Redland City Council will discuss two industrially sensitive issues in closed session at its next meeting on Wednesday 9 August:
- Provision of Council services
- Proposed changes to the organisational structure for Redland City Council
The only other matters on the agenda are routine reports, for noting.
At the previous meeting on 26 July Council discussed fire management and a contract for waste management.
Political donations and rubbish
At the previous meeting on 26 July, in closed session, Council discussed a contract for collection of waste, green waste and recyclables and resolved to delegate to the CEO authority to enter into a contract which could be worth about $10 million per year.
Mayor Karen Williams and Cr Lance Hewlett both declared perceived conflicts of interest due to receiving donations from waste collection providers.
Cleveland based rubbish collector JJ Richards and Sons is a major donor to the Queensland LNP and the Federal Liberal Party.
Mayor Karen Williams received $10,000 from JJ Richards and Sons on 4 March 2016 – a couple of weeks before the 2016 elections.
Cr Hewlett has also declared donations from JJ Richards: $1,000 received in 2015 and two donations totalling $3,500 in 2012.
Redland City Council’s common practice of not making decisions about contracts in general meetings but delegating this decision to the CEO has the effect of reducing transparency.
Fire report sparks heated discussion
Also on 26 July, Council received a report on fire management which was commissioned from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) following wildfires on Macleay and Russell Islands in 2016. The report dealt with fire risks on the southern Moreton Bay islands (SMBI) and mainland Redland City, but not North Stradbroke Island.
The QFES report made 56 recommendations covering the following issues:
- Reducing illegal dumping and hoarding
- Improving the resilience and disaster preparedness of residents
- Ensuring emergency response capacity across multiple agencies
- Reviewing maintenance plans and access trails
- Looking at Local Laws and legislation
- Providing local access to water and fire hydrants.
The QFES Report did not recommend formation of a Rural Fire Service for mainland Redland City which resulted in some heated discussion involving Crs Julie Talty and Lance Hewlett.
QFES has previously advised Redland City Council that there is no justification for having a Rural Fire Service in an area which is well served by QFES stations.
The Council says it has already acted on some of the recommendations.
Council resolved that the CEO is to report within three months to outline a full response and progress on the recommendations.
Some of the issues raised in the QFES report require community engagement – particularly where there are choices and trade offs to be discussed.
More information about the Redland City Council Fire Management Plan Review Report 2017, including a link to the Report, is available on the Council website.
Redland City Council meeting minutes and video
Here is a link to the Council webpage where you can download the 26 July meeting minutes.
You can also watch a video recording of the meeting, except for the closed session.