Public spaces, regional planning and koalas

Letters to Redlands2030 this week address efforts to promote discussion about the South East Queensland Regional Plan and the plight of south east Queensland’s koalas which should be a key issue in regional planning, but doesn’t seem to be. Thought leadership series…was it serious? I had no idea what I was walking in to when […]

SIMO calls for City Plan moratorium

SIMO is asking for a moratorium on the proposed new Redland City Plan – it’s not ‘fit for purpose’. The needs of North Stradbroke Island need to be properly addressed. Current standards, including the local plan for Point Lookout, should be retained. The use of dwellings as ‘holiday rentals’ is a big problem. Action through […]

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 […]

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 – […]

Will Labor’s directions fix planning laws?

The Palaszczuk Government has asserted its commitment to planning reform. This is set out in a paper issued recently by Deputy Premier and Planning Minister Jackie Trad. “Queensland needs a fair and practical planning and development assessment framework to secure the long-term liveability, sustainability and prosperity for our communities, both now and into the future,” […]

Corporate Plan consultation on Council agenda

Update – 28 March 2015 Redland City Council commenced public consultation about its draft Corporate Plan on 27 March. The four week consultation period closes on Friday 24 April 2015 The Council has prepared a two page brochure style summary of the proposed Corporate Plan and the consultation Process. It is available here The Council […]

Redlands area election results analysed

Voters in the Redlands area send three representatives to the Queensland Parliament, from the electorates of Capalaba, Cleveland and Redlands. At the election held on 31 January 2015 the following candidates were elected: Don Brown (Labor) representing Capalaba with a margin of 7.06% Mark Robinson (LNP) representing Cleveland with a margin of 5.45% Matt McEachan […]

Shoreline proposal raises many questions

The proposed Shoreline housing development in Southern Redlands raises many questions. By way of example, here are a dozen. 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? Have the proponents made valid assumptions about the […]

Troy Robbins films the Redlands

Passion and cinema often go together but there are different kinds of passion. Troy Robbins is passionate about the coastal areas of Redland City which are threatened by poorly planned development. He has produced a number of short videos about this area which can be viewed on Vimeo and the Redlands2030 YouTube Channel. These films […]

Action needed to save koalas in the Redlands

Is the Redland City Council doing enough to conserve koalas in the Redlands? The number of koalas in our city has fallen dramatically over the past two decades. It is estimated by the Koala Action Group that there may be as few as 1,000 left. Rapid and poorly planned housing development in the Redlands has […]

Keep Koala Management Areas in new local laws

Redland City Council has submitted draft new local laws for consultation up until 8 October. This was the subject of a Redlands2030 post titled: Will changes to local laws affect you? One of the most contentious proposals in the draft new local laws is removal of Koala Management Areas and associated dog controls from Local […]