Koalas soon to be extinct in Redlands

After 20 years of buck passing between three levels of Government, Redlands is on the verge of a koala free landscape.  Successive councils, councillors and State and Federal members of parliament can all share in this sad legacy. Yet the community has long argued that koalas are a priority, saying: “Koala habitats are to be […]

Crystal balls and tree clearing in Redlands

Letters to Redlands2030 this week are about coastal development, tree clearing and speculative ‘crystal ball gazing’ arguments being used to gain Council approvals for proposed developments. Ormiston tree clearing I received an urgent call Tuesday morning that large gum trees on two large blocks were being cleared.  I drove to Sturgeon Street Ormiston and witnessed […]

Council’s ‘quickie’ raises transparency questions

Redland City Council has developed a way of getting through business at general meetings quick smart with little transparency. Matters requiring approval are discussed beforehand in meetings which are not open to the public and which don’t have publicly available minutes of matters discussed and decisions made. So at general meetings, decisions can be rubber […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Questions of candidates: Redland City Council election

The local government election has generated much discussion about the future of the Redlands. Across the City some community groups have collaborated to seek the views of all candidates on issues critical to the community and public interest. These organisations are: Stradbroke Island Management Organisation Inc. (SIMO), Koala Action Group Qld Inc. (KAG), Community Alliance for Responsible […]

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 […]

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

Attendance

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 thereporter@redlands2030.net advising your interest.

Redlands2030

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
Australia
Public: Private

Queensland koalas thrive in Budapest

It was a seven degree day, warm for Budapest in late December. On holidays, a special visit was arranged for me to go behind the scenes at Budapest Zoo to meet two Queensland koalas. As I live in Redlands, once billed as the koala capital of the world, it was going to be interesting to […]

Parks back-flip, koala laws and Birkdale units discussed by Redland City Council

Redland City Council Meeting had its last general meeting of the year on 9 December 2015. Here is a link to the Council’s meeting minutes. You can watch a video of the meeting or listen to an audio recording. Some of the matters discussed at the meeting are detailed below. Council back-flips on park sell-off […]

Council to discuss Birkdale units, koala laws and speedway noise

Redland City Council next meets on Wednesday 9 December commencing at 9:30 am. Here’s a link to the meeting agenda. Some of the agenda items are discussed below. Dorsal Drive decision due Redland City Council has released a review report of the Birkdale Road/Dorsal Drive development application to build a 4 storey apartment complex next […]

City Plan allows too much tree clearing

Tree clearing rules proposed in the Draft City Plan would allow unprecedented environmental harm in the Redlands. The proposed City Plan rules would protect trees less effectively than the current Redland City Planning Scheme and local laws. Brisbane City Council does not have tree clearing exemptions/allowances in their City Plan. They have a tight, prescriptive […]

Pink trees and other concerns about City Plan in letters to Redlands2030

The new City Plan continues as the major topic of contention in this week’s letters. The mystery of pink trees in a for sale park seems to have been solved. Rezoning a Victoria Point reserve for development is labeled “gross environmental vandalism”, while another writer strongly disagrees with the pro-development mantra “populate or perish”. There’s […]