Local laws for koala protection will be discussed by Redland City Council on Wednesday.
Changes to local laws to improve protection of koalas were instigated in April 2015, 16 months ago.
During a series of non-public workshops and general meetings councillors decided to expand identified koala area mapping to include five additional areas where dog owners would be required to secure their animals at night:
Council also decided to develop and implement a city-wide Behaviour Change Program aimed at reducing koala mortality from domestic dog attack.
The proposed changes to local laws to protect koalas were the subject of community consultation for 28 days during February and March 2016 which largely overlapped with the local government elections.
The proposed changes are an opportunity for councillors to reduce the risk of koalas being unnecessarily killed in Redland City.
The RSPCA unambiguously recommends that dogs (and cats) be confined at night in areas where wildlife is at risk. RSPCA Qld’s Senior Wildlife Veterinarian Dr Rebecca Millers recently said:
We’re urging everyone to keep their dogs inside at night time, particularly if they’re in koala inhabited areas.
Councillors should quickly implement these extra measures to protect koalas from dogs. Then they should move on to the critical issue of conserving koala habitat in Redland City through a combination of:
- Local laws to better protect koala habitat (vegetation); and
- Changes to the City’s planning scheme to reduce vegetation clearing.
A recent UQ report by a team led by Associate Professor Rhodes found koala population densities along Brisbane’s south-eastern suburbs dropped around 80% between 1996 and 2014.
State Environment Minister Dr Miles has said the “uncomfortable but clear message” from these statistics was that work to date had not guaranteed the koalas’ future in south-east Queensland.
“It might be that change, and possibly fundamental change, is needed,’’ he said.
Redland City Councillors have an opportunity to start the change process on Wednesday.
Alma Street units
Development application MCU 013446 for eight units in Thorneside will also be considered at Council’s meeting on Wednesday.
The original application for 12 units resulted in hundreds of objections. The revised application for eight units is still opposed by some local residents on various grounds including the proposed (revised) density of 1 unit per 378 m2 is higher than the ‘probable solution’ zoning for the area which is that the density not exceed 1 unit per 400m2.
This application is discussed in more detail in a separate Redlands2030 report.
Capalaba Bowls Club
Councillors will consider the Capalaba Bowls Club’s request for a lease surrender and renewal. The Club is seeking 30 years tenure so it can borrow money for various improvements including upgrades to car parking, undercover greens and the club facility.
Cr Wendy Boglary will be putting the following motion to Council:
That the Local Government Association of Queensland lobby the State Government to ensure the State accepts its responsibility for the provision of transport, public transport and other vital infrastructure in areas designated by the State as growth regions rather than leaving much of the financial burden to local government.
The meeting is at Council’s chambers in Bloomfield Street, on Wednesday 24 August commencing at 9:30 am. Here is a link to the meeting agenda.
Members of the public are able to observe the meeting from the public gallery.