Future use of the Commonwealth land in Birkdale, management of community radio station Bay FM and the need for better mentoring of our future political leaders are discussed in letters to Redlands2030.
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Commonwealth lands at Birkdale
Andrew Laming MP has been discussing the future of the Commonwealth land at Birkdale. Why? Whose interests is he promoting? He wants a university there but is this a realistic option when we have three major universities in Brisbane that are preferring electronic classrooms?
Therefore, is he thinking of a private university for overseas students, with accommodation – another name for housing? How would another built environment enhance the area and benefit the community? Where is the public interest in that? Whose interests is he serving?
Andrew, are you aware that the community values green spaces and koalas which are found on the Commonwealth land at Birkdale? You’ve said that the open space will be for the university, leaving the treed area for koalas, yet, in contradiction, you’ve also said that the koala population will be protected along the green area near the creek.
This doesn’t sound like retaining the koala habitat that already exists. With the loss of 27 koala trees at Ormiston for housing and the future loss of koala habitat with the proposed development at Toondah Harbour, can the community trust that this healthy, koala habitat will be protected and not destroyed, degraded nor fragmented?
Andrew, are you aware that the community values heritage? The Commonwealth land offers Quandamooka Cultural Heritage and European Cultural Heritage. Archaeology is yet to be done. The Willard baby’s grave needs to be located. Middens, Aboriginal artefacts, the Willard’s farm house, the US Radio Receiving Station – imagine what a tourist hub this land could become! Aboriginal and European history would be on show and complemented by seeing koalas living in the wild, yet within an urban environment, so close to Brisbane CBD! Biodiversity would flourish as the bush would be protected.
You state, Andrew, that the open space would be used for the university, yet, the US Radio Receiving Station, nominated for Commonwealth Heritage by Birkdale Progress Association, is located in that open space. The extensive antenna array has to be included. With less open space will the koala habitat be cleared? What about the special vegetation that grows there? Will it be protected from development?
Andrew why are you lobbying for a university on the Commonwealth land? You’ve stated that the councillors will decide, yet, you’re the spokesman. You’re our representative in Federal parliament. During the last election you stated that you would fix our roads but I haven’t seen any evidence of that. Why didn’t you lobby for Federal funding of the cross-river rail which would support rail commuters and reduce our road congestion, air and noise pollution? I only hear you criticise the State government.
Andrew, get out of the real estate office and think of the bigger picture. Lobby for the Commonwealth land to be given to the people as a National Park. After all, it is owned by the people.
That would be an excellent legacy for when you’ve left office. Think about the local industries that can be supported by tourism. Think about how the community would benefit from tourists enjoying the unique offerings of the Redlands.
Andrew can you become an advocate for public good and a strong supporter of our community values?
President, Birkdale Progress Association Inc
Community radio – Blues by the Bay
What an appalling and disgusting email I have just received as a public member of an incorporated community radio association. No suggestion of discussion or opportunity to respond – just arrogant instructions. No opportunity for the members of our Association to be involved in this decision. No General Meetings of members have been held since February for members to vote on the direction of Bay FM. No General Meeting has been held to allow we members to vote on this issue of program changes – just bullying and intimidation by a dictatorship.
15+ years of Blues By the Bay on Tuesdays 6-8pm on Bay FM just flicked off by bullies.
Thousands of hours of personal time and financial cost by dedicated volunteers have gone in to create this successful radio show over many years with a likely listener audience of thousands.
This is a prime example of the lack of integrity, intimidation, bullying, greed, corruption and abuse of power being inflicted on members by the current Bay FM management committee…
This is NOT community radio.
I did not vote for this Bay FM management committee and I fought hard to prevent these people from being in this position where I knew they would continue to abuse their power like this.
I will continue to stay as a financial member of Bay FM – perhaps we will be able to vote these people out one day.
We need a Queensland Independent Crime and Corruption Commission (ICAC) together with a serious review of state and federal legislation regarding public associations, bullying and community radio. The Qld Office of Fair Trading, the Qld CCC and ACMA and CBAA all have zero teeth and zero will to have any – when we communicated with them ALL for help when the bullying by these people began. These authorities just ran away, hid behind the formalities of Acts and just sat on their hands. The Qld Office of Fair Trading, in my opinion, actually assisted these people to get into this position of power. These public organisations did not and still do not care about or do anything about the intimidation and bullying that was going on… and is still going on.
The management of Bay FM has now lost its heart and its soul and has lost the spirit of community radio.
Member Bay FM 100.3MHz Community Radio
Proud co-presenter of Blues By The Bay
Political Youth Need Mentoring
After being active in politics now for almost seven years, I have learnt a great deal of what’s right and wrong with our institutional body politic. For those that don’t know, I have been heavily involved on and off and I have held various roles in the Labor party both on a junior and senior level, worked briefly for unions, as well as working in retail, market research and IT for some time over the past few years.
In my time I have seen a culture rich in toxic bullying and gossiping. The reality of the situation is most people in the youth wings of our parties whether it be in Labor, the LNP, Greens etc have no regard for policy development or the practicality of real issues affecting everyday people. Whilst a meme around an issue may generate a few good laughs here and there in their circles, no consideration is put aside far from either your nearest bar tab or social function, which sadly enriches the culture of elitism where expectations of everyday society become totally unparalleled and unrealistic. This only alienates potential hardworking activists of all political persuasion.
What our political elders must do is change the perpetual cycle by guiding and mentoring our political youth so many of those with talent and drive either don’t become disillusioned with the processes or become lame duck hacks vying for the nearest cheap run at handing out their CV.
We need a cultural change where ethics become the norm and our would be politicians in the making meet real people with real issues to carry a sense of direction for everybody not just the few. Skills based training and educating cultural understandings rather than a focus on social ladder climbing is what could be the solution.
C Sorensen – Karklis
Letters published by Redlands2030 – 12 August 2017