Environmental harm of the Toondah proposal, advice for the mayor on conflicts of interest and clarification about activity charges at the Donald Simpson Centre are discussed in letters to the Editor.
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Stop the “horrendous Toondah proposal”
As a kid I grew up visiting Straddie. I still have family on the island and have only recently found out that this horrendous Toondah proposal is still proceeding.
While I live in Lutwyche and work full time on work days I would love to support the community efforts to stop this proposal.
The Ramsar area, koala and migratory birds are issues the whole of Brisbane and the whole of Queensland should have been invited to make comment on. I can’t believe that the Government didn’t ensure the broadest possible community engagement at the time. And then to expand the development 450% looks like a back door deal.
I will now attend protests, write submissions, share your posts on social media etc with my friends and colleagues. Please keep me posted and let me know how I can help.
I have already written to Jackie Trad, the Premier and my local member.
Good luck with your campaign, thanks for your efforts to save Moreton Bay.
Toondah process looks flawed and corrupted
How can we see the State and Federal governments have honestly considered the damage to Moreton Bay due to dredging for Toondah?
Never mind the Ramsar invasion, the damage to wildlife (including koalas) and the disruption to locals?
Such development as proposed is totally unwise and process to date looks flawed and corrupted.
There is little or no value to the Redlands. its ratepayers or its residents
Advice for the Mayor on conflicts of interest
I read with interest a Redland City Bulletin story reporting Mayor Williams’ comments that she is keen to have the Premier tighten up donations from developers and rules regarding conflict of interest.
Why does it need the Premier to sort these issues out?
Anyone with some conscience and common sense should not need anyone to tell them that accepting money from developers – and then staying in the Council Chambers to help make decisions in favour of the same developers’ applications – is a disgrace.
Communities all over Australia, but especially in Queensland, have seen the dodgy deals done in some councils recently – whether it be on ABC 4 Corners or front page in the Courier Mail.
Dodgy deals are rampant and people have had a gutful of the arrogance of some.
Huge amounts of public money spent on the Operation Belcarra have highlighted the attitude of some elected members who think they are above the law.
And there’s the 2012 changes to the Local Government Act by ex Premier Campbell Newman, giving mayors almost unlimited powers.
I believe that all the guidelines and strengthening of the law will only be followed by the honest.
Sadly, there will always be those who will find a loophole and use it.
If Mayor Williams needs clarity in understanding conflict of interest, when an elected member receives money from a developer, here is my advice.
If you take the money, LEAVE THE ROOM.
Donald Simpson Community Centre Activity fees
There has been some misreporting, which has been repeated without checking by others, of the Activity Fee increase at the Donald Simpson Centre.
In order to raise some additional funding with as little impact on members as possible, the Activity Fee was increased by $1 from $4 to $5 per activity regardless of length.
It is intended to increase our income with as little impact as possible on our members some of whom are among the most financially vulnerable in the Redlands.
A member who pays membership and attends one session a week for around 45 weeks per year pays around $240 per year for the opportunity to socialise in their chosen activity.
Some members have to limit their activities because of shortage of funds and this operates against the purpose of the Centre in avoiding social isolation.
Donald Simpson Centre
Letters published by Redlands2030 – 14 November 2017
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