In the last general meeting of 2016 Redland City Council will consider a number of development applications by Ausbuild and other contentious issues including a koala strategy and possible third extension of time for the Mt Cotton chicken poo plant.
Items on the agenda include applications by Ausbuild for development of residential dwellings at 399-413 Boundary Road in Thornlands.
Ausbuild’s development applications are items 11.3.6 (59 lots), 11.3.7 (17 lots) and 11.3.8 (35 lots) of the meeting agenda.
The site currently includes a small dam but this will not be retained if Ausbuild’s development plans are approved.
Ausbuild will dedicate as parkland 3.29 ha of land adjoining Eprapah Creek.
Councillors will be asked to approve a Koala Conservation Strategy and accompanying it a Koala Conservation Action Plan.
These documents have not been the subject of community consultation which is surprising given the level of community interest in Redland City’s dwindling koala population.
The proposed Strategy and Action Plan are item 11.3.10 of the meeting agenda.
Willards Farm Conservation Management Plan
Willards Farm in Birkdale was purchased by Redland City Council about a year ago after widespread community concerns about the potential loss of a property with significant heritage values.
At its meeting on 14 December Council will be asked to approve a Willards Farm Conservation Management Plan (agenda item 11.4.2)
The management plan has not been the subject of community consultation. The officers report notes that
- Internal consultation has occurred with Division 10 Councillor on site addressing the educational, tourism, cultural and arts possibilities, looking to maximise opportunities for community involvement to create a viable and vibrant precinct.
- Consultation has been held with Redland Museum to better understand models for governance including local volunteers experience and capacity.
The officers report says:
Following community consultation, it is envisaged that interested stakeholders and a volunteer resource base will be established, allowing for the formation of a governance structure such as Friends of Willard’s Farm (FWF).
Coastal Adaptation Strategy
The State Government is making funds available under the QCoast2100 program for local councils to prepare coastal adaptation strategies, to prepare for impacts of climate change such as rising sea levels.
In November the State Government announced that three councils (Moreton Bay, Noosa and Whitsunday) were awarded QCoast2100 grants of about $500,000 each to prepare strategies for their respective areas.
The need for and nature of a coastal adaptation strategy for Redland City will be discussed by Council as item 11.4.1 of the 14 December meeting agenda.
If councillors approve the report then Redland City would proceed to finalise and submit an application for QCoast2100 funding.
Developer seeks third time extension for chicken poo plant
A decision whether or not to grant a third extension of time for the development of a chicken poo power station near Mt Cotton State School is item 11.3.5 of the agenda for Council’s meeting on 14 December.
This issue is discussed by Redlands2030 in the post:
Chicken poo plant extension on Council agenda
Budget under pressure
The monthly financial report is item 11.1.1 on the meeting agenda but was not included in the publicly available agenda because it was still being finalised.
Scuttlebut says that Redland City Council is struggling to stay within its budget for the current year and council staff are scratching around desperately for millions of dollars worth of savings.
If you can think of ways that Council could and should save money (or raise money), share your thoughts with the community by commenting to this post or perhaps send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Recruitment of the new Chief Executive Officer
Applications for the position of the Council’s new Chief Exective Officer have now closed.
If you are curious about the requirements for this position, Redlands2030 published the job advertisement on the Redlands2030 Facebook page.