Buying land for sporting fields is on the agenda for Redland City Council’s next general meeting on Wednesday 24 May 2017.
Many items for discussion at this meeting are scheduled for discussion in closed session, without media or the public present.
Closed session items are:
- Funding options for Redland Investment Corporation Oakland Street Development
- Southern Thornlands Economic Analysis
- Acquisition to acquire land for road and footpath upgrade
- Purchase of properties for Sporting Fields
The only items of business to be dealt with before the Council goes into closed session will be public participation, petitions and presentations and routine reports.
Late agenda items and mayoral minutes are sometimes presented to Council at short notice, in addition to items on the published agenda.
On 13 January 2017 Council issued a news release stating that it was looking to buy land for new sports grounds and amenities in the city because studies had shown that the Council has a shortage of suitable land to meet residents’ future sporting and recreational needs.
Areas where the Council was interested in acquiring land included Redland Bay, Mt Cotton, Sheldon and Capalaba West.
The Council said it was looking for large parcels of flood free land with good main road access.This could be three or more adjoining 10ha to 20ha blocks up to single blocks of 100ha-plus.
Council decision on chicken poo plant appealed
Cleveland Power Pty Ltd lodged an appeal on 27 April 2017 against Council’s decision to NOT extend the relevant period for development of a biomass power plant at 70-96 Hillview Road, Mount Cotton.
The project proposed by Cleveland Power involved combustion of chicken poo in a proposed new facility to be constructed next to the Golden Cockerel abattoir.
The Planning and Environment Court file number is 1476/17
Donald Simpson Centre funding cut – confidential memo
At its general meeting on 19 April the Council discussed in closed session a proposal to cut operational funding to the Donald Simpson Community Centre.
The memo presented to Council on a confidential basis for discussion n closed session has now been made public, with some words blacked out.
The recommendation in the officers report was that Council approve Option 1, to cease all operational funding to the Donald Simpson Centre effective 30 June 2017.
Instead, councillors voted 6/5 for ‘Option 2 ‘ which gives the Centre $50,000 in 2017/18 and no operational funding support thereafter.
- Crs Mitchell, Edwards, Elliott, Talty, Gleeson and Williams voted FOR the motion.
- Crs Boglary, Gollè, Hewlett, Huges and Bishop voted AGAINST the motion.
It appears that the Council’s decision to reduce its operational funding support for the Donald Simpson Community Centre is in response to Centre members rejecting Council’s plans for development of a four story Community Hub next to the existing Centre buildings.
The officers report sought to have funding reallocated from the Donald Simpson Community Centre to implementation of the “Queensland Age Friendly Community Action Plan which includes the Cleveland Community Hub project”.