This weeks Letters to the Redlands2030 Editor cover concerns over development in Redland Bay, environmental impacts of the Toondah residential development plans and the Mayor’s election promises.
More congestion coming soon
The State Labor Government have let us down badly with respect to sustainable development in the Redlands.
I feel sorry for residents of Redland Bay, who have to wait for multiple traffic light changes in the mornings just to get onto Redland Bay Road.
Now Redland Council in conjunction with the State government want to build a whole new housing development in that large area behind the local Mitre10. This will add further congestion and all we hear is that a 3rd set of lights may be installed next year at Giles Road.
This is too little too late.
We have to ask, what are our LNP members doing to alleviate this traffic congestion and removal of large areas of koala gum trees?
I read this week on the front page of our local paper, the Redland City Bulletin 24 May 2017, of the commitment with our Council to protect the mangroves in the Redlands from vandalism by setting up “a special group to crackdown on the issue.” Can it be assumed that this also extends to vandalism at the hands of the developers.
The Walker Corporation, who, in their proposal for Toondah Harbour, rather than merely upgrading the ferry terminal and facilities and building dwellings on land, intend to cut down mangroves and destroy a sensitive ecological marine environment. This Corporation has a very poor environment protection record.
Notwithstanding the legal problems of the Corporation has had since 2006 it has not even seen fit to adopt an Environmental Policy because it “is not a publicly listed company” (Walker Referral to Federal Department of the Environment No. 2017/7939 Paragraph 6.3.1). Since when should a company have to be legally forced to protect the environment! The Walker Corporation has repeatedly destroyed the environment first and then paid the fine. Can it be trusted with such a sensitive area as Toondah Harbour?
It is simply not necessary to build 3,600 dwellings on reclaimed land in Moreton Bay. Once the environment has been ruined there is no amount of money that can reverse it!
I trust the special group set up to protect Redlands mangroves will also protect them from thoughtless developers. These mangroves support community activities such as fishing, protect the coastline from erosion, are vital natural resources providing shelter, food and nursery areas to fish species and are important to coastal ecosystems.
I applaud all efforts to save our environment for the children of the future! Is it enough?
Make council transparent
By chance I was doing some dumping of waste and found this little gem, election commitments of Mayor Karen Williams.
It set me to ponder on the “make Council more transparent” election pledge. In so doing I wondered how the Council has been able to ignore the Ombudsman recommendation after a few local residents were threatened with defamation by Council.
This was a shameful case where a group of locals very angry about a development that had trashed a large corridor of Koala food trees, trees that regularly had Koala using them. About 5 people had made comments. Too shut them up they were threatened by Council with legal action.
One lady was not going to let this go so contacted the Ombudsman who before Xmas 2016 released a report regarding this shameful situation. The report was very damning on the Mayor, CEO and solicitor.
There was a recommendation to have the residents be given an apology but 5 months later they are all still waiting for this action.
Former Councillor Deb Henry initiated a petition (signed by over 160 people) to push for some action. A month and two General Meetings have passed and nothing has been done.
Council policy on petitions requires petitions to go to full council to be voted on.
There are 10 Councillors surely one of those has the courage to stand up and make the Mayor accountable for the actions criticised by the Ombudsman. Admittedly, some of the current Councillors were not in council at the time of the action but they must not accept responsibility for the non response to the Ombudsman’s report.
I read the transcripts by some Mayor’s in SEQ being grilled by CCC and thought how poor our representation has become and think they must all believe they are above the law.
Anyone reading the Mayor’s election pledge (to make council more transparent), give your thoughts if you think if that has been fulfilled.
So my final comment is to those 10 Divisional Councillors now holding office.
The Problem is now yours and Council’s inaction on the Ombudsman’s Report is happening on your watch.
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