Councillors should discuss Toondah revamp

Obvious problems with Walker Group’s Toondah Harbour project should be discussed publicly by Redland City councillors as a matter of urgency. Councillors should also be discussing, in public at a general meeting, Walker Group’s lack of progress with the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area. Plans for a large dredging and apartment construction project in the […]

Shoreline and Teak Lane on Council agenda

Stage 1 of the Shoreline housing project and the Teak Lane appeal are among issues on the agenda for Redland City Council’s general meeting on Wednesday 10 May. Councillors will also be asked to delegate the CEO authority to approve an $8.5 million contract for cleaning of Council facilities. News from the previous council meeting […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grumblings on social media about Shoreline

Conflicts of interest are an ongoing area of concern in local government. It’s often been said over the years that perceptions of a conflict are just as significant as any actual conflict of interest. In concluding a recent assessment of Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) decided to take no further action […]

Traffic congestion and other election issues in letters to Redlands2030

Readers have a lot to say on election eve about developer concessions, population growth and traffic congestion. Election matters are also discussed including the Craig Ogilvie ‘beatup’ and the difference between team and independent candidates. Connecting the dots – development and traffic Mayor Williams’ new election slogan is apparently that she’ll fix the congestion on […]

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 […]

A view from Macleay Island by Robin Harris

Concerns of residents on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) were raised by Robin Harris at the Redland City Council meeting on 17 February 2016. Mr Harris is a resident of Macleay Island. His speech can be viewed by selecting Item 7 Public Participation from the agenda on the webpage for the meeting’s video recording. […]

Council decisions on development questioned in Letters to the Editor

More letters this week about Council’s eye-watering development decisions and who’s really to blame. And are Redlands’ ratepayers getting value for money? If you have something to say, just send an email to: theeditor@redlands2030.net Disgust at development decisions I wrote to Mark Edwards, my councillor for Division 5, registering my disgust at his approval of […]

Shoreline, Toondah, City Plan and surf in the Council news

Here is a link to the minutes from the Council meeting held on 18 November. You can watch a video of the meeting or listen to an audio recording. Shoreline Project The Shoreline Project was approved by Redland City Council on 18 November. The vote was 6-5, councillors voting for the project were Williams, Beard, […]

Is development destroying the Redlands?

Community consultation for the Draft City Plan comes to a close at 4.30 pm Friday November 27. Be sure to get your comments in and tell Council what you think. Every submission counts. You can find more information on making submissions here. Letters this week question where the benefits are from this 25-year plan for […]

Our Councillors’ responsibilities regarding Shoreline

17 November 2015 Today, one of the most controversial proposals of the past three years comes before council. It is the vote on the approvals necessary for the Shoreline development. Much has been made by the developer of the benefits this development will bring to its new residents. Claims have been made by its proponents […]

Shoreline to be considered at Council Meeting

Redland City Council next meets on Wednesday 18 November commencing at 9:30 am. Here’s a link to the meeting agenda. Some of the agenda items are discussed below. Shoreline A proposal to extend Redland City’s urban footprint into southern Redlands will be considered by councillors at their meeting on Wednesday. The 278 page officers report  […]

Draft City Plan 2015 could devastate Redlands koalas

Koala habitat protection would be substantially weakened if the Draft City Plan is approved. The Council’s proposed Redland City Plan 2015 would remove vegetation protection from lots less than 2,000m2 (half acre) in the urban parts of Redland City where many koalas live. In the city’s rural areas, nearly 400 hectares could potentially be cleared […]

Redlands2030 maps the City’s hotspots

Across the Redlands people are concerned about overdevelopment and its impact on communities and the environment. In some cases, people have been opposing a planned development for many years while other issues have arisen recently. Some issues are very localised such as plans for a particular development which would change the character of a neigbourhood, […]