The State Government’s draft new regional plan Shaping SEQ is a blueprint for ongoing population growth with little thought given to quality of life, adequacy of infrastructure and environmental impacts.
|READ, PRINT, change if needed, SIGN and SEND the Ready-Made Submission before midnight on Friday 3 March 2017.|
Redlands should expect its population to increase by 25% from 150,000 to 188,888 over the next 24 years according to the draft regional plan.
Community action on the Regional Plan
It is important to have your say about the Government’s plan for massive population growth in south east Queensland, including Redlands.
Issues which may be of concern to Redlands residents could include:
- Increasing residential density and overcrowding
- Congested roads and commuter transport
- No plans for local employment so more people commuting
- Schools overcrowded and lack of tertiary education in Redlands
- Hospitals and health services under pressure
- Open space and recreation facilities not catering for a growing population
- Environmental impacts of ongoing residential development
Submissions close at midnight on Friday 3 March 2017.
CARP encourages Redlands residents to have a say
Redlanders have a formidable record of active engagement in planning debates.
When the Redland City Council put forward a draft planning scheme (City Plan 2015) for consultation it provoked a massive community response.
More than 6,000 submissions were lodged, many of them based on a template provided by the Community Alliance for Responsible Planning (CARP).
The community is now being encouraged by CARP to have a say about the draft Regional Plan (Shaping SEQ).
CARP spokesperson Lavinia Wood says:
The community consultation period for the State Government’s Draft South East (SEQ) Queensland Regional Plan 2015-41 closes at midnight on Friday 03 March, so the time to have your say is now.
This is the third time a Regional Plan has been written and each time the people of South East Queensland have been assured that massive population increase will not impact on quality of life.
We have been promised jobs, roads, transport, facilities and infrastructure along with protection of our leafy, green communities, yet the harsh reality is we’ve received nothing but more houses, more people and more cars.
This most recent Draft Regional Plan requires a massive 25% increase in the Redlands population. That’s 38,000 more people (with some 31,000 more cars) needing 21,000 more dwellings – 14,400 of them to be squeezed as ‘infill’ into existing back yards and 6,700 to be built on our precious green lands.
The notion that this tsunami of development won’t further diminish our already fading quality of life is laughable.
Surely, it is time for the State Government to prove it can actually deliver on its past promises and provide the Redlands the roads, transport, infrastructure and jobs that are needed by the people here now – before more population growth is considered.
Surely, it is time for the State Government to prove it can actually protect what remains of our lifestyle.
The CARP clip and send form has been made available to most homes in the Redlands:
- A copy has been dropped in most Redlands’ letterboxs
- Or you can clip it from the Redland City Bulletin – it’s on page 15 of the edition published 15 February and page 9 of the edition published 22 February.
Here is the text of the CARP form submission
If you want to do your own thing, but want a template to get you started, the text of the CARP submission is published below.
You can copy and paste the words into your own document or an email.
Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan Review Feedback
Department of Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning
PO Box 15009
City East QLD 4000
Dear Sir/ Madam
My submission, made under headings of the Draft SEQ Regional Plan 2041, pertains mainly to Redland City.
1. Our roads are clogged and our train & buses services are inadequate. No further population growth should be considered in Redlands until the roads and transport systems we need now are provided.
2. Redlands does not have the parklands, community and sporting facilities we need right now. No further population growth should be considered until all the facilities we require now have been provided.
3. Tree clearing is threatening koalas & other wildlife with extinction. The number of Redlands koalas must be allowed to stabilise then increase to viable levels before more population growth is considered.
4. Sewerage and other pollution associated with population growth are causing degradation of Moreton Bay and the collapse of the Moreton Bay fishery. No further population growth should be considered until water quality is restored and the fisheries have stabilised.
5. Population growth has placed the North Stradbroke Island aquifer (our underground water supply) under threat. No further population growth should be considered until we understand the long-term impacts of our current level of consumption.
6. There are not enough jobs in the Redlands for the people that are here now. Building houses is temporary work and when done there will be a large percentage of 38,000 more people looking for jobs too. No further population growth should be considered until opportunities for lasting local employment, particularly in tourism, are delivered for the people here now.
7. Clearly Redland City is already under severe stress due to rapid population growth. All our major problems are due to having more people than the natural and man-made resources can support. The population must be allowed to stabilise at near current levels, not forced to increase, until such time as our existing community is provided the infrastructure, jobs & services we need right now. Accordingly the following must be removed from the Draft Plan: the huge ‘Potential Future Growth Area’ in Southern Thornlands; ‘Draft Urban Footprint’ land at Birkdale, Victoria Point & Southern Redland Bay (including the proposed Shoreline development). Also the ‘Priority Development Area’ designation must be removed from both Weinam Creek and Toondah Harbour (just upgrade the harbour facilities).
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Redlands2030 is continuing to study and investigate the Draft SEQ Regional Plan 2041. We will continue to alert the community to our findings up to the closing date for submissions (midnight Friday 3 March 2017).
A number of issues have already been raised in these articles published by Redlands2030:
- Why is the SEQ Regional Plan being gutted?
- ShapingSEQ – four more megatrends examined
- Moreton Bay – 20 years of science and planning
- Megatrends and SEQ regional plan consultation
- New SEQ Regional Plan developed in a vacuum
- SEQ Regional Plan: Projections are not destiny