Across the Redlands people are concerned about overdevelopment and its impact on communities and the environment.
In some cases, people have been opposing a planned development for many years while other issues have arisen recently.
Some issues are very localised such as plans for a particular development which would change the character of a neigbourhood, or street. Other issues are of concern to many people in all parts of Redland City such as the plight of our koalas.
Redlands2030 has mapped many of these issues which we call the Redlands2030 hotspots.
Our cover picture shows people concerned about four of the Redlands2030 hotspots:
- Toondah Harbour
- Koalas, threatened by ongoing loss of habitat
- Thornlands residents protesting against development plans impacting on Rushwood Estate
- Residents meeting to discuss a planned development in Dorsal Drive, Birkdale
What is a hotspot?
We are not talking about places where there is free WiFi. A Redlands2030 ‘hotspot’ is where the community is particularly concerned about a particular development. It’s evidenced by objections, public discussion and even protests.
Redlands2030 has embraced the term as a measure of community angst about development decisions, development applications and other contentious matters.
Our hotspots map will help link people and communities who are experiencing like concerns. Sharing information and experience about how best to respond to an issue can save a lot of community effort. People can quickly get in touch with other groups and share learning and resources.
For most of the hotspots there is a community group using social media to communicate – typically a Facebook page. Most of these can be found on our list of useful Facebook pages.
The number of hotspots seems to be growing rapidly. Redlands2030 hopes that the voice of the community gets louder as the communities affected by hotspots talk, share information and support each other.
Most of the decisions which cause hotspots are made by the Redland City Council. To achieve a good community outcome (no more hotspots) it is necessary to convince a majority of councillors (usually six out of eleven) to make an appropriate decision.
Mapping the development hotspots
Redlands development hotspots have been selected by Redlands2030. Most of these issues have already featured in posts on the Redlands2030 website and/or the Redlands2030 Facebook page over the past 18 months.
Mapping of the various hotspots has been done with Googlemaps. Here is a link to the Redlands2030 Hotspots Map.
When a ‘hotspot’ symbol is clicked, a summary of issues for that site will pop up.
To remain relevant, the hotspots map will be reviewed and updated regularly. Comments about addition or deletion of hotspots can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Redlands2030 hotspots map can be accessed from the maps button on the homepage of the Redlands2030 website.
Redlands2030 – 13 October 2015