Valuing darkness – on North Stradbroke Island

Darkness at night is a fundamental generator of natural awe and wonder. For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream of stars — pilgrims of mortality, voyaging between horizons across eternal seas of space and time. Henry Beston, The Outermost House: A Year of […]

Better heritage protection is required in the Redland City Plan

Redlands rich cultural heritage is being lost due to inaction by the Redland City Council. At best the Council has been negligent over many years. More likely, the Council has willfully disregarded its heritage protection obligations. Three studies (in 1995, 2002 and 2012) have identified many places of heritage significance in the City including a […]

Objections to City Plan rezoning – Lind Street Thornlands

Residents gather to discuss Draft City Plan About 45 residents gathered in Lind Street, Thornlands this afternoon to discuss the Redland City Council’s Draft City Plan. Of particular concern is a proposal that part of Lind Street be rezoned from minimum block size of 6,000 sqm to allow residential development with an average lot size […]

SWAG says “Enjoy! … Don’t destroy!”

Residents in and around Workington Street Park in Alexandra Hills have joined the groundswell  of community opposition to the Council rezoning local parks and selling them off to developers. Parks go to the heart of community. The broad sweep of Redland City Council’s attack on parks is generating angry reactions across the City. Save Workington […]

Community gives red light to Draft City Plan

The Courier Mail says protesters have recently been waving placards on the roadside in Redland City. In today’s Village Green (Page 74) Brian Williams says: Cripes they are a rambunctious lot in Redland City. Residents are agitating about the level of development contained in the city’s draft town plan. It’s not often you see residents […]

New planning laws need more community input

Redlands residents were urged to have their say about new planning laws at a meeting in Cleveland last night. Megan Bayntun, Director at Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, said that the Government had made considerable efforts to encourage community input into the new planning laws during the consultation period which ends on Friday […]

Will new planning laws improve community outcomes?

Communities across south-east Queensland are up in arms about development approvals which don’t seem consistent with planning scheme guidelines. Redland City examples include plans for an eight story building in a near CBD area zoned for five storeys, and several instances where medium density developments are proposed in areas zoned for detached dwellings. These inconsistencies […]

Black roofs, collision course and heritage in the 21st Century

This week the community finally got a chance to see the Draft City plan 2015. Our letters  to the editor (and a song) touch on issues that will be important for our City’s development for many years to come. Make sure your voice is heard. Letters to the Editor can now be emailed to: […]

Redland City Council News – 9 August 2015

Council General Meeting on 12 August 2015 The next meeting of the Redland City Council will be held on Wednesday 12 August, starting at 9:30 am. Here is a link to the meeting agenda. A few items which may be of interest to residents and ratepayers are discussed below. MCU013346 22-34 Collingwood Rd Birkdale SPRP […]

Open letter to the Premier of Queensland

Open letter to the Premier of Queensland to save koalas Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP Premier Queensland Government   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 – […]

Rushwood Estate residents meeting

Last night concerned residents met to discuss a development proposal  by Ausbuild which could impact significantly on properties in Rushwood Estate, Thornlands. The proposal (ROL005873) is for a reconfiguration of one lot into 43 lots, over two stages. The property address is 34-41 Wrightson Road, Thornlands. Information is available at PD Online Residents have made a […]

Residents discuss Dorsal Drive objections

About 150 residents attended a meeting this evening to discuss plans for a four story medium density residential development at Dorsal Drive, Birkdale. The meeting, held at the Mooroondu Sport & Recreation Clubhouse in Thorneside, was convened by Cr Paul Bishop. Local resident Stephen Sharry spoke and said that he hoped that more than 100 […]

Residents concerned about Dorsal Drive development plans

On Monday 25 May at 5:30 pm there will be a community meeting at the Mooroondu Sport & Recreation Clubhouse, Thorneside to discuss plans for a proposed four storey residential development in Dorsal Drive Birkdale. The deadline for making submissions about development application MCU013407 is Thursday 28 May. Development application for Dorsal Drive in Birkdale A […]

Residents to protest against Straddie ferry fares

Stradbroke Island residents are planning to hold a community meeting to protest about new fares introduced by Stradbroke Ferries. The meeting will be held on Saturday 23 May commencing 10:00 am at Ron Stark Oval, Dunwich. Of particular concern to residents are changes to the Day Shopper fare. Stradbroke Ferries initial proposal was to remove […]

Positions vacant – Mayor and 10 councillors

The next local government elections are on 19 March 2016. If you want to be a serious candidate for Redland City Mayor or councillor, you should be planning your campaign right now. There are lots of questions to be considered before seeking elected office. In this report Redlands2030 provides some information that may help anyone […]