This week your letters include one wanting more positive stories about Council. Have a look at our respectful reply.
Also, a Newcastle visitor to GJ Walter Park, Cleveland, asks us to learn from the mistakes of waterside over-development elsewhere when it comes to Toondah Harbour.
What’s on your mind? Share it with your community through Redlands2030 Letters to the Editor.
Toondah Harbour – visitor says we should learn from others
I am visiting Cleveland. It is a lovely place and those who live here are very lucky. Today I had a picnic with my family at the beach near the Grand View Hotel. While enjoying the peace and quiet, I met a lovely lady and we spoke for ages. She told me of the Council’s plan to build a big marina and to put high-rise units along the beach.
The lovely beach and the grand old trees will be gone forever. Why can’t your Council learn from the mistakes of other places?
It is so sad that my grandchildren will not see this as place as I did.
Sue Cutts, Newcastle
Negative reporting by Redlands2030
It is so very disappointing when I read your newsletter. It is so very negative!
I agree we need to keep Redland City Council (RCC) accountable but when I read any article pertaining to council, the article is either slanted to make the reader negatively question council’s ability to make a decision on any and all matters or very critical of RCC. I’m not sure if the intention of the articles is to be subtly persuasive to the reader but your bias is totally transparent. Please remember these are our elected representatives, they are not self-elected.
Rather than keeping Council honest, from reading “The Reporter” I feel you have an underlying divisive agenda. As a long term resident I love and want the best for Redlands and its community and it is so very disappointing to see a community, which historically has worked together being manipulated into factions.
Perhaps some positive stories might be good and a nod to Council when they achieve worthwhile outcomes.
Lynne Gread, Capalaba
Redlands2030 reply to Lynn Gread
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Redlands2030’s posts and their impact on you. We welcome them.
Redlands2030 readers tell us we are offering a refreshing and honest community voice for locals who haven’t had one in a long time.
Your interest in seeing balance is a reasonable expectation, but in fairness, our concerns are the result of 18 months of asking questions about Council’s governance, procedures and operations. All too often we have been frustrated by either no response or extended delays. Sometimes we’ve had to resort to Right to Information requests (and pay hefty fees).
Redlands2030 has brought about some positive changes in how Council operates. For example, Council recently started publishing audio and video recordings of each meeting in a timely fashion. Until Redlands2030 pursued this issue, this was only available to the community if they paid for it (about $43) – and waited for weeks. We’re proud the community has much better access to Council’s decisions because of Redlands2030’s considerable efforts.
As you state, Councillors are our elected representatives. Councillors though, are elected (by law) to advocate and protect the public interest and they have city-wide (not just divisional) obligations. Some Councillors, by ‘their’ actions show a disregard for these obligations. For example, since the last election a voting block has emerged and that is not what was put to electors in 2012.
As to more positive stories, Council takes on the role of promoting itself and has a large and well-resourced professional communications team. You might not agree, but when examined much of this “news” lacks objectivity and balance.
Redlands 2030 “reporters” are all volunteers. They are informed community members, like you, who love the Redlands. But they are continually confronted by decisions and actions of Council that do not reflect well in terms of community interest, election commitments, transparent decision-making or community values. They believe it is critical that light is shone on any questionable decision-making done on behalf of Redland residents.
Please continue to read The Reporter whatever your views are. We invite you and others to tell us what’s on your mind – good and bad.