Community opposes Alma Street development

Plans for a town house development at 24 Alma Street in Thorneside face continuing community opposition. Despite a reduction in the number of units from twelve to eight, the proposed density of 1 unit per 378m² is less than the 1 per 400m2 probable solution for this area’s zoning. The revised application will be considered […]

Donald Simpson Centre building plans queried

Plans for a ‘community hub’ now threaten to dwarf the Donald Simpson Centre in Cleveland and may involve development on neighbouring parkland. Donald Simpson Centre opened in 1987 to provide social, intellectual and physical activities for the seniors of the Redlands community. It has thrived at its Bloomfield Street location and is a popular meeting place with […]

Robinson slams lack of train station parking

Plans to construct 124 apartments in the northern car park of Cleveland train station will no longer have the support of State MP for Cleveland Dr Mark Robinson. In a speech to Parliament on 18 August the LNP backbencher accused Labor of stealing car parks from his electorate. “Tonight I announce that I am withdrawing […]

Cleveland – it’s now Builders Paradise

Development in Cleveland near Toondah Harbour

May I ask you to join me for a brief stroll? It won’t take long and walking is best right now. We’ll start at the Cleveland Post Office and head East down Middle St. keeping an eye out for cranes. Not the feathered ones, but rather the long necked, metal variety. In just a short […]

Urban hacktivism: getting creative about involving citizens in city planning

Urban and regional planning, as an institutional practice, is increasingly criticised for failing to meet ordinary citizens’ needs. Enter “hacktivism”. Fusing hacking and activism, the term has previously referred to using information technology to achieve political goals. While “hacking” often entails malicious attacks on websites, it has another meaning. Hacking also means innovative problem-solving by […]

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 […]

Council’s extraordinary Shoreline decision needs a better explanation

We need to talk about Shoreline. Again. Redlands2030 has been trying, with limited success, to get an explanation from the Council administration for an extraordinary decision taken three years ago. We will keep seeking an answer, because the stakes are so high for the future of our city. We need to know what happened inside […]

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 […]

Redland City Council meeting on 11 May 2016

A military parade in 18 months time and the purchase of land in Thornlands for a wildlife corridor were among the matters discussed at a General Meeting of Redland City Council on 11 May. Here is a link to the Council’s meeting minutes. You can watch a video of the meeting or listen to an […]

Redlands Draft City Plan needs rebooting

“Do you think the current town plan process should start again?” This question was posed by the Redland City Bulletin to all candidates before the Council elections. The responses given by key Councillors who at the time were guiding development of the new Plan were: Mayor Cr Karen Williams: “No. ……. Council has made no significant […]

‘The 30-minute city’: how do we put the political rhetoric into practice?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promoted the benefits of a “30-minute city” in explaining his approach to cities and urban transport. The opposition infrastructure spokesman, Anthony Albanese, notes he talked about this idea at the National Press Club in 2014. The reality is that the 30-minute city is hardly a new idea in town planning, […]

Letters to the Editor 17 March 2016

This week a SMBI writer says “Do we follow the illusions of the big juicy Williams’ carrots like donkeys”, a Straddie local questions a proposal to establish a sailing school on Sibelco land at Deanabilla Bay, and a Redland Bay resident questions how a small lot development that contravenes the City’s road design scheme could be […]

OPINION: WHY SUCH POLITICAL TURMOIL IN THE REDLANDS?

Coming home to roost

All of the political turmoil in the Redlands in recent times can be explained by one simple question, asked of the current Mayor and her supporting councillors – whose values do they hold? THE COMMUNITY’S VALUES The community’s values are clearly articulated in the Redlands 2030 Community Plan: Creating Our Future (April 2010) – the […]

Housing policy is captive to property politics, so don’t expect politicians to tackle affordability

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s recent warnings that house prices would fall steeply under a Labor government confirm the underlying politics of housing policy in Australia. The default position for politicians is to sound concerned about housing affordability, but do nothing. In a recent paper, we draw on the notion of “policy capture” to understand why […]

Ratepayers worry about land valuations

Recently announced land valuation changes have provoked concerns from some Redlands property owners that this may lead to increases in their Council rates. The Bulletin reported recently that  Wellington Point and Ormiston land valuations increased by more than 20% compared with a 14.6% city wide increase in residential land values. Two days later, Redland City […]