Election commitments – there for the keeping?

Constraints on how politicians exercise their votes when making decisions include their responsibilities to champion public interest, statutory requirements and possible conflicts of interest. Election commitments aren’t legally binding. However, politicians have to wear voter backlash if they break promises.  That’s why  politicians often try to leave some “wriggle room” in their election commitments. The […]

KAG unconvinced by Shoreline’s koala claims

The Koala Action Group (KAG) is unconvinced by Shoreline’s recent assertions about its impact on koalas. KAG says: The proposed ‘Shoreline’ development contradicts State and community planning intents and will be catastrophic for Redlands’ koala population. In a petition and an open letter KAG is asking the Government to call in and refuse the Shoreline […]

Open letter to the Premier of Queensland

Open letter to the Premier of Queensland to save koalas Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP Premier Queensland Government the.premier@premiers.qld.gov.au   Dear Premier PROPOSED ‘SHORELINE’ DEVELOPMENT CATASTROPHIC FOR REDLANDS’ VULNERABLE KOALAS Please – Save our koalas from extinction. Please – Call in and refuse the ‘Shoreline’ Development Application to Redland City Council – Redland Bay MCU013287. Please – […]

How best to invest in infrastructure!

The community spends an awful lot of money on infrastructure. But does it get spent wisely? And what could we do to ensure that we get better value for taxpayers and ratepayers. Infrastructure is normally defined as facilities, shared by a community, that are necessary preconditions for economic activity. Commonly there are three forms of […]

Opinion: Stop Shoreline NOT farming!

The proposed Shoreline development would extinguish a vital tract of prime farming land in Redland Bay. Productive farms along Serpentine Creek Road and Scenic Road will be lost to future generations and as will their right to farm. This would be a sad legacy of the current Redland City Council and State Government. Don’t rush […]

Redlands rural future in the balance

Former Mayor Eddie Santaguliana  said that development in the Redlands should be evenly balanced: half town, half bush. He envisaged urban development concentrated around Cleveland, Capalaba and Victoria Point, with the southern half of the Redlands remaining a largely rural area. Eddie’s common sense planning concept is still with us. A little over 50% of […]

Last chance for Redland City’s koalas

Koalas and anyone who cares for them could not take any comfort from vague and meaningless statements made by Redlands Mayor Karen Williams on national TV last week. In an interview aired on the  7:30 Report she said “I certainly believe people in Redlands understand the value of the koala” but “there is no doubt […]

Does Redland City need Shoreline?

Should the Redland City Council approve the proposal by two major land developers to develop 4,000 homes south of Redland Bay? The Shoreline development application was submitted to Council in mid 2014. The public had an opportunity to make comments from  20 October to 26 November 2014. The State Government has reviewed aspects of the proposal […]

Industry Reference Group kept secret

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Does the Redland City Council have an Industry Reference Group? In May 2013, Council promoted its “Redlands – Open for Business and investment” campaign with a colour brochure. It includes the following words: “An Industry Reference Group (IRG) that meets monthly to ensure Council and industry stakeholders are working in partnership to deliver benefits to Redland […]

Council gives Shoreline $4.4 million discount

Shoreline developer gets $4.4M discount from Council

Many ratepayers wonder why they pay so much to the Redland City Council. Average residential rates in the Redlands are the highest in south east Queensland, according to a report in the Sunday Mail earlier this year. But developers seem to do quite well in negotiations with the Redland City Council. Shoreline was able to […]

Shoreline: Community submissions on MCU013287

In response to the call for public submissions about Shoreline’s proposed development, Redlands2030 has been asked by many people to provide some assistance with making a submission and what might be considered the key issues. If a large number of people make submissions it helps the Council to understand what the community is concerned about. […]

Shoreline’s attitude problem

Some Redland City Councillors, including the Mayor, said before the last election that they would act in accordance with  “community views” on the issue of urban footprint extension. Most other councillors said up front that they opposed any extension to the urban footprint. For details of who said what refer to the recent post: Election […]

Election promises about urban footprint

Should Redland City’s urban footprint be expanded with new developments in southern Redlands? Like the proposed Shoreline project which could add 4,000 dwellings and 10,000 people. In a recent post (Shoreline ducks urban footprint question) we examined the status of the Shoreline proposal and found that it is rural land outside the current urban footprint. […]

Will Shoreline sink property values?

What happens when supply is greater than demand? Farmers, business operators and economists know that prices fall when you have excess supply. Is housing land any different to strawberries, coal or  iron ore? The proposed Shoreline project needs to be fully considered by Redlands residents and the Redland City Council. Many questions have been raised […]

Shoreline ducks urban footprint question

One of the many questions raised by Redlands2030 about the proposed Shoreline development is: Why should Council consider a proposal for urban development that is outside the urban footprint in the Redland City planning scheme and the South East Queensland Regional Plan? The purpose of an urban footprint is to designate land suitable for housing […]