The South East Queensland Regional Plan will be discussed at a seminar hosted by Redlands2030 and the Brisbane Region Environment Council.

  • Date:  25 February
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Venue:  Griffith University Ecocentre (see map)

The State Government is currently consulting on a new South East Queensland Regional Plan – Shaping SEQ.

The deadline for making submissions or comments about the draft Plan is 3 March 2017.

This seminar is an opportunity to learn more about the draft new Regional Plan.

Find out why community and environment groups are concerned about likely impacts of the proposed regional plan on south east Queensland residents and our environment.

Speakers will include:

  • Elizabeth Handley, Brisbane Residents United
  • Steve Macdonald, President of Redlands2030
  • Ted Fensom of Brisbane Region Environment Council

RSVP to or

More about the SEQ Regional Plan


23 February 2017

Date: February 25, 2017
Time: 09:00 a.m.
Event: SEQ Regional Plan - The Interface
Topic: SEQ Regional Plan
Public: Public


Regional Plan

Learn about the Toondah koala tracking project and have your say on the Regional Plan

The Koala Action Group invites you to discuss the proposed new Regional Plan at an information session.

Meeting Details

Date: Sunday 19 February 2017

Time: 5:00 pm

Venue: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd Capalaba

Regional Plan

This will be an opportunity to have your say on the future of Redlands, and its wildlife.

Councillor Wendy Boglary will be guest speaker discussing the State Government’s Draft SEQ Regional Plan 2041 which is a blueprint for where and what density of development will occur over the next 25 years in South East Queensland.

What will the Draft Plan mean for Redlands and what impacts will there be on our lifestyle values, including koalas and the natural environment?

Find out how you can have your say.

Toondah Koala Tracking Project

Koala movements are being mapped as part of the Toondah Harbour koala tracking project

There will also be a presentation on the Toondah Koala Tracking project.  The project which commenced 10 weeks ago is revealing some interesting information on the behaviour and tree preferences of our local koalas.

All are welcome, more information available at


Date: February 19, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Event: Redlands and the new Regional Plan
Topic: KAG Information Session
Public: Public

Heritage on the Park

Heritage in the Redlands will be discussed at a forum held in the grounds of Fernleigh.

Historic Fernleigh

Historic Fernleigh

Date: 11 February 2017

Time: 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Place: Fernleigh at 73 Shore Street East, Cleveland (next to G.J. Walter Park)

Fernleigh is a private residence included in the Queensland Heritage Register.

It is one of very few houses which have survived from the early European development of Cleveland in the 1860s.

This is a rare opportunity to see a privately owned heritage listed house in the Redlands.

The heritage forum will be hosted by Redlands2030, together with the owners of Fernleigh.

Fernleigh Heritage Forum

All too often there is confusion and debate over the meaning of heritage and the response to issues in the face of a particular development application.

Sadly, the chance to discuss heritage and heritage values is all too often in a “pressure cooker” like situation when properties with heritage significance are threatened by development.

At this forum, qualified speakers will talk about:

  • The history of settlement in Cleveland
  • Heritage values of Fernleigh (and nearby buildings)
  • A personal perspective of what is involved in managing a heritage listed home
  • Update on Willards Farm (near Capalaba)

The highlight of the afternoon will be walk through Fernleigh cottage, guided by the owners.349

After the formalities light refreshments will be served in the garden of Fernleigh which enjoys peaceful views over G.J. Walter Park.

This will be an opportunity to socialise and learn more about heritage, heritage protection and the early history of Cleveland.

Book your place

There will be a small entry charge of $12/head for what promises to be an interesting afternoon – refreshments included.

To book your place please RSVP by 9 February to:




Date: February 11, 2017
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Event: Redlands heritage forum at Fernleigh Cottage
Topic: Fernleigh Heritage Form,
Sponsor: Redlands2030
Venue: Fernleigh
Location: 71 Shore Street East
Cleveland, Queensland
Public: Private


Enjoy a cruise through the Moreton Bay and learn about Indigenous bush tucker at The University of Queensland’s Moreton Bay Research Station’s annual Open Day on 19 November.

Based on North Stradbroke Island, the Moreton Bay Research Station is one of Australia’s largest marine research centres.

Station Manager Kevin Townsend said the Open Day offered a unique opportunity for the public to see the work that goes on at the station.

“Activities on the day include Moreton Bay cruises, a wildlife live animal show, reverse garbage art workshops, a performance from the UQ Science Demo Troupe, and touch tank and fish displays.

