Redlands2030 brings you a weekly summary of Redland City Council news, and other information.
Issues discussed at Council Meeting 20 May
Redland Bay sports field to be upgrade
Council decided to spend $120,000 upgrading a mutipurpose sportsfield in Redland Bay. In its report the Redland City Bulletin said: “The field, in Denholm Boulevard, Redland Bay, will allow the Victoria Point Magic Football Club juniors to practise on the grass surface after school.”
Request to change state planning regulatory provision 257-259 Wellington Street Ormiston
In item 11.3.1, Council voted to reclassify a residential property’s koala habitat conservation status from Bushland Habitat to High Value Rehabilitation. This change means that it will now be possible for the owner to remove koala habitat trees if the loss of trees is “unavoidable” when redeveloping the property.
Mayor Karen Williams absented herself from discussion on this item having declared a perceived conflict of interest stating that she was a recipient of in-kind support in her election campaign. Three other councillors made declarations of perceived conflict of interest which did not relate to election support and they chose to remain in chambers and vote in the best interests of the community.
Corporate Plan 2015-2020
Council voted to adopt a new Corporate Plan for the next five years. The Redland City Bulletin report noted that the new plan “aims to set out policies, strategies and activities to help council deliver services, programs and facilities while balancing growth, jobs and lifestyle”. Mayor Karen Williams is quoted as saying:
The community was then asked to comment on this draft with 54 responses received along with face-to-face engagement with council officers. Feedback included a desire to see the city’s environment protected and for increased opportunity for tourism development.
The Bulletin also reported that former senior council officer and Thornlands resident Lavinia Wood told the meeting the plan was of great concern as it did not reflect community wishes set out in the Redlands Community 2030 plan.
Redlands2030’s views on the new Corporate Plan are discussed in the post: The Corporate Plan destroys 15 years of work!
Public recording of Council discussions
During the Council meeting Cr Paul Gleeson moved an urgent motion without notice to ban the public from recording the meeting. The motion was defeated. A Redland City Bulletin report on the issue said that the matter would be discussed again at the next Council meeting on 3 June. Further information about this issue including a link to a video recording of this discussion is available in the Redlands2030 post: Lets make Council meetings more public.
Here is a link to the minutes of the General Meeting held on Wednesday 20 May.
Council media releases
There was a sod turning event on 20 May for the Bay Islands Sports and Resilience Hub. This was attended by Federal MP Andrew Laming, Mayor Karen Williams and Cr Mark Edwards. The $1.0 million project is being jointly funded by the Council and the Federal Government. Here is a link to the Council’s news release.
A 19-metre traditional Polynesian canoe will dock in the Redlands next week as part of a four-year journey to grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world. Redland City Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty will welcome the vessel the Hokule’a, (which means star of gladness) when it arrives in Raby Bay next Friday (29 May). Here is a link to the Council’s news release.