Draft City Plan submissions due 27 November
The deadline for submissions about the Draft City Plan 2015 is 27 November 2015.
The Council’s final consultation activity is scheduled for Capalaba College Markets on Sunday 15 November from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Redlands2030 has updated its City Plan submissions page and published several articles about City Plan issues, linked below, which may be of assistance to people in preparing submissions:
- Draft City Plan 2015 could devastate Redlands koalas
- Redland’s scenic amenity needs protection in City Plan 2015
- Redland Council should protect our heritage
- City Plan 2015 ignores public opinion
- Secretive plans for rezoning and sale of 16 parks revealed in Draft City Plan
Council meeting on 4 November
Some of the matters discussed at the meeting are detailed below.
Cr Craig Ogilvie proposed that Council write to the State Government asking it to pass laws which impose caps on political donations, prohibit property developers from making such donations, and restrict indirect campaign donations. He pointed out that such legislation was already operating in NSW and had been endorsed recently by the High Court.
Clearly, this was not to the liking of the Council majority. Councillor Mark Edwards read out a proposed amendment (we don’t know who drafted it) which replaced a sensible motion with a silly one. Under the amended motion, Council would ask the Government to ban all political donations and introduce full public funding of election campaigns. The motion was so amended and adopted.
This is definitely the item to watch on the Council’s video recording of the meeting. It contains plenty of confusion bordering on farce such as Cr Edwards (the man who put forward the amendment) saying that he was not going to vote for it (but he did). You also get to see some councillors declare conflicts of interest without understanding why they are doing so.
ABC News covered this issue in the following story: Council on Brisbane’s bayside to push for statewide ban on political donations.
Council drags its heels on koala laws
Discussion about improving local laws to protect koalas from dog attacks was again delayed by councillors at Wednesday’s meeting.
On 22 April Council resolved to “commit to an immediate review of koala area mapping and the requirements for dog owners in koala areas in response to community consultation during the local law making process”.
Nearly half a year later the Council has failed to act on this important issue. It appears that the officers have done their job but a majority of councillors want to slow the process down so that dog-owners in mapped areas are not inconvenienced by having to confine or tether their dogs at night. Meanwhile, the City’s koala population continues to decline.
Council’s failure to strengthen local laws to better protect koalas is disgraceful. As well as the extension of dog controls, councillors should also be strengthening the City’s vegetation management laws.
You can get a sense of how little regard the council majority has for koalas by the fact that they were able to carve out and progress changes to local laws about car parking on North Stradbroke. Car parks are doable but koalas are too hard for the Williams council.
Developments contrary to planning guidelines
A proposal for development of 12 units at 38 Pitwinn Road South, Capalaba (Item 11.2.3) got a thumbs down from the Council because the proposed density per unit greatly exceeded planning scheme guidelines.
This was very similar to a recent decision (involving the same developer) where Council refused an application for 16 units next to St Rita’s School in Victoria Point. In the case of the proposed Capalaba development, Council’s knockback was implemented by giving the developer a ‘preliminary approval’ but requiring him to provide a revised layout. Officers assured councillors that any revised plans would be brought back to a Council meeting for approval.
Another development to get the same treatment for similar reasons was a proposed health centre at 689 Old Cleveland Road (Item 11.2.4).
It will be very interesting to see how councillors deal with a proposed development of units at Dorsal Drive, Birkdale which also aims to exceed planning scheme guidelines on density.
Aquaculture (Item 13.1.1)
The Council resolved to undertake a broader investigation into aquaculture opportunities which would include marine operations as well as businesses using tanks on land.
Officers are requested to report to a councillors’ workshop (non-public meeting) in March 2016.
Further information is available in this Bulletin report.
Renewable energy (Item 11.3.1)
A second transport forum was held at the Victoria Point Library on Saturday 7 November. Presenters discussed the impact of technology on transport systems (cars which don’t need drivers), the benefits of bicycling and funding mechanisms for investment in transport.
Community members discussed needs for:
- planning now for upgrading transport to the southern Moreton Bay Islands
- better coordination of public transport services
- more investment in transport infrastructure serving people in the Redland
The third transport form will be held at the Capalaba Sports Club on Saturday 14 November from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
More information is available from the Council website.
Cleveland Point’s trees
Cleveland Point’s trees are not well. The stump in the foreground is all that’s left of a large fig tree which fell over in a storm recently. Now the Council advises that a Norfolk pine (pictured behind the stump) is unwell and has to be removed. And another fig tree is unwell.
More information is available in this Council news release.
Watch out for foxes in the Redlands
A recent story in the Bulletin pointed out that foxes are a declared Class 2 pest animal. The Council has confirmed that about 1000 fox dens have been detected and fumigated since a feral animal trapping program started in 2008.
The Council has a specialised contractor who detects, fumigates and euthanases foxes.
If you see a fox in the Redlands, contact the Council on 3829 8999.
More information is available in this Bulletin report.