The new year got off to a rowdy start with Mayor Karen Williams struggling to maintain order at the Redland City Council meeting on Wednesday 24 January.
During a heated verbal exchange between councillors Julie Talty and Murray Elliott, Mayor Karen Williams loudly banged her gavel and then threatened to expel both councillors from the meeting.
Cr Elliott criticised Cr Talty’s motion seeking an officers report on opportunities to have car parks developed near the flood prone Mt Cotton Park. He accused her of attempting to jump the queue in the Council’s capital works program.
A resolution supporting Cr Talty’s motion was passed by the Council 10 votes to one, with Cr Elliott the only no vote.
This item of business can be viewed on the Council’s video recording commencing at 2 hours and 4 minutes with discussion heating up at about 2 hours and 24 minutes.
Council refuses application for ‘rooming accommodation’
Councillors narrowly voted 6/5 to refuse an application for development of ‘rooming accommodation’ on land at 41 Ziegenfusz Road, Thornlands.
Councillors voting to refuse the application were: Wendy Boglary, Paul Golle, Lance Hewlett, Tracey Huges, Julie Talty, Paul Gleeson.
Councillors who opposed the refusal motion and supported the development application) were: Peter Mitchell, Mark Edwards, Murray Elliott, Paul Bishop and Karen Williams.
Neighbors have complained for some years about inappropriate use of this dwelling which is a single four bedroom house rented to multiple tenants.
The officers report states that: “The application is seeking a retrospective approval as the site is already subject to four individual leases.”
Debate on this matter included contributions from all councillors and can be viewed on the Council’s video recording commencing at about 55 minutes.
Local resident Mrs Robyn Thwait opposed this development in a speech to the Council during the Public Participation section of the meeting. Her speech can be viewed on the video recording commencing at 10 minutes.
Housing block split at Edinburgh Street, Victoria Point
An application to split a 772 m2 block at 22 Edinburgh Street, Victoria Point was approved 7/4 by the Council.
Councillors voting to approve the application were: Peter Mitchell, Mark Edwards, Murray Elliott, Julie Talty, Paul Gleeson, Paul Bishop, Karen Williams.
Councillors voting against the motion were: Wendy Boglary, Paul Golle, Lance Hewlett, Tracey Huges.
Council approval will mean that two small lots are created, 367m2 and 387m2.
Such small lots would not be allowed under the proposed new planning scheme (Draft City Plan 2015) which was approved by Council on 28 February 2017 and is still being considered by the State Government.
The developer’s infrastructure charges will largely be offset by dedication of about 20m2 of the site to the Council as road reserve to facilitate the future Moreton Bay Cycleway. Local Councillor Lance Hewlett said it was most unlikely that the land would actually be used for a cycleway.
The subdivision plans were commissioned by Mr Warren Pryde. His firm, Pryde Fabrication, donated $5,500 to the Concerned Redlands Residents Association (CRRA) which campaigned in support of Karen Williams’ successful bid to become Mayor in 2012.
No conflicts of interest were declared prior to the Council’s discussion of this item of business.
Discussion of this item can be viewed on the video recording commencing at 32 minutes.
Money and the Redland City Australia Day Awards 2018
Redlands Citizen of the Year is philanthropist and former shire councillor Dan Holzapfel.
Mr Holzapfel has made significant donations to various causes including the Redland Museum. In 2017 he gave $100,000 to the Redland Foundation which was established by former Redlands mayor Don Seccombe.
Mr Holzapfel was a donor to Mayor Williams’ 2016 re-election campaign, giving her $1,000 according to the Mayor’s disclosure return.
The Redlands Australia Day Awards were announced at a well attended, Council funded, dinner event at the Alexandra Hills Hotel. The hotel’s owners (McGuires’ Hotels) also contributed to the Mayor’s re-election campaign, via the Colmslie Hotel.
Winners of the Redlands 2018 Australia Day Awards were selected by judges Mayor Karen Williams, Council CEO Andrew Chesterman, Brian Hurst (former editor of the Redland City Bulletin) and long serving Federal MP for Bowman Andrew Laming.