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) […]

Moreton Bay – 20 years of science and planning

Twenty years ago scientists, planners, and politicians met to discuss the plight of Moreton Bay. The findings of the Moreton Bay and Catchment Conference showed there was a great gap between the science (or evidence) and the planning and management of the Bay and its catchment. Two decades later a second forum, the Moreton Bay (Quandamooka) […]

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 […]

Logan River tourism units sidestep regional plan

A proposed tourism accommodation development on the Logan River highlights holes in Queensland’s planning and assessment process. In May 2016 approval was sought for 1,528 residential units (hotel, resort units, apartment  buildings, townhouses and lakeside dwellings); convention centre; retail and child care. This application (MCUI/25/2016) is currently being assessed by Logan City Council. The site […]

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 […]

SEQ Regional Plan: Projections are not destiny

Redlands2030 continues assessing the South East Queensland Regional Plan review process.  Today we look at the Grow theme which deals with the implications of continual population growth within the region over the next 25 years. Another 1.3 million people could be living in south east Queensland by 2014 according to the Government’s population forecasts. The […]

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 […]