Crazy Day is when lots of Brisbane folk spend their Ekka holiday shopping in Cleveland.
With so many visitors to the Cleveland CBD it was hard to find a car park on Crazy Day. Next year it may be a bit harder, after Redland City Council’s Crazy Day decision to approve a plan to turn the Cleveland Library car park into a food market.
Other matters discussed by Council on 10 August include:
- Aquatic center redevelopment plans and an agreement with Surf Lifesaving Queensland
- Sale of properties because of overdue rates and charges
- Cycle network route maps
Food market development application approved
After other councillors had spoken about the car park redevelopment application, Mayor Williams described their comments as “natter” then spoke at length in favour of the food market proposal.
She dismissed the concerns of many local businesses and residents and defended Council’s one on one confidential negotiation of a lease up to ten years, saying:
Unfortunately local government has to go through certain processes and we heard about the tender process before…we should have gone through a tender process. I can tell you now that every tender process kills an element of innovation in our city because you cannot expose a good idea.
The application by Chefs Inc to redevelop the Council’s Cleveland Library car park for up to ten years was approved by 8 votes to 3.
- Crs Mitchell, Hewlett, Edwards, Elliott, Huges, Talty, Gleeson and Williams voted FOR the motion.
- Crs Boglary, Gollè and Bishop voted AGAINST the motion.
Crs Golle and Bishop declared perceived conflicts of interest in the item (11.1.1).
Council’s discussion of this item is also covered in a Bulletin report.
Aquatic precinct redevelopment
In ‘closed session’ (without the public or media present) councillors discussed a confidential report about the Redland Aquatic Precinct Redevelopment.
A business case prepared by Deloittes was endorsed as the “project case” and councillors resolved to sign a memorandum of understanding with Surf Lifesaving Queensland.
Sale of properties due to non-payment of rates
Again in closed session, Council resolved to sell various lands for overdue rates and charges. The minutes record that:
Cr Edwards declared a material personal interest in … item [16.2.1], stating that a company he has interest in may be considering purchasing property at the auction. Cr Edwards left the room at 11.27am while the item was being discussed in confidential session and returned at 11.33 am after discussions had taken place.Cr Edwards also left the room at 11.34am while the item was being put to the vote and returned at 11.36am after the item had been voted on.
Cr Gleeson declared a material personal interest in … item [16.2.1], stating that he may be a potential buyer of one of the blocks going to auction. Cr Gleeson left the room at 11.34am while the item was being put to the vote and returned at 11.36am after the item had been voted on.
The Local Government Act 2009 says in section 172 (5) that if a councillor has a material personal interest in an item the councillor must:
inform the meeting of the councillor’s material personal interest in the matter; and
leave the meeting room (including any area set aside for the public) and stay out of the meeting room while the matter is being discussed and voted on
In November 2015 the Council sold 28 properties on Russell and Macleay islands to recoup more than $240,000 in unpaid rates, as reported in the Bulletin.
Council CEO Bill Lyon has previously said “The auctioning of properties with rates at least three years in arrears is done across many councils in Queensland, including on other occasions in Redland City”.
Priority routes for cycle network
Route maps were endorsed by councillors to guide the planning, design and investment in the principal cycleway network by Redland City Council (RCC) and the Department of Transport & Main Roads (DTMR) over the next 10 years. The maps are attached to the officers report for item 11.4.3.
More information about Council’s meeting on 10 August
Here’s a link to the meeting minutes.