“There will be research talks given by scientific experts highlighting cutting edge research, covering topics as diverse as mud in Moreton Bay to fish parasites, manta rays and stingrays, cuttlefish, dolphins and mud plumes.”

Mr Townsend said free boat cruises, guided by qualified teachers and a scientific expert, will provide visitors with insight into many aspects of Moreton Bay, including fisheries, seagrass and plankton.

Those looking to keep their feet on the ground will have the opportunity to learn more about the Island’s Indigenous history.

Local elders will share their knowledge and culture in a number of activities throughout the day, starting with a Welcome to Country ceremony.

A local Aboriginal guide will take visitors along the Goompie Trail, a one-hour historical walk along the Dunwich foreshore.

Participants will learn about Aboriginal artifacts, traditional hunting methods, bush tucker, medicines, traditional ochres, and see the remnants of an old rock fish trap.

The Open Day, centred around the UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station, is a 25-minute ferry ride from Cleveland.

Event supporters include:

  • Sibelco Australia Ltd,
  • Dolphin Research Australia,
  • Dunwich State School,
  • Friends of Stradroke Island,
  • Griffith University,
  • Humpback and Highrises,
  • Mangrove Watch,
  • Minjerribah and Moorigumpin Elders in Council,
  • North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum,
  • Ocean Connect,
  • Project Manta,
  • Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation,
  • Queenslandd Parks and Wildlife,
  • Reef Check Australia,
  • Salt Water Murris,
  • SIMO,
  • Wildcare Straddie,
  • Tangalooma EcoMarines,
  • UQ Science Demo Troupe,
  • University of Sunshine Coast, and
  • station volunteers.


Media: Dr Kathy Townsend,, 07 3409 9058.

Date: November 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m-03:00 p.m
Event: Moreton Bay Research Station: OPEN DAY
Topic: Moreton Bay Research Station OPEN DAY
Sponsor: The Unviversity of Queensland
07 3409 9058
Venue: Moreton Bay Research Station at Dunwich
Public: Public

HTL 2016

Its on again!

The annual “Here’s to Life” concert.  It will be at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 17 September 2016.  Its always great entertainment!

Tickets are Adults $29, Group Bookings (10+) $26 Concession $26 and Children (to 14 yrs) $13.

Redlands2030 are pleased to promote this event and help the “here’s to life team”



Date: September 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Event: Here's To Life: Annual Concert
Topic: HTL Concert
Venue: Redlands performing Arts Centre
07 38298131
Location: 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland
Public: Public

Toondah Harbour project update by Redlands2030 on Saturday morning 10 September in G.J. Walter Park on Middle Street


Toondah Harbour Project Update

  • What is the Toondah Harbour Project?
  • Will it benefit the community?
  • Why does it seem nothing’s happening?

Just some of the questions to be discussed at a Redlands2030 community update:

Date: Saturday 10 September 2016

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Place: Middle Street end of G.J. Walter Park, just before the ferry terminal (Google Maps)


The Calypso at Toondah Harbour

Meet the Redlands2030 crew and others in the community who are concerned about the scope, scale and impacts of the project proposed by Walker Corporation.

Drop in to the information tent for tea/coffee and a chat.

We’ll have sausages sizzling as well.

Learn about developments proposed over a 20 year construction period and tell us what you think is needed.

One of the Toondah koalas

One of the Toondah koalas

Redlands2030 recently reported a fifth delay to the Project’s environmental assessment.

The project as currently proposed (see the Walker Corporation Master Plan below) would adversely affect the Toondah koalas, critically endangered shorebirds and internationally recognised Ramsar wetlands.

Walker corporation's master plan for its proposed Toondah harbour development

Walker Corporation’s proposed Toondah Harbour Master Plan formed the basis for a 3D flyover simulation prepared by Redlands2030


Date: September 10, 2016
Time: 08:00-11:00 a.m.
Event: Toondah Harbour Project Update
Topic: Toondah Harbour Project Update
Venue: GJ Walter Park
Location: Middle Street near the ferry terminal (opposite the former CSIRO site)
Public: Public


Cleveland Scouts and Redlands2030 are having a community gathering on Saturday 16th July from 7am onwards.

And again on Sunday 17th July from 7am 
Come along to the Cleveland Scout Den, 42 Gordon Street, Ormiston for a Garage Sale bargain! Lots to choose from, bric-a-brac and sausage sizzle!

Support your community, join us for a cuppa and a chat with proceeds going to Cleveland Scouts and Redlands2030.

At 10am Saturday, come along and learn about Redlands2030.  The whys, the wherefores and the who!


