Residents this week question a proposed development in Thornlands and ask if the new collaboration between UDIA and Council will really result in better design and development outcomes in the Redlands.
A descendent of James Willard seeks more information about historic Willard’s Farm, and a local wonders if Redland Bay State School is poised to remove some large mango trees as well as some historical archives.
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Willard’s Farm is part of the Redlands heritage. My great, great grandfather James Willard, lived, owned and worked this land for some 75 years.
I do not have the history behind how it changed hands and why it was bought by the Americans in the war, but I would like the opportunity to understand my heritage and early family settlers of Australia.
I have only recently discovered the property and a painting done in the 1980’s by an artist friend as well as portraits of James and Margaret Willard’s daughter, Essy, who is my great grandmother.
I would appreciate very much any information on this property, its change of hands from the Willard family, to ending up being owned by America and now the local Council and how we can save this for future generations.
Redland Bay State School
Rumour has it that the Redland Bay State school is planning to chop down some very large, mango trees within the school grounds.
Along with this, they want to get rid of a rich, historical archival collection of photos and anecdotes collected over the last 30 years.
This is a matter of great concern and typical of the current ‘out with the old and in with the new’ mindset so prevalent in today’s Redlands.
Let’s hope the trees are preserved and the keepsakes and photos find safe haven.
Is it possible Redlands2030 or its readers can confirm or dispel these rumours?
Better standard of building in Redlands
Certainly, this is long overdue as we see some ugly unit developments built smack up to roadsides with no pollution barriers to protect lungs from car exhausts – aware that diesel fumes are carcinogenic.
Morning rush hour traffic is increasing with growing numbers of motorists leaving each morning for work outside Redlands. For example, we see traffic backed up from 4-way intersection on Finucane/Old Cleveland/Moreton Bay Rds, Capalaba, through to Windemere Rd, Alexandra Hills and Ormiston with motorists using Old Cleveland Rd East to avoid the Finucane Rd morning traffic nightmare.
Mayor Karen Williams speaks of creating new communities. Will planning be any different to existing ones?
Would there be change in estate planning leaving green space and respecting the right of wildlife, particularly koalas, to exist?
Or would any new community be planned as at present… allowing developers to build as they like, with wall to wall dwellings, smack up to roadsides, no need to leave pollution barriers, no need to leave open space or parkland?
Can the community at large hope that with guidance from urban development group, there will be changes in planning schemes that consider wellbeing of its people, and its wild places too?
It seems the new Draft City Plan for Redlands has no provision for retention of koala habitat trees, and since 80% of our much loved marsupials have already vanished, are we to lose the few mainland koalas in Redlands as well?
Redlands has to get stronger and stop taking spoons to a knife party. The Thornlands residential development at 399-413 Boundary Road Thornlands is a cruel stroke of the Council razor gang.
This one has me shaking me in my boots because two months ago we nearly bought a beautiful property on 1.5 acres in Luke St which completely focused on a large dam full of wildlife. The master bedroom, pool, lounge, kitchen and outdoor entertaining had a co-existence with the birdlife. Our Council who we put in to protect our lifestyle and environment has since voted to allow it to be filled for units.
I went to Council through the due diligence process and never saw that coming. We reluctantly walked away because I couldn’t put up with the construction noise for three years. The development was across the hill and they had scraped the trees away which we could see through the remaining trees, which will all now be removed. The thought that the development would go to the fence line would be insane. Council told me the dam was recommended environmental preservation area.
There were large mounds of dirt piled near the duck pond and we assumed for tree planting, protecting the bird life from the development. Now it looks like it was dumped because Ausbuild knew they were going to be allowed to fill the large dam. How stupid of us to think they cared. They will never stop.