsar Site next to Toondah Harbour. Key points in the Ramsar Secretariat’s submission […]

Redlands residents question population growth

Concerned residents write about banning political donations by developers, traffic congestion and the proposed Toondah project and the need for Australia’s politicians to question our immigration policies. If you have something to say send an email to theeditor@redlands2030.net Australia’s population to reach 100 million people Gerry Harvey (of Harvey Norman) has made news predicting Australia […]

Brisbane Marketing submission on Toondah

Redland City is an unspoilt jewel for holidaymakers and visitors to Queensland’s south-east according to Brisbane Marketing, responsible for tourism promotion in south east Queensland. The Brisbane Marketing website includes tourism information about Redlands. If you want to know where to “see or snuggle with Australia’s favourite cuddly marsupial” Brisbane Marketing lists 7 spots to […]

Amy MacMahon takes on Jackie Trad

In the inner-Brisbane state seat of South Brisbane, where construction of new apartment blocks is changing the landscape, the election campaign has been under way for months with Greens challenger Amy MacMahon taking on Deputy Premier Jackie Trad. The Greens rate their chances highly in South Brisbane. This seat shares much of the area won […]

Donald Simpson Centre funding withdrawal

This week’s mailbag zeros in on the need to reinstate funding for Donald Simpson Centre; corruption watchdogs and a better community model for dealing with corruption and property development. Donald Simpson Centre I am writing to express my concern about the withdrawal of funding by the Council to the Donald Simpson Centre. If funding is […]