Date: July 16, 2016—July 17, 2016
Event: Bric-a-Brac Fest 16 July
Topic: Bric-a-brac Festival
Sponsor: Cleveland Scouts and Redlands2030
Venue: Cleveland Scout Den
Location: 42 Gordon Street
Public: Public
Raby Bay viewed from an aircraft in June 2015 by Nick-D Wiki Commons

More coastal development for Cleveland?

Redlands2030 is convening a workshop to discuss planning for improvements to Toondah Harbour.

DATE: 5 June 2016

TIME: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

PLACE: Cleveland Lions Hall (from 11:15 AM)


Keynote address by Professor Darryl Low Choy:

Toondah Harbour? – Transparency and Process by Shane Thompson

Heritage Frameworks for Toondah Harbour by Ben Gal

Workshop information and background

The current development proposals for Toondah Harbour are leading to a massive housing development in Moreton Bay.  It is likely there will be significant negative impacts for the environment, the local community and local economy (especially the local Toondah Flyer pg1enterprises at Cleveland, Raby Bay Harbourside and North Stradbroke Island).

Many people are following the PDA process with intense interest, but daily more people are finding out about the nature of the development and expressing their concerns at the scale, location and the unknown social, ecological, economic, and environmental impacts.  More and more people are concerned that the State Government and Redland City Council in committing assets, time and resources to a project so fraught risks.

Toondah’s “clean slate” scenario

To help inform the community, Redlands2030 Inc has proposed a “hypothetical” planning scenario as a basis for an optimal improvement of the harbour facilities.

The workshop will approach the clean slate scenario from an evidence based, values based and “joined up planning approach”.  It will canvass “flow on” effects as an essential part of the planning process and not as legacies of the planning.

The workshop is being supported by professionals and experts in their fields including: planners, economists, architects, engineers, landscape architects, surveyors and project managers. Some speakers are practicing professionals, some are retired and others are academics. All are providing their input on a voluntary basis:

Planning attributes

The workshop will explore:

  • planning for Moreton Bay
  • Heritage planning
  • Aesthetics and scenic amenity
  • Traffic generation (and congestion!)
  • Social infrastructure (flow on costs)
  • Green infrastructure (benefit / cost)
  • Open space and recreation settings
  • Fishing impacts and acid sulphate soils
  • Statutory and management mechanisms (such as Marine Parks, Ramsar, international bird treaties, Hope Spot, koala protection, SEQ Regional Plan, PDA, Native Title )
  • Natural resource management planning
  • Tourism (esp future economic development on NSI)
  • Linked and “flow-on” effects (e.g. Toondah and Cleveland, CBD, Raby Bay, Harbourside, Moreton Bay, North Stradbroke Island, or Cleveland Point
  • Values based planning (the role of the Redlands 2030 Community Plan and previous submission processes)
  • Evidence based planning
  • Master planning for sensitive sites


Who should attend

Given the broad level of secrecy (or commercial-in-confidence) surrounding the plans for Toondah Harbour this workshop is intended to inform and arm stakeholders.  It is about the issues that should have properly been considered in the planning of Toondah Harbour. The workshop will help to inform the next phase of the community planning for the site when design issues and options will be canvassed.

Housekeeping arrangements

Attendance is limited by seating capacity, so attendees must register by emailing to ensure a place.

A light lunch and refreshments will be available.

Attendees will be invited to make a gold coin donation to assist with event costs.

The Workshop will commence at 10am with a site visit, from the car park near the Grandview Hotel.  The workshop will reconvened at 11:15 Cleveland Lions Hall (a short walk ~about 300 m ~ north of the Grandview Hotel)

Note the Redlands Lions Community Hall is at 122 Shore St North, Cleveland.

RSVP: COB Thursday 2nd June 2016


Date: June 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Event: Toondah Harbour planning: A clean slate approach
Venue: 10am Carpark of the Grandview Hotel, then at 11:15am Lions Hall, Cleveland
Public: Public
Bar-tailed godwits taking off from Oyster Point

Bar-tailed godwits taking off

Find out about the amazing birds of southern Queensland at a free workshop in Cleveland.

Beginners, families and kids are all welcome!

DATE: Friday 19 February
TIME: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
PLACE: Lions Hall, 122 Shore Street North, Cleveland

Workshop details

Caspian tern at Toondah Harbour

Caspian tern at Toondah Harbour

This workshop is hosted by Birdlife Southern Queensland.

It’s part of Birdlife Australia’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) program.

