Concerns raised by residents this week include misuse of poisons, immigration driven population growth, the Toondah Harbour project and Redland City Council failing to protect our environment.
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Council stewardship is lacking in Redland City
This week in a scene reminiscent of the nefarious days of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen era, modern day “Deen Brothers” destroyed significant koala habitat trees on the footpath of Shore Street East in Cleveland.
Abetted by a City authority, a developer, executing a strategy comparable to that employed to reduce the Bellevue Hotel in Brisbane to rubble in 1979, ensured the most important trees were immediately and suddenly destroyed before local residents and concerned environmentalists had time to question his activities.
Arrogant actions of any government or any developer surely do not have any place in a contemporary democratic society.
Has Redland City Council comprehensively displayed a total lack of stewardship in maintaining its own laws and policies, or is it the case it is simply incapable of distinguishing between need and greed?
Toondah Harbour on the nose (again)
Recently many angry ratepayers attended an anti Toondah Harbour development meeting at GJ Walter park.
Many questions went unanswered due to a lack of information from Redland Council about this project.
The reason I understand is this Council has signed a confidentiality agreement with the developer not to disclose any information.
Ratepayers elect Councillors in good faith to work in the ratepayers best interests. Secret deals raise suspicion of a deal that favours the developer.
Decisions like this, added to developer donations at election time, Councils almost every decision favouring developers even to approvals that are outside Councils own building code.
Among the many questions, how does a developer acquire access to a huge area of public waterway for personal gain? Is it being brought, if so from whom and how much or is it a magnificent gift?
Do ratepayers realise the enormous size of this development and its potential adverse effect on all ratepayers. A previous Redlands Mayor said ratepayers contribute up to 60% of a developer’s infrastructure cost. How many millions of ratepayers dollars will be diverted from ratepayers facilities to subsidise this project?
How disturbing millions of tons of acid sulphate contaminated soil will damage fish habitat, seagrass beds and important nearby Peel Island coral reef. There are many mangrove trees fronting GJ Walter Park, the State Government prohibits destruction of these trees. Will they mysteriously disappear like our koala trees.
The Toondah project plans for 3,600 units is rising 10 storeys high, obscuring views of the bay and Stradbroke Island. That many units will equate to 4,000 motor vehicles. There is limited street exit for this area now, no available Cleveland parking and hundreds more vehicles from Redland Bay Road also wanting railway parking.
Can this Council claim they are working in the best interests of ratepayers?
Population growth is a ponzi scheme
Just listened to a Nicki Hutley, supposedly the chief economist with URBIS Consulting who on free to air TV in a delivery about “housing affordability”has stated, Well it’s not just about the inability to afford the purchase of a house, but as much your ability now to be able to afford rent”.
She says this is how it is, this is how it must stay, suck it up precious!
Oh thanks for that, what was I thinking, that takes the pressure off, just forget about the house. Of course.
What comes next in the debate, the affordability of oxygen!!!!!!
If the population ponzie scheme that is causing the problem, based on government and big business sanctioned immigration levels, why can’t it be prosecuted by those most affected and concerned about housing affordability, congestion and planning problem, simply because they are fearful of being seen as “racist” & anti jobs and growth,
The future is doomed. The problem will continue to get worse as we know.
I don’t see much evidence of traction, by those most affected, do you, but massive inroads made by promo groups like URBIS, UDIA,Prop Counc,HIA,API, Triguboff, KPMG. They are clearly still able to run the governments agenda for themselves.
Those who claim they are genuinely concerned ,need to grow a set and get serious, tell it like it really is. Talk the truth about the shocking impact of the big immigration fuelled population ponzi feeding those at the top of the tree, making jobs and growth look good for government and re-election at all levels, devastating the environment, or we are doomed, it’s that simple !!!!
Our problem does not come as a direct result of local mum and dad investors
Big projects just don’t get off the ground without big wealthy immigrant and offshore pre-sales.
Ask the project promoters and builders?
Dangers of Glyphosate…ignored
Several countries have banned use of the cancer causing chemical glyphosate (Roundup). It is used liberally by councils across Australia.
I felt compelled to write about it on seeing children in hospitals dying of cancer. We use poison, recall seeing a young man in CM after spraying crops on farm taking his shirt off without having undone buttons at wrist, so inhaled the poison that killed him instantly.
A Capalaba resident stopped using it in her yard to kill lawn grubs but on seeing birds take them, turn around as if drunk, then died on the spot, won’t use it ever again. People tell me to use Roundup on many weeds in my yard, but refuse to use this deadly cancer causing chemical. Glyphosate according to WHO have found the chemical in ‘breast milk’. There must be an alternate method of killing weeds in my view.
Families come to this park (original name Little Hyde Park) and sit on the grass, along with dogs….and if they came in contact with the chemical and licked their paws, they would be poisoned.
With school holidays coming soon, one has to be careful on timing, and every effort made to where no person or pet animal comes in contact with it.
Being so dry, I was at park yesterday to straighten out the eucalypt I planted as it wasn’t high enough so wired a piece from a branch so it grows straight, and to water a few of them. The Acacia wattle is doing nicely now and replaced a plant that perished with a grevillea different to the others so hope it survives my care.
I tried digging out some of the awful weeds, don’t know name, but wide round flat ones easy to remove, but impossible due to them being everywhere. We all have them in our yards too I think.
Over to you all