Why I visited the Yarrowyck Rock Art

Yarrowyck Nature Reserve is 30km west of Armidale and it has some Aboriginal Rock Art. The elderly volunteer at the Armidale Tourist Information Centre told me, “it is not very spectacular but I have been told it is significant”, she did not recommend it. Her preference was for the bus tour around town taking in […]

Sporting fields on Council’s agenda

Buying land for sporting fields is on the agenda for Redland City Council’s next general meeting on Wednesday 24 May 2017. Many items for discussion at this meeting are scheduled for discussion in closed session, without media or the public present. Closed session items are: Funding options for Redland Investment Corporation Oakland Street Development Southern […]

Comments on Walker Group’s Toondah Plans

Comments on Walker Group’s revised plans for constructing 3,600 apartments on dredged Ramsar wetlands next to Toondah Harbour can be submitted to the Federal Government by Thursday 25 May. Presented below are some preliminary comments from Redlands2030 which may assist others in making comments. Details of the project referral Reference Number: 2017/7939 Title of Referral: […]

Say no to destructive dredging at Toondah

Minor tinkering to the Toondah Harbour plan recently announced by the Walker Corporation will still have over 10,000 people in 10 storey buildings that will almost double Cleveland’s population. And, at 100 metres, it will still be too close to bird habitat. The latest referral advice (from Walkers) confirms (the development) “will have significant impact on […]

Walker Group’s environmental record

The developer proposing to construct 3,600 apartments on dredged and reclaimed Ramsar wetlands next to Toondah Harbour has disclosed three environmental offences and a lack of environmental policies in its project referral recently submitted to the Federal Government. Walker Group Holdings submitted this information as a requirement of Federal environment laws set out in the […]

Federal budget ignores young people

Is this the future for many yYoung people?

The Turnbull Government’s latest budget seems reasonable for many Australians, but one group that seems to have been forgotten is our youth. Young people are increasingly being squeezed out of Australian society due to increasing education and housing costs and diminishing employment opportunities. Housing prices No fundamental reform on negative gearing sets the housing prospects […]

Toondah Harbour – community reaction

Toondah Harbour is the subject of letters to Redlands2030 this week, following Walker Group’s decision to submit a new proposal for environmental assessment. The previous project referral was submitted 17 months ago and it seems that the Federal Government didn’t like it. The revised plan doesn’t seem to have changed much. It seems that a […]

Councillors should discuss Toondah revamp

Obvious problems with Walker Group’s Toondah Harbour project should be discussed publicly by Redland City councillors as a matter of urgency. Councillors should also be discussing, in public at a general meeting, Walker Group’s lack of progress with the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area. Plans for a large dredging and apartment construction project in the […]

Toondah Project environmental assessment

New plans for dredging and land reclamation for development of the Toondah Harbour area have been referred by Walker Group to the Federal Government for consideration of environmental impacts. Members of the public can review the information that Walker Group has included in its referral and make comments to the Federal Government no later than […]

Grand View decision – community reaction

Banyan tree next to the Grand View Hotel

Councillors recently approved development of 33 apartments on a site next to the Grand View hotel even though the proposed buildings exceeded the area’s height limit and will require felling of two koala trees in an area known to be inhabited by many koalas. In reaction to this decision one letter to Redlands2030 asks why […]

What about liveability in Whepstead precinct?

Urban consolidation adversely impacts liveability by increasing noise, and is the biggest concern and impact. Noise affects both amenity and health. It comes from a range of sources including ongoing new construction or renovation, dogs and peak dog walking hour, peak hour train traffic, air conditioners, pool pumps and garden appliances. Previous articles aspects of […]

Shoreline and Teak Lane on Council agenda

Stage 1 of the Shoreline housing project and the Teak Lane appeal are among issues on the agenda for Redland City Council’s general meeting on Wednesday 10 May. Councillors will also be asked to delegate the CEO authority to approve an $8.5 million contract for cleaning of Council facilities. News from the previous council meeting […]

Improving Redland City Council governance

People regularly express concern about the way they are governed but in Australia there is a noticable decline in trust of government and other institutions. It seems that many vested interests have become very successful at influencing governments to make decisions which yield private benefits rather than being in the public interest. But ordinary citizens […]

Councillor Gleeson’s inappropriate conduct

Redland City Councillor Paul Gleeson (Division 9) has again been reprimanded for his inappropriate social media usage. A Redlands resident submitted a complaint to Redland City Council in response to Cr Gleeson’s comments on the Redlands2030 Facebook page earlier this year. The complainant was recently advised that the Mayor determined Cr Gleeson’s comments to have […]

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 […]