People attending the workshop will:

  • Learn about the amazing feats of migratory shorebirds
  • Spot and identify shorebirds during a field trip to nearby Toondah Harbour
  • Find out about conservation of woodland birds
  • Enjoy a BBQ lunch/sausage sizzle (if you are busy working just join us for this Meet and Greet at 12:30)
  • Get a gift bird book if you sign up for membership of Birdlife Australia on the day

Speakers at the workshop include:

  • Mick Roderick (Woodland Birds Project Coordinator)
  • Dr Golo Maurer (IBA Project Manager)

More information is available in this flyer

Are you coming?

Bring binoculars (if you have them), a water bottle and sun-smart gear (hat, sunscreen etc).

RSVP: by 17 February to Golo Maurer

  • Email:
  • Phone: 0467 444 114
Date: February 19, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Event: Amazing birds of southern Queensland
Topic: Amazing birds of southern Queensland
Sponsor: Birdlife Southern Queensland
Venue: Lions Hall
Public: Public

Environmental impacts of a massive dredging and development project at Toondah Harbour will be discussed at a workshop in Cleveland on 30 January

Environmental impacts of planned development at Toondah Harbour will be discussed at a workshop in Cleveland.

DATE: Saturday 30 January
TIME: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
PLACE: Lions Hall, 122 Shore Street North, Cleveland

Environmental impacts

The workshop will discuss environmental assessment of Walker Corporation’s Toondah Harbour ‘Master Plan’.

  • Migratory shorebirds and Moreton Bay
  • Marine life of the area
  • Toondah Project an engineering overview
  • Federal Government environmental assessment of environmental impacts
  • Previous environmental assessments of the area


Community and environmental groups attending:

  • Australian Marine Conservation Society
  • Birdlife Southern Queensland
  • CARP
  • Friends of Stradbroke
  • Koala Action Group
  • Redlands2030
  • SEQ Catchments
  • SIMO
  • University of Queensland (academic staff)
  • Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld

This workshop is being convened by Redlands2030.

A limited number of places are still available for attendance at this workshop. If you wish to attend please email advising your interest.


081 Eastern curlew G.J. Walter Park beach Cleveland 15 February 2015

Migratory shorebirds like the critically endangered eastern curlew feed in the Toondah Harbour area

Date: January 30, 2016
Time: 10:30
Event: Environmental impacts of Toondah Harbour development
Sponsor: Redlands2030 Inc.
Venue: Lions Hall
Location: 122 Shore Street North
Cleveland, queensland 4163
Public: Private

World Wetlands Day – 2 February

World Wetland Day celebrates wetlands around the world

(click to enlarge)

World Wetlands Day is held each year on 2 February.

In 2016 the theme is:
Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods

2 February is the anniversary of the Ramsar Convention – an international treaty promoting  conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Australia’s Ramsar sites

Moreton Bay Ramsar site is a large area of wetlands close to Brisbane

Moreton Bay Ramsar site (click to enlarge)

Australia has listed 65 Ramsar sites including the Moreton Bay Ramsar site.

In managing its Ramsar wetlands Australia is required to promote conservation and wise use – broadly defined as maintaining their ecological character.

World Wetlands Day in Australia

The Wetlands in Focus photography prize for pictures of Australian wetlands is open to photographers of all ages. Competition rules and entry information are available here.

Birds feeding on werlands near Toondah Harbour

Birds feeding in the Moreton Bay Ramsar site near Toondah Harbour


Date: February 2, 2016
Time: 00:00 am
Event: World Wetlands Day on 2 February 2016
Public: Public

Information for election candidates

Learn about running for election as mayor or councillor at an information session to be held in Cleveland.

Venue: Redlands Performing Arts Centre (RPAC)

Date: 4 November 2015

Time: commencing at 6:30 pm

The event is being held by the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

It is one of many information sessions being held across Queensland in preparation for the Local Government Election on 19 March 2016.

The intending candidates program gives prospective candidates an insight into the roles and responsibilities of councillors and offers them the opportunity to make informed decisions on whether to nominate for election.

More information is available on the Government’s webpage for Local Government Elections.


To register please email or phone 07 3452 6762.

Further information

Further information for candidates is available in an article published by Redlands2030:

Positions vacant – Mayor and 10 councillors

You can keep up to date with news about the Redland City Council election at this Facebook event:

Election for Mayor and 10 councillors

Councillors division boundaries

Redland City Council has 10 councillors. The Electoral Commission of Queensland has published a Final Determination Report which sets out the boundaries for the 10 councillor divisions.

