Urban Realities of the Whepstead Precinct

There are pros and cons to the original wide open space design of the Whepstead heritage precinct. The treed leafy nature and wide grassy verged streets appealed when we bought our house (in 1999). At that time criteria included the low density (only 14 houses in Burnett Street at the time and one lot of […]

Game of Mates: How favours bleed the nation

Making money by getting favourable land re-zoning decisions is just one example of the Game of Mates, a story about the massive concentration of wealth in Australia in recent decades and ways to control it. Many examples in this story come from Queensland where authors Dr Cameron Murray and Prof Paul Frijters have studied the […]

Wildlife tourism in Africa and the Redlands

Local tourism operator Dr Dennis Tafe shares his thoughts on opportunities for nature based and education based tourism in Africa and the Redlands. R2030               You’ve been successfully managing educational marine trips for our local colleges and overseas students since 2009. Where do you take them and why is […]

Objections to Springwood electorate boundaries

Proposed new electorate boundaries for the state seat of Springwood have proved unpopular with Redlands and Logan residents who say that their community connections have been ignored by the Queensland Redistribution Commission. Redlands residents living in Mt Cotton and Sheldon want to be included in a seat based on part of the Redland City local […]

What’s happening with the Weinam Creek PDA?

In this week’s letters, what’s happening with plans for development in the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area, should the koala be removed from Council’s logo and plenty of questions about the proposed Mt Cotton chicken poo power project. Toondah’s stalled but Weinam Creek is ominously quiet So the Mayor gets a little excited in speaking […]

Council refuses extension for chicken poo plant

Redland City Council meeting on 22 March The meeting was chaired by Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary with Mayor Karen Williams absent, attending the SEQ Council of Mayors delegation in Canberra. Here are links to the meeting minutes and Council’s video recording of the meeting. Donald Simpson Community Centre Funding Agreement Early in the meeting there […]

Political donations and council election probes

Queensland’s anti-corruption fighter the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) is still investigating issues relating to the 2016 local government election held 12 months ago on 19 March 2016. The Gold Coast City Council was the initial focus of attention with a CCC inquiry announced on 5 September 2016 after 60 reports about political donations published […]

Chicken poo power on Council agenda

On Wednesday Redland City Council will consider yet another request for more time to develop a chicken poo fuelled power station next to Darwhalla’s Golden Cockerel abbatoir in Mt Cotton. The decade old application for a chicken poo incinerator at Mt Cotton was approved on appeal to the Land and Environment Court, the approval was […]

Infrastructure overrun by the population ponzi

Infrastructure in our major cities is at or over capacity. William Bourke, President of Sustainable Australia Party, claims that this is a politically engineered crisis Australia needs to address by lowering immigration rates. Australia’s rapid population growth NAB Chairman Ken Henry recently stated that Australia’s population is expected to grow by an astonishing 400,000 people every year, […]

Development and heritage in letters to the editor

Residents this week question a proposed development in Thornlands and ask if the new collaboration between UDIA and Council will really result in better design and development outcomes in the Redlands. A descendent of James Willard seeks more information about historic Willard’s Farm, and a local wonders if Redland Bay State School is poised to […]

Council drags heels responding to Ombudsman

An investigation into Redland City Council’s unreasonable threat of defamation action against two city residents is yet to be resolved. The Ombudsman published The Redland City Council Defamation Report over two months ago, on 5 January 2017. Redland City Council’s Mayor, CEO and General Counsel were each given an opportunity to respond to the Ombudsman’s […]

City Plan approved with ‘surprise’ amendment

A raft of changes to the draft Redland City Plan were approved at a special meeting of Redland City Council on Tuesday 28 February. During the meeting Mayor Karen Williams talked often about the eighty twenty rule without ever explaining what it meant. Following a significant amendment which ensured that tree clearing in rural areas […]

Protecting Moreton Bay Marine Park

Locals writing in this week share their concerns about protecting the Moreton Bay Marine Park, the tragic decline of local koalas and the request to Council for a four year extension to build the Mt Cotton chicken manure incinerator. Moreton Bay Marine Park Moreton Bay Marine Park must be protected…. no dredging and building high […]

SEQ Regional Plan – jargon, omissions and bias

If the SEQ Regional Plan, branded by the current government as ShapingSEQ, is meant to be an important part of how we plan what goes where the document should be readable, complete and free of bias. Too much jargon After flicking past the pictures, maps and narrative which fill the first 149 pages of the […]