Coming home to roost

Here’s a short story about chickens in the Redlands






Free range hens

These days many people think that it is unacceptable to raise hens in cages. Free range production methods are increasingly preferred by Australian consumers of chicken eggs.

But what about us?

Doesn’t it seem a little odd that while chickens are being liberated, people in the Redlands are being put into smaller and smaller housing accommodation?

If you want your city to be a good place to live in years to come you should keep an eye on the planning decisions being made by your Council today.

In particular, have a look at the Draft City Plan 2015.

It’s out for public consultation until 27 November 2015.

Further reading

Here are some posts by Redlands2030 that might be of interest:

Questions about ‘operational’ role of Redland City Council’s Development reference group

Last chance for Redland City’s koalas

Redlands rural future in the balance

Shoreline proposal raises many questions

Redlands has enough urban land for 25 years

And for another chuckle

The koala that got away

Redlands2030 updated 26 September 2015



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8 thoughts on “Coming home to roost

  1. We just loved the Redlands when we first moved here over 16 years ago! In Wellington Pt. there is a large conservation area, bought by Council when Alan Barker was Councillor. What a pleasure it was to walk down Bligh St to Hilliards Creek and see so many koalas. It’s hard to believe that at one time we saw 6 healthy koalas and one little baby on one walk.
    How special is that? Or should I say how special was that. Now we are lucky if we see any koalas. No longer can they move freely between the different areas as sadly because of this Council’s desire for more developments the corridors have been destroyed.

  2. Well said Heather & Sarah! … We too came to the Redlands for the “special uniqueness” 20 years ago. What is happening now though, with ‘some’ in this Williams led Council, is “Death by a thousand cuts. Over the last few years the number of sightings of koalas on our ‘Land for Wildlife’ property has become less and less! We do our best but more and more natural habitat is disappearing under concrete and tile, which the Mayor tells us is progress… this is just urban sprawl

    • You haven’t seen anything yet, wait till the new Council Planning Scheme is released the land being opened up for more and more development will shock you all. But I guess promises during election campaigns have to be fulfilled

  3. Can this “Short Story” be nominated for best Short Story of the Year?

  4. How very true….. what are the Redland City Council thinking???? I want a council who will actually listen to their constituents (and not just while the elections are on). I want the people in charge to start thinking like other Redland City residents and protect what we hold dear. We don’t want to live in a bird cage with many, many other people. We relish having blocks that are modest, but large enough to spread out and keep the natural beauty of our city; and the lucky people who are on acreage should be able to continue to live there until they leave this earth. Why, why, why do we have to keep developing and making more room for people? I for one like the City as it was and certainly don’t want any more development (as it is, I think they’ve gone too far with development and the Redlands is losing its uniqueness and that special `x-factor’ that makes it so special) There is no need for it and what’s wrong with telling people, “I’m sorry there’s no room for you here – please feel free to visit, but you’ll have to reside in another area until someone decides to sell their home?” Come on Council – START LISTENING AND BECOME PROACTIVE TO PROTECT WHAT’S IMPORTANT!

  5. Enough is enough! Please, stop now. The unique character of the Redlands is being eroded faster than is needed. Bull-dozers and tree-loppers pushing over trees and ripping up paddocks; then we pine for the birds and wonder where the wildlife is. Why not address the accident waiting to happen in Cleveland’s main street – taxis and buses and less and less parking. Why spoil the beauty of Cleveland Point and Coochiemudlo with your concrete and barricades and introduced trees? Seriously – 75% of the Shire’s population came here for what the Redlands had – lifestyle and space, bird song and koalas, and a natural and accessible foreshore. Please, lay off the development of urban sprawl and two houses on every block that becomes vacant. It will become a heartache in 20 years if you replace green with concrete and man-made eyesores.

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