Candidates will be running for these Redland City Council divisions

The boundaries for councillor divisions as published by Electoral Commission of Queensland in its Final Determination Report

Date: November 4, 2015
Time: 06:30 p.m.
Event: Information session for mayor or councillor candidates
Topic: So you want to be a councillor
Sponsor: Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
07 3452 6762
Venue: Redland Performing Arts Centre
Location: 2 -16 Middle Street
Cleveland , Queensland​ 4163
Public: Public

Wings Over Redlands

Wings over Redlands is a new exhibition at the Redland Museum.

It presents stories about the Flying Boat services which used to operate out of Redland Bay.

Other aspects of Redland City’s aeronautical history are also presented.

Wings over Redlands opens at the Redland Museum on Sunday 25 October 2015 at 10:45 am

The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honorable, Paul de Jersey AC will be opening the exhibition, accompanied by Mrs de Jersey.

Bookings are required to attend the official opening.

Tickets are $10.00 each.

You can book and obtain tickets here.

This exhibition has been the idea of local enthusiast Terence Hendricks, combined with the Redland Museum, Alexandra Hills and Cleveland Uniting Church Men’s Sheds and many other individuals and community groups

Wings over Redlands flying boat 55cd82584f952ec2578c5451

Flying boat services used to operate out of Redland Bay

Date: October 25, 2015
Time: 10:45 am
Event: Wings over Redlands - Official opening at the Redland Museum
Topic: Wings over Redlands - Opening at the Redland Museum
Sponsor: Redland Museum
Venue: Redland Museum
Location: 60 Smith Street,
Cleveland 4063
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Meet the planner eventProposed new planning laws will be discussed by State Government officers at a workshop arranged by Redlands2030 for Wednesday 14 October from 6:00 pm, at The Red Place, Cleveland (map).

Seats are limited and preference will be given to people who RSVP via an email to

Scope of the new planning laws

The Queensland Government is consulting about a revamp of the State’s planning laws which deal with:

  • How local councils develop planning schemes
  • Approval (or refusal) of development applications
  • Dispute resolution in the Planning and Environment Court

The new planning laws could ensure that cities are well planned with genuine community engagement, or they could make it easier for developers to avoid ‘red tape’. It’s your choice, but have your say soon.

Government officers to meet with Redlands residents

Redlands2030 invites people to attend a “meet the planner” session to discuss the proposed new laws with staff from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Local Government.

Seats are limited and preference will be given to people who RSVP via an email to

Further information about the draft planning bills is available from:

Submissions about the draft bills can be made to the Department until 6:00 pm on Friday 23 October 2015.

Meet the planner event

Date: October 14, 2015
Time: 06:00 pm
Event: New planning laws - Redland City consultation event
Sponsor: Redlands2030
Venue: The Red Place
Location: 99 Bloomfield Street
Cleveland 4163
Public: Public

New planning framework: much more work to be done, for community rights and for the environment

Details of an EDO Qld event

EDO Qld is hosting a forum about Queensland's new planning framework


Queensland’s planning reforms have entered their second stage, with the release 10th September of an exposure draft of the proposed new framework. And there’s still a lot of work to be done! While some nuances of the current framework have been simplified, and Court costs rules partly restored to previous ‘own costs’ rules, the environment and community rights have not come out better and in many ways are actually worse off!

Don’t miss our free community forum on the new Queensland planning framework, Tuesday 29 September at South Bank. RSVP Now!

We have produced three tables analysing how the framework delivers on key areas of concern:

  1. Protecting nature
  2. Community participation in decision making
  3. Open, transparent, accountable planning framework

In summary, our key concerns are:

  • The principles of ‘ecological sustainable development’ are not adequately provided for or defined;
  • Climate change and the environment only get tokenistic mention;
  • Development assessment provisions are now provided in Rules which can be easily changed at the whim of any government;
  • More flexibility is given to local governments in deciding content of local planning instruments, leading to inconsistency between local government areas in planning approaches;
  • State Assessment Referral Agency is being maintained – meaning our State specialist departments only have ‘advice’ agency status and cannot require refusal, approval or conditions as they previously could;
  • Costs orders may be made against third parties who take enforcement action under the Act. This was not provided for in SPA prior to LNP changes and does not follow through on Labor’s pre-election commitment; and
  • No detail in the Act provided prescribing the types of documents that must be made accessible to the public – these are provided in the Regulation which is easier to change.

Submissions are due by 6pm on Friday 23 October.

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) is an independent
community legal centre that helps people use the law to protect the environment.

Here is a link to the EDO Qld website

Date: September 29, 2015
Time: 06:00 pm
Event: EDO Forum - Queensland's new planning laws
Public: Public