Comments on Walker Group’s Toondah Plans

Comments on Walker Group’s revised plans for constructing 3,600 apartments on dredged Ramsar wetlands next to Toondah Harbour can be submitted to the Federal Government by Thursday 25 May. Presented below are some preliminary comments from Redlands2030 which may assist others in making comments. Details of the project referral Reference Number: 2017/7939 Title of Referral: […]

Grand View decision – community reaction

Banyan tree next to the Grand View Hotel

Councillors recently approved development of 33 apartments on a site next to the Grand View hotel even though the proposed buildings exceeded the area’s height limit and will require felling of two koala trees in an area known to be inhabited by many koalas. In reaction to this decision one letter to Redlands2030 asks why […]

Wildlife tourism in Africa and the Redlands

Local tourism operator Dr Dennis Tafe shares his thoughts on opportunities for nature based and education based tourism in Africa and the Redlands. R2030               You’ve been successfully managing educational marine trips for our local colleges and overseas students since 2009. Where do you take them and why is […]

What’s happening with the Weinam Creek PDA?

In this week’s letters, what’s happening with plans for development in the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area, should the koala be removed from Council’s logo and plenty of questions about the proposed Mt Cotton chicken poo power project. Toondah’s stalled but Weinam Creek is ominously quiet So the Mayor gets a little excited in speaking […]

Protecting Moreton Bay Marine Park

Locals writing in this week share their concerns about protecting the Moreton Bay Marine Park, the tragic decline of local koalas and the request to Council for a four year extension to build the Mt Cotton chicken manure incinerator. Moreton Bay Marine Park Moreton Bay Marine Park must be protected…. no dredging and building high […]

SEQ Regional Plan – jargon, omissions and bias

If the SEQ Regional Plan, branded by the current government as ShapingSEQ, is meant to be an important part of how we plan what goes where the document should be readable, complete and free of bias. Too much jargon After flicking past the pictures, maps and narrative which fill the first 149 pages of the […]

Labor members question the Party’s policies

People expect which ever party is in power, Labor or LNP,  to manage the economy and ensure that there are jobs for Queenslanders, now and in the future. But if Labor is to seriously consider winning the upcoming state election it also needs to address environmental issues like: Climate change and coal mining Protecting our […]

Council’s agenda to increase building costs

The agenda for Redland City Council’s meeting on 8 February is remarkably empty, raising questions about the many important issues which councillors are not discussing in front of the community. Building certification fees to rise Apart from routine noting of routine reports the only agenda item scheduled for discussion publicly is a proposal to increase […]

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 […]

Koala Protection Act? …”yes please”!

Redlands2030 welcomed Australian Koala Foundation representative Douglas Kerlin to their monthly discussion group. His frank and insightful presentation about the plight of koalas in Redlands, Queensland and across Australia was not only interesting …but sadly alarming.  Australia’s best known “ambassador” is in deep trouble. Douglas is the Chief Ecologist with the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) […]

Koala rescue, infill parking and council services

Is Redlands Council requiring enough car parking for new infill development? A resounding ‘no’ says one resident who has looked at the impact of this gross underestimate in his neighbourhood. Another local questions whether the high rates we pay are mainly subsidising development rather than providing much needed community facilities when compared to other nearby […]

Koalas are an asset for Redlands tourism

I find myself surprised and delighted that someone in a leadership role in South East Queensland has embraced the obvious. Hats off to Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk who understands how our iconic koalas can make a huge impact to the local tourism economy. As recently reported in the Brisbane Times, he intends to take […]

‘Missed’ dredging costs put Council into deficit

Redland City Council “missed” two significant items of dredging expenditure from its 2016/17 budget according to Chief Executive Officer Bill Lyon. Councillors approved extra expenditure of $920,600 for dredging the Raby Bay eastern channel at their meeting on 24 August. The work is regarded by Council as urgent, to allow continuous access to the bay […]

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 […]