Letters to Redlands2030 – 26 July 2015

Sending letters to the Editor

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Redlands2030 is now publishing letters from people in the community. We intend to do this in a weekly post to the Redlands2030 website.

Letters should be short (less than 300 words) and will be published over the writers real name and suburb.

If you have something to say, send your letter with your contact details to thereporter@redlands2030.net.

This week’s letters are published below.

Infrastructure shortcomings in Redland City

We read recently where both our local State Member and the Redland City Council Mayor bemoaned the lack of infrastructure funding provided to the Redlands in the recent State Budget. We share their disappointment in this regard. Indeed, having stepped into the shoes of the former LNP Government in endorsing the Toondah Harbour PDA Scheme, we lament the lost opportunity the State Government had for, at least, flagging the significant infrastructure shortcomings of the proposed overdevelopment of the Toondah Harbour precinct.

A major concern about the Toondah Harbour proposal is the absence of significant infrastructure upgrades to arterial roads and transport to manage the potentially thousands of extra vehicles that the development is expected to attract to the Redlands. Already we are seeing rush hour traffic congestion on our main roads made worse by residential developments like Waterline, Esperance Thornlands and the Roycorp development on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road.

The significant downside of these developments for present and future Redlands residents is increased traffic congestion and inconvenience. Don’t we elect our Councillors and Members of Parliament to ensure that our needs with regard to amenities, roads and facilities are met????

J and B Douglass – Cleveland

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Thank you Don Brown

I would like to send a special thanks to Hon. Don Brown member for Capalaba who after being contacted by the Birkdale Progress Association assisted by Cr. Paul Bishop, immediately contacted the Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Dr. Steven Miles asking him to sign a Stop Order prohibiting all work at the Willards Farm.

This farm, at 302 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale was the site of one of Redlands first farms and houses the Willard family’s homestead, The Pines, which was built in 1863. Capalaba MP Don Brown called for the Stop Order after reports the homestead was in danger of being destroyed.

We, the people of The Redlands owe a great deal of thanks to Don Brown who obviously realises the importance of the Heritage Protection for The Redlands.

Jan Smith – Wellington Point

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Another power point socket

The announcement of your new inclusion ‘Letter to the Editor’ segment gives me another power point socket to plug into. Above all, Letters to the Editor brings to light the power of those great unsung foot soldiers in our community.

I thank you for giving us foot soldiers another much needed platform to get our opinions to community leaders who appear to be in the common zone of being right rather than getting it right and it will be the first page I go to, as is the case in the Redland City Bulletin.

Adelia Berridge – Ormiston

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Letters published by Redlands2030 –  26 